Style Your Outdoor Space for Fall With Our Pillow Picks

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Screened Porch Decor

A knee wall on my screened-in porch keeps things more private and adds to the cozy feel.

A knee wall on my screened-in porch keeps things more private and adds to the cozy feel.

I’ve been told I have a pillow problem. It pains my husband that he replaces 13 pillows (yes, he's counted) when it's his turn to make the bed.

I can’t help it: to me pillows spell comfort and style. They’re the jewelry on my furniture, adding life, color and personality.

With the addition of a new deck and screened porch to our house this fall, my pillow addiction has gone alfresco with some amount of excitement and frustration. Finding high-quality outdoor pillows that don’t break the bank and don’t exclusively feature pastels, brights or sunny, beachy scenes more suited to spring or summer, is a challenge.

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Rustic Outdoor Pillows

A stag, a bug and a herringbone throw pillow from Mark & Graham mix high and low on my screened-in porch.

A stag, a bug and a herringbone throw pillow from Mark & Graham mix high and low on my screened-in porch.

Especially when the weather turns chilly. I love fall and like many of you across the country, want to continue to make use of my outdoor space as long as I can.

What that says to me is fall pillows and throws and all things cozy.

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Vintage Mountain Home

A wide, welcoming porch puts me instantly in relaxation mode at my family's North Carolina vacation home.

A wide, welcoming porch puts me instantly in relaxation mode at my family's North Carolina vacation home.

My design inspiration for my new screened porch is two-fold: my family’s 1920s-era vacation house in Highlands, N.C. that has always been my home away from home wherever I’ve lived. Another big idea motherlode is the recently published cabin decor tome The Southern Rustic Cabin.

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Southern Rustic Cabin Book

Photographer Emily J. Followill's survey of Southern cabins and porches provides plenty of design inspiration for rustic spaces.

Photo by: Photographs by Emily J. Followill from Southern Rustic Cabins by Emily J. Followill with Lisa Frederick, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith.

Photographs by Emily J. Followill from Southern Rustic Cabins by Emily J. Followill with Lisa Frederick, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith.

The book is a design goldmine that provides plenty of fodder for anyone looking for that perfect storm of rustic-retro-chic-cozy for an outdoor space.

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Laid-Back and Luxurious Cabin Porch

Proof that you can mash up rustic and elegant, this Cashiers, North Carolina porch featured in The Southern Rustic Cabin is distinguished by its antler chandelier.

Photo by: Emily J Followill

Emily J Followill

Proof that you can mash up rustic and elegant, this Cashiers, North Carolina porch featured in The Southern Rustic Cabin is distinguished by its antler chandelier.

Basically, what I am aiming for in decorating my screened porch, is a mountain cabin in my backyard, a place to feel like I am on vacation, even when I’m not.

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Elegant Cabin Porch

A burlap swing and red bamboo chairs add style to this Cashiers, N.C. vacation home porch.

Photo by: Emily J Followill

Emily J Followill

A burlap swing and red bamboo chairs add style to this Cashiers, N.C. vacation home porch.
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Chic Mountain Home Porch

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn brings city chic to this mountain home porch.

Photo by: Emily J. Followill

Emily J. Followill

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn brings city chic to this mountain home porch.

When designing an outdoorscape you almost inevitably have to feature an outdoor spirit animal: fox, bear, moose, owl, squirrel, deer, the pinecone. My aunt’s—who designed the interiors of the Highlands house—muse is the moose and the bear, known to occasionally riffle through our trash and even cavort on our front porch. I went with the deer motif for my porch and have my eye out for a resin white deer head for the wall. I cheated a bit in using a mix of outdoor pillows and cozy plaid, herringbone and other fall-ish pillows that worked with my porch design scheme: they all have washable covers in case things get mucky and I will undoubtedly take many of these in when the weather gets truly grim.

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Outdoor Pillows

A trio of throw pillows in cozy buffalo check plaid and shades of red, gray and green from Pottery Barn and Gardener's Supply Company give my porch a lived-in, comfortable feel.

A trio of throw pillows in cozy buffalo check plaid and shades of red, gray and green from Pottery Barn and Gardener's Supply Company give my porch a lived-in, comfortable feel.

Find more ideas for making your outdoor space cozy this fall and winter at HGTVGardens.

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