“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”
― Stephen King
Labor Day has come and gone, Indian Summer is upon us, and in a couple of weeks, Autumn begins. After searching through stacks of images, I have chosen a photograph that not only captures the season but evokes its emotion.
This week’s blog is going to be a bit of a departure from weeks past. Instead of creating a design based on our inspiration, I am going to take you through how I incorporate the spirit of the season into the space in which I live.
Curb appeal is everything. As guests pull into my drive the first thing they see is my front door. Three elements that are essential to creating the perfect entrance are a wreath, a mat, and pumpkins.
This season we decided to incorporate pine as a transitional component to all of the floral we designed for the store. I loved this pine and leaf wreath so much, I purchased one before we debuted them to the public. My front door is black and the coloration of this wreath looks stunning against it.
The second component is a great mat. Chilewich Shag Indoor/Outdoor Mats are simply the best mat on market. They are made by tufting custom extruded yarns as loops onto a primary backing and then binding them onto a hardworking vinyl that can weather any storm and are good in all weather. I choose to an oversized shag solid in graphite to coordinate with the color of my front door.
Every year I go out in search for three perfect pumpkins to complete my entry. What makes them perfect? Their imperfections. Each are different in size and must have distinctive character. I group two together on the right side of the landing and then place the remaining one (opposite of the two) on the first step.
The furniture in my Great Room is monochromatic so to change the feel I simply add toss pillows and throws in browns and oranges.
Above is a picture of a Cornucopia that I designed for the formal dining table and chairs that we are currently featuring in the store. Whether it be bundles of wheat or vases of sunflowers, seasonal floral is, by far, the easiest way to bring the outside in. I integrate seasonal floral into three basic areas of my house: The dining room table, the kitchen island, and a large credenza in my back hall.
Fall is football, marching band competitions, trips to the apple orchard, hayrack rides, mulled cider, pumpkin carving, and haunted houses. With the change in temperature we layer our chunky sweaters and plaid button downs, switch from sandals to boots, and watch Mother Nature transform our surrounding from green to a palette of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows.
It is special time of year to Live in the Picture.