Home Front: Inviting in the Autumn 

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Turn off the air conditioning. Open the windows and let in the fall air. These are just a few tips from Richmond designers for welcoming fall indoors.

It's all about the little things. Change candles, door wreaths and other accents to reflect the changing season. Interior designer Carol Pipes makes it easy by organizing her attic by season. Come Sept. 1, she packs up the summer things and brings down a box for fall.

When it comes to color, don't stop at red, orange and yellow. "Copper is really big right now," Pipes says -- in lamps, wallpaper and other accessories. She also likes bronze, bittersweet and purple.

Bring in the leaves. There are ways to prolong the ephemeral beauty of fall leaves, such as painting them with a latex coating. If you have children (or even if you don't), make leaf rubbings and frame them, suggests Maura Flynn, assistant designer at Janet Brown Interiors. She also loves the KukMay pillows, hand-embroidered with leaves, which are now on display in the Janet Brown showroom.

Think texture. Bring out the soft wool throws and blankets that make you want to cozy up to a cup of coffee on a cool morning, Flynn says. HS

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