Fall is one of our favorite times of year. We love how Mother Nature colors up the landscape with a view that’s picture postcard perfect and something to truly savor before winter’s chill arrives. Yes, the changing of the seasons is here. Time to take a break and take it in the crazy quilt of color that lies just beyond your door. Need a nudge to stop the daily grind and get back to nature? Here are five ways we’ve fallen in love with Autumn that’ll do the trick for you, too.
Grab your honey, kids, dog and camera. Go walking through the park, the nearby woods or along a gurgling stream. Rake those yard leaves into high piles, then surprise the kids (and perhaps yourself!) by diving into them before they do. Be a kid with your kids and snap some pics. Make some memories.
Give the mantel a sophisticated dash of Fall color. We like the modernist look created with a single tall branch poised inside a vase. Its leaves seemingly float atop the wall and draw the eye right to them.
Gourds add shape and texture so why not gather some from your garden and create some unexpected decor with them? To make these clever vases, cut a hole in the top of each gourd that’s big enough to hold a couple of florist tubes or a small vase. Add water and insert flower stems; then group gourds to form a centerpiece or tabletop vignette.
The Monterrey quilt puts a new spin on the phrase “bed of leaves” with its all-over detail of etchings and rubbings of wind-scattered leaves in shades of green, blue, gold and coral. This all-cotton reversible quilt is stitched in a vermicelli pattern and is just the right thickness for a cool Fall night.
Lexington Hickory, part of Mannington’s Hometown Collection of solid hardwood flooring, is the epitome of beauty and warmth of wood; and is filled with character and a sense of history. These gorgeous five-inch scraped planks are lightly embossed for realistic character, subtly distressed and have edges darkened slightly for added visual depth. And like all Mannington engineered hardwoods, Lexington Hickory offers distinct advantages over other types of hardwood floors. Its construction is far stronger than a single piece of solid wood and is more structurally sound–it won’t buckle, gap, cup or twist, and can be installed below grade and direct to concrete (solid wood floors can’t).