I love the change of seasons. Fall is a time to hunker down, to feel cozy at home during the shorter days. We're just starting to hit our peak foliage in Connecticut, and part of what I love most is bringing outdoor beauty inside. To offset fewer daylight hours, I like to bring warm colors indoors and to light candles liberally. This time of year, vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows are everywhere you look - on leaves, colorful mums, and splattered across knobby squash varieties in stores and farmers markets.
Creating a fall centerpiece is so easy - you need only 2 components: a container, and some beautifully colored fall items to fill it. The centerpiece above is made of an artificial hollowed white tree log, which I stuffed with some colorful pumpkins and leaves. I've always loved the look of white bark, since the fall "fillings" can easily be swapped out for pine cones, snippets of evergreen branches, and red berry sprays come December. Add some tea lights in rustic Mason jars to flank your arrangement, and you're all set. Additional fall themed elements (acorn salt and pepper shakers) are also fun. For something even simpler, try clipping several fall branches with bright leaves, arranging them in a neutral colored vase. This works especially well for entryways, but could easily be used as a centerpiece as well. Best of all, you don't have to break the bank to cozy up your home. Simply go outside, or try craft stores (i.e. Jo-Ann's or Michael's) and Target (love the Threshold collection), both of which offer plenty of reasonably priced inspiration.
I've also been listening to a lot of Google Play music. Have you tried it? It's similar to Pandora, except you can choose music stations curated by mood. I'm obsessed with it - both at work and at home (there are great stations under the "focusing at work" umbrella - my personal favorite is the Muted Jazz station). For curling up to a mug of cider or hot chocolate at home, try the Harvest Moon station.
I hope you are enjoying the shorter days and cozying up at home.