September is one of the year's busiest months. Yes, the days of packing your school supplies may be behind you, but there is no denying that the pace of life picks up after summer's slow burn. As the weather cools and the air becomes just a bit crisp, September makes us want to prep our homes for winter. Here's how to give your house a makeover and keep things fresh for fall.


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First things first: You can't be expected to get your house in good shape if you don't also look your best, right? Minty is an online platform offering much-needed exposure to Portuguese designers. Here you can score the best Portuguese fashion, from clothes to shoes to accessories. We are particularly fond of the Glen jumpsuit by Be You Be Beautiful, as well as the men's dark-wash jeans from Rasto. Now that you're looking minty fresh, you can turn your attention to your abode.


Casa Cubista

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Casa Cubista is an online shop based in Olhao, named after the Cubist-style traditional houses in the city's old town. The two owners travel around Portugal to find handcrafted home goods like this gorgeous runner rug, which you might already be picturing in your entryway, and this clay jar that would, of course, look fantastic in your kitchen.



Luisa e Lilian Parrado

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Once you get past the "Stop stealing my stuff!" phase, having a sister means having an ally for life. And in some cases it means having a partner for your creative endeavors. Case in point: Luisa and Lilian Parrado, designer twins who craft high-quality, minimalist home goods at affordable prices. Keep your space green no matter the season with a Módulo Jardim planter, and perhaps pick up one for your sis, too — the holidays aren't too far off!


Patrícia Braga Pintura

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One great piece of art can tie a whole room together. Patrícia Braga's paintings (and restored furniture) will do exactly that for you. She has collaborated with restaurants such as the Michelin-starred Belcanto and is a genius at transforming a blank wall into a colorful mural. Contact her online.


Cristina Jorge de Carvalho Interior Design

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If just thinking about redecorating your home brings on a headache, drop by the Cristina Jorge de Carvalho Interior Design studio. This talented designer has been collaborating with the Cristina Guerra art gallery, offering its customers a selection of works of the most prestigious artists represented by the gallery. Her studio also features a showroom where you can find one-of-a-kind furniture. Make an appointment online and let a design guru freshen up your space for you.

By Patricia Cintra

Patricia, a journalist, believes that life is full of secrets. She travels around the world (and Portugal) to discover and share them with the Savoteur team. She grew up in Algarve but has lived in Lisbon for what feels like her whole life.