Watch out, pumpkin.
This fall, the rising botanical décor darling is… an artichoke.
Thistles, chickens, mushrooms and mermaids are among the trending themes for fall, at least in Etsy’s corner of retail. Etsy looked at what people are typing in the search bar. Combined with industry forecasting and social media trends, the company created a guide to fall trends. While the report ranges from style (opal charm bracelets are hot) to special occasions (blush pink wedding dresses are popular), read on for fall home décor trends with examples from Lancaster County makers and businesses.
Blame Carrie Underwood for at least some of the chickens you spot this fall. The country singer posted a selfie on Instagram earlier this year wearing an olive sweatshirt decorated with chickens. “Makes nice living… Lots of fancy clothes in closet… Wears chicken sweats she bought off Etsy…” she wrote in the caption.
Searches for “chicken sweatshirt” soared.
Farm scene-inspired clothing and décor leans heavily on chickens as well as cows and barns.
This personalized chicken mug has been a hot seller for Zookaboo in New Holland, says owner Michele Zook.
Laser-cut chicken ornaments and earrings from Wilder Mind Designs, Lancaster, have been popular this year as well, says owner Trista Ambs.
Vintage Halloween fans might turn to secondhand for sustainability, for an upcycled project or for nostalgia.
Guermantes Vintage’s closet in Lancaster (run by Janine D’Agati) includes rare handmade costumes like two from the 1920s. The red cotton dress is appliqued with bats, black cats and witches on broomsticks. The twin bee costumes are made of delicate crepe paper on black cotton. The hats have bendable wire antenna.
Vintage Culture Shop, Lancaster Township, had four circa-1955 Weeny Witch party booklets filled with recipes and directions on how to make a witch diorama centerpiece from hot dogs. They sold out quickly, says co-owner Karen Foerstel.
The Lancaster Township business still has other vintage Halloween items available, including a 1910s postcard with a hand-written invitation to a long-ago Halloween party asking guests “be sure and mask.”
Traditional countryside style remains popular with a mix of old and new, including embroidered textiles, vintage baskets, brass accents and mushroom décor.
Fans of Mary Charles Folk Art call her paintings and prints whimsical, enchanting and heartwarming. Some of the Lancaster artist’s woodland scenes feature mushrooms, including “Toadstool Cottage” and “The Getaway.”
Mushrooms also sprout on some of Jain Falcon’s artwork. The Lancaster artist prints her artwork on greeting cards, notebooks, stickers, tote bags as well as prints.
For ceramics, perfectly smooth surfaces aren’t a must. “Pieces spotlighting terracotta, speckled textures, and uneven glazes that reveal the natural components and handwork are growing in popularity,” Etsy reports.
Speckled ceramic mugs are part of the inventory of Deez Things Art. Michael Diesner makes them at his Rapho Township home during summer breaks from teaching.
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