Around the same time Jeff Bridges took home an Oscar for his role in True Grit, Rodarte sent models down the runway in long prairie coats and flowing dresses printed with a wheat sheaf hem for fall 2011.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, I can't help but be inspired. A symbol of abundance and respect for mother earth, the wheat sheaf is the perfect motif for fall decorating — whether or not you live on the plains or the prairies. And with warm metals still heating up stylish homes across the country, it's an elegant way to introduce a few gleaming hits of gold.
Coco Chanel introduced the wheat motif in her celebrated home at 31 rue Cambon in Paris as the base of a glass-topped coffee table (left). I spotted a similar one on 1stdibs.com, though I'm sure it's probably pricey.
For something less permanent, top a table with a flared wheat sheaf tied together with a wide ribbon. My former colleague Michael Penney styled this one for the Fall Ablaze story in the October 2011 issue of H&H. Check it out for more great ideas on readying rooms for fall.
For more inspiration, see our Fall Decorating Ideas photo gallery.