As the leaves take on their golden hues and the evenings begin to draw in, it’s time to think about creating an autumnal kitchen living space, a cosy, warm retreat away from the hustle and bustle of your busy day. Here’s how you can create a relaxing area that’s appealing to all your senses.
There is nothing like the warm glow of flickering candles to sooth and relax you. Carefully placed lamps are also ideal at creating a cozy ambience whilst you unwind over a family meal. Decorate your kitchen for free with treasures collected on a walk in the woods, displaying acorns, pine cones, and chestnuts on a windowsill, bookshelf, around your favourite candle or in mason jars to bring a bit of nature into your home. Another tradition is to hang hops in your kitchen to bring good luck for the coming year. Children love collecting leaves in all their various colours, so why not press foliage and hang them from your walls or fridge?
Autumn is the time of harvest, when crops are gathered and the hard work celebrated, so it’s a perfect time to visit your local farmers’ market and prepare some seasonal feasts. Apples are a true symbol of Autumn and in my mind there is something really special about a warming apple crumble, bliss in a bowl! Roast dinners, stews and soups are all re-appearing on our weekly menus at this time of year and with good reason, they are delicious, nutritious and oh so comforting.
Of course the smell of a roast cooking in the oven or jams and chutney simmering on the hob all trigger evocative memories of Autumn but you could further enhance this ambience with a scented candle or by burning aromatherapy oils such as cinnamon or orange. Why not try making a pumpkin latte too? They smell and taste wonderful and are a perfect way to use up leftover pumpkin once you’ve finished your creative carvings.
Listening to the calming crackle of a wood burner or stew bubbling on the hob in your favourite Le Creuset can further help you to take a moment to embrace Autumn, a peaceful time to reflect and prepare for the winter ahead.