Fall Brings Out the Na­ture Lover in Me

Country Sampler Autumn Decorating SIP 2018 - - Editor’s Note - Su­san Wagner

When the days shorten and the weather be­gins to get cool, a sub­tle change hap­pens for me. I be­gin to ap­pre­ci­ate all the beau­ti­ful colors and abun­dant lush­ness that na­ture has to of­fer. (To be fair, I no­tice this in the spring­time too, but then it’s more about the fresh feel­ing of new growth.) The au­tumn-dyed leaves just seem to glow in their deep colors, al­most burst­ing out into the world. Craggy hill­sides and musty wooded paths all look like they’ve been brushed with the rich­est of oil paints. The snap of a twig sounds through the air as clear as a bell. And the breezes—oh, those cool au­tumn breezes—those def­i­nitely are manna to my soul. I’m not sure if you’re as in love with fall as I am, but judg­ing by the fact that you picked up this is­sue, I think there’s at least a bit of a love af­fair there. So within these pages, we’re do­ing what­ever we can to make that re­la­tion­ship blos­som and grow. You’ll find beau­ti­ful pho­tos of au­tumn flo­ral ar­range­ments and in­trigu­ing DIY projects that make use of na­ture’s abun­dance—all to help you bring fall’s beauty into your home. But don’t stop there. Warm up your dec­o­rat­ing with cozy blan­kets, throws and pil­lows. Be in­spired by a wood­land cabin or a cream-hued cot­tage. Dis­cover new taste-tempt­ing recipes to try out this Thanks­giv­ing, or host your own fun-filled Friends­giv­ing (find great ideas on page 26). And for those who like a lit­tle more chill down their spine, our spe­cial Hal­loween sec­tion is al­ways ready to cre­ate a spooky sen­sa­tion. There’s just some­thing about fall that sparks the senses and livens your days. It is no doubt a mag­i­cal time filled with na­ture’s spe­cial joys.

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