When Katy (Apartment Apothecary) and Charlotte (Lotts and Lots) asked me to take part in their new blog series ‘Styling The Seasons‘ way back in the summer, I couldn’t wait to get started. With the challenge to reflect the change of and show those changes in your own home, by styling any surface (shelf, dining table, mantelpiece) with something you like to reflect the new month and what it means to you.
I think it’s a brilliant idea and way to get me thinking creatively to give a corner of our home a quick seasonal update. I love changing things round at home, but with limited time on my hands, the surfaces in our busy family home are often neglected for way too long, with the result I think that I stop noticing them altogether and the enjoyment they offer disappears. We also have that common problem that any available surface becomes a dumping ground for clutter and mess – the kitchen table is buried under post and old newspapers, higher surfaces are home to things I’ve hidden away that I don’t want the kids to have (sweets, that annoying little plastic toy, something they’ve been squabbling over), so it was a good way to get me to clear an area, and have fun with putting a new display together.
September bridges my two favourite seasons – summer and autumn. This September for us has been all about the twins starting school for the first time. The colour of their uniform is purple, so the house is full of purple now – the twins have even planted purple pansies in the front garden. The clock signifies the return to routine, and getting used to school hours. Dried Honesty is something I’ll always associate with autumn, as my mum dries some for display every year. This year she brought me some over to pop in a vase, and I just love that translucent mother-of-pearl colour of the seed pods. The glass jar is full of sea glass and white pebbles that we collected on our travels around Europe this summer (I want to finish these off with gorgeous labels like Alexis has on her bottled holiday keepsakes), which remind me of the amazing time we had together , and will serve as inspiration when we’re planning our adventures for next year. September is also the twins’ birthday, so I had to mark that with some balloons and my favourite of their birthday cards.
September really does have a special place in my heart.