Ifind myself getting restless for the telltale signs of fall around mid-August: the distinctive rustling sound of dried leaves blowing across the sidewalk, the feel of crisp morning air drifting through the windows, and the sight of trees ablaze in golden and crimson hues. For some people, autumn’s arrival is a welcome respite from hot weather, but for others, it’s tough to say goodbye to summertime fun. It turns out, however, that Mother Nature is pretty resourceful when it comes to easing us into this seasonal transition. Color It Cozy: It’s fitting that autumn’s changing outdoor palette—from summer’s cool green and sunny yellow to rich orange, fiery red and earthy brown—represents a sense of warmth and calm as the sunlit days grow shorter and we return to our “nests.” Just as a thick blanket of leaves settles upon the ground to protect plants against cold weather, we stave off chilly temperatures by dressing windows and beds in heavier-weight, darker textiles.
Collect & Connect: Gathering an abundance of pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and fallen leaves for use in arrangements symbolizes our desire to reconvene with our families after summertime activities scatter us in different directions. Baskets, bowls, cabinets and cubbies brimming with these nature-made goods offer the comfort of being surrounded by what we love—in both a decorative and familial way.
Create Lasting Impressions: Hardy and long-lasting mums, sunflowers and bittersweet convey an awareness of resilience to seasonal changes. Whether potted on the front porch or harvested for use in pitchers and vases throughout our homes, these organic staples can extend nature’s beauty long after summer flowerbeds have gone to seed. Apples, pears and pomegranates piled up in bowls not only provide nourishment but also contribute decorative value because they appeal to the senses. While Mother Nature is at work transitioning her landscape, we hope you will enjoy the bountiful ideas that are embodied in our featured homes and draw decorating inspiration that will last throughout the fall season!
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