Cooler temperatures are in the air, the trees are dressing up in their brightest fall colors, and pumpkin spice is taking over your coffee cup. Autumn has officially arrived! As we begin spending more time indoors and preparing for the holidays ahead, it’s time to add a little hygge to our homes.  Hygge—pronounced hue-gah—is a Danish lifestyle concept that emphasizes all things simple, sweet, comfy, and cozy. Here are five simple ways to prep your home for fall the hygge way.

Make Your Entry Guest-Ready

Hygge is all about gathering with friends and family in comfort and tranquility. Greet guests with a spectacular seasonal entry way. Hygge emphasizes natural elements, so use straw, wooden baskets, blocks of hay, seasonal gourds, and brilliant mums to create a festive vignette. Get creative with your front porch pumpkins by stenciling Welcome Friends and other messages on each one.

Make a Fire

A true hygge home is well-lit with the warm glow of a wood-burning fireplace. Order enough firewood for the season in anticipation of fall’s cooler days. Be sure to have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.

Don’t have a fireplace? Stock up on candles! Not just any candles will do: focus on natural beeswax or soy candles with essential oil-based fragrance and toxin-free cotton wicks. Pick harvest colors like reds, oranges, and yellows/

Bring the Great Outdoors Inside

If you keep plants or flower in pots year-round, bring them inside and place them near a sunny window. Gather colorful leaves on their branches to create a wreath.

Prep Your Linens.

Unpack quilts and comforters and wash them with natural fabric detergents so they are ready for cool autumn nights. Replace lightweight sheets with all-cotton flannels. Use throw pillows and blankets made of natural fabrics in fall colors to dress up your sofas and make your rooms more cozy.

5. Host an Autumnal Hygge Dinner Party.

Hygge is all about keeping it simple, so put your slow cooker to work and prepare soup to serve with a salad and a crusty loaf of bread. Greet your guests with a glass of Gløgg, Danish mulled wine. For dessert, make some spiced Swedish cookies, perfect for dipping in a cup of hot cocoa.

I’d love to hear your hygge ideas!