Inspiring ideas for fall

  • The weather’s just right for a picnic or an outdoor dinner party. Mary Carol Garrity

  • A lovely exterior display is a friendly wave to passersby and a cheery welcome to guests. Mary Carol Garrity

  • A favorite rituals is lighting the first fire of autumn in the hearth. Bob Greenspan

  • Plaid throws are a fall staple. (Mary Carol Garrity/TNS) Mary Carol Garrity

Tribune News Service
Published: 10/5/2018 10:21:36 AM

The trees are ablaze, the sky is azure blue, and the air is crisp and cool, tinged with the smell of wood smoke. This year, I'm resolving to thoroughly enjoy autumn. I hope you will join me. Here are some ideas to inspire us all:



As the days grow shorter, I can't wait to cocoon at home during the quiet evenings. I get my cottage ready by switching out my summer pillow covers with those that feature the fabrics of fall. Menswear fabrics are my absolute favorite. I don't think you can walk five feet in my cottage without seeing a plaid throw. And, on fall mornings, you'll see me wrapped up in one as I sip my first cup of coffee and watch the sun rise over our little lake. It's one of my greatest pleasures.


October is a perfect month for an al fresco dinner party. The weather is still mild enough that you can linger outside, wrap up in a blanket. A few years ago, we had a small dinner party with a few friends, and decided the perfect venue would be our front patio. We filled the patio with candles and lanterns to give the outdoor dining room a romantic glow.


Pick up pumpkins, gourds and other fall favorites to display around your home. I display mini gourds on as dessert server at my cottage. Mother Nature is very generous with us in the fall. Go on a hike and look for beautiful natural treasures you can display in your home, like wildflowers, fall leaves, nuts, berries, and empty bird's nests.


What better thing to do on a fall weekend than to pack the picnic basket and head out to the country or a park to enjoy nature up close and personal? If you have the time and inclination, make your picnic something to remember, with a basket filled with china, crystal and silver. A bottle of bubbly, apples and pears, cheese and artisan bread, are all you need.



Even if I don't have the time to decorate my home's interior for the season, I always dress up the front porch. I think a lovely exterior display is a friendly wave to passersby, and a warm greeting for guests. Enjoy fall, my friends!

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