August, depending on what life decade you are in, can be either the month of waning lazy hot summer nights or the chaotic countdown of days before school begins.
One thing I miss when living in Florida is decorating for the seasons, but when I am visiting our downsized home up north I still relish this quarterly routine. For me, it begins right here, at the front door.
August is when the hydrangeas are exploding with new blooms, blooms that when dried will create easy additions for Fall decor.
The nods to late summer continue inside. I am still incorporating the navy, but the wooly
browns were replaced with lighter fabrics, coral shades, and seasonal accessories.
In the living room, it is more of an editing process and I take this space back to a clean
black and white look with just a few splashes of summer color.
The dining table and the island are my best spots to bring some summer flavor
into the kitchen.
I also just like mixing things up and repurposing or "shopping the house"
to bring some fresh looks to my rooms like this Sticks wine cooler/planter that I am currently
using to corral frequently used utensils.
Because we are back and forth between two homes, I can't possibly use real plants. But I have discovered some very realistic faux options out there and now I sprinkle them shamelessly throughout the house.
I love the organic feel they bring to a room and they are an easy way to make seasonal changes. I even use them out here on the screened-in porch.
For Midwesterners, Autumn begins on September 1 or maybe the first day of school. Either way, the next time I am up north it will be time to embellish the house with Fall flair and I will be ready to shake things up again. But for now I will enjoy these final summer days and the way they are echoed throughout the house.