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The arrival of fall means it’s time to build your reading list, spruce up your coffee corner, and prepare for the flavors of autumn.
By Laura Gaskill
With fall now in full swing it’s time to sit back and enjoy the rich colors and comforts the season brings to Westchester. Crunch a crisp orchard apple as you pick up a new book or curl up with an old movie. Create a space that’s both comforting and welcoming, then get a start on fall to-dos and favorites this weekend with these five ideas.
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 choice), 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 documentaries.
2. Put a few new titles on your fall reading list.
The leaves are changing, which means 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. Then, take your current page-turner somewhere you can read in peace among the fall foliage.
3. Spruce up your 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 season. 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 joe.
4. Put fall flavors on the menu.
Apples, winter squash (yes, pumpkins, too!), and Brussels sprouts galore — whatever your favorite fall flavors may be, this is the time to start indulging. Visit a local farmers’ market or farm stand in Westchester to find the freshest produce.
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.