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3 Ways to Create a Magical Fall Atmosphere

Posted by Kathy Neisess on

“I shall stay until the wind changes.”  Mary Poppins

When the seasons change, there’s new magic in the air!  The budding of new leaves in the spring, the first snow fall in winter.  Ahhh, but fall… the season of harvest has a feeling of bounty & abundance! 

Walt Disney, the master of a theme, taught us, we too, can make our environment magical!

Living in the mountains of AZ at 7200 ft elevation, the air is becoming crisp and the nights are cooler, the season is changing!

Our summer nautical décor drifts out to sea, and the autumn colors, with pumpkins, squirrels, scarecrows, and an occasional bear transforms our home into a fall wonderland!

The garden is yielding a bountiful harvest! Pumpkin, zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, herbs and more are coming into the house by the basket full! 

The smell of baking rustic oat bread, pumpkin muffins, and cooking stew, creates a dreamy aroma that wafts through the house.

Even if you live in an area where the temperatures don’t really change much, or you don't have a garden, you can still create the feeling of autumn’s abundance!

Mr. Disney showed us there are elements that can affect us, with the use of aroma, colors, and décor we can transform our atmosphere!

#1 Aromas

Aromas affect us on a subliminal level, this is one of the reasons we underestimate its power. It is said to be the only sense that has a direct link to memory.

In the fall it might be baking breads, simmering stews, potpourri, incense, candles or even a crackling fire.

#2 Fall Colors

Orange -Warm and rich, orange represents ripeness and happiness. It is a fun and exhilarating color that promotes feelings of excitement and hope.

Yellow -Signifying the warmth and sparkle of the summer sun, yellow is energetic, vibrant, cheerful, and optimistic. It’s the good mood tone, and shines with hope, happiness, and joy.

Brown – Natural, down-to-earth, organic, and neutral ~ though sometimes burdened with a reputation for being boring, brown is representative of wholesomeness and goodness, and promotes feelings of stability and order. It is simplicity in a chaotic world.

Red -The color of passion, romance, & love. Red is hot, fiery, and tempestuous -- a powerful and intense color that evokes a sense of urgency and excitement, and stimulates the heart to beat faster.

#3 Décor

In the movies or at the Park these items might be called ‘props’.  Using themed props/décor is the ideal way to enhance the feeling you desire.

 Some props you might consider using in the fall are, pumpkins, seasonal kitchen wares, potholders, rugs, canning jars, dried corn, pictures, paintings, books, magazines, stuffed animals and other possible related décor. (We use all of these!)

One of the family favorites are enchanting wall words...  We create these ourselves! Fun, magical and totally unique!

We know visual props at the Park can transport us through time, to days gone by, to the future, and even into an enchanting fairy tale book!

Thanks Walt for your inspiration to decorate outside the box!

“This here is lovely hot chestnut weather.”  Bert (Mary Poppins)


We hope you share in the comments what do you do to magically transform your home for the fall season?

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