Hi friends! I have to admit that this season so far as been riddled with ups and downs. From a trip home celebrating the engagements of my closest friends to grieving tragedy after tragedy, my emotions have been all over. In the last few weeks alone there have been times that I’ve jumped out of bed in the morning ready to take on (and hopefully change!) the world, and times that I’ve stayed under the covers until noon, feeling helpless and hopeless. Needless to say there’s been a lot on my mind, all of our minds, to kick off a season normally full of cozy days indoors and festive crafts and beautiful adventures. Fall is particularly special to me, always, despite living in a city that rarely dips below 80 degrees this time of year, so I’ve realized one thing: In all this chaos, it’s even more important that I embrace fall. It’s a comfort I cling to, and I think we should all pay attention to the things that bring us comfort and make the effort to immerse ourselves in them. After all, how can I be inspired to do all of the *good* things I want to do if I’m not taking time for myself?
There’s so much more to be said, but the bottom line is this: fall is that comfort for me, and if it is for you, here are some beautiful, creative, low-impact ways to embrace the season. Just the teeny, tiny act of finding the perfect pumpkin to adorn this corner bar cart put me in a better mood, so hopefully these ideas will do that for you!
Reuse Your Pumpkins
There isn’t too much to say about this first one that hasn’t already been said but as I’ve mentioned before on my other blog, fall and the holiday season is the one time of year that you might actually *want* to revert to the classics rather than coming up with the latest, trendiest, project. Yay for nostalgia! There are a lot of ways to get multiple uses out of your pumpkins this season. Just do a little brainstorming (or pinning) before heading to the pumpkin patch to make sure you get the kind that can be translated to projects later on in the season, whether it’s baking, redecorating, or whatever!
Create a Signature Fall Scent
One of the best ways to make your home feel cozier for fall is with a warm autumn scent. I love buying new candles this time of year but there are also so many options if you’re trying to get the most for your money or even go zero-waste. A comforting pot simmer is one way to go about using up extra produce you wind up with or any leftover ingredients from fall baking. If the thought of potpourri brings overpowering scents reminiscent of the craft store to mind (or is that just me?) then this natural alternative might be for you. It uses dried fruit and nuts to create an inviting fall aroma.
DIY Wreath Making
One of my favorite fall crafts is wreath making, but I used to do it with faux foliage from the store. Lately I’ve been getting into crafting with fresh flowers, which can be the perfect way to use local blooms you bought at the farmers market earlier that week. I’m really into dried flowers right now ever since I went on a shopping spree at the LA flower market and ended up with a bunch of roses and eucalyptus that dried up way too quickly in the heat. Whether you opt for a fresh foliage wreath that you preserve for later or head straight to dried florals, this is a great natural way to bring a little nature inside this season. Don’t forget a fall garland, either!
Decorate with Fall Fare
Some of my favorite tablescapes on Pinterest have been ones that utilize local fall produce in their centerpieces or place settings. It fills the table quickly with a beautiful (and beautiful smelling) focal point, eliminating the need to go too crazy with *actual* decor. It goes without saying that it’s pretty easy to dream up ideas for reusing the produce, even if you’re not going to add it directly to the meal in question. Even simply laying pumpkins across your tablescape can look gorgeous and unexpected, and you can remove them afterward and save for the next occasion.
Hope you can use this post as a to-do list of sorts, for all the ways to create a cozy space the all-natural way! Share your fall decorating tips below.