Winter is coming, and autumn is the indicator. Before you start preparing for the snowpocalypse, there are a few things you should consider doing while the weather is still fairly stable.
Whether you’re looking for that next big project to improve your home, or if you want something simple to add a touch of fall, here are some great ways to decorate for the season.
The Big Projects
Build a Fire Pit
Fall brings a chill in the air, but that’s no reason to hide in your home. Embrace this beautiful time of the year by installing your own outdoor fire pit. They can be elaborate or very simple depending on your tastes. Either way, it’s sure to warm up your friends and family as you enjoy the autumn nights well into November.
Depending on your style, pavers, brick or stone are all great options to build your pit. Outdoor fireplaces can be placed on existing patios if you prep the spot correctly. Over the weekend, invite some friends over for a cookout and a fire pit-building party. Work during the day and relax with toasting marshmallows and hot dogs at night.
Make a Honey-Do List
While maintenance might not be the most fun thing to think about, it’s an absolute necessity in the fall. Before it gets too cold to do much outside, consider doing the following items to help keep your home safe and beautiful:
- Caulk around windows
- Ensure weather stripping is intact around all doors
- Clean out the gutters
- Inspect the roof, especially if you have had high winds recently
- Clean out the indoor fireplace and chimney if you have one
- Store all bikes and lawn equipment properly.
Take a weekend and make a list of some things you can do to improve your home’s efficiency. Your wallet will thank you later!
The Small Projects
Prep for the Turkey
It’s a sign of fall when you dream of turkey, stuffing and lots of gravy. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, work on prepping your presentation. Nothing will impress your family more if you’ve not only pulled off an outstanding meal, but also thought about decorations.
Making a cornucopia for your Thanksgiving centerpiece will add a focal point to your table. Even something as small as picking up linen or cloth napkins and tablecloths will really pull together your look. Candles, pinecones and some pumpkins scattered here and there are perfect additions, too.
Wreath It Up
Welcome all to your home with a wreath on the front door. From simple to elegant, wreaths come in all shapes, sizes and styles. The hardest part for you will be to narrow down your options.
Here are some common fall items you can incorporate into your wreath:
- corn stalks and husks
- hydrangeas or other dried flowers
- burlap and lace
- fall fabrics
- straw or hay
- fake pumpkins and ribbon
- twigs and pinecones
You might need some tools like wire cutters, scissors and a glue gun depending on the wreath design you choose. Tutorials are available across the Internet, so have fun and experiment.
Smell the Coffee
Feel like upcycling today? Get out there and find the perfect piece of furniture to make yourself a coffee/tea/hot cocoa bar for your home. With those chilly days setting in, a hot drink bar is the perfect way to stay toasty.
Score an old hutch or vintage cart at a yard sale or flea market, give it a coat of paint, and set your coffee maker, cups and choice of caffeine up on it. If it’s not big enough, you can always mount shelving on the wall above where it will sit. Your coffee bar will be a beautiful and functional addition to your kitchen or dining room.
No matter your budget, the opportunities are endless with fall projects. Dive in and get to work, and you’ll be rewarded with a cozy haven.