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5 Ways to Embrace the Arrival of Fall at Home in Westchester

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The arrival of fall means it’s time to build your reading list, brew up a coffee corner, and get ready for the flavors of autumn.

By Laura Gaskill, Houzz

With the tail end of summer fading away, we can begin to look forward to the rich colors and comforts of fall in Westchester. Crunch a crisp orchard apple, pick up a new book (or curl up with an old movie), and create a space that’s both comforting and welcoming. Get a start on fall to-dos and favorites this weekend with these five ideas.

arrival of fall

Christen Ales Interior Design, original photo on Houzz

1. Cozy up your movie-watching zone.

Clear the clutter from your TV zone, drape a cozy throw over the couch, and fill your queue with shows and films you’ve been meaning to watch. Pop a bowl of popcorn or make a couch-friendly dinner (chili is a good bet), cuddle up, and enjoy the show. Want to up your movie-watching game? Start a film club in which friends can gather to watch and discuss compelling cinema, from classics to current documentaries.

fall arrival

Martin Horn Inc, original photo on Houzz

2. Put a few new titles on your fall reading list.

With the arrival of fall, it’s time to make a trip to your local bookshop or library and browse the aisles for an enticing new read. And when you get home, consider reorganizing your book collection. You may just come across a few beloved books you’ve forgotten about.

fall house

LiB contents, original photo on Houzz

3. Brew up a coffee corner.

One of life’s great simple pleasures is that first cup of coffee. If your coffee-making zone is looking less than inspiring, consider giving it a little TLC this weekend. Gather together your favorite tools, treat yourself to a pound of freshly roasted beans (even better if they’re from Westchester) and take the time to savor each sip of your weekend morning brew.

Lore Patterson, original photo on Houzz

Lore Patterson, original photo on Houzz

4. Put fall flavors on the menu.

Apples, winter squash (yes, pumpkins, too!), Brussels sprouts — whatever your favorite fall flavors may be, this is the time to start indulging. Visit a local farmer’s market or farm stand in Westchester to find the freshest produce.

Visible Proof, original photo on Houzz

Visible Proof, original photo on Houzz

5. Clear the decks in your command center.

With school back in session and schedules filling up, surfaces have a way of getting buried in paper. Set a timer (start with 20 minutes) and sort through the paper piles until you can see your desk again. When you’re done, place something beautiful in the space (a potted plant or vase of flowers) as a reminder to keep it clean.

Related: How to Plan the Perfect Late-Summer Barbecue Party in Westchester


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