I think it goes without saying, that seasonal changes dictate a change in clothing. At least in most climates. Shorts and sun dresses are exchanged for sweatshirts and sweaters in the fall, while boots, coats and hats are required in the winter. But not everyone decorates their home seasonally. I get that. This fall was pretty minimalistic, for me. I plopped some pumpkins here and there, but nothing was incredibly creative or noteworthy. Just your typical fall pumpkins.
But just as weather invokes change in clothing, the darkness once again had an impact on me last week. I abruptly started noticing the sun playing hide and seek with the mountains for much longer portions of the day. Alaska does that, every year. And I should be used to it by now, but it seems to get me. It was in that place of seasonal darkness that I became enlightened with an idea. Our fall decor needs a little twinkle, a little sparkle, a little more light. While many people, and a great number of bloggers put Christmas trees up in November, I’m not one to do that, until after Thanksgiving. So, twinkle fall it is.
I pulled things out of my linen closet, (which is a very low percentage of linens and mostly seasonal decor) and I started mixing and matching and rearranging until I came up with some fall arrangements that also added a twinkle to the dark. A prelude to the sparkle of Christmas if you will.
I started with the organ. I took down the boxwood wreath that hung over the mirror in the spring and summer and created a fall arrangement with white pumpkins, faux blueberries and a hydrangea. I had a string of twinkle lights I found at a thrift store years ago that seemed to belong with the fall arrangement, and added that needed amount of sparkle.
The candles, are not real. I think the reality of four boys makes the battery operated ones a safer option. The new ones still flicker and bring that feeling of warmth.
Isn’t the copper pot outstanding? While copper has been all the rage the last couple of years, I didn’t jump on the band wagon. Until I saw this piece at Thrifters Rock. Oh my! It spoke to me, so I brought it home and cleaned it up (it looked very sad) and it makes me smile. I love the copper mixed with silver.
In the corner of the living room, atop the beloved treadle, is a little more twinkle. This is where the Christmas tree will reside. But until then, a little bit of light invites the hope of warmth and joy and something more to come. The old leather English riding horse. I fell in love with at Thrifters Rock. So it came home with me. I love decorating with thrifted decor, because when I’m ready for change seasonally or beyond, it hasn’t been a huge monetary investment.
As I type, it’s later in the morning and still dark out with a thick fog covering the landscape around. And while decor or seasonal decor are not completely necessary, I find, the change of decor with the change of seasons to be a soul food. Twinkling lights don’t provide vitamin D, but they make a sense of cozy, and foreshadow more twinkling lights yet to come. Sometimes the “unnecessary” becomes creative hope and change that brings our soul a bit more life. It does mine.
Hope you’re having a great start to November!
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