We are getting to that time of year again, the time to break out our sweaters and scarves to prepare for the blissfully cool seasons of fall and winter. We all have our favorite sweater that we can’t wait to pull out of the bottom drawer and put on. I really hope mine fits me again this year but that’s for another conversation. I got my favorite sweater a few years ago at a close out sale in the spring. Like Christmas decorations I find the best time to buy winter clothes is after winter. What does this have to do with decorating? I make sure that whatever I buy, whenever I buy, it is in a tried and true color that I love and that I can pair many things to dress it up or down depending on my mood or where I happen to be going. The same holds true for decorating the home. With each season our moods change as do the needs of the home. Put on hold are the outdoor barbeques and bright flowers overflowing the garden pots. We now enter a season of indoor entertaining with football games and holiday parties. So how do we get our house ready for this change of season?
First thing on my list is to strip my room bare of all seasonal items and accessories I’ve acquired that don’t quite belong in my new fall setting. Don’t worry you can bring them out again in the spring. Sometimes there’s nothing better than a rediscovered treasure from last year. Old becomes new again and we get to re live the excitement of when we first brought something home. This is also an excellent time to clear off the book shelves and empty the drawers of any loose items left behind that need to go away. I wouldn’t call it a spring cleaning, more like a post spring cleaning. Then, once all of this is cleared out I take a good look at my room. What is my color pallet? I find I am left with beiges and browns from my leather sofa to my oak wood floors. A pallet of brown and beige can be a bit too monochromatic but like my favorite sweater can easily be jazzed up a bit. I start by adding a warm mixture of Samba Red and Carafe color throw pillows accented with a new throw that adds a pop of fashion color Koi. This gives me something to curl up in while reading the latest and greatest novel I’ve been waiting to read. Since I don’t have nearly enough wall space I rotate my art work through the year. Fortunately I have an art room that allows me to store my much loved paintings safely until I bring them out again. I always have fun changing out my paintings and I usually wind up discovering something new about my paintings that I didn’t realize was there last year. My area rug has been carefully chosen to allow me to use it throughout the year but for some of us something as simple as a change of area rug can re invigorate the room and ready it for fall and winter. A well woven rug does more than just warm the feet, it serves as an anchor for the room that can tie everything together. I also enjoy replacing my table centerpiece with a new fall centerpiece. This can be a great time to get the whole family involved to create a memorable art piece. I find that the pieces I love the most always have a story behind them. My favorite lamp I found at a thrift store, the vase my mother gave me, the pottery I fell in love with on vacation in San Antonio. A centerpiece that is made by family and friends can bring a smile every time you look at your table. Before you know it your home is ready for fall and winter. The warmth of fall colors helps to boost the spirit and hold back the cold grey days of winter. Making the home a retreat to settle into until those first days of spring when we can all go outside again and revel in the beauty of the outdoors.