Autumn Decorating

In late Autumn home becomes a retreat from the wintery world. A warm safe haven to bunker down in .

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance :A Daybook of Comfort and Joy says that as you walk through your home there should be comfortable places from the living room to the bedroom that encourage you to sit, relax & reflect. There should be small indulgences from the kitchen to the bathroom that pamper & please. There should be sources of beauty that inspire, order that restores & simplicity that soothes. And the way to do this is to clear out what you no longer need or want to make way for;

  • A snug place to sit
  • Plump pillows to support & encourage naps
  • A place to put your feet up
  • A proper reading lamp
  • A bookcase filled with good things to read
  • A place to display your favourite things
  • A table for refreshments
  • A well organised & well stocked desk to run your life from
  • A decent sound system & a good collection of music to cater to all your moods
  • A good coffee maker, pretty tea pot & juice squeezer
  • Plants & flowers to delight
  • Outdoor furniture that beckons you to linger
  • A pretty garden or terrace to linger in

And to give it all an Autumn feel

  • Fill your home with wheat sheaves, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, bittersweet, dried flowers & preserved leaves.
  • Arrange jewel coloured flowers, preserved leaves & vines in natural pumpkin vases
  • Make pumpkin lanterns

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