Autumn is my season. Summer sunshine is fading into cooler evenings, leaves crunching underfoot, vivid colors, and scents unique to this time of year foster a strong sense of nostalgia I start longing for in early August. There are a few things I do to prepare and welcome the arrival of the season and will hopefully help make your home feel more like fall.
1. Smell. I associate so much with fragrance. Scent creates an impression on us which is hard to forget. In fact, 73% of people think aroma and smell matters most in the home during fall. During autumn I prefer to bring in the smells of pumpkin, burning leaves, sandalwood and caramel. Nothing too sweet, so I normally have two fragrances going at once to balance things out.
Currently, I have a firewood candle burning to mimic a real fireplace. The seductive dance of scent is lingering in my house, and dancing in my nose.
2. Taste. The tastes of fall are spicier, earthier, and linger on the tongue. Flavors like cinnamon, ginger, sage, nutmeg, and pumpkin are found everywhere. My favorite thing to do is slice some fresh ginger in a cup, add a green tea bag, and steep. You can top with honey, but I prefer to drink it as is. It’s warming and soothing, the perfect indulgent treat after a long day.
3. Sight. Bring in autumn decorations. Pumpkins. Gourds. Add a new bouquet of flowers. Replace the wreath on your front door with a grapevine wreath filled with faux leaves.
4. Touch. Soft throws come out of the linen closet and drape the back of my sofa and rocking chair for these cooler months. I curl up with a good book, my tea, and let the breeze cool my home. Even on the days that it’s 80 degrees here, at least the sight of the my knit blankets and throws invites the look of fall in.
5. Sound. Open the door or a window or take a walk to listen to birds singing, leaves crunching under your feet, crisp breezes blowing through the trees.