Forget Spring, October is the time we start thinking about that new couch for the Winter or switching up the vibe of our bedroom to match the evenings creeping in to an early shadow. Hibernation is here and with it, the lights go on early, the heating bills start to rise and winter woollies come out.
Truthfully I love autumn for a few reasons: The air is crisp, the trees are stunning, the fashion is fabulous, and it always feels like a new beginning. There are fresh apples, warm tea and layered textiles, bonfires, crunchy leaves and pumpkin pie. What is not to like?
PUT THE OUTSIDE TO BED
This is one you likely already do, but if you are new to home ownership or simply a lawn, this one is important to having a stress-free spring. Clean out your gardens, plant bulbs and trim perennials and shrubs. Pull all the weeds, those suckers will survive through winter and protect the beds.
PACK UP THE PASTELS
Spring and summer are the time for light, airy colours while Autumn evokes the deeper earth tones like hunter green, indigo and oxblood. Put away those lighter items and bring in the rich colours – paint a room if you’re feeling energetic or add pops of colour in pillows, throws, candles and decor.
SWITCH IT UP AND GET COZY WITH CLUTTER
Autumn and winter are the season of holidays, family and nesting – this means additional decor for Halloween, Christmas and New Years – candles, centrepieces, wreaths, figurines, trees, costumes, food, gifts. Embrace it, bring it out and make your home the cosy haven you’re craving this time of year.
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
All Spice, Cloves, Cinnamon and the most used “Pumpkin” Spice – get baking, cooking and creating with these delicious flavours and smells around the home. The fire lighting, apple tart in the oven, duvet on the couch binge watching Netflix. Oh the waves of happiness that come over me at the thought! Or you could just buy a Yankee Candle and fake it but it’s never as good as the real thing!
START SOMETHING NEW!
Even if you’re not heading back to school, (though sometimes I wish I were) – this time of year brings about the urge to start afresh. Do something you have been wanting to do for a while – start a course, pick up that craft you love, homemade gifts for Christmas anyone? Above all else – enjoy the season in all its stunning, colourful glory. Soak up those crisp days and pick apples – lots and lots of apples.
Article by: Michelle Costello
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