Smile, everyone: autumn is finally here. And the season has brought along all of its remarkable wonders and satisfying sensations too. Like Stephen King remarks in Salem’s Lot, “When fall comes…it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed.” Have you missed the feeling of the season wrapping itself around you in a warm hug? Have you longed for its friendly coziness, crisp beauty, and golden nostalgia?
Fortunately, you have several months to enjoy all that fall has to offer—however you would like to spend it. Cozy nights at home are a favorite for many, and they fall under a large umbrella of definitions. Let’s take a closer look at how to spend cozy nights with these autumn essentials you need in your life.
Sweater Weather: Bring On the Layers
Yes, it’s that time of the year where everybody pulls their sweaters out of the back of the closet. When the crisp fall breeze replaces the warmth of the summer sunshine, you need to make the most of the all-too-short season. Ideal autumnal sweaters should be comfy, soft, and colorful. Bring out the burgundy, mustard, and emerald as you pile on the layers. Don’t forget to layer up your chairs and couches with extra throw pillows and blankets.
Home Décor: Hunt and Gather Goods
Mellow, cozy nights at home call for an aesthetic interior that suits the season. Hunt and gather up charming home décor that sets the mood. Play with patterns, spice-up displays, or spruce-up spaces with fresh pieces to supplement fall neutrals. Decadent scented candles and seasonal plants are autumn essentials you need in your life.
Fall floral arrangements are about showing off the season’s vibrant beauty and rich hues. Amaryllis, chrysanthemums, primrose, and Christmas cactus are all stunning tabletop bloomers. Throw in some oak or sweetgum tree branches for an earthy twist.
Tasty Treats: Time for Seasonal Nibbles
Some people think that cooler weather calls for piping hot comfort food. A bowl of soup or chili, anyone? A pot of something yummy simmering on the stovetop will make your home smell welcoming and delicious. That said, if you’re curling up with a good book or putting on a movie, you might prefer nibbling to slurping.
You can create the perfect health-conscious charcuterie board to snack on with your seasonal faves. A fall harvest board will include textures, colors, and tastes reminiscent of the season. Think herbs, maple, and warming spices. Dates, grapes, apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, squash, and sweet potatoes are produce options at their peak this time of year. Pair it all with your favorite hot drink in a mug. Good, cozy times are just around the corner.