Editor’s Let­ter

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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!

Donna Mar­cel Editor dmar­cel@coun­trysam­pler.com

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