Monday, 23 October 2017

Ideas for Celebrating Autumn

Without a doubt autumn is my favourite season. I’m much more of a cold weather kind of person and I love to cosy up in knitted scarfs and boots for walks in crunchy leaves or snuggle up on the sofa in front of the fire with hot chocolate and a book. Mustards, reds and burnt oranges are some of my favourite colours and I love watching as the trees change and the leaves slowly start to drift away and pile up in corners. I look forward to this season all year and I love to make the most of it. I’ve put together a list of ways to celebrate this beautiful season, let me know if you try any of them or have any other ways of celebrating autumn.


Bring the Outside In:

As I mentioned autumn colours are some of my favourite colours so I love to decorate our little flat with seasonal colours. I also love having a little bit of nature inside our home and so tend to decorate with little bits of nature. I like to buy a mix of pumpkins in all different shapes and colours to dot around the house. As Christians, we don’t celebrate Halloween but I love to turn some of these into pretty lanterns with hearts or paint them with lacy patterns. I absolutely love munchkins and find them so cute so I always get a few of these to lay on the window sill too.

Another way we have decorated this year is to collect up lots of shiny conkers and put them in a pretty bowl. I love the way they shine and every time I see them it reminds me of our walks collecting them. A few years ago, I bought some fake autumn coloured leaves and strung them up into a garland which I like to hang up this time of year. I also love to have a seasonal garland on the door or on the table, sometimes I make these myself but this year I have been looking at buying a pre-made dried one. I love the rustic nature of the dried flowers and it looks so pretty as a table centre with a candle in it or hanging on a wall or door.  
    

Light Time:

This time of year, there is nothing better than making your home as cosy as possible. I love having warm yellow fairy lights strung around the flat along with tea lights and scented candles. There is something so calming about spending an evening by candle light and there is no better time than autumn. As I mentioned above I also love turning pumpkins into pretty tea lights. Try spending an evening entirely lit by candle light, it’s such a relaxing experience and you feel so cosy.



Autumn Walks:

I love being outdoors especially at this time of year, my favourite weather is definitely crisp cold but with a nice golden sun. Try going for a walk in the woods at golden hour enjoying the way the light falls through the trees. This is also a great time to pick up some treasures like conkers and pretty leaves to take home and decorate with. Remember to wrap up warm, part of the joy of these walks is definitely getting to crack out that cosy knitted hat and a pair of super comfy boots.


Get Your Bake On:

Is there anything better than Autumn/Winter food? Root veg, spiced cakes, warming stews and comforting feasts. This is the time to really comfort eat. I love using the darker nights to stay at home and bake a delicious spiced apple cake or ginger bread to eat after a stew or pie full of slow cooked meat and root vegetables. For me this is a great time to experiment and eat as seasonally as possible. Spend an evening in trying a new recipe or even better invite some friends over and make a feast of warming seasonal delights. Trust me, no one will be disappointed.



Dress for It:


I much prefer autumn/winter clothes and I know I am not alone in this one. So many of my friends love this time of year and it feels so wonderful to crack out those ankle boots and cosy jumpers. I love to truly embrace this season choosing to wear mustard and burgundy jumpers along with my aptly named “autumn flower dress”. It might sound a little strange but it can be quite fun to match the colours of nature this time of year.   



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