Monday, October 8, 2012

October's Colors and Textures

It's a beautiful fall season! We just had our first cold snap over the weekend. October is one of my favorite months. Trees are beginning to change their colors.  I want to be outside watching the transformation take place and enjoying the cool air.

Everywhere you look there are interesting colors and textures. Nuts, acorns, red berries, and pine cones dot the landscape. Green, maize and orange ornamental gourds have bumpy ridges or smooth stripes. Clear blue skies contrast with bright red and gold leaves. Misty grey fog and clouds hover over fading green and brown fields. Chrome yellow, bright white and deep purple mums cascade over terra cotta pots. Fallen leaves and pine needles feel like crunchy carpet under your feet.

As much as things are changing outside, indoors can be just as appealing. Style and décor for fall features texture and warmth. Luxurious sweaters and warm hoodies are cozy in red, mulberry, bronze and burnt orange. Buttery soft suede and leather jackets, boots, and bags are everywhere. Brushed twill, flannel, waffle weave thermal and corduroy fabrics feature delicious colors like mocha, dark sage, oatmeal, coffee bean, and midnight blue. Comfy quilts, pillows and throws in warm navy, chocolate, spruce, pecan, rust and burgundy hues are perfect for snuggling.

When seasons change, it's time to decorate our homes and update our wardrobes. I've already pulled out autumn décor and clothes. Now I'm going to get busy sewing, crocheting, and quilting, at least when I'm not playing outside.

Useful Notion: Nature always provides ideas and inspiration...all we have to do is pay attention.

"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne


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