Make a simmer pot – Making a place feel like fall starts with the senses, and fall has distinct scents that are associated with cool temps and changing leaves. An easy way to warm up any home is with the soothing smell of simmering apples, oranges, and cinnamon. Simply add your ingredients to a pot with some water and simmer throughout the day. If that’s not seasonal enough for you, there are plenty of other recipes sure to leave your home fall-like and fragrant.
Create a calming environment with candles - If simmer pots aren’t for you, candles are another great way to get you in the autumn mood. From fresh picked apples to pumpkin spice lattes, there are candles for just about any scent you can think of. Unlike simmer pots, candles also create a glowing ambiance to make any room feel calm and cozy. You can find good candles at any store and can usually get them on sale. Better yet, most will last you about a month, so you won’t be swapping them out all the time.
Change up your usual décor - Make some subtle changes by swapping your couch pillows for warm fall colors of orange, yellow, or red, or place a decorative knit throw blanket on your bed. Take it to the next level by picking up an assortment of pumpkins to disperse around your home. Use them as a table centerpiece or on a shelf to add an extra touch of autumn to any Shea Homes living space. Get front porch planters ready for fall by swapping out summer blooms or ferns for mums paired with ornamental grasses and sweet potato vine.
Stop by a craft store - It wouldn’t be fall without the rich golds and bold reds of changing leaves. Stop by your local craft store to get supplies for leaf garland, a fall wreath, or a homemade table runner. Hint: this is a great place to also get artificial pumpkins that can be just as decoratively effective without worrying about spoilage. This is also a great autumn activity for kids, with a multitude of projects that they can work on.
Bring the outdoors inside - Residents of Phoenix area Shea Homes communities can do this too, but perhaps should channel the outdoor elements of Flagstaff or Prescott. Adding an in-season floral arrangement such as sunflowers would brighten up any dining room. You may have to switch to artificial for certain elements, but anything with berries or incorporating aspen leaves and branches are perfect when decorating for an autumn atmosphere.
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