9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty

Here in the Midwest, you’ll discover a deep reverence and fiery passion for autumn. Truth be told, it has taken me nearly a half century to begin appreciating fall wonder. I tend to favor sunny endless summer days.

Falling leaves, crisper air, football tailgates and fields of pumpkins…there’s plenty to love. I have already visited the apple orchard several times, shopped fall flea markets, and raked leaves in the courtyard. How about you?

What signifies the season’s change for you?

Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Pavillon De La Reine in Paris. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

As I have previously shared, I have been ill for the past month. So I have not been strong enough to be out and about snapping too many new photos of fall inspiration or decorating our porch. I hope you will forgive and enjoy just a few recent shots – the rest are from last year as well as a fall trip to Paris.

All images – Hello Lovely Studio.

If you are a fan of FALL and ready to savor its beauty, I hope you will appreciate

9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Black converse on russet red leaves in Paris. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

On a rainy day in a Paris park. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

1.

Stroll joyfully through crunchy fallen leaves.

It’s such a short season for brisk walks to enjoy the changing colors, hear the crunch of leaves underfoot, and maybe even feel young and carefree (if only temporarily) again.

Paris park in fall. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Paris in Fall. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Emily Bronte quote about fall and a Paris park with fallen leaves. #hellolovelystudio #fall #paris #emilybronte #quote

EVERY LEAF SPEAKS BLISS TO ME…Emily Bronte. A park in Paris. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Paris park in October. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Beautiful park in Paris with fallen leaves. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

2.

Visit An Orchard or Pumpkin Patch.

Explore the rich harvest offerings and do try a new apple variety. Last year was my first taste of Early Beauty apples (below) at my favorite orchard in Poplar Grove, IL. This year, I have been enjoying Zestar.

Early Beauty apples in bins at the apple orchard. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Early Beauty apples at the orchard near our home. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Beautiful fall apples at the orchard. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Fall apples at the orchard. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Bright orange pumpkins. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Vibrant orange pumpkins at the farm. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Carnival squash. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Carnival squash. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Farm fresh produce at the orchard. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Farm fresh produce at the orchard. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

No fudge for this girl on this day!

Cookies and cream fudge. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

 

Country house with old car and wrap around porch. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

A favorite country house. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Apples at the orchard. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

3.

Embrace a Rainbow of Color For Fall Decor.

A mass of multicolored mums can be so happy chic!

Vivid colorful mums. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Vividly colorful mums. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Marigold yellow in Paris. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Shades of marigold yellow. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

4.

Steal Away to a Peaceful Park Bench to Get Lost in a Book.

Treat yourself to a luxuriant unplugged rendezvous with a book and allow yourself to be transported by a story.

Paris park bench in the rain with fallen leaves. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Park bench in Paris with fallen leaves. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Le Jardin du Luxembourg. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Le Jardin du Luxembourg. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Paris in October. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Paris in thefall. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

My little French inspired courtyard (below) is like my own private park, and a carpet of leaves covers the gravel as summer departs.

My French inspired courtyard in fall. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Our courtyard. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

5.

Score a Simple Fall Decor Idea.

I brought in a Burning Bush branch from the courtyard to pair with this vintage green glass jar. An apple and a pear become beautiful natural accents.

Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

My home in fall. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Charcuterieboard and shabby chic farmhouse style vignette. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Charcuterie board in fall. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

6.

Score a Sophisticated Fall Decor Idea.

During our stay at the Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris, the sophisticated palette of cognac, bronze, and warm gold in our suite offered an inspiring combination of rich autumnal tones to riff on at home.

Park Hyatt Paris Vendome guest suite. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Park Hyatt Paris Vendome. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

I loved seeing the trio of apples on a simple serving tray and (of course!) French wine in our hotel suite.

Paris hotel suite. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Such a sweet welcome in our suite. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

7.

Consider a Local Mini Vacation in October.

Have a favorite hotel or B&B to check into not terribly far from home? Even a short time away from work and home base may be all that is needed to re-charge, re-group, or rejuvenate from the daily grind (which is likely to grow more hectic as the holidays approach).

Pavillon De La Reine. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Pavillon De La Reine. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

How about renting a little country house (AirBnB) for the weekend?

Vintage farmhouse. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Charming country house. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Charming vintage farmhouse. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Nathaniel Hawthorne quote about autumn. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Nathaniel Hawthorne quote about Autumn.Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

8.

Spend Time in the Garden & With Creatures Outside.

Plant a tree, go on a garden walk, and do make time for fur babies. Whether your passion is squirrels, dogs, cats, or horses, make it a priority to enjoy them in the autumnal sunshine.

Jardin du Luxembourg. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Jardin du Luxembourg. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Jardin du Luxembourg. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Jardin du Luxembourg. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

9.

Bake Someone Happy.

I bake bread in every season, but my favorite aroma of fall is an apple crisp bubbling away in the oven! (My recipe for “Boozy Pear-Apple Crisp” can be made with or without the ‘boozy’ and with gluten-free or regular flour.)

Paris bakery. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Paris bakery. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio

Pear apple crisp. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Boozy Pear-Apple Crisp – Hello Lovely Studio

Excited to begin savoring the season of fall?

Black converse and red fallen leaves. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Paris in the fall. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Colorful fall tablescape with cheese boards and wine. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

A harvest party. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

I wish you all a blissful season, full of rich color and gentle peace.

Climbing red vines on Pavillon De La Reine. Fall leaves and inspiration for savoring the season. Visit 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty for more beauty from the avenues of Paris to the American prairie. #hellolovelystudio #fallinspiration #autumn #ideas

Pavillon De La Reine. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. Fall inspiration from the orchard, gardens, city parks, peaceful moments, and autumn wonder. From the avenues of Paris to apple orchards on the American prairie. 9 Lovely Ways to Savor Autumn Beauty.

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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6 Comments

  1. Sandy
    September 21, 2018 / 9:23 am

    What a lovely post, Michelle. I love fall and enjoyed this so much. Sending prayers for your health and a speedy recovery. 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

    • michele
      Author
      September 21, 2018 / 4:56 pm

      Thank you so much – peace to you, friend.

  2. Joanna
    September 21, 2018 / 10:13 am

    I am a fan of fall. But, this year after a hot, very dry summer we were thrown into fall temps and the typical rain in the PNW. I feel cheated out of the lovely still warm days of September when the kids go back to school and young to work and we head out in our boat to wander the Gulf Islands & San Juan’s. This year the high winds and rain drove us home in a week. Yes! I feel cheated!
    Normally when September is coming to an end, I like the cooler days when I can wear my jeans and a sweater. The simple way of dressing in summer has become boring. I like the smell of apple pie, pickling spices and baking bread. I love to don my warm, fluffy robe and drink my coffee on my porch, just enjoying being alive. I see friends I haven’t seen all summer (on boat), clubs start back up and life gets busy. I like getting out in my garden and pruning things back, tucking furniture into my shed for a long winter’s nap and raking leaves. Switching out summer decor for fall feels fresh after so many months. Yes! I am a fan of the changes autumn brings.

    • michele
      Author
      September 21, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      Loved this glimpse into your world and the vivid pictures you painted with words to describe it. Nature is having its way and maybe forcing you out of your comfort zone. That is something to which I can certainly relate as we transition into fall. I am ready to resume living in abundance this fall as I hopefully put so much of this summer behind me. I hope you will be treated to an exceptionally special autumn which will make up for the summer’s harshness. And I wish you long spells on the porch in your robe…heavenly!

  3. Sheila in SF
    September 21, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    Beautiful autumn inspiration. Feel good soon…

    • michele
      Author
      September 21, 2018 / 11:37 pm

      Thanks so much. xox

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