This time of year is all about colour and warmth. Crunchy golden leaves, shiny conkers and bright pumpkins. I like to bring some of this natural charm back indoors with me. Gathering together warm throws, candles and treasured finds is as instinctive as pulling on a pair of woolly socks.
Here are some little tips to bring in the outdoors this autumn.
Display your pumpkins…I’ve got a bit of thing for collecting gorgeous pumpkins and squashes at this time of year. I never eat them, I just gather them together on window sills and mantels. They’re autumn treasure and deserve admiration. They last for absolutely ages and just look so perfect right now. I usually find mine for sale on stalls outside people’s houses, but there are lots of mini ones to be found in the shops too. Display them alongside other autumn finds like rose hips, conkers and berries. You can even do a bit of grown up carving and turn one into a night light holder.
Embrace the chrysanthemum…It’s never been the coolest flower. But I think they’re really underrated. The colours around at the moment are amazing – yellows, russets, deep reds – all the colours of the season – plus, they’re inexpensive and they last for ages.
Use a bit of fakery… If you can’t find any sprays of real autumnal berries use some fake ones. Christmas things are starting to creep into the shops and it’s really easy to find some inexpensive faux berries to arrange in a jar (or combine with fresh blooms). I bought these wire stems in Wilko a few years ago and they’re still going strong.
Peg up some leaves… I did this last year and it’s such a fun and beautiful way to display all your precious finds. We always fill our pockets with them, every one more beautiful than the last. It seems a shame to let them just crumble away unnoticed.
Make an autumn wreath… they’re not just for Christmas. Use a wicker ring and thread through all your favourite autumn bounty – berries, seed heads, feathers…
What treasure will you be collecting this autumn?
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