Welcome the New Season

ConferoExplore Fall Through the Five Senses

by Christopher Confero   


If unpacking your cashmere sweaters, sipping Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes, and watching college football haven’t already made you aware, fall has arrived. More importantly than all those things, it’s the start of the holiday season and more gatherings among loved ones. Last winter, I walked you through how to entertain during the chilly months by catering to each of the five senses. This time of year should be enjoyed, so let’s take the sensory journey on how to effortlessly entertain for fall. 


Sight: Embrace the warm and changing color palette of the season. To design a simple, yet stunning centerpiece for the home, grab a clear, oversized cylindrical vase and fill it up with a variety of small gourds. They are plentiful this time of year and unlike flowers, they don’t wither away quickly. This year, I’m leaning toward using all white pumpkins to create a clean, modern twist on my tablescape.


Smell: Whether it’s cinnamon, pumpkin, or vanilla, you can’t go wrong with filling your home with the enveloping scents of fall. But if you don’t have time in your schedule to bake a crisp apple pie, you can easily warm the space with my favorite fall scent from Diptyque’s, a Feu de Bois candle. With its familiar woody notes, it’s perfect for a home without a fireplace.


Taste: The fall might very well be my taste buds’ favorite time of year. Here’s an easy recipe to not only satisfy your craving for apple cider, but also the cravings of 16 of your closest friends. If you want to take it up a level, add spiced rum. That’ll certainly get the party going!



1 gallon of apple juice

2 oranges

1 lemon

1 ounce of cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon whole cloves

1 tablespoon whole allspice



Pour apple juice into large slow cooker.

Cut oranges and lemons into large slices.

Push whole cloves into orange skin all the way around the slice.

Float clove-studded orange slices and lemon slices in apple juice.

Add cinnamon sticks and sprinkle in allspice.

Cook on low for 4–8 hours.

Strain and serve.


Sound: I fully believe that a room simply looks better bathed in the light of a fireplace. But besides adding the perfect lighting, the crackling of a freshly lit fire is a harmonious accompaniment to my favorite fall albums. This year, don’t be surprised if you come into my home and hear Jamie Cullum or James Taylor records on repeat.


Touch: Just as the cooler temperatures allow you to have more creativity with your wardrobe, don’t be afraid to mix and match textures in your home. Dress up your home with cable knits blankets and velvet pillows. I’ve found that when I have company over, these cozy textures are best paired with a gathering in the living room and a bottle of pinot.

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