While the golds and oranges get all the glory, the scent of earthy florals also help create fall memories. Potpourri should be included in your seasonal aesthetic to make any home a bit cozier on the blusteriest of days. With the waning daylight, settle close to your crockpot, stove or oven and begin crafting with dried herbs, flowers and spices.
Jennifer Adams, Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate’s interior design Pro, offers a delightful recipe that can simmer in a crockpot to spice up your home as you step out for work or a day of apple picking with the family. Simply quarter two oranges and place inside a crockpot of any size. Next, toss in 6 cinnamon sticks, 2 tablespoons of cloves and 2-3 bay leaves. Add 2 cups of water and set on warm. This is the perfect way to welcome loved ones home, or to set the tone for a party.
Rosemary is a delightful aromatic herb that not only tops pumpkin, infuses olive oil and seasons potatoes, but is a great herb to simmer on the stove during fall. Thinly slice 2 lemons and place them in a stockpot alongside 2 sprigs of rosemary and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Add 2-3 cups of water and set on low. Make sure to do this on the backburner with a lid to prevent little hands from being too curious.
Dried potpourri is also a stellar project to do during fall. Satchels can be placed throughout the house before the cold of winter sets in. Potpourri can also be placed in jars and gifted for housewarmings or Thanksgiving. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Slice 3 apples into 1/8-inch sections and place on a cookie sheet to bake for 2 hours. Flip over every 30 minutes. In a mason jar, place 2 whole vanilla beans, 3 whole cloves, 5 whole coriander seeds and 4 cinnamon sticks. Once the fruit has cooled, add to the jar and shake with the lid tightly closed. One option is to toss the lid and keep the metal band that screws into the jar to hold burlap piece in place over the opening. These non-visual décor statements are sure to help you welcome fall into your home.