Autumn caught up with us a little quickly didn’t it? After the long hot summer that we have just enjoyed in the UK, we were subjected to countless photos of outdoor images, beautiful patios with layers and textures, stunning “She Sheds” where we could enjoy the hot balmy nights with a G & T or 3 and if you were really lucky, photos of swimming pools that made your little mildewed paddling pool look a little sorry for itself.
Autumn was always the month for me where I mourned the passing of summer but was quite glad to put my hairy legs away and cover up in woolly jumpers once more. And it seems recently, more and more people are celebrating the fact that the season has changed and have started to embrace the autumnal colours (or maybe that’s just because I now spend a lot more time on Pinterest and Instagram?) One of the biggest trends I’ve seen is pumpkins throughout the house and wreaths and garlands made up from the beautiful colours of the falling leaves.
One of my favourite seasonal décor trends has to be the autumn wreath. Balsam Hill UK recently sent me their Fall Harvest Wreath which comprises of pumpkins, pinecones, berries and burlap ribbon to represent the colour and radiance of the harvest season. Balsam Hill specialises in realistic faux Christmas trees and their products are often found in the lobbies of fine hotels and embassies around the world. But why stop at Christmas? They now create beautiful autumn wreaths and garlands and the wreath they kindly sent me is extraordinary. It has beautiful detail and character and I knew I did not want it hanging on my front door, but on my living room wall so that, selfishly, I could look at it and not my neighbours!
I like the addition of pumpkins to the wreath, which obviously represent the most important “celebration” of Autumn – Halloween – but there are plenty of other wreaths, garlands and table décor out there which can add seasonal touch and colour to your home without turning it into a shrine to the All Hallows’ Eve! You could even head over to Hobby craft and buy a Rattan Grapevine Wreath for £3 and go foraging for leaves and pine cones and create your own masterpiece! But, if you are about as crafty as an elephant wearing gloves, here are a few of my favourites…
Table décor has become a big new trend in recent years, so why not introduce autumn to your meal times. Gone are the old tatty tablecloths that have been passed down through generations and the laminated place mats that often had pictures of dalmatians or a floral pattern design that didn’t match any of your décor. These days, the display on your table can be nearly as important as the food you serve (and if your cooking leaves a lot to be desired, a great distraction from the burnt spuds and watery gravy). From carefully placed candles and foliage, to cutlery wrapped in beautiful ribbons and even a handmade gift placed artfully on the plate (ok, ok, I’m going to far now. It’s only your mother popping over for some beans on toast!) anything goes. Your table setting is just another extension of your creativity and here are a few ideas to get you started.
If wreaths, garlands and table décor going all out for autumn isn’t your thing, then a few simple tweaks in your soft furnishings should do the trick. You can swap your botanical prints for plush velvet cushions, thin cotton throws for chunky knit blankets and add a bit of mixed pattern in autumnal colours as Ikea have done with their New Age Folk range. But let’s face it, all you really need is a lit fire in the living room and a few candles dotted around the room.
So, it seems saying goodbye to Summer isn’t that bad after all. We can swap balmy evenings on the patio for cosy evenings around a foliage decorated table and lit fire (or hug your radiator if you haven’t got the coveted wood burner) and exchange the dreaded summer salad for stews and soup. All together now “Autumn days when the grass is jewelled and the silk inside a chestnut shell…” Is it just me who remembers that school hymn? :)