"Departing summer hath assumed an aspect tenderly illumed..."
~ William Wordsworth
As the summer light is changing and nights are coming on more quickly, my cottage decor is transitioning to fall. All the pale blues that made up my summer color scheme have been replaced with warmer reds and tiny bursts of goldenrod.
The beauty of decorating with neutrals is that a simple change of throw pillows and accessories, such as the bowl of apples, yields a completely different mood.
The items on the shelf above the sofa, which is my substitute for a mantel, have become darker and more mysterious, in anticipation of the coming of autumn. Mercury glass accents remain a constant, however.
This is the view from the front door looking toward the back door. The house is open feels spacious, with the abundance of light and high ceilings.
The vignette on the dining room buffet still whispers of summer dreams, with the pond sailboat, starfish, driftwood, and large sea shell. The photograph was taken by my dear artist friend, JoAnna Johnson, whose 30 dresses series of photographs is simple haunting and evocative of dreams.
This is what you see as you look back toward the front door. At some point I would like to acquire some black windsor dining chairs, but for now, the white pressback ones I have had for 20 years will suffice.
Tibetan prayer flags hang in the dining room doorway. A air conditioning duct is close by, and they flutter in the man-made breeze. These flags represent the five elements and are hung where they will be stirred by breezes. The belief is that prayers will be blown by the wind and spread compassion and goodwill into the nearby spaces. They bring a tiny burst of color into the creamy white spaces of my home.
Wishing you and opportunity to get outside and enjoy the late summer light, as it bathes the landscape in gold.
Until next time...