A Season of Change


If you live in North America, you can feel it in the evenings. It’s the cool air that signals the end of a season. Summer has come to a close, and that means it’s time to put an extra blanket on the bed and another log on the fire. But there’s some environmental changes that can take place inside your home with the change of seasons as well. By bringing the coziness of an autumn day into your home, you can savor the crispness of an autumn afternoon indoors. Follow homeowner Jean LaFlamme’s example, and you, too, can treat your home to a new look as the seasons change. With slipcovers, pillow shams, and a subtle palette shift, this seasonal makeover is almost as simple to pull off as slipping on a fall sweater.

In summer, Jean’s porch is a breezy outdoor living space where Fourth of July red, white, and blue take center stage. In fall, the palette moves to richer, deeper tones of red and yellow as the shift to a cozier environment begins.

In her living room, a beachy nautical theme and a summery palette of white canvas slipcovers create a cottage atmosphere. In fall, the room is easily transformed by changing the white slipcovers to a blue-and-white stripe ticking and throwing on some red pillows. (Hint: Change the look of your pillows quickly with shams. They’re also easier to store than lots of pillows.) In summer, the fireplace mantel boasts an antique sailboat; in fall, it’s home to a rustic-looking wreath of dried twigs.

Jean’s collection of blue-and-white china sets the color scheme in the dining room year-round. In summer, compatible hues of soft yellows and crisp whites create a color scheme that’s as fresh as a summer breeze. In fall, the palette turns to deep jewel tones of red, blue, and gold in everything from table linens and china patterns to colored glassware. The blue-and-white china remains a color influence even in fall, but is embellished with golden candlesticks and an abundance of harvest elements.

With a little thought and planning, you, too, can celebrate the autumn season both indoors and out.