fall roundup: inspired by apple picking

I’ve been reading about so many fall apple-picking trips that I decided I’d take my own (virtual) apple picking trip today: to pick out 40 of my favorite apple-themed home designs under $100. From prints and stationery to pots and cutting boards, there are so many ways to celebrate my favorite fruit this season. I love apple designs that look a little weathered, so I tried to mix in a variety of apple styles — from bright greens to soft yellows and reds. If you’re like me and can’t escape to pick apples in person, I hope this roundup will take care of your fall apple urges! xo, grace

*P.S.: If you love the apple notepad below as much as I do, check out this great DIY tutorial to make a similar sculpture from paper!

Image above: 1. Oh My Cavalier Apple Branch print, $30; 2. Apple enamel pot, $99.99; 3. Apple print sewing box, $30; 4. Mod Pomme pot, $48; 5. Apple bottle opener, $26; 6. Glass apple decoupage dome, $60; 7. Apple necklace, $97.32; 8. Apple paper clips, $6.99

Image above: 1. Apple box, $30; 2. Crocheted apple boxes, $7 each; 3. Apple a Day teatowel, $15; 4. Paper apple napkins, $6.20; 5. Bad apple rings, $12 each; 6. Apples and Pears mug, $16; 7. Lavender scented stuffed apples, $45

Image above: 1. Apple chromolithograph, $21.50; 2. Apple tags, $2 for 10; 3. Apple wall hook, $1; 4. Apple lamp, $49.99; 5. Apple glass, $2.95; 6. John Derian apple salad plates, $19.99 for 8; 7. Apple plate (comes with mug), $55; 8. Apple earrings, $39

Image above: 1. Apple fabric, $4 per yard; 2. Fruit slices memo notepad, $4.95; 3. Apple mugs, $13.50; 4. Apple tray, $31; 5. Apple chopping board, $38.50; 6. Apple rubber stamp, $4.95; 7. Apple teakettle, $29.99

CLICK HERE for the rest of the roundup after the jump!

Image above, clockwise from top left: Big apple chalkboard, $36; Golden apple tray, $25; Vintage studded brass apple, $28 (love this!)

Image above, clockwise from top left: Antique apple print, $34.95; Apple terrarium, $79; Apple tablecloth, $63

Image above, clockwise from top left: Set of 6 vintage plastic apples, $14; Apple tea towel, $16.50; Red apple canvas, $79

Image above: Fruit letterpress notecards, $8 for 3

  1. iHanna says:

    Yummy stuff, apple is a great form. I’m impressed that you weren’t tempted (just a little?) to include an iphone or two?

    1. grace says:


      ha, i looked for apple-printed iphone covers but couldn’t find any. but just about every search i did ended up with a dozen laptops at the top ;)


  2. Sara says:

    Did you see these? Super awesome, and under $100 to make, too.


  3. What a lovely selection of all things apple!!
    Funny comment about the laptops too!

  4. Apple butter, apple cider, apples and cheese…nothing says fall snack like apples. I recently posted a similarly themed post on “Cider Sipping”: http://hilaryinspired.wordpress.com/2010/10/15/cider-sipping/

  5. LaceandLikes says:

    LOVE all of the apples!!! such great finds

  6. Love all these fun apple items! Super cute. Thanks for sharing.


  7. elisa says:

    very fond of apples over here at appleturnover ;) i adore the pink + red apple fabric, we made a couple of sweet children’s aprons using it, i shall have to post.
    nice tutorial! x

  8. This post just made me happy. Apple images have always brought a smile to my face.

  9. Heather says:

    I love everything about every one of these picks! I love that apple and pear terrarium!

  10. Dawn Hearn says:

    This is my first time visiting your blog…what a great refreshing experience. I am a fan and have already added Design Sponge to my bookmarks. FYI – My favorite is the apple bottle opener.

  11. carter says:

    So cute!! One of my favorite apple products is this adorable apple pillow by MyDearDarling: http://www.mydeardarling.com/shop_pillow_apple.html

  12. Thanks so much for the mention!

  13. Jenny Hoople says:

    Wonderful! I especially love all the apple prints :) That chromolithograph is so cool!!

  14. Isabella says:

    One of my favorite selections so far…Wish I could pick one of each imagine. :)

  15. Eva says:

    the memo notepad is the best.

  16. Christine says:

    i adore them all. those glorious letterpress notecards are my favorite…

  17. Amanda Swann says:

    What a great post. I have to agree, that I LOVE the vintage brass studded apple. I also really like the blue plastic apples (I’m really into that color right now)

  18. Natasha says:

    Such a lovely post! Love the big apple chalkboard.

  19. Meggan says:

    Yea for Natalie’s apple box! Love love love them!!

  20. Wouldn’t all of these make good teacher gifts?

  21. So cute! I’ve noticed apples are making a comeback.

  22. DREAMS!! I just emailed this page to my boyfriend with “Christmas – any of the above” in the subject line, thank you D*S!

    1. grace says:

      lol. so glad you liked it eleni! ;)


  23. Clare says:

    Loving these apple designs, especially the “Apple A Day” tea towel by Mary Fellows at Pintuck. A very nice lady, and we love her birthday cards too!

  24. Holly says:

    If you’re looking to find the Lotta Kulhorn apple items closer to home you can find them here: http://www.huset-shop.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=lotta

  25. Corinna says:

    What a great selection! I particularly like the letterpress cards.

    I wrote a similar story for Sweetspot.ca: http://bit.ly/9E1iBA

  26. jonahliza says:

    that apple pot is too cute.. i can just picture it on my stove top.

  27. jonahliza says:

    ps have you seen these lovely little “apple jackets” ? i was just thinkin about them earlier today.

  28. Tracy says:

    Grace, Thank you so much for including my letterpress notecards! I’m honored to be featured on your site. Thank you, kindly!

  29. Jo says:

    Thanks for including our cute Apple Print Mugs in your fantastic apple themed post. Feeling very Autumnal over here now!

  30. Flora says:

    Brilliant! May I suggest this one too:


    Have a lovely day :)

  31. Cremerish says:

    (excuse me for me for my bad english!)
    I’m a student from belgium and I have to make a task about this website! Our teacher gave us 3 websites (Amazon.com, this one, and a belgian one), which we need to compare. The thing is.. I have to compare the payment methods, delivering methods … but, am I right if I say that you can’t order something on this website?

    1. grace says:


      nope, you can’t order directly through design*sponge. we provide links in each post where you can buy the items :)


  32. wow! am loving the apple collection, i especially like the enamel pot and the vintage studded gold apple. they are so unusal. great article

  33. Anne says:

    Lovely suggestions. Love the apple tea-pot! Think I’m gonna buy it.

  34. Maestra Cruz says:

    As a teacher, this is a dream come true! The apple paper clips are a dream :)

  35. Apples, the perfect snack, that’s fast food.


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