Bring the Autumn Aromas Inside

It’s no secret that distinct smells go hand-in-hand with certain seasons. But when it comes to fall, there’s nothing more noteworthy than hints of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple. With these easy solutions, your house will radiate the irresistible aromas of autumn, and create an inviting living space for friends and family.

Create a fragrant simmer pot.
Simmer pots are an easy way to keep your house smelling amazing for a longer period of time. Simply bring a saucepan to a boil, and add your favorite autumn scented ingredients—oranges, nutmeg, cinnamon, apples, cranberries, and vanilla. Let it simmer on the stovetop during the day so the delicious aromas can waft throughout the house.

Incorporate pinecones.
Make the most out of the excess pinecones in your backyard by incorporating them into table centerpieces. With a few drops of essential oils and cinnamon sticks, you can create your own potpourri.

Make a special treat.
Who doesn’t love a delicious fall treat? Whether it’s a rich and creamy pumpkin cheesecake or a warm kettle of homemade apple cider, your house will be brimming with both delectable smells and edible treats.

A Subtle Way to Decorate for Fall

Not all fall decor has to entail a full red, orange, and yellow interior makeover. You can achieve the autumn look in your home in more understated ways, too.

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Glass half full

Glass canisters can be filled with a number of fall decor pieces—painted acorns, pinecones, leaves, branches, tiny pumpkins—and will make your dining room or kitchen table instantly look classier, the fall way!

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Blankets and books

Nothing says beckoning in the season of fall like cozying up on the couch with a large blanket and a page-turning read. Stacking books can make for a great centerpiece for coffee tables, and draping blankets over the couch makes anyone feel instantly at home.

Rustic white

White adds a cozy, rustic aspect to the home that, when combined with other fall colors, can make for a magical interior space. If bright white isn’t for you, focus on off-white, gray tones, or soft yellows, which can accomplish the same feel.

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Nature-inspired

Bringing the outdoors inside is key to finding that perfect medium when adding fall touches to your space. This could include woodsy elements: birch log bundles around the fireplace, pinecone and acorn centerpieces, or DIY moss terrariums.

Making the Most of Your Hallways

Hallways are often underutilized spaces in the home. Since most of us simply use hallways as pathways to other rooms, we fail to treat them as rooms themselves. While it wouldn’t make sense to set up a couch and TV in a hallway, you have the potential to optimize this valuable space.

Mirrors

If you’re aiming to make your space feel bigger and more open, a large mirror is a wonderful asset to your hallway. Not to mention, when you’re getting ready to leave your home, you typically have to pass through at least one hallway. This helpful placement will allow you to check how you look one last time before leaving. If your goal is to make the mirror into more of a decorative piece, try draping flowers or lights around its perimeter.

Window seats

If you’re lucky enough to have a hallway adjacent to a window with a wide base, place decorative pillows or cushions along the base. A window seat is the perfect spot to sit and relax for a little while, whether you’re reading a book or just looking out the window. This encourages people living in your house to spend a little extra time in the hallways, making the space more inviting.

Hidden storage

An end table with drawers serves as an excellent tool for utilizing your hallway for storage without crowding or cluttering the space. Maybe you have a few items in your home that don’t seem to have a designated place. Whether it’s the family photo album collection or miscellaneous decorative notepads, an end table is a discreet place to store items while adding character to the hallway.

Art

We don’t often think of hallways when decorating our homes. This can leave hallway walls looking barren. If you have a few favorite art pieces, a family portrait, or photographs that you can expand and frame, adding this type of décor to your hallway walls will add style to your space. If you have a small sculpture or another form of 3-D art, you can place it on a small table in your hallway. This will make the area much more interesting.

Shelving

If you have the space, time, and resources to install shelving, consider making this upgrade to your hallways. You can add bookcase shelving that hugs the wall if you want to turn a piece of your hallway into a mini library. If you’d rather, you can install small individual shelves attached to the walls that can hold plants or art pieces. Shelving will add dimension to your hallway and give you a reason to stop and admire your space instead of just passing through.

Though often overlooked, your hallways can become some of the most interesting rooms in your home. Make a few of these changes if you want to utilize your hallway space in creative ways.

How to Display Your Child’s Art in Your Home

When your child marches through the door from school proudly holding up a painting they’ve made in art class, it’s completely adorable, but you might not know what to do with the art. Of course, you can keep some of it in storage bins so that you can reminisce later in life, but you might feel like you need to display at least some of your child’s artwork in your home so that they can see you’re proud of them. How can you do this without completely throwing off your home’s aesthetic?

Framing is everything.

Maybe your child isn’t a professional artist, but the right frame can make a haphazard finger-painting look like modern art. Shop around for frames that match the style of the room in which you’re trying to incorporate your child’s art. Even if the piece doesn’t exactly match the color scheme or atmosphere of the room, the frame can help it blend in just enough so that it doesn’t take away from the room’s design.

Location, location, location.

Maybe your child’s painting of a dog that looks more like a horse wouldn’t work so well in a classy living room or formal dining room, but what’s the harm in displaying the artwork in a more personal, private area of the home? You can hang your child’s art in your bedroom, your child’s bedroom, a playroom, or even your home office. It will make you smile without clashing with décor in any of the areas of the home where you might entertain guests.

A twist on scrapbooking

If your child’s art is small enough, you can make a scrapbook out of their work that you keep in a communal area like a living room. You can find a scrapbook with a sleek cover that complements the rest of the room, but keep all of your child’s work inside. This gives them the opportunity to show family members or friends multiple pieces of work. Choosing to put all of their art together also shows your child that you’re proud of them and value the art pieces they’ve chosen to bring home.

Take advantage of our digital world.

If your child brings home a ton of artwork, you aren’t heartless if you realize you can’t keep it all without it taking over your entire home. If your child seems to crank out artwork by the dozens, we suggest saving the pieces they seem to value most or the ones with the most sentimental value (Read: Those Mother’s or Father’s Day cards with their tiny handprints on them that actually make you tear up a little). Take pictures of the rest of the art, and keep it in one folder on your home computer. You can even set a favorite as the background or screensaver. This is the perfect way for your child to show off their work without it becoming overwhelming for your home’s capacity.

Kids bring home artwork from school or camp all the time, so follow the tips above to make sure your child knows you value their art pieces without accidentally letting their work overtake your home.