I don’t know about you, Gentle Readers, but NEVER have I been so excited for fall. School has resumed in person, so the kids are happy…we’ve had a few crisp days, which makes me excited to wear sweaters…I daresay we’re ALL ready for a change, and it’s a-coming.
It was in this spirit of forward-looking-ness that we received the lovely and stylish Ashley, our Cowtan & Tout representative, for a visit to show us the new fall collection from Jane Churchill. And let me tell you: there were some jaw-droppers.
My colleague Lauren and I fell in love with the patterns in fall colors: the mid-tone oranges, golds, rusty reds, and even olives.
These pictures don’t do the fabrics justice…the embroidery in this Kingswood fabric is absolutely luminous. The yellow threads practically glow! Lauren and I vowed right then and there to try and incorporate more gold, orange, and olive into our designs.
Those might seem like scary colors to decorate with. But ANYthing is possible in small doses, so if need a lift, consider new pillows (I was thinking about red pillows for my blush living room, but now I’m leaning toward dark orange!),
or consider a throw,
or even bring in a funky occasional chair.
Those are the small, safe ways you can decorate with fall colors. BUT. You know how I feel about paint: it’s the fastest, least expensive way to change the look of a room dramatically. So if you’re grooving on autumn, hopefully one of these pictures will inspire you to take action.
Did you notice what autumnal wall color is NOT represented? Red! I have to confess, I still have a hangover from the red dining rooms of the 90s. I’ll get over it eventually. Maybe an oxblood lacquered library will shake me out of it ;)
Consider a change this fall, won’t you?
Annie Elliott Design is based in Washington, DC, with offices in St. Michaels, Maryland and Middlebury, Vermont. Annie’s design work and insights have appeared in numerous local and national publications, including HGTV Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Washingtonian Magazine. Annie recently appeared on NBC4 for a story about author Jason Reynolds’ Kingman Park home.