Faking Fall

Weekend How-To: Fake Autumn

Sure, outside it’s ninety degrees and there are more palm trees than pumpkins, but you can still enjoy fall. If you’re missing the crisp air, those crunchy leaves underfoot and cozy sweaters and scarves, here’s how to fake the season – no matter where you live.

Seasonal Decor

Palm trees or no, the calendar says fall – time to pull out the harvest-themed decorations! Switch out pillow covers, throws and candles for those in rich jewel tones, hang up that autumn wreath, try artful piles of gourds and mini pumpkins on the mantle and stacks of Cinderella pumpkins on the hearth. Pots of yellow and orange mums are also cheerful and festive. The idea is to embrace fall by changing out your typical décor for something truly seasonal.

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Scents of the Season

Our sense of smell is a powerful thing. One of the easiest ways to fake fall is to fill your home with seasonal scents. Look for pumpkin and apple scented candles to put in every room and cinnamon pinecones to pile in pretty bowls on the coffee table or by the door. Try mixing up this stove-top blend: toss cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange slices into simmering water, and let the classic autumn scent fill your home with warmth. And if the nights get cool enough and you have the set-up, spend some time by the fire pit!

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Classic Comfort Food

Enjoy the pumpkin beer and lattes, and indulge in classic, stick-to-your-ribs comfort foods at home. Slow-cooked soups and chilis are hearty and delicious, and they’ll make your whole house smell amazing. Try recipes with pureed pumpkin and roasted squash too.


Warm Fuzzies

Cozy cable-knit blankets, warm scarves and sweaters, soft slippers, and flannel pajamas and sheets are wonderful fall treats. If it’s too hot to bundle up, just the feel of a cozy throw on the sofa can be good enough.

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Something New

If you can’t go on your annual hay ride or apple-picking trip, figure out a new tradition that you can enjoy just as much. Check the local news for fall festivals and events, or look for a nearby farmer’s markets.

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