The transition from summer to fall is always a little sad—fading sunshine, shorter days, less patio time. But whether or not you’re a pumpkin spice freak, there’s plenty to love about autumn, too. Since we’re spending more time inside, Western Canadian design stores are bringing their A-game when it comes to stylish furnishings and homewares. Here are our favourite picks of the season, from inspirational coffee table books to spa-worthy bathtubs.

Cover of West Coast North Table Book with picture of wooden staircase

Editor’s Pick

West Coast North: Interiors Designed for Living
from Indigo, $50

I recently moved, and while the nightmare of lugging furniture up the stairs of my new home is over (whew), I’ve only just begun selecting my new decor—and a coffee table book is a must. Vancouver-based design writer Julia Dilworth is a former WL associate editor, and she’s living proof that once you get bitten by the Western Canadian design bug, you never go back. (One of us! One of us!) Her new book, West Coast North: Interiors Designed for Living, highlights 29 local architects and designers, sharing stories, strategies and, of course, beautiful photography. Perfect for my houseguests to flip through while I make us G&Ts.—Alyssa Hirose, associate editor

Obakki glass haze plate yellow and orange

Best Statement Plate

This solar-inspired Glass Haze plate ($260) from Obakki fittingly comes from the land of the rising sun—master artisan Takeshi Tsujino makes them by hand in Osaka. It makes a great centrepiece—all of your other dinnerware can orbit around it.


Walnut with marble top accent Massimo dining table

Best Dining Table

Tambour detailing and an elegant marble accent make the Massimo dining table ($3,124) feel luxurious while the walnut veneer makes it easy-as-pie to decorate. Thanksgiving dinner hosting never felt so sophisticated.


Mota bar cabinet with light brown burled wood and rounded corners

Best Mid-Century Bar Cabinet

Someone call Don Draper—this newly released Mota bar cabinet ($3,299) combines honey-toned burled wood with sleek, rounded corners for a fresh take on the mid-century classic. With nine shelves, there’s plenty of room for all your favourite coupes and decanters.

Leather wine bag tan brown with shoulder strapBest Leather Wine Bag

Cozy up for a fall picnic, Italian-style, by making sure your vino stays safe (and dapper) in this 100-percent leather wine bag ($600) from Poltrona Frau. The soft yet rigid single-compartment carrier comes equipped with a shoulder strap that can easily transform into a handle.


Cream faux sheepskin Moro armchair

Best Lush Armchair

As the nights grow long and chilly, cocoon yourself into the lush embrace of the Moro armchair ($12,100) from La Manufacture. Inspired by a famed Venetian doge—aka a duke—and available in faux sheepskin, leather and smooth velour, this snug seating is the ideal autumn respite.


Black and white checkered Madda Studio bespoke cushion

Best Throw Cushions

In collaboration with female artisans in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Madda Studio’s bespoke cushions ($615) combine historic techniques like hand-spinning wool with innovative uses of traditional weaving and felting. Meant to be artifacts of history and culture, these cushions are available in three different shades—black, white and grey.

Alabaster soft white Petra M table light

Best Sculptural Table Light

Uniquely understated, the Petra M table light (from $1,390) from Parachilna can illuminate a room or act as a sculptural piece thanks to its natural alabaster construction and central diffusion of light. Set the brightness to the perfect hue with the cord dimmer and admire the natural veining—no two are the same, which means yours is one of a kind.

Blue sofa

Best Multifunctional Sofa

EQ3’s new Form sofa (from $3,519) is ready for anything: an engineered bracket system allows the piece to transform from sofa to chaise to daybed to chairs connected with an ottoman. It’s an indecisive decorator’s dream.


White circular freestanding bath

Best Bathtub

It doesn’t get much more relaxing than a long soak on a rainy day. This freestanding circular bath ($8,310) from Duravit is inspired by a tulip in bloom and, thanks to its circular shape,it fits easily into compact spaces—because even us city-dwellers like to unwind sometimes.