5 great reasons to look forward to the fall.

That’s it! Late into September, the summer paid us a last visit, showing us her sunny best, but now the autumn is definitively upon us. Falling leaves, early sunset and the telltale, yet elusive scents of autumn that are so unmistakably in the air– all of these changes diffuse a subtle melancholy into our mood. But melancholy doesn’t always have to be negative. With the right attitude (and the right lighting), autumn may have much more to offer than we thought before.

Taking more time for family and friends.

 

Sure, we should take time for friends and family all year round, but in the colder half of the year we usually experience more intensive hours together. Common dinners are usually more extensive than initially planned, coffee meet-ups and game night get-togethers come up more frequently. Not to mention the Christmas parties and encounters at the Christmas market that begin to pile up in our schedules as early as the end of November. But that’s still far-off. Maybe we’re getting a little carried away. Or are we?

Getting creative in the kitchen.

 

On average, we spend four of seven evenings in restaurants during the summer– beer gardens or at a barbecue with friends. On the days that we are at home we usually decide against firing up the oven, temperatures being over 30°C and all. Now that it’s cooling down, we’re actually pretty excited about getting creative in the kitchen. Pumpkin, beetroot and mushrooms are literally screaming to be transformed into a delicious creamy risotto or soup. If you’re in a rush or just have no motivation to cook (we’ve all been there), the tried and true brick oven pizza in front of the TV is always there as a back-up.

Binge watching without a guilty conscience.

Finally, we have time for spontaneous outings to the movies or, better yet, extensive evenings on the couch, binge watching those series we fell behind on without that nagging feeling that we’re missing out on a glorious sunny evening on the terrace. AmazonPrime and Netflix will be producing a few new series this fall: in addition to the eight-part drama series The Romanoffs, we can look forward to the The Haunting of Hill House, the screen adaption of one of the most popular horror novels of the 20th century. ZDFneo will also have a promising line up for German television at the ready. In the series adaption of Perfume, the murderer is not lurking around  18thcentury France, rather in the Lower Rhine region of the present. Eerie, but exciting!

Less frightening, but equally satisfying is a few hours with a good book. Our favourite: 21 lessons for the 21st Century by bestselling author Yuval Noah Harrari. By the way, it reads much better under the right reading lamp.

 

Reveling in not always being sweaty.

In the summer, working out is not only an enormous physical burden, but sweating through all your close makes it just that much worse. In autumn, your normal fitness routine will be a breeze. Long leisurely walks are pleasant once again. And let’s face it, what’s better than taking a stroll through the woods in autumn? Honestly, not much.

Finding the perfect cozy lighting.

We get it. In the summer, we spend too little time within our own four walls to worry about big redecorating projects. But with the beginning of autumn it’s worth taking the time to redesign a little. In addition to switching over to warm, more muted colors, we should consider acquiring the right (design)lighting for the dark months ahead. Counteract the early nightfall with the right lighting. Keep your apartment warm and sunny with the appropriate lamp for each space: HOLY TRINITY’s hanging lamp KALA looks particularly elegant over dining areas, while RIMA is a trusty companion for long nights working or reading at the desk and the warm-white light of our sleek floor lamp ORON provides a cozy atmosphere in the living room.

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