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One of the wonderful things that seems to happen once autumn hits, and as we get closer to the holidays, is that we start to bring a bit of nature indoors. This, of course, can be done in many different ways depending on your preference. The trick is, how to bring a bit of nature indoors this autumn without bringing toxic materials into your home.
Here are a few simple ideas that can help you:
Many people love the smell of autumn, or at least the smells they associate with autumn. The smell of the autumn trees, the smell after an evening rain, the smell of fresh baked pies, the smell of pumpkins and other gourds, and more.
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Companies who manufacture air fresheners are counting on the fact that you and I long to have these scents fill our homes over the holidays. Did you know there are other, more natural, ways to bring these same scents indoors without having to use an air freshener?
Doing a bit of baking in the early morning, or even in the evening, will send the smell of fresh baked goods wafting through your home. Opening your windows after an evening rain will let the fresh breeze flow through your home. As a bonus, opening your windows also helps to remove indoor air pollution, a problem that plagues homes around the world.
Another way to bring our favorite smells indoors is by simmering different fruits, herbs, etc. in a slow cooker or pot. This recipe, for example, uses orange peels and cinnamon. So while you use the oranges themselves in one a recipe, or use them as a natural cleaner, the peels can be used to fill your home with a fresh scent.
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Buying pumpkins and fresh gourds to place around the house as decoration can add just the right touch of ambiance. Another idea is to collect various twigs and colorful leaves, then use them to make wreaths for your door, centerpieces for your table, as a decorative cover for your mantle, and even a fall edition of your window box (works for either indoor or outdoor boxes). It is true that just a few simple actions can thoroughly transform a room. Here is more about beautiful autumn decor ideas.
For those who are looking to bring in a bit of nature through a splash of color, non-toxic paints are the way to go. Be very careful when you go to pick out your paints, because those with high VOC levels can prove toxic both to you and your family. Take a look at this information on non-toxic paints and finishes you can use to add that dash of autumn directly into your home.
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While you are at it, why not take a few autumn pictures from some of your favorite outdoor destinations. You can hang them around the house, use them as invites for a holiday party, and more. In all honesty, the ideas are endless. All it takes is a little creativity and a love of nature.