Autumn is a beautiful season. Frosted autumn leaves crunching underfoot, the heady scent of real fires, blazing berry wreaths on doors and the brisk yet clear skies. Traditionally, its harvest time, time for us to gather produce and retreat to our nests, to make them cosy and welcoming for the oncoming winter. Warm colours and patterns appeal more and more, and we fill our homes with thick blankets, flame coloured accessories and deep, soft rugs.
Orange is a popular autumn hue for many reasons; it reflects the golden trees and reminds us of breath-taking sun sets. October, heralding earlier twilights and later dawns, brings with it a certain sluggishness, likely a hangover from the days when humans would retreat to caves for winter. Orange and other spicy reds have been shown to make people feel warmer, more energetic, and happier, as the skies become greyer and the weather colder. You can bring a little warmth and magic into your life with this Enchanted Garden fabric, a beautiful one for loose covers in Autumn. Paired with titian accessories, it combines muted warmth with a brighter cream base colour.
Food is one useful way to keep warm in winter; butternut squash and ginger soup, roasted apples, delicious cinnamon hot chocolate. A real or electric fire is good; as are candles, which do produce a slight warmth, as well as romanticising an atmosphere. Soft furnishings are another great way to keep warm; soft blankets – preferably in spicy autumn hues – can be draped over sofas as though they were throws, or piled in a basket, ready to be wrapped around cold legs. Bear in mind though, that a basket of fleecy, warm fabric is an open invitation to any canine or particularly feline friends, who will claim the nest as theirs!
One of the lovely things about Autumn is the abundance of produce available, for both food and crafts. Apples ripen, pumpkins grow, and squashes develop their full bodied sweetness. Berries turn juicy and red, conkers fall, fresh scented pinecones drop, ready for crafts and decoration. Wreaths are a popular decoration, made from leaves, feathers, or (as pictured) berry sprigs. Artificial materials are also used, for example felt and garlanded wire. Pinecone crafts are also popular; the cone can be split, painted, or left whole and used in bunting, centrepieces, or just placed in a decorative bowl so you can benefit from their fragrance and simple beauty.