Hello to you,
Have you been looking around you lately?
Leaves are turning fiery red, the wind is blowing harder and colder, nights are arriving sooner and the raindrops are falling faster…
Yes, fall has arrived, you can feel its presence by taking a glimpse outside any window.
Fall is the transition season, the nature telling us to get ready. There is a permanent war going on between me and my wardrobe during this season… Not cold enough for the warm fuzzy pullover, but not quite warm enough for a t-shirt either. Daily dilemmas of a girl I suppose 🙂
With that being said, fall remains the most beautiful season of them all. There is a short time laps between the summer and fall where you can see the leaves turning red, but not yet dry. Those are the moments that you stand still and want to capture the image you are seeing. The realization that nature is alive and changing.
All of that sets the mood to start decorating and welcoming fall in to our homes.
After a walk through the park nearby Mr.P’s old parental home in Kuurne (a small village near Kortrijk), I was able to find lots of decorating elements provided by mother nature herself. The red leaves still hanging on the tree but lose enough to be blown away by the next wind would obviously be a part of my fall decoration. Pine cones and acorns were everywhere, ready to pick of the ground.
This is why I love blogging. We would never have gone for a walk trough that park if I didn’t need some inspiration for this post. Blogging makes me experience life differently by taking a second look around and notice the beautiful details. Enjoying life side by side Mr P.
Before anything, I had to clean the pieces I gathered in the park. I love nature but I don’t love the bugs that come with it. My home is definitely a bug free zone. So to clean those pine cones, I let them soak in a bowl of warm water mixed with a cup of vinegar for about 30 minutes. After that, I baked them in the oven for an other 60 minutes at 110°C. This process will kill any bacteria and bugs nested into those cones.
I dried the leaves by pressing them between the pages of a pretty heavy book for a few days. I bought a few miniature pumpkins, added a few cinnamon sticks to perfume the pile, and I was ready to start decorating.
I chose not to color anything. Mother nature already did a pretty good job on the colors and I didn’t want to ruin those natural artworks. This is absolutely a subjective point of view, If you would like to use some colors, you can get plenty of inspiration on Pinterest.
Let me know what you think in the comments and show me how you welcome fall into your home!