When I visit my sister in Michigan every August, I always look across the street at her neighbor’s yard. There are two small trees whose leaves turn early for fall. Living in Florida, this is the closest I get to autumn leaves.
I first read Winter Blues by Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal back in the 1980’s when the first edition was printed. It quickly became a bestseller as people were hungry for information about this newly discovered diagnosis, Seasonal Affective Disorder. Some of us have trouble in the fall as the days shorten and the days become grayer. My mother used to phone me periodically with “the blues”. She’d say, “I don’t know why I’m so blue. There’s no reason.” We’d talk for a while but I felt helpless to help her. (more…)
Years ago I bought an antique tea set with beautiful colors and gold accents. The brown background, pastel and deep colors go well with both jewel tone flowers as well as soft pastels. It is the inspiration for my purple and gold table.
These photos were taken during my visit with my sister at the end of August in Farmington, Michigan. Farmington was originally founded by Arthur Power from New York in 1824. There are many older homes in the little town in the middle of a large metropolitan area. One section is designated the Historic District with many Victorian Beauties.
One of the simplest things I do in making seasonal changes in my home is to update one planter with trim and artificial flowers. Last November, I purchased this very pretty planter at Sam’s Club with small green houseplants and a small poinsettia in the middle. Perfect for the holiday season. The poinsettia died several weeks later and I replaced it with artificial flowers.
When I left home in August for my vacation up in Michigan, I knew I would miss the final crepe myrtle blooms. My large tree in the backyard blooms during the summer. Previously it started in June and bloomed throughout July finishing in August. Imagine my surprise when I returned home in September and saw several light pink flowers through my kitchen window.
During my recent visit with my sister in Farmington, Michigan, I spent one morning photographing some of the older houses that drew my attention. Today I am sharing a charming home with shade trees and flowers. I like the landscaping and the warm color of the exterior. The photo below also shows part of the blue home next door. (more…)
My home has many coastal elements. Every fall I am faced with decorating for autumn using my colors. I use more textures, tans, and browns. I add deeper toned colors as the season progresses. I look for softer shades of typical fall colors. (more…)