My how the seasons have changed. Before the weather even agreed to it, grocery stores and coffee shops unleashed their full rosters of pumpkin spice and maple. With the iced to hot coffee transition comes an overwhelming need to sit back and watch the leaves change from your window. A leather jacket looks good, but staying inside with your go-to takeout order feels even better. Keep the skeletons in your closet (it’s cuffing season after all) and ignore the clutter when making your place fall-ready. All it really takes are a few easy swaps.
1. Throw This on for Size
The fall TV schedule may be a thing of the past but earlier sunsets provide the perfect mood lighting for a night in. Keep the window cracked just a little for a taste of crisp fall air and crack open the stash of throws you’ve had hidden away all summer. Whether you prefer to keep a pile in a basket by the couch or slung over the back of a chair, make sure you’ve got plenty of throws within arms reach so that you can replace sweaters and jeans with a blanket suit the moment you get home.
2. Longer Layers
The covers you kicked off as soon as the sun came out could use some refreshing, and the simple swap of your duvet’s insides is the perfect place to start. If your best cool-weather sleeps call for more layers than “The Rachel,” shift your summer coverlet to a bottom layer booster or add a quilt as the cherry on top. Bring fall inside when you replace flowers by the bed with an arrangement of dried flowers or branches for a lower maintenance but mood lifting touch.
3. Any Tub Can be a Hot Tub
After a sweatier than average summer featuring a rigorous pool-to-shower to beach-to-shower schedule, your towels are probably about to throw in the towel. Finally, you’ve got a little more time to stay inside and soak until the mirrors steam, so make sure your bathroom is up to task. Summer reflected perfectly in bright whites but cooler times call for cooling and calming blues and greys. Finally, cozy up everything down to the air with scents that keep you warm for that brief blip between the shower and your towels.
4. Reunite with Red
Sure, you could have just added a dash of pumpkin spice, but the thrill of spicing up your bar for fall won’t fade like a coffee trend. Wipe the dust off the bottle of Bordeaux you’ve been saving for a brisk and breezy night and make a party out of swapping in comforting cabs and zesty zins. Don’t forget to grab your favorite bourbons and brandys off the bench and lengthen shorter days with the perfect sip and stir.
5. Now That's Entertaining
Your favorite fall recipes aren’t holiday exclusive. The danger of walking too close to your local farmers market is the realization that your all-time-favorites for stir-frys and pies are at their peak. Mix up the perfect reason to bring the party to your place and if all else fails, any party can be a dinner party if there’s enough pizza to go around.
Now that you’ve brought your home back from the brink of haunted house, spend fall relaxing from the comfort of your robe.