By now if you have been reading many of my posts on this Blog, you know that I place tremendous emphasis on nature. Almost without exception, each of my posts speaks to not just the beauty of nature but also, the absolute necessity to connect with it. Time after time I remind anyone that will listen (or read) that as part of humanity we must both singly and collectively connect with nature.
As an Interior Decorator and a Homespace Coach, my goal is to bring nature inside and bring interior spaces alive with all that it has to offer season after season. In one of my summer posts, Celebrate Summer And Bring It Inside, I gave my “Helpful Hannah” tips on how to do this. The season of fall offers just as many wonderful ways to bring nature inside.
Bring elements of nature specific to the season inside
I love all things found in nature. I would much rather grace my homespace with “found things” than anything I can purchase in a store. Just recently I put away my collections of seashells and starfish to make the transition for my fall décor.
What I enjoy so much is not just the fun of decorating but, the fun I get out of immersing myself in nature in order to collect fall’s treasures. Being outdoors in any capacity feeds my soul and getting to bring into my homespace what I find in nature is what I call more toppings on the ice cream sundae of life!
Here are a few of the “found things” that I have used to add natural beauty to my home:
- Pinecones (placed in fun baskets)
- Varying colorful leaves (placed on table tops after being pressed)
- Dried grasses (used in floral arrangements)
- Acorns and other nuts (placed in a glass bowl for display)
- Fallen tree bark (hot glued onto candles)
Of course, the obvious things like pumpkins and gourds are also part of my fall décor. But, instead of purchasing them from the store I have gone right to the source and enjoyed the fall excursion. Why not do this for yourself or as a family event? There is nothing like a trip to the pumpkin patch for memory making. Year after year I enjoyed this with my children. Hay rides, apple cider and pumpkins make for a wonderful day!
Make autumn come alive
As with every one of the seasons, the sky is the limit to how you can bring nature inside. One of my favorite long lasting ways to do this (that can be enjoyed year after year) is to take an annual photograph of you and your family specific to the season outdoors in nature. Then, every year you can bring the past season’s photo out to enjoy and thereby create a family tradition called “The seasons of life”. What fun to watch the yearly changes in these family photographs each changing season. What better way to make autumn come alive year after year?
Get out there and explore. Hike, bike or simply stroll through the wondrous beauty our earth has to share with us this fall. Then bring it inside!
Enjoy the color…