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No Pumpkin? No Problem — Fall Recipes and Decor For the Modern Home

There’s certainly something nostalgic about seeing a porch all dressed up in wreaths and pumpkins once fall comes around, but is it really for everyone? While it may make you feel all warm and fuzzy seeing your childhood home decorated for the fall season, the idea of decorating your own front door with faux leaves can make things feel… well… dated. 

If traditional fall decor just isn’t your thing, that doesn’t mean that you can’t decorate for the changing seasons. From chic, creative wreath ideas that don’t involve pinecones to great-smelling recipes loaded with more spirits than cider, these are our favorite ways to welcome fall in the modern apartment.

Transform your outdoor space.

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Instead of replicating fall leaves inside your home, get outside and actually enjoy the real deal. While many people pack up their outdoor furniture for fall, we’re all for leaving it set up for cozy nights around a fire or wrapped up in a blanket. Move any delicate plants inside once the cooler weather hits and replace them with hardy mums; toss some flannel blankets around for yourself and your guests; add great smelling candles for those shorter days and earlier sunsets, and most importantly if you apartment has one, make sure to make use of that firepit (looking at you Foundry, Eastside Bond, Southside Works City Apartments & 1627 on the Strip residents).

Add a natural wreath.

via Roxanne’s Dried Flowers

Wreaths can look either faux and cheesy or impeccably natural and chic, depending on the materials used. We love the idea of commissioning your own fall wreath straight from the pros: Roxanne’s Dried Flowers. Wreaths here are anything but old-school, with luxe materials like dried eucalyptus, magnolia leaves and lots of elegant florals. Commission your own or choose from their gorgeous selection of pre-made options — we especially love the idea of coming home to the great smell of that Apple Orchard Wreath.

Try out new fall libations.
via My Style Vita

The season for rosé and Aperol Spritzes is over — but don’t fret. Fall welcomes all kinds of equally delicious cocktails, from the good, old-fashioned Old Fashioned to hot apple cider with an adult kick. We’re particularly into the idea of Prohibition-era cocktails for fall, and we can’t wait to mix up a batch of Manhattans this weekend.

Fill your home with flowers.

via The Farmer’s Daughter

Instead of dried, dead things, why not choose flowers? If given a choice, we’d always choose flowers — and not just in the spring and summer. There are tons of gorgeous florals that just feel like fall, from colorful mums outside to deep, red roses and classic chrysanthemums inside. If you’re looking to dress your tables for Thanksgiving or a fun fall dinner party, The Farmer’s Daughter’s Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop will show you how — and it’s BYOB, which sounds like way more fun than tossing a few pumpkins on the mantle.

Switch out your entertaining supplies.

via Inspired by Charm

While delicate wine glasses are ideal for holding your summer rosé and linen tablecloths are all you need for a last-minute dinner al fresco, come fall, you might be looking for sturdier flatware and glasses that can accommodate cold-weather beverages. We’re inspired by the way Pittsburgh blogger Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm swapped out his bar cart essentials for vintage, gold-rimmed cocktail glasses, a wooden tray to hold spirits and a matte black shaker that will certainly look sharp at a chilly cocktail party.

Out-of-the-ordinary fall foods.

via Honest Cooking

Have we mentioned that we’re tired of pumpkin yet? If you are, too, here are some other fall food ideas: a packed-to-the-brim, seasonal charcuterie board; an elegant but less time-intensive coq au vin; these fun campfire nachos that can be prepared at home or someplace off the grid; and this New England apple cider cake that will leave your home smelling delicious for days.

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