The enchanting season of fall is officially here and you know what that means—it’s time to embrace football, the flourishing world of fashion and yes, pumpkin spice everything. Fall is everything we love all wrapped into one special season where vibrant colors, nostalgic holidays and delicious treats and comfort foods make their seasonal debut.
Wondering how you can warmly welcome fall into your own home? Here are four festive ways that will have you falling in love with this season all over again.
1. Spruce up your home for fall
As winter approaches, it’s a good time to see what home maintenance measures you can take to better prepare for the cooler (and hopefully wetter) season ahead. Yes, even in sunny California.
Get your home in seasonal shape with these simple yet essential fall maintenance tasks:
- Repair peeling or blistering paint
- Check the foundation for cracks
- Inspect the roof for missing or loose shingles
- Clean gutters and downspouts
- Clean and apply sealer to decks
- Change batteries in smoke and CO detectors
- Clean skylights and reseal any cracks if necessary
- Replace the filter in your heating system
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2. Get a taste of fall
Pumpkin or “pumpkin spice” to be exact, is this year’s celeb ingredient and it’s taking over the food scene. Whether it’s pumpkin spice lattes, Oreos, bagels, peanut butter or yogurt—you imagine it, the world has tried it. So join the craze and get a taste of fall for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert—even cocktail hour—with these deliciously decadent pumpkin spice recipes.
Start your morning on a high note with the Wicked Good Kitchen’s self-declared Best Ever Pumpkin Spice French Toast with Bourbon generously topped with fluffy pumpkin butter and drenched in warm maple syrup. Hoping to get a taste of fall without all the extra calories? Spice up your most important meal of the day by throwing together this protein-packed Pumpkin Spice Smoothie.
Lunch and dinner options are also endless with loads of recipes to choose from like this savory Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, this deliciously festive Roasted Pumpkin Risotto or this classic Pumpkin Soup paired with Honey Butter Pumpkin Dinner Rolls for dipping.
For dessert, satisfy your sweet tooth with Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes, Pumpkin Spice Fudge or Pumpkin Pecan Spice Macaroons. For those warm fall days, cool down with creamy, homemade Pumpkin Pie Popsicles or oh-so-delicious Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches (don’t want to make these from scratch? San Francisco-based It’s-It has got you covered).
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3. Add touches of fall to the home
According to HGTV, fall color trends are calling for “warm, rich and cozy colors, from hues of chocolate brown and golden yellow to burnt orange and lipstick red.” If you’re craving change, think about adding touches of autumnal colors to your home with a statement piece or re-painting your living room or bedroom with one of these fresh fall-inspired colors. But fall decorating doesn’t have to use rich, dark hues. Perhaps you live by the coast and want to keep your space light and breezy for fall – white pumpkins and rustic elements can add just the right touch.
Photo via Yellow Bliss Road
Looking to purchase some new fall décor items for your home? We love this autumn-inspired Harvest Pumpkin Wreath & Garland from Pottery Barn to serve as a statement piece for the front of your home or this Filigree Punched Ceramic Pumpkin seasonal light display to bring some warmth into your living room.
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4. Incorporate these fabulous DIY fall decorating ideas
Decorating for the fall can be fun and inexpensive with these easy DIY fall decorating projects.
Photo via Carina Gardner
Stimulate the senses with this fragrant tabletop pumpkin topiary with white mini pumpkins, artichokes, fresh herbs and berries or add a touch of glam to your décor with this sparkly autumn leaves garland. For something fun for the whole family, create this fall thankful banner. Simply cut out paper leaves and make them accessible so family members can add what they’re thankful for throughout the season. Then you can collect and read all the leaves on Thanksgiving.
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Your home will be fall-worthy in no time with these festive tips for updating your home. How you do incorporate the look of fall into your home? Let us know in the comments or tweet @CB_California. #FallFabulousness