As Fall approaches and the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, my attention turns back to the inside of our little cottage. The focus is on coziness and color… which means putting down more rugs, adding a few throws and changing out the table linens. Our cottage has Benjamin Moore China White walls, open white washed ceilings, pine floors and rattan blinds throughout. We have jute rugs, wicker chairs and a couch slipcovered in stone colored denim fabric. The accent colors are brick red, turquoise, green and mustard yellow which are subtly added through pillows, painted furniture and art. It is very clean and simple, just the way I like it!
Hollyhocks has the same basic color scheme but each season I create an Inspiration Board to decide what accent colors to pull through the shop. This Fall it will be brown and green with pops of orange and red. I plan to use natural elements, such as wood bowls and moss balls to start and then weave in pumpkins, acorns and bittersweet as the season progresses. Mercury glass candle holders will add the sparkle. I avoid adding store bought, traditional decor (ghosts, goblins, turkeys and Santas) for the simple reason that we don’t have the storage space. This is true for both our home and the shop.
Plus has anyone noticed that Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are becoming one long holiday season starting in late August? Add the proverbial pumpkin spice to the mix and you realize how commercialized they have become. I guess it’s my personal mission to make the change of seasons and holidays more about surrounding yourself with the things you love and less about hauling boxes of decorations up from the basement. Namaste!
Resources: Rattan blinds (Lowe’s), jute rugs (World Market), wicker chairs and couch (Pottery Barn), wood bowls, moss balls and Mercury glass candle holders (Hollyhocks), pumpkins, acorns and bittersweet (Mother Nature).