Transitioning to Fall
August 30, 2012
Hey everyone, are you getting excited for the long weekend? We’ve got plans to make a quick trip to a special location to celebrate the last official weekend of summer, but I can *almost* feel fall in the air!
I’ve invited Shannon of AKA Design back to share with you a list of five natural elements that make it easy and inexpensive to transition your home for fall. Welcome back Shannon!
“Hi everybody! Some say spring is a time for new beginnings and perhaps that’s true. But to me, fall has always been the season to begin exciting new adventures. Maybe it’s because I fondly remember school starting each fall, with new classes, friends and teachers (truthfully it was the pristine new binders and perfectly sharpened pencil crayons that got me!). Or that the cooler weather is so crisp and refreshing after the summer heat. Or maybe it’s that Christmas (and all the joy that comes with it) is right around the corner once autumn arrives. Who knows. But, I do know that fall is one of my absolute favourite seasons for decorating!
Decorating in autumn is made fabulous by its sheer simplicity – all you need to do is bring the outdoors in using various elements from nature and you instantly cozy up a space! Here are a five natural elements that make transitioning to fall easy.
1. Pumpkins & Gourds In the fall, there are so many readily available pumpkins and gourds in various shapes, sizes and colours. There are real and faux versions, as well as painted, glittered, and blinged out squash varieties. They can be stacked up, lined up or used to create any manner of vignette.
2. Apples Johnny Appleseed worked very hard to be sure that apples were available to all. In autumn, apples are ripe and plentiful, is the perfect time to put them to work as decorating objects. Whether you simply fill a bowl with the juicy fruit or go to more elaborate lengths by sprucing them up with typography or candy coating, apples are always a wonderful prop for fall decorating.
3. Sticks and Twigs What could be easier than to go outside and collect random branches to fill an over-sized vase? Or a handful of twigs to tie with the Thanksgiving silverware? Even if you live in the city and have to purchase your sticks, florists and garden centers carry generous bundles in the fall.
4. Fresh Flowers Some of the most beautiful flowers and foliage bloom in the autumn. Among a few of my favourites are black-eyed susans, chrysanthemums, hydrangeas and daisies. The colours in autumn’s flowers are so warm: persimmon, cinnamon, rust, bronze, eggplant, green and tan. Oh the flowers one can decorate with in the fall!
5. Pine Cones Readily available and oh so versatile, pine cones are such an easy way to add natural texture in the fall. Much like sticks and twigs, they are easy to find and inexpensive if they must be purchased. Pine cones are easy going mixed in with other fall elements, strewn haphazardly down a table runner, or displayed randomly in a glass bowl. Pine cones can carry through to winter and Christmas decorating, making them all the more beautifully useful!
So while you unpack the sweaters and bring out the cool weather throws, consider how you could bring the outdoors in with these and other natural elements this fall.”
Thank you so much Shannon! I’m ready for those autumn walks to collect some twigs and pine cones to create fall vignettes in bowls, vases, and on mantels. Who else is ready to start transitioning your home for fall? .