Fall is arriving and the leaves will soon be changing from lush greens to gorgeous golds and reds. People are swapping their flip-flops for boots, and exchanging their tank tops for cozy sweaters. Speaking of being cozy… As the days grow cooler we tend to spend more time indoors. Here are some simple ways you can instantly make your home feel warm and cozy during the fall season.

#1. Create a simmer pot. Here’s an easy way to fill your home with warm, fragrant, relaxing scents. To create a simmer pot you simply simmer fresh herbs and ingredients like cinnamon, cloves, anise, vanilla, cranberries, and apples. Cover your ingredients of choice with water and simmer them on your stove on low for as long as you wish. Be sure you don’t leave it unattended or it could be a fire hazard! Set a timer to remind you to turn off the pot.

#2. Fresh wreaths and garlands. It doesn’t have to be a holiday to decorate your home with the beautiful bounties of fall. Spend a Sunday afternoon creating some gorgeous evergreen wreaths and garlands; add splashes of color with cranberries and oranges, even fragrant cinnamon sticks and cloves. Pinterest.com is a great resource for ideas and templates on how to do this.

#3. Swap out your living room pillows and throws. What else says cozy like an inviting sofa scattered with pillows and blankets? There are so many great fall-themed pillows and throws available at home furnishings stores, or you can support small commerce and get something truly unique and handmade from www.Etsy.com

#4. Fill your living space with the warm glow of candles. I’m not talking about scented candles, although if you prefer them, no judgment from me, it’s just many people are sensitive to them. But did you know beeswax candles are non-toxic and actually clean your air? That’s right, they give off negatively charged ions that actually help reduce the indoor air pollution in your home. Plus, they make your home feel cozy and warm. Just be sure you don’t leave them burning unattended or they can be a fire hazard!