We all want our home to be a haven, a place of rest and comfort, an escape from the world.
1. Refresh your decor
Autumn colours are traditionally fiery, earthy, golden and natural. It’s easy to add pops of colour and texture without having to redo rooms from top to bottom.
2. Keep it simple
Clear away items that are jarring or clutter- ing, leaving only the things that work harmo- niously together. Removing a window cov- ering will maximise light in winter, and make your room appear less busy.
3. Make a sanctuary
Find your perfect place to escape from the bustle and clamour of everyday. Make it an autumn goal to get more sleep!
4. Bring out the quilts
Quilts keep you neither too warm nor too cold. Give them an airing, perhaps a wash with a sensitive laundry detergent on a deli- cate cycle and drying in a shady place.
5. Update your menu
As the nights get colder, salads lose their summery appeal. Fill your kitchen with the rich aroma of a slow-cooked stew or soup – it will be nourishing in more ways than one. Keep fresh vegies and herbs close by so that you’re not tempted to turn to junk food as the weather cools.
6. Plan family time
We all know how important it is to turn off electronic devices and sit down for meals as
a family. Think about moving the television away from the dining area.
Set up your backyard (or family room) as a mini cinema. If it’s a little chilly, hand out some blankets and snuggle up for a night of outdoor cosiness.
7. Light candles
Scented candles in aromatic fragrances like cinnamon, sugar cookie or chai will improve your mood and will fill your home with delicious seasonal spice.
Lighting a candle while bathing will en- hance your sense of calmness and ability to relax and regroup.
8. Install a fire pit
With styles to suit every space, fire pits are fast becoming an integral part of Australian entertaining outside in the cooler months.
9. Plant a tree
Consider planting your own deciduous tree so you can appreciate this autumn delight firsthand. Maples (Acer) are popular and grow well from Sydney to Perth. There is a huge range of leaf shapes and colours, making them a stunning addition to any garden.
10. Clean up outside
If summer has seen an accumulation of kids’ bikes, pool toys, deck chairs and wilt- ed pot plants, now is the time to clean up. Falling autumn leaves look great, use them to spread leaf piles over garden beds and in your compost.