Goodbye summer - hello autumn
August has been a funny month hasn't it? We went away to Turkey at the very beginning of the month so I felt like I got my dose of sun (and heat), but since returning, summer doesn't really seem to be living up to its name.
"That's why this month my styling the seasons is about clinging onto the vestiges of summer, but already thinking ahead to the cosy months of autumn and even winter! "
So, the tone is pared down. Lots of neutrals, whites, and wood, but some nods to August colours.
I set myself a little personal goal a couple of months ago to make-over my sofa. It has taken me a while to succeed, but I am gradually getting there...
Most people know me as a ceramacist, but before I started doing that full-time I used to do a lot of sewing. I was feeling a bit rusty, but had seen Katy, from Apartment Apothecary post a blog about simple envelope cushions, so I used that as a starting point.
I had already bought this lovely 'Spring' fabric from Emma Hardicker who is a Birmingham based print-maker and designer whose work I admire greatly. The cushions turned out pretty well, and I hope to add some handmade porcelain buttons, (which I am still making) to them in a couple of weeks.
I think we first bought this (Tomelelia) sofa around twenty years ago! And it really is the comfiest thing to sit on. We talked about getting a new one, but I read about Bemz who recover IKEA sofas, so we ordered one in a grey linen (Designers Guild espresso). It feels luxurious to sit on, without the expensive price tag of a new sofa. Win, win.
The white agapanthus and pink hydrangeas are reminders that this is the end of summer, but there are lots of snuggly items ready for some cold months ahead. The hydrangeas are still wearing yesterday's raindrops.
I must research how to preserve and dry these beautiful hydrangeas to brighten my home in the forthcoming months.
Styling the Seasons is run by Katy And Charlotte, and it involves taking a surface in your home and dressing it to represent the month and what it means to you.
What projects are you working on?
Links to items:
Wooden table - similar found at French Connection
Birmingham print and Spring fabric - Emma Hardicker
Macrame hanger - See tutorial by Allison Sadler
Feather print - The Eloise Bindery
Sheepskin rug - Cox and Cox
Grey porcelain bottle - Kt Robbins Ceramics
Heather rug - The Future Kept
White and grey vase - Habitat (discontinued)
Fluffy cushion - Rackhams (discontinued)
Sofa - Ikea
Wooden Candle - John Lewis (discontinued)