Bear with me, here, I don’t mean Christmas!
Maybe I shouldn’t call it ‘holiday’; it’s too misleading. What I am talking about is the time-of-year dependent decorations we put up to help us get and be excited about a particular time of year or approaching event.
This topic has really been on my mind lately, because now is an odd time in holiday decorating. We have already packed up all of the red, white and blues of the 4th of July, (or not, because patriotism is a year round thing!) and there is a definite feeling of something big coming with school starting. But at the same time, Autumn doesn’t technically start until September 21st, so that means we are only a little over half way through summer. Huh!
All of this adds together to create an idea that perhaps the answer to what we should be displaying right now is absolutely nothing. WRONG! There is always something about the time of year to celebrate, and this time of year in Chicago, what we celebrate is growing outside.
My wreath hanger on the front door is always a great place to start, so this time of year, dried herbs and flowers are a great way to celebrate the season…
Moving inside, decorating is not just about the eyes. Bring in all of the scents. Right now I love burning herb scented candles. I am really loving Hearth & Hand with Magnolia’s Cardamom & Vetiver scented candle (from Target!). It’s an unexpected spicy scent that has a sweet heat after effect. Obsessed! Don’t forget about hand soap in the powder room, either.
Floral arrangements are so beautiful this time of year. Check out what’s growing in the back yard, maybe there’s a blossom or two to bring in and add to a bouquet you picked up at the local market. And don’t forget about those vegetables. Kitchen décor is always successful when you use food to decorate, so instead of hiding the tomatoes and cucumbers in the fridge, get a glass bowl out and show off the bounty!