Ok, it’s time for fall. Maybe those of us in the south are still wearing shorts while sweating the makeup off our faces as we dutifully water our wilting lawns. Maybe it still feels like June. Maybe the pumpkins I bought today will rot on my sweltering front porch before Halloween gets here. But it’s time for fall, whether mother nature likes it or not. I’m simultaneously running the air conditioner and burning my pumpkin candles. I don’t care.
Every year around this time I get the itch to do something different from the year before. I think about throwing away all the cheap fall décor I bought on a dime as a poor married college student and stage my house like an Anthropologie store. And then I balance my checkbook.
But still, the itch to do something ‘different’ this year is calling me, especially after seeing this picture in Country Living. Now, my love of this is probably due to the fact that I covet that turquoise picnic table, but nevertheless, this is fabulous. I adore the white candles, the orange roses.
I’m also always inspired by this little shop, run by the talented Jerusalem and Jeannetta. Somehow they make Halloween fun and sparkly, magical and pretty. Their little shop makes me long for some ambience in Halloween as opposed to the plastic figurines that yell “BOO!” at Wal-Mart. Anyone else feel that way?
So I’m plotting and planning for fall and Halloween. I'm on a quest for decor that's a little more cheerful than dark, a little more sparkly than spooky. In reality, I’ll probably end up buying a black crow, some white twinkle lights and the fall edition of Home Companion before the ‘frugal’ side of my nature shuts the entire venture down. And thanks to mother nature, I'll be doing it all in a pair of shorts and flip flops.