A bit of handmade transitional fall color.
After 18 years, I certainly call Washington State home. We live in a magical spot on the northwest coast, where the summer days are long and the temperatures moderate. Therefore, it’s easy to understand why, as our days shrink at what seems to be an accelerated pace, and the tell-tale signs of fall become evident, I experience a sense of sadness. By November darkness will settle upon us by 4:30 and dawn will not break until 8 AM. One would think I would be used to these extremes after so many years. I think what I’m used to is the gloriousness of summer. But I don’t think I will ever adjust to the shroud of darkness that usurps sunlight four months each year.
I read a blog post recently in which the writer said it was not yet appropriate to transition to fall decor. She’s in Texas. Southern climes are dramatically different with their beastly hot days that seem never-ending. But up here seasonal changes happen on a vastly different timetable. It’s fascinating that most of nature exhibits a response triggered by day length… both lengthy and short daylight shifts.
An example of nature’s response to our shorter days~
I cut these lovely hydrangeas about two weeks ago.
And here is a bouquet cut from the same bush just yesterday. Every year, late summer, my blue hydrangeas dress in a great sage green as a nod to fall. And there are many other giveaways as well. One of them is the position of the sun in the morning. We have an east facing water view, and our sunrise has relocated noticeably in a southerly direction.
The above photos reveal Autumn’s imminent debut~ the Pee Gee hydrangeas are the late bloomers among the rest, the hops have burst forth with their highly-textured buds, and the apples are approaching their pinnacle.
So the point of all of this is that the patriotic or beachy look of summer now feels out of place in our decor. And although even up here it’s too early for pumpkins and dried cornstalks, it is definitely time to scale back our summer look. Therefore I have crafted a small prelude to fall.
A pinwheel bouquet that I handcrafted suggests less cutesy, more stately and subdued.
I replaced these summery beverage tumblers with something a little less Americana~
And I’ve begun a modest use of natural materials such as grapevine garland on the mantle
It’s by no means time for Halloween or scarecrows. But here are a few takeaways for you from this post. Look around your house for things you already have that begin to say that summer’s winding down. For this, I am partial to neutrals and a splash of red. I have found that favorite photographs often offer a great pop of color. So look back at photos taken this time last year that might be just right. If what you find is unframed, consider a frame that’s a bit rustic.
In addition, stroll your landscape and gather naturals to bring in, and flowers that suggest fall~
I quickly grabbed a random handful of blooms and stuck them in a jar. And once again, Dollar Tree vases used creatively. I covered them in semi-autumn cardstock and I use them in place of apothecary jars in the bathroom.
If you’re feeling burned out or bored with your decor, a few tiny changes might just perk you up a bit. Start a new project to celebrate fall’s advent; a wreath for the front door is always nice or a dried flower arrangement. Try drying some blooms from your yard. If you live in a low-humidity environment (or are able to artificially create one), the blooms will be ready for crafting in a few weeks.
I hope you’ve picked up a few new ideas for your August/September decor. And as always, thank you for reading.
Linking this week~