Enjoy this special season to the fullest when the cooler temperatures of autumn make you feel more energetic, especially here in the Hudson Valley. Take in the sights, sounds, tastes, and aromas that are typical of fall days. Read on to discover 10 ways you can celebrate autumn on a budget.
Top 10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Welcome Fall in Your Hudson Valley Home with Dino Alexander
By Dino Alexander, Contributing Editor (Home & Decor), Real Estate Broker (Alexander Maxwell Realty)
Photography by Maxwell Alexander (Duncan Avenue Photo Studio)
(1) Yummy Baked Goods
Fall is the perfect time to treat yourself and others to a variety of seasonal baked goods. Take out your baking pans and bake some scrumptious pumpkin bread, delicious cranberry muffins, or tempting cinnamon rolls. If you prefer pies, bake a gooey pecan, Dutch apple, or traditional pumpkin pie.
(2) Harvest Door Wreath
Welcome your guests with a harvest-inspired wreath on your front door. Use warm seasonal colors to decorate a simple grapevine wreath. Add silk flowers, such as red and yellow chrysanthemums, and decorative picks made with faux pumpkins, leaves, and gourds to your grapevine wreath.
(3) Seasonal Garden Flag
With a seasonal garden flag, you can bring autumn to your flower bed, vegetable garden, or other landscaped area. Attach a small rod to a metal flag holder and thread a fall-inspired garden flag onto it. Choose a flag that features scarecrows, pumpkins, acorns, sunflowers, cornucopias, or inspirational sayings.
(4) New Welcome Mat
Replace the welcome mat outside your front door with one featuring a fall motif. To enhance the autumn atmosphere, place a large pumpkin and flowering chrysanthemums on a decorative hay bale beside your doormat.
(5) Seasonal Beverages
Sip a seasonal warm beverage on your porch or patio while enjoying crisp autumn evenings. Make cup after cup of warm, delicious cocoa or spiced cider with cinnamon sticks and top it off with whipped cream.
For those cool mornings, make a pot of aromatic pumpkin-spiced coffee.
(6) Hearty Foods
The cooler weather in autumn makes it the perfect time to make hearty meals. Fill your slow cooker with your favorite chili recipe, homemade soup, or a pot roast with all the trimmings.
Make a hearty hamburger casserole, lasagna dish, baked chicken with vegetables, or another filling dish in the oven.
(7) Autumn-Inspired Clothing
Fall is the perfect time for wearing cozy flannel, artsy sweatshirts, warm sweaters, and stylish boots. Layering your clothing is also a great way to deal with fluctuating temperatures. With lightweight jackets, down-filled vests, and knitted scarves, you can layer your clothing for cooler temperatures.
(8) Fall Garden Decor
Decorate your home with autumn-inspired decorations from your garden. Adding miniature pumpkins, large pumpkins, colorful gourds, purple cabbage plants, and vibrant Indian corn to your home will give it a fall-like feel.
Visit a local farmer’s market to buy festive fall natural decor if you don’t have your own garden.
(9) Autumn-Inspired Sayings and Hudson Valley Fall-Inspired Wall Art
Give your walls, tabletops, and shelves an autumn vibe with clever, fall-inspired sayings. Choose ready-made premium fine art photo prints, Hudson Valley fall-inspired wall art, or decorative tabletop items displaying seasonal messages of thankfulness, harvest, gratitude, family, gatherings, or other warm thoughts.
(10) Cozy Throws and Decorative Pillows
Fall is the perfect time to snuggle with a cozy throw while relaxing on your sofa or favorite armchair. Drape several cozy furniture throws throughout your house on sofas, chairs, beds, and ottomans. Exchange your current toss pillows for decorative pillows with fall-inspired pictures to easily incorporate a touch of fall into your living spaces and bedrooms.
Now that you know how easy and inexpensive it is to welcome fall at your Hudson Valley home this year, what are you waiting for? Choose a few of the 10 budget-friendly ways you just read about to enjoy the delicious aromas and tastes of harvest-inspired food and beverages. Decorate your home with an inviting fall wreath, welcome mat, cozy throws, and seasonal toss pillows to ramp up the fall effect.