Fall is coming, and that means that there’s plenty of good things on the way. We’re going to be able to recoup some of that energy that we lost during the frantic summer months; get our fill – and then some – of hot chocolate and spiced cinnamon lattes; and finally get a chance to wear all of our cute cold weather clothing. That’s a lot to look forward to! But you can’t have everything in life. Part of the tradeoff, when it comes to fall, is that we can’t spend anywhere near as much time in the outdoors as we’d like to or need to. That doesn’t, however, mean that you need to say goodbye to mother earth entirely until spring has returned. Instead, bring it into the home! It won’t be quite the space as walking through a forest, but it’ll keep the separation anxiety at bay at least. Below, we take a look at six ways you can bring the outdoors in this fall.
Now, we know that the fall might usually be connected to the scent of homemade cookies and soup – and you won’t hear from us that you shouldn’t get your baking and cooking hat on and whip up a storm in the kitchen. But when you’re not creating those warming snacks and meals, have a think about feeding the senses with the scents of the outdoors. By installing plug-in diffusers around your home, you’ll be giving your property the smells of the outdoors, even when the weather is terrible, and you can’t make it outside. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can even make your own.
Lighting the Way
You’re going to feel pretty far removed from the natural world if you’re spending the fall and winter seasons in a dark pit of a home. So take a look at brightening up your property by increasing the amount of natural light that it receives. You can look at switching out your windows to newer, clearer models, or even adding a new window space altogether. Elsewhere, you can look at beautiful French door choices, and maximize the glass area at the back of your home. This will also give you a clear view of your yard, so you can get a view of the outdoors even when the weather might not be quite as nice as you’d like it to be.
You might like to spend your days roaming through the forests or the beach, but when the weather begins to turn, your opportunities to do so will be limited. To compensate, take a look at adding natural decorations to your home. These can include mason jars full sand, seashells, pinecones, and other decorative pieces you can find in the outdoors. Also, have a think about the material of your textiles. Cotton and linen are natural materials and will help to add a touch of the outdoors on those cozy nights in.
Plants and Flowers
You can literally bring the outdoors in by filling your home with plants and flowers. These won’t just brighten up your home on those dark days, they’ll also help to lift your mood. Research has shown that plants and flowers naturally give you a mental boost. Why? No one is quite sure.
You’ve got a perfectly good yard just sitting there, why only use it during the spring and summer? You can make the most of it during the other half of the year, too. However, it’s not going to be exactly the same. You’re not going to be relaxing in the hammock, basking up the sunshine! But those cool fall evenings? You can spend them outdoors. All you need is some comfortable chairs and the main ingredient: a fire pit. Have one installed – or build one yourself – and you’ll be able to enjoy many a starry fall night with your loved ones. If you don’t have the space for a fire pit, you can create a cozy sitting area. Load up on pillows, comfortable seating, and add a portable heater, and you’ll be good to go.
We spend so much of our time in the office or cooped up inside our homes, that we tend to forget that humans are supposed to be in the outdoors. It’s our natural environment! Incorporating the above steps won’t turn your home into a bona fide nature reserve, but it will help to ease the transition from the outdoor days of summer to the hibernation of fall and winter.