A couple of weeks ago I shared that I wasn’t ready to let go of summer. I delight in the special joys of every season. When we lived in south Florida, with its hot and oh-so-very-humid summers, I was pleased when the summer was over and temperatures moderated a bit…usually in late October or early November. But now that we live in the heavenly mountains of North Carolina, where we have summers that are comparatively mild, I am never in a rush for the end of summer. I love summer flowers and the wide variety of fresh summer fruits and vegetables and I love summer outdoor activities like concerts and picnics and watching my grandchildren play in the creek.
That said, I also absolutely L.O.V.E. autumn in the mountains, too! And since that previous post, I’ve begun to embrace the onset of fall. Last weekend I took a road trip to visit my aunt on her 92nd birthday. During that visit I popped into a Publix supermarket to pick up birthday candles and some flowers. In the floral department I saw a display of absolutely stunning succulent plants.
I usually associate succulents with summer, but these colorful beauties were screaming “Autumn.” The labels on the plants said “Red Velvet Echeveria.”
I just had to bring one home with me. This little lovely inspired me to begin the summer to fall transition. I placed the plant in a brown clay flower pot. and added some tall candle pillars and rust colored candles for a simple season transitioning vignette. I might add a pumpkin or two in a couple of weeks, but for now, this is perfect.
Playing off my inspiration plant, I also changed out the dining room table runner and centerpiece, replacing the bright summery colors with more fall-like shades.
For the centerpiece I once again pulled out my Landon 5-Votive Tray Candle Holder from World Market that I purchased about a year ago. (It’s still available HERE.) It’s been such a useful piece! I’ve used several different votive holders and have filled the tray with leaves and pumpkins, pinecones, greenery, and berries, sea glass and seashells, and now, wine corks. Who knows what’s next!
Next week, after Labor Day, I’ll be adding additional season-transitioning decor, and I’ll share those touches soon.
I hope you have a fabulous weekend whatever you have planned. It looks like many parts of the country are facing the prospect of stormy weather, not exactly ideal weather for the final long weekend of the summer. If you’re facing stormy weather, please be safe! And please come back to visit Our MT Nest next week.
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