correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed the incorrect price of a 5-by-8-foot rug from Urban Outfitters. The price of the Tanzin vertical block print rug is $269, not $629. This version has been updated.


It's finally beginning to feel like autumn in the District. But in San Diego, where interior designer Vanessa Matsalla is based, summer is eternal.

Despite the year-round pleasant weather, Matsalla, the owner and principal designer of Studio Matsalla Interiors, still likes to decorate her home with cozy accessories for the fall.

"The autumn refresh is all about refinement using neutral tones and texture," Matsalla says.

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.


SPLURGE: Verano pillow (the-citizenry.com ), left. SAVE: Project 62 patterned throw pillow  (target.com ).


SPLURGE: Set of three Perca baskets (luluandgeorgia.com ), left. SAVE: Natural sea-grass rose tote baskets in small, medium and large (worldmarket.com ).


SPLURGE: Two-kilogram cedar wood scented candle  (us.burberry.com ), left. SAVE: Large scented candle in black/cedarwood  (hm.com ).


SPLURGE: Henley wool throw in ivory (serenaandlily.com ), left. SAVE: Berkshire Blanket twice-knitted chunky throw (overstock.com ).


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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 ).


Vanessa Matsalla, owner and principal designer of the San Diego-based interior design firm Studio Matsalla. (Courtesy of Vanessa Matsalla/Courtesy of Vanessa Matsalla)