The nights are getting longer, the leaves have changed color and despite that day of snow last week, the weather has been absolutely beautiful. Fall is our favorite season because the colors are so rich and antiques look especially regal in the fall glow. Maggie, the Ski Country Antique's Store Manager & Visual Designer gives us her favorite tips to reflect the autumn season into any space.
Seasonal scents are a great way of bringing an autumn atmosphere into your home. Feeling crafty? Try recreating fall scents in a simmer pot. Combine cinnamon, orange peels, apples, star anise and cloves into a pot and simmer on the stove until your home smells like you've been baking all day.
Or if you'd prefer a more low-maintenance approach, try the instant gratification of a reed diffuser. Reed diffusers provide an constant fragrance without the worry of an open flame or unattended stove. Maggie's favorites this month are Simmered Cider from Thymes and Spicy Apple from Rosy Rings, a local Colorado company.
(Everyday Enchanting, My Blessed Life)
With our Cabin Decor post, we talked about bringing the outside inside to create a whimsical flair. The same concept works here - get inspired by nature and incorporate as many elements as you can. Go foraging (a fun weekend activity for the family) and create an autumn-inspired wreath or table arrangement.
Some of Maggie's local Colorado favorites to decorate with:
• Branches and foliage
• Dried corn and cornstalks
• Dried wheat
• And, of course, pumpkins and gourds galore!
You can also achieve the same look with artificial stems and picks. Quality pieces really do look authentic, and best of all you can use them year after year.
Fall is a time when hostesses thrive! The sun goes down earlier and dinner becomes the evening's main affair - not to mention the numerous holidays that manage to gather everyone around a table. Maggie loves using festive table runners, serving pieces, napkins and centerpieces to get everyone in the spirit. Rustic colors like gold, orange, red, and sage work together to create a color palette as delectable as the food on the table.
If you are headed to a gathering at someone else's house, change it up from the ordinary bottle of wine and bring a hostess gift that will be a bit longer lasting. Maggie recommends a beautiful cutting board, a festive kitchen towel or fragrant candle to show your gratitude.
Nothing compliments each other quite like farmhouse decor and fall. The rustic charm of farmhouse decor and the often white backgrounds provide an amazing canvas to highlight some autumn magic. Instead of a vase, try using pitchers for fall flower arrangements. Want more Farmhouse decor tips? Click here.