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Happy September!

Wow, it’s September people! Hallo Holly! I just realized this fact the moment I woke up this morning and thought about all of the invoices that I need to create. I’m a few days late though, aren’t I? In my head, it’s still August. I think it has a lot to do with the weather here — it’s been in the 80s and sunny ever since we arrived on August 6. That’s pretty record-breaking in this part of the country where I live. But today is very windy and there is a slight “crispness” to the air that I love so much. Do you know this crisp feeling that I’m speaking of? It’s wonderful, isn’t it? Which gets me to thinking about a post that I read this morning over at {this is glamorous}. She pulled some remarkable visuals to show what September means to her. Here are just a few. You’ll need to visit her beautiful blog for more.

{this is glamorous}

These impressions resonated with me so deeply because I love all of these things too… horseback rides, plaids, tea, cozy beds, oil paintings of the countryside found at flea markets, rich colors, reading in my living room curled up on the sofa, and linens. It’s the one reason why I do not miss living in the south. No offense to my southern friends and family, but I have to have Autumn or else I’ll not be the same person. I love September – November, so so SO much. I come alive. And I wasn’t even born during this period and have no real reason to love it so much but I do. It makes me want to pick apples, take long walks in the forest, collect chestnuts, acorns and branches, craft, travel (I’ve always loved to travel most in the Fall, especially to London), and I love that one day that feels chilly enough to wear your favorite cardigan. :) And then it gets sooo cool that you can wear a lush chocolate or buttery soft caramel leather jacket with your favorite scarf. September also means socks. I love stripey knee socks.

What does September mean to you? Please share!

(images: this is glamorous)

Posted in inspiration on September 03, 2009

English Muse: Favorite Things

As promised, I have a few more guests joining me here on decor8 this week with their favorite things… so I’m going to let them have the floor and talk to you about their cherished possessions and what inspires them. First up today is the English Muse. Enjoy!

Hello from Pasadena, California. I’m Tina from English Muse and I’m very happy to be visiting the lovely decor8. I live with my husband, my daughter, two cats and a little mutt dog in a small English Tudor style house on the edge of the San Gabriel Mountains. I have many favorite things gathered from years of prowling the flea markets and raiding my father’s art studio. They form a colorful hodgepodge in every room in the house. Many of my parents’ friends were artists–their homes filled with folk art, pottery, hand-carved furniture, Chinese antiques and bookshelves lined with English literature. Stepping into their haciendas was like wandering through a magical paradise of erudite pursuits. It’s a sensibility I love, which is why I wanted to start my blog. Beauty comes in all colors and from all cultures.

English Muse

Everyone needs a favorite chair. This one is mine: an old club chair covered with an antique suzani from Uzbekistan. (Bought on eBay). The fabric is soft after years of wear, faded to a deep rose-red. The swirling, colorful embroidery is so beautiful, made with thick strands of silk. At the moment, this chair is stacked with magazines and catalogues — as are many of the flat surfaces in our house. My plans to get organized continue….

English Muse

My elderly father has been very sick lately, so my most cherished possessions are his gorgeous paintings and watercolors. With their colors of blue and green, they form mini-galleries in various places in our house. I especially like this collection, lit by a skylight in a long hallway.

English Muse

Of course my most favorite things: The people and animals who live with me in this little house.

English Muse

I hated the idea of keeping all my Polaroids in a box. I put together this art installment of sorts on the refrigerator. The picture of my daughter in the bunny ears is my favorite. There’s also a picture of my husband with one of his funny grins. It makes me laugh.

My inspiration: I grew up in New Mexico where the sunsets are purple and pink, the furniture and doorways are often painted blue, and the mountains are named for the color of the soil: Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ.) I’m convinced that a beautiful home is all in the little details: A pretty perfume tray, textiles from locals around the globe, whimsical things like a bouquet of colorful umbrellas, weekend papers spread across the floor for reading, art with deep grooves of oil paint, dried flowers on a dressing room table. Thank you for letting me visit! – xo Tina

(images: english muse)

Posted in guest bloggers on September 03, 2009

Timeless Paper {save 20%}

How imaginative these place cards are from Timeless Paper in Philadelphia! I’ve never seen butterflies gently resting on the rims of glassware before as a place card but now that I do well, I’m in love! They have birds, shrimp (yes, really), peacocks, dragonflys, leaves and more! I want to throw a party right now just to show my guests these fluttery accents.

Timeless Paper

Timeless Paper

Timeless Paper

Timeless Paper

I also like the napkin rings with the sweet button accent. I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking up all sorts of variations of this idea and how much I love how imaginative Timeless Paper is!

Psst: This shop is part of a weekend Etsy sale so you can save 20% off of your order total if you write in the message to sellers box the code “weekend deals”. This sale is valid from Thursday, September 3, through Monday, September 7.

(images: timeless paper)

Posted in kitchen on September 03, 2009

ABC Cuteness From Enna

My cutie friend Anne who lives nearby to me here in Hannover just launched the sweetest new poster available for order at DaWanda. Isn’t this so cute? And it’s only 10.00 €! If you look closely you’ll find a Yeti. My favorite part. And a dachshund. My second favorite.

Enna - New!

I love alphabet posters and honestly, there are so many out there that I love that I just don’t know how parents settle on one design! But if I had a nursery and needed color I’d buy this one from my dear Anne. This is also perfect for kindergarten or pre school in case you’re a teacher or a mom looking to give the teacher a present. :)

Psst: Anne will ship worldwide and she has an etsy shop, so if you want one convo her on Etsy and ask her to special list it for you.

(image: enna)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, kids on September 02, 2009

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