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And so we have come to Summer’s End and the first kiss of Autumn falls on our lips. Gone are the greens of youth, replaced by the colorful, fiery hues from nature’s palette. As the air turns chill and harvest is gathered, Autumn is a time of deep reflection, a time of warmth and companionship. It is a time to count our blessings and share in the bounty amassed.
Welcome to Fall, that most glorious of seasons, when the nights become longer and nothing is more magical than a well-tended fire beneath the starlit sky. Fall is filled with old, familiar scents, tastes, and sounds, long missed over the spring and summer months — pumpkin spice, apple cider, geese, pine cones, and deer calls…
In ancient times the autumnal equinox marked the balance between light and dark, before night’s reign begins, but also as a celebration of the harvest and we see that echoed in the land around us today as the crops are brought in and we prepare for the coming winter. But more than anything, this seasonal shift was a harbinger of the celebration of friends, family, and our forefathers.
Autumn is a time to give our homes a fall-ready makeover that is welcoming and inviting. What better way to embrace the season than by making your front entrance the focal point of this change with a festive harvest wreath? Variegated autumn colors come alive as leaves in various shades of burnt orange, russet, and gold encircles a bounty of gourds, sprigs, and pumpkins, suspended beautifully from your front door.
You can bring a little balance and symmetry by adding corn stalks and bales of hay or straw to frame the sides, drawing visitors into the warmth of your home by offering them a dash of fall splendor. It’s an inexpensive transformation that lifts the spirits of your company as they arrive, and you can transport them even further with a few simple treats to the senses inside with the proper combination of scented candles, such as pumpkin, cinnamon, caramel, and pine.
There is nothing quite like the beauty of Autumn, and by embracing it and making it a part of your home, that beauty is felt both inside and out.