Fall has officially started to work its magic.  Pumpkin flavored everything and glittery witch and ghost decorations.  But there are fun ways to bring some autumn into your home as little or as much as you would like.  In this two-part blog series, we cover all bases from the conventional to the conversational.

Conversational: Make it pretty!

Fall Decorating | Chelsea Robinson | Encino and Sherman Oaks Real Estate Agent and Houses for SaleThere are a number of different ways to add the flavor of fall into your home. Here are some easy suggestions:

Simmer Pots

Simmer pots are a great way to fill your home with the wonderful scents of the season.  They work by letting a pot of water with added fruits, oils, spices, and herbs.  You can find several Simmer pot recipes online.    There are a ton of scents you can add.  You can find a great tutorial at A Beautiful Mess .  This is a no fuss no muss way to make your home smell amazing.  Unlike candles, Simmer Pots are a safer air-quality option if you are concerned with the ingredients of scented candles.

Instructions:   Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the ingredients from your favorite recipe, continue to boil for a few minutes, then turn the heat down to a simmer. Add water as needed, usually every 30 minutes or so.

Recipes:

Cinnamon sticks Apple peels Orange rinds Whole cloves

Peel from 1 lemon Peel from 1 orange 2 bay leaves 3 cinnamon sticks 2 Tablespoons whole cloves

A few drops vanilla Orange peels

1 cup dried lavender 1 tsp anise 1 Tablespoon nutmeg 1 Tablespoon whole cloves 1 Cinnamon stick

5 bay leaves 1 Tablespoon whole cloves 2 sticks cinnamon

Scented Candles

We all have our favorite brand of scented candles.  The big box and home stores are chocked full of choices and types.  If you are concerned about petroleum, dyes and other ingredients, there are more choices in the marketplace that offer eco-friendly and healthy candles.  Do an online search to see what natural and eco-friendly candles are the best.  Hit up your local farmers market to see if anyone sells organic candles.

Bouquet of Herbs

Nothing says fall like the smell of the classic parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme; or how about cinnamon, sugar, and cloves?  Leave the fresh flowers for spring and opt for fresh herbs.  Hang them in all areas of the house.  Even once they have dried, their scent is present.  Esty has a number of stores that sell bouquets of herbs if you don’t feel like making your own.

Pine Cone Decor

Pine Cones take us to a calming place not only in smell but by its image.  It reminds us of a quiet fall forest that is preparing for the winter.  The smells of turning leaves, pine, and fresh air make any home feel fall ready.  Pine cones are easy to create wreaths and dried floral arrangements with….and you can even use them into the winter season as well!

 Homemade Potpourri

While it may make some have some severe decade flashbacks, Potpourri isn’t a cliché form of scenting.  You can either make or purchase some soothing blends.  You can make you own by mixing fragrant dried fruit and flowers with fall spices and keep them in a deep bowl.

Get some crafting lessons.  Michael’s is a great place to pick up your supplies AND learn a few tricks.  You can learn how to make centerpieces, floral bouquets, wreaths and so much more.  Check out their class schedule to see what they have for the fall.  You can also check their fall department online to see what they have on sale.

Décor

For those of us who LOVE Halloween, like myself, you can never be too early with the classic Halloween decorations…but there are also times that you want to ease into things.  Maybe a pumpkin here and a leaf wreath there….. That is the great part about fall.  You can make it as mild or wild as you want without it being too over the top.  Centerpieces are a great way to show your fall spirit.  A beautiful fall leaf and dried flower arrangement can work or even a wooden bowl with a rainbow of apples and mild fall accents can transform the room.   Don’t be afraid to flex your inner decorating muscle…have fun with it.

Fall Recipes

It isn’t enough to just fill your house with Simmer Pot and Candle scents…..you have to fill it with the sweet smell of roasting squashes, savory stews and sweet pies.  Hot apple cider is always a fall favorite as well as spiced cookies and our sinful mini candies set aside for trick-or-treaters.  Rachel Ray has a great list of easy and delicious fall recipes.  As always you can head to Food Network to get a great list of options for your fall meals.  Their site offers up nutritional measurements, videos, and helpful tips to make your meal, flawless.


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