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Autumnal Inspiration

One of the most beautiful sights in the natural world is the reflection of autumn on a still pond of water.  There is something quite stunning about the change in season which cannot be put into words (not helpful for this blog but I will try...) The death of summer and the birth of winter creates a crescendo of colour only nature can provide and yet every year we try to harness it's vibrant, earthy tones in our dress sense, decor and fashion - bottling it up like some sort of soup for the soul. It is not surprising that at this time of year designers embrace warm, rusty colours for the catwalk making us all need a shopping spree and autumn fashion this year is very vintage. According to 'The Guardian' the fashion industry's muse for autumn is the character 'Margot Tenenbaum' from the film 'The Royal Tenenbaum's' (so dishevelled faux fur coats and messy eye liner all round) twinned with a very 1970's vintage vibe. Chunky knits, oversized glasses and bobble hats means Where's Wally is back in fashion and I'm pleased to say I am happy to embrace this geek chic look. Getting the look from the catwalk to the wardrobe is easy but making the transition in your decor is harder.  Who decorates for the season?  No one I know...and yet soon we will start to see Halloween creep into the decor followed by Christmas so I wholeheartedly encourage autumn into my living room. There are so many easy ways to bring autumn into your home for little or no cost so take a look at my suggestions and make that change - celebrate autumn! 1.  Change your photo frames to rustic wood. 2. Collect leaves and create a 'garden' picture with your toddler to stick on the fridge 3. Get your fireplace ready for winter - load up the log basket, put the grate in place and fill it with pine cones until winter sets in. 4. Swap mirrors to autumnal coloured frames 5. Collect conquers to leave in the corner of your room as a spider deterrent (apparently it works!) 6. Buy a new light fitting to put by the armchair and create a cosy, autumn setting 7. Buy a few new cushions inspired by woodland nature - owls, fawns, foxes and rabbits. 8. If you have the option change your washable sofa covers - or get some new covers made.  Often this is a less expensive option than buying new sofas and you can change the look whenever the budget allows! 9.  Take photos of your garden in the autumn, make a photo collage and hang it on your wall.  This keeps your decor contemporary, relevant and brings the outdoors in. 10. Invest in some beautiful, soft, warm throws for your living room in the colours of autumn - rust orange, mushroom taupe, faun brown and willow leaf yellow. Making small changes creates a new lease of life in your home and it is so easy to do - so do it! As always if you need any inspiration then Vintage Vibe are always on hand for advice Tel: 01622 629029 and their beautiful owl arm chair sums up autumn for us all.  

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