I love this time of year. Even though it’s still summer (even more so in the South), the angle of the sun changes and reminds me of good things. We’re from the Pacific Northwest, and there (in Eastern Washington), the warm sun gives way quickly to chilly breezes by late October. Those days in September and October are my favorites of the whole year. Here, in Tennessee, we don’t get to enjoy those crisp breezes and other things I love, such as wool blankets and leather boots until winter, but I’ll enjoy the “office” of fall, and have all the pumpkin-spice lattes and cups of chai with nutmeg I want. Especially because we have the a/c blasting, and I’ll be inside wearing my slippers and can easily forget that it’s still over 80 degrees.
One thing I also love is when stores start putting out tons of pumpkin decor. Very rarely do I ever see any of it that I would actually put in my house, but I appreciate the effort. I love the idea of people “trying” with their homes, even though they may not think they have design talent. Any sort of decorating effort is sweet to me, as if someone wanted to bless their family with a little reminder that something exciting is going on outside. I hope my children have memories of their home changing throughout the year. Not in a “constantly redecorating” sense, but in a “traditions” sense.
Today I went to a store with my older son, who took one look at all the pumpkin decor and said, “It seems like it’s always fall.” That’s because his house was decorated for fall to the nines last year (after not decorating for fall the previous year, because the kitchen was ripped out), then was quickly decorated for Christmas, and upon taking down the Christmas decorations we learned we’d be in American Farmhouse Style magazine’s Fall issue and needed to redecorate for fall. It was really hard to find fall decor in the spring, though Pottery Barn saved the day with some clearance twigs so I’d have fall leaves! I owned a limited amount of faux fall decorations, and they were protected with my life (except for the beautiful glass pumpkin from PB that Dave knocked off a shelf a couple weeks before the photo shoot). Now they’re at stores, everywhere, free for the picking, and it seems too easy after desperately hunting high and low for it just a few months ago. I almost feel like I should hoard some after the major shortage of the spring, but it probably won’t happen again that I find myself in desperate need of faux fall decor and am unable to get it.
I don’t think I’m actually decorating for fall this year. Rather, I’m trying to un-decorate and make our house work for us. Normally I’m opposed to having a homeschool room with tons of tacky posters on the wall. Actually, I’m still opposed to that. But this year, we’re making our normally-decorated dining room a school area and moving some of our homeschool materials in there. Now that I have experienced having a perfectly decorated house for the magazine, I am more than okay with having books and stuff around. It’s luxurious, actually. It makes me feel like I live there.
The magazine is coming out in ONE WEEK!!! I already have two copies that were mailed to me, but I can’t wait to buy one at the store! It’s supposed to come out August 22 and they will be available everywhere (grocery stores, Walmart, Lowe’s, Barnes and Noble, etc). Here is what it looks like!
I was really hoping we’d get on the cover, but it doesn’t look like any of the features actually did. The photo above is from a different section of the magazine that had something to do with kitchens. Here’s what the beginning of our feature looks like.
I wish we got this in the mail when I had dressed to be in a picture (not with sunglasses marks on my nose and it 90-something degrees outside, but whatever. Anyway, they gave us a 14-page feature! I love that they named it Midcentury Farmhouse because that’s what makes it “me.” I love to find vintage things like crocks and crates and other “humble” antiques and mix them with midcentury modern furniture (the last actual style that was well-designed). Here’s one of my favorite pictures of combining midcentury and other styles (this isn’t in the magazine):
I love the lines of the midcentury piece. Add that to some authentically vintage things (typewriter, industrial monogrammed bin), plus some new things with vintage charm (wool blanket, block-printed pillows), and then throw in some contrasting french provincial chairs and you can avoid being “themed” in an overly retro or overly kitschy “farmhouse” way. Even the kitty loves this sunny little bay window:
She provides the inspiration for lots of stories typed on this very typewriter by little hands.
I’ll post again when the magazine comes out, in case you need a reminder to buy it! Please do! It’s a little piece of history for us and I’d love for our issue to sell really well. I’d also love to update you on what else we’re up to. Things have changed a lot with this new season and I’m looking forward to telling you about it!
No, go ahead and make yourself a chai (I use Tazo chai from concentrate, with milk, and then nutmeg sprinkled on top) and make it feel like fall, even if you live in the South!