Transitioning to Fall
Words by Sarah Lyon
This summer, we continue to witness the horrific effects of global warming and experienced scorching temps—but with the end of summer on the horizon, it is time to prepare for chillier days ahead and hunkering down at home. As we begin to settle into our autumn routines, it’s important to take inventory of our surroundings, too, and prepare our spaces to be as warm and comforting as they can be, as cozy season sets in. One key component of this process? Finding ways to be both eco-conscious and design-conscious as we improve our homes. We’ve outlined some simple tips below to help you get started.
Because most of us spend an increased amount of time indoors as soon as the temperatures dip, it’s important to think about ways to maximize your quality of life while inside. Those who enjoy reading or watching movies in bed or on the sofa will want to ensure they have plenty of pillows in order to keep nice and comfy while lounging. Truly, the more pillows, the merrier—pillows are an excellent way to experiment with new colors and patterns without making a major commitment.
After you tackle these basics, it’s time to look into lighting. Everyone’s space could use some extra light in the colder months, and candles bring that luxe, hotel-like experience we all crave to life. Plus, you can give your lamps a bit of a break and recreate a cozy cabin experience in the comfort of your own apartment. Bonus points if the candles you choose smell amazing—we particularly like more woodsy scents for chillier months, but you can’t go wrong with any fragrance.
Stick With the Classics
When investing in home pieces for fall, keep in mind that trends come and go—you’ll want to opt for finds that will make you happy year after year. You’ll ultimately be creating less waste if you buy only what you love. But that’s not all—To promote sustainable practices, consider purchasing pieces made from recycled materials or those that give back to marginalized communities. There’s a whole lot of good you can be doing while prepping for the season ahead and making your pad look pretty darn amazing.