AUTUMN STATE OF MIND
Fall is here in the Upper Peninsula, and it’s beauty rivals even the splendor of autumn in places like New England, well known for it’s fall colors. Shades of crimson, coral and golden yellow have vibrantly burst onto the scene for a short time. In the dips-in-temperatures and shortening-of-days we can feel winter’s breath. It’s nipping at our heels.
There’s beauty in change. Nature embraces and celebrates it gracefully while time’s procession steadily advances. As humans, we could take notes: change is so hard for us!
I think with each drifting leaf carries a certain melancholy: from the high that was a kaleidoscope of color, to the realization of how temporary things are. I think therein lies its beauty.
For me fall reminds me of our first son’s birthday and his excitement as it approaches. I think of the scramble to gather the last of the firewood for the impending winter (last year was our first without that stress: before we moved, we lived in a house heated solely with a wood stove. I wonder when that thought will fade!). I think of Opening Day at the camp, dining on the stew Grandpa’s got simmering on the stove, and his black coffee.
As an interior designer I can’t help but try to bring a piece of fall’s beauty indoors. A fallen tree limb’s branches become a dazzling centerpiece in the kitchen. The basket by the fireplace gets reloaded with firewood ready to feed a flame on a cool night. The fireplace, ignored for months, now breathes new life when finally lit.
I start gravitating towards low-lighting, using lamps and candles rather than overhead lighting. I’m not one for theme and seasonal decorations that sit dusty in storage only to be used during this particular season. For me, bringing a little nature indoors, changing the dinner menu from salads and hamburgers to hearty stews and chilies, switching from summer’s-everything-iced-beverages to apple cider and coffee, and candle light are the best way to transition.
I leave you with a little interior design inspiration that I think embody the spirit of autumn. No “how-to’s” today accept the advice that nature offers: slow down, soak it up and celebrate today.