So long summertime!!!
Okay… maybe it’s a bit early to bid my farewell to the current season! BUT SOON, the Fall season will arrive! and with it, crisp air, colorful leaves, and cozy textiles, all present themselves during the fall season. As the season transitions, so will your wardrobe and your home! From easy breezy summer cotton and linens to plaids and chunky knits. Scented candles go from delicate florals to hints of leather, vanilla, and cashmere. Your lite bedding becomes heavy, and fluffy, in the coziest of ways. Beach towels are replaced with throw blankets, carelessly tossed over every chair. Flip flops are replaced with fuzzy socks and slippers waiting at your bedside for the cooler mornings. It’s never easy saying goodbye to summer, but transitioning your home into a cozy fall abode should be. I’ve compiled a list that will be sure to help when transitioning your home, from summer to fall.
Yes, much like spring cleaning, fall cleaning requires you to give your home yet another deep clean. As you are taking down summer decor, be sure to wash everything before storing it. That way when you go to unpack everything next year, it’s clean and ready to go. Don’t forget to clean windows, so the little natural lite we do get has a chance to filter in. For more tips on a clean home, check out this post.
Store Away Summer Things
Now is a good time to store away summer items. Walk around the house and pack away anything that reminds you of summer. I pack away our clothes, swimsuits, beach towels, everything summer related. Our home has very little room to store things inside, so I keep storage bins in our garage, labeled for each season.
Layer your bed with a variety of blankets and pillows, featuring all sizes, shapes, and thicknesses. Flannels, chunky knits, and heavy quilts are some of my personal favorites. Place a blanket at the foot of your bed to add thickness, and an extra layer to keep those feet warm at night. Drape a throw over your sofa or favorite chair. This is great for when guests come over as well, because not all of our body temps run the same, and you want your guests to feel comfortable. If you’re feeling a bit “extra” consider switching out your curtains for warm colors and rich textures like a luscious velvet.
Some of my favorite Fall scents include vetiver, golden amber, vanilla, cashmere wood, smoked chestnuts, and leather. Store away your summer scents along with your summer decor. There is nothing more exciting then unpacking decor and finding a candle or two, to lite up while unpacking. Shop some of my favorite scents here!
If you aren’t big on candles and still want the aromas of fall try this homemade potpourri recipe:
- 5 cups water
- 2 navel oranges, peeled
- 1 apple, sliced in half
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 3 star anise
- 1 teaspoon-sized knob of fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon cardamom pods
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon dried orange peel
Combine all ingredients together in a saucepan and heat over low heat until simmering. I have kept this going for a few hours, adding additional water when needed. You can also throw everything in the crockpot and set it on low or high with the top off.
As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, it is best to have several layers of light in your home during the fall season. Placing several candles on a decorative tray, or on a fireplace mantle will not only provide soft light, but will also create a stunning centerpiece. If you aren’t a candle person for safety reasons, I highly recommend electric lights or LED candles to add layers of lighting to your space.
Bring the outdoors in by using fresh fruits and veggies as decor. Pumpkins, apples, pears, branches,and leaves as decor. Be sure to clean them off good, so you don’t bring in any hitchhikers.
I hope these simple tips help make transitioning your home from summer to fall, a piece of…pie ?.