Friday, August 30, 2013

end of Summer inspirations . . .









The end-of-Summer is the one time of year when our home decor "unwinds" from colorful and vibrant . . . and shifts to soft neutrals.

It's a peaceful way for me to transition our home into Fall decor in September and October.




I love cotton boles. They are incredibly beautiful, especially in the Fall when paired with pumpkins, berry twigs, and other natural elements.

I bought this stunning wreath while on vacation with my mom and sister here.








White hydrangeas are always a part of my decor, any time of year. 

                   They are my year-round favorite flower!

I have seasonal favorites too . . . like Black-Eyed Susans and sunflowers ~ July through November. 

I especially love sunflowers throughout Summer, especially at the end-of-Summer.

Their golden hues are a warm welcome for Fall, one of my favorite seasons



 


There are even simple desserts, like a slice of warm Butter Poundcake and fresh sliced peaches
that seem to taste the best at the end of a long Summer season.




Towards the end of Summer, I tend to decorate our family room, dining room, and kitchen in more neutral hues.

I carefully pack away my bright and vibrant Summer colors and patterns, and exchange them for . . . beige, grey, and whites.

I find that this soft and muted canvas allows me to 'dream of Fall,' and all its beauty.

For me, it's a peaceful and pleasant way to transition into a new season.

       







LET'S STAY in touch!






Do you do anything special to prepare your home
for a new season?





47 comments:

  1. What lovely images! LOVE the softer side of fall!

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    1. Hi Yvonee!

      Thank you so much for stopping by! It's quite an honor to have you.
      As you can see, I ease into Fall. I spend most of the beginning and middle of September celebrating APPLES; and then by late September, my home has fully transformed into all things Fall.
      It's such a fun time of year!
      I'm looking forward to all the beautiful things you have in store for StoneGable!
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  2. Suzanne,
    I adore your neutral palette appearing for the transition from Summer to Autumn,!
    Your mosiac with the Sunflowers gave me give a deep sigh!!!
    I LOVE Sunflowers and "Mr. Ed"grows them every year just for me (and the birds)!!!
    I make a complete Seasonal change beginning with my petite dining room!
    Instead of neutral this year, I'm going full blown Traditional decor and hues!
    I enjoyed my visit today!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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    1. Hi Pat!

      So happy you came by!
      I enjoyed reading your comment :0)
      Summer and Autumn just wouldn't be the same without sunflowers. Don't you agree?!
      Happy decorating as we slowly move into a new season.
      Please come back again soon!
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  3. Stunning vignettes, they are dreamy and so soothing. Hydrangeas are always a favorite of mine but that boles wreath...wow!

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    1. Hi Christine!

      Thanks for coming by!
      Come back again soon.
      Have a great weekend,
      Suzanne

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  4. Love the cotton bole wreath. I've never seen anything like it. Such pretty vignettes.

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    1. Thanks, Tammy!
      Please come back again soon.
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  5. LOVE the cotton! So pretty! Makes me wish I lived in the south! :)

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    1. Hi Allison!

      Thanks for coming by!
      This is a great time of year to buy cotton bole sprigs and wreaths. Keep your eye open for them in specialty stores. You can also find them on-line.
      I fell in love when I saw this wreath, and I'm so happy that I bought it. I've never seen anything like it since.
      Please come back again soon.
      Have a great week,
      Suzanne

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  6. Beautiful pictures and home! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria

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    1. Hi Maria!

      Thank you so much for coming by and leaving such a kind comment.
      And thank you for the invitation to join your link party!
      See you there :0)
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  7. Oh wow, such beautiful photos and I am so intrigued by the cotton wreath. Love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thanks so much sweet Marty!
      Come by again soon,
      Suzanne

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  8. I am in love with that cotton wreath! Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Jenna!
      It's one of my favorite purchases of all time!
      Thanks for coming by!
      Have a great week,
      Suzanne

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  9. Lovely images - especially the sunflowers!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly!
      Come by again soon,
      Suzanne

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  10. Beautiful photos Suzanne, I love the way you said that you shift from summer brights to soft neutrals~your cotton wreath is wonderful!
    Jenna

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  11. HI Jenna!

    Thanks for coming by!
    Having a more calm and neutral palette AFTER bright and vibrant Summer decor, really does make me more excited for the arrival Fall.
    And then when Fall arrives, our home undergoes another transformation. I love decorating for Fall! (as I'm sure most people do :0) )
    Please come by again soon.
    Have a beautiful week,
    Suzanne

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  12. Hi, I love all the flowers they are so pretty! You did a wonderful post! I saw it on share your cup.
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Julie!

      Thanks so much for coming by!
      I hope my post inspires you to enjoy the end of Summer :0)
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  13. Love the cotton wreath -I saw some this weekend and should have grabbed one!

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    1. Hi Beeutiful by Design!

      Thanks for coming by!
      Wreaths are hard to find! You should've bought it :0)
      Be sure and grab the next one you see.
      Come back again soon!
      Have a great week,
      Suzanne

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  14. So pretty! And calm and soft. End of summer for me always means back to school so I just did a back to school mantel... the white hydrangeas are perfect this time of year too!! Thanks for sharing this at Work it Wednesday!

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    1. Hi Krista!

      So happy you came by!
      I enjoyed reading your comment, thank you.
      And by the way . . . I thought your 'back to school' mantle was great!
      What a wonderful way to get your kiddos excited about school :0)
      Come by again soon.
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne (Happy Housie follower)

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  15. I'm smitten with your white hydrangeas - but then, I'm smitten with blue ones too! I've never seen cotton boles woven into a wreath - but it looks incredible - what an amazing find! Enjoy the wind down and change of seasons! :)
    Sheree (stopping by for the first time!)

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    1. Hi Sheree!

      So happy you came by!
      I hope you come back again soon!
      So nice to have met you :0)
      Have a great week,
      Suzanne

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  16. What a lovely post - and white hydrangea blooms! Since we live with cotton growing all around us, making a wreath like yours is on my to-do list. Love it!
    Blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

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    1. Thanks, Kim!
      Oh my heavens, I wish I were so close to cotton growing!!
      Lucky, lucky you!
      Come back again soon.
      Have a beautiful weekend,
      Suzanne

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  17. So cute. I love the cotton! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/09/fridays-five-features-no-7.html

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    1. Thanks, Becca!
      Have a great weekend,
      Suzanne

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  18. Beautiful photos! I am in love with that cotton wreath! I love decorating with natural and neutral too! Visiting from French Country Cottage! ;)

    Melissa @ Shabby Love

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    1. Hi Melissa,

      Thanks so much for coming by!
      Hope you come by again soon.
      Have a beautiful weekend,
      Suzanne

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  19. How I love your cotton bole wreath and the sunflowers in the tote. Lovely images.

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    1. Thanks, Tina!
      Come by again soon.
      Have a great weekend,
      Suzanne

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  20. I love the cotton boll wreath and the white hydrangeas. A great end of summer look.
    Thanks for coming to the party at Craft Frenzy Friday. Hope you comeback next week.
    http://obsessiveandcreative.blogspot.com and http://craftdictator.blogspot.com
    Have a great week!

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    1. Hi Rhonda!
      Thanks for coming by!
      I hope you come back to see what I bake up and decorate of Fall!
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  21. Suzanne, I too love sunflowers and black eye's. Definitely signify summer transitioning into Fall for me. Your neutrals are so warm and I love the cotton wreath. I would LOVE to find one like that to hang in my basement family room. Will check out the link you shared. Thanks so much for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hi Jann!
      Be sure and visit again this week. I'll be sharing a post dedicated to Black-Eyed Susans.
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  22. Your "End of Summer" vignettes are just lovely! I have always wanted a cotton boles wreath, and we do live in a state where cotton is a big crop; but I've never seen one for sale anywhere.

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    1. Hi Carol,
      Thanks so much for coming by!
      I imagine that living in a state that harvests cotton - that you should be able to find cotton bole sprigs and wreaths. Wishing you luck on finding one for your home.
      Hope you come back soon to visit.
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  23. What a beautiful home! I'm hosting a handmade candle giveaway that you should enter! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/fremont-candles-givewaway-20-for.html

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    1. Hi Kayla!

      So happy you came by! And thank you for your kind comment.
      I'll swing by to enter your contest. Thanks so much for the invitation.
      Come back again soon.
      Have a great week,
      Suzanne

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  24. I love it! The photos are really pretty, Suzanne! The hydrangeas are gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to the Less laundry, More Linking.

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  25. Everything is just breathtaking! As a girl from South Carolina, I love the cotton wreath. Thanks for sharing with us at Monday Funday... have a great week!

    Take care,

    Trish

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    1. Hi Bonnie and Trish,

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate your kind comments.
      Come back again soon.
      Have a great week,
      Suzanne

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