9 Reasons To Love Fall

Look, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we all saw this coming. Labor Day weekend is upon us. And, perhaps because New Jersey is a coastal state, Labor Day in these parts seems like an extra poignant signal of the end of summer indulgence. If the thought of packing away the beach towels leaves you a bit melancholy (me too), cheer up! There’s so much to look forward to in autumn.

1. Pumpkins!
And squash and hay bales and mums and cornstalks. Fully embracing autumn decorating sets a new tone for a new season.

  • Photo: Katrina Mojzesz, <I>Design NJ </I>October/November 2014
Design: Irwin Weiner
Builder: Sean Tracy

    Photo: Katrina Mojzesz, Design NJ October/November 2014 Design: Irwin Weiner Builder: Sean Tracy

     

2. Savory Meals
Soups and stews and other things that simmer fill the kitchen with mouth-watering scents.

  • Photo: Katrina Mojzesz, <I>Design NJ </I> October/November 2014
Design: Irwin Weiner
Builder: Sean Tracy

    Photo: Katrina Mojzesz, Design NJ October/November 2014 Design: Irwin Weiner Builder: Sean Tracy

     

3: Warm Baths
Grab a fluffy towel, light some candles and you’ve got a soothing sanctuary after a chilly day.

  • Photo: Katrina Mojzesz, <I>Design NJ </I> October/November 2014
Design: Irwin Weiner
Builder: Sean Tracy

    Photo: Katrina Mojzesz, Design NJ October/November 2014 Design: Irwin Weiner Builder: Sean Tracy

     

4: Outdoor Activities
Slip into a sweater and enjoy the crisp air. (No humidity!)

  • Photo: John Martinelli, <I>Design NJ </I> October/November 2013
Design: Jacqui Croft
Builder: Father Nature Landscaping & Construction

    Photo: John Martinelli, Design NJ October/November 2013 Design: Jacqui Croft Builder: Father Nature Landscaping & Construction

     

5; A Sip of Wine
A nice red hits the spot when the temperature dips.

  • Photo: Peter Rymwid, <I>Design NJ </I> October/November 2011
Design: Carisa Mahnken Design Guild

    Photo: Peter Rymwid, Design NJ October/November 2011 Design: Carisa Mahnken Design Guild

     

6: A Well-Made Bed
Piled high with pillows and draped with throws, it’s a warm and inviting spot to curl up with a book or a TV show (or a friend).

  • Photo: Peter Rymwid, <I>Design NJ </I> August/September 2011
Design: Mary R. Sferra

    Photo: Peter Rymwid, Design NJ August/September 2011 Design: Mary R. Sferra

     

7: Indoor Entertainment
A friendly game passes the time on a cold afternoon.

  • Photo: Marisa Pellegrini, <I>Design NJ </I> February/March 2013
Design: Linda Maley

    Photo: Marisa Pellegrini, Design NJ February/March 2013 Design: Linda Maley

     

8: A Crackling Fire
Because nothing’s cozier on a cold, dark night.

  • Photo: Phillip Ennis, <I>Design NJ </I> October/November 2016
Design: Barbara Ostrom

    Photo: Phillip Ennis, Design NJ October/November 2016 Design: Barbara Ostrom

     

9: Fabulous Feasts
Set an elegant table, prepare some hearty food and share the warmth of your home with friends as you celebrate the change of seasons.

  • Photo: David Van Scott, <I>Design NJ </I> April/May 2009
Tabletop design: Jay Smith and Jeanne Benner

    Photo: David Van Scott, Design NJ April/May 2009 Tabletop design: Jay Smith and Jeanne Benner