Autumn. It’s the time to go through your wardrobe and pack away those halter tops and shorts until next summer. Out come the wool sweaters and corduroy pants. If you’re like many fashion-loving men and women, you probably have a jacket for cool fall evenings and a heavy down coat for winter days.
So while you’re spending the day airing, washing, and preparing your fall and winter wardrobe, why not consider switching out your room’s décor to reflect the changing of the seasons? Not many homeowners take advantage of the changing seasons. Sure, you put out the ceramic turkey salt-and-pepper shakers at Thanksgiving and the red-and-green tablecloth for Christmas, but there are so many more decorating options for your home. Consider completing your home’s wardrobe with four separate sets of accessories to complement each season.
How many times have you passed up a beautiful piece of art or a blown glass vase because you knew you didn’t have any place to showcase it? How many of your family heirlooms are packed away in the attic because you’ve had to make room for new pictures and knick-knacks? There is no reason that you can’t enjoy all your fun furnishings. Just spread them out throughout the year.
Start with your area rugs. Use a bright floral rug for spring and summer, and then switch it out for the deep, rich heirloom Oriental in the fall and winter. Use jute or sisal rugs in your main living areas during the warm, sunny days and replace them with warm wool rugs when you begin to light fires in the fireplace.
Drapes and window treatments are another aspect of a room that can change the ambiance from one that says, “Open me up and let the sun shine in” to “Keep me closed and snuggle up beside the fire.” Replace the light, airy sheers that pick up the pastels in your summer rugs with those lovely velvet curtains that keep in the heat during the winter. And when you switch drapes, send out the ones you’ve taken down for cleaning so they’ll be ready when you need them again.
You can replace your knick-knacks more often. Bring out your favorite vases in the spring to hold cut flowers. Then in the autumn, replace them with baskets to hold fresh fruit and vegetables. Fill your wall space with dried twigs and flowers in the fall and create centerpieces from the last of your herb garden. During the winter, bring out your scented candles and holiday accessories to enjoy for the entire season.
When you make accessory changes an integral part of your seasonal wardrobe switch, you can enjoy each special purchase as if it’s brand new. You know that feeling you get when you pull out your favorite pair of leggings each fall? Expect to experience the same renewed jolt of wonder with each statuette, blown-glass bird, and wooden carving as you bring them out from storage. Have a home for the seasons!