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Splurge or save: Cozy home accessories for a designer-approved autumn refresh

By Washington Post

Summer is eternal in San Diego, much like Florida, but despite the year-round pleasant weather, interior designer Vanessa Matsalla still likes to decorate her home with cozy accessories for the fall.

"The autumn refresh is all about refinement using neutral tones and texture," says Matsalla, owner and principal designer ofStudio Matsalla Interiors.

She has highlighted products used in past projects to help welcome the season, including jute storage baskets — "a staple in our designs," she says. "They're functional, pretty to look at and stand the test of time."

Here are her top fall picks.

5-by-7-foot Niles rug ( serenaandlily.com ), left. 5-by-8-foot Tanzin vertical block print rug in black and white ( urbanoutfitters.com ).(MUST CREDIT: Serena & Lily; Urban Outfitters)
SPLURGE: 5-by-7-foot Niles rug ( serenaandlily.com ), left. SAVE: 5-by-8-foot Tanzin vertical block print rug in black and white ( urbanoutfitters.com ). [Serena & Lily; Urban Outfitters]
Henley wool throw in ivory ( serenaandlily.com ), left. Berkshire Blanket twice-knitted chunky throw (overstock.com ). (MUST CREDIT: Serena & Lily; Overstock)
SPLURGE: Henley wool throw in ivory ( serenaandlily.com ), left. SAVE: Berkshire Blanket twice-knitted chunky throw (overstock.com ). [Serena & Lily; Overstock]
SPLURGE: Verano pillow ( the-citizenry.com ), left. SAVE: Project 62 patterned throw pillow  ( target.com ). [The Citizenry; Target]
SPLURGE: Verano pillow ( the-citizenry.com ), left. SAVE: Project 62 patterned throw pillow  ( target.com ). [The Citizenry; Target]
 

Two-kilogram cedar wood scented candle ( us.burberry.com ), left. Large scented candle in black/cedarwood (hm.com ). (MUST CREDIT: Burberry; H&M)
SPLURGE: Two-kilogram cedar wood scented candle ( us.burberry.com ), left. SAVE: Large scented candle in black/cedarwood (hm.com ). [Burberry; H&M]
Set of three Perca baskets ( luluandgeorgia.com ), left. Natural sea-grass rose tote baskets in small, medium and large ( worldmarket.com ). (MUST CREDIT: Lulu & Georgia; World Market)
SPLURGE: Set of three Perca baskets ( luluandgeorgia.com ), left. SAVE: Natural sea-grass rose tote baskets in small, medium and large ( worldmarket.com ). [Lulu & Georgia; World Market]