You might have noticed…
I am not what you might call a ‘traditional’ autumn decorating kind of girl.
I am a little on the softer side of things color wise.
Give me all those pretty muted oranges, apricots, pale blushes and sage greens
mingling with natural textures like wicker, pinecones and wheat
and I am what you might call
a happy all things natural autumn kind of girl.
So when I had a request to decorate for something ‘French Autumn’ inspired
that brought in softer colors
fruits and veggies mixed with lots of fresh flowers
and all with my French Country Cottage style charm?
Well, I was just a little bit giddy as I dreamed up a few designs.
And first on the list was a wreath.
To be honest,
I wasn’t sure just what my ‘French Style Autumn’ wreath would look like.
I thought about it. I imagined a wreath with muted colors and natural charm
and after a trip to the market
I knew where I was starting.
Several bundles of those gorgeous coral peonies
(that matched my shorts) came home with me.
And these peonies are not long lasting ones color wise and were already starting to fade
to a perfectly peachy colors of autumn just a bit.
they inspired the French Autumn Style palette.
The next stop was to order other natural bits.
I had an idea of what I wanted but as with any flowers any type of year-you have to work with what is seasonal as well.
And when I called some of my favorite vendors at the SF Flower Market to order,
I asked what they had in that was Autumn colors.
And they said
‘What… It is the second week of June. You need it now?’
And I said
‘Yep. Autumn.What do you have that is more warm fall type tones
rather than summer?’
And they said
‘But it is wedding season… Summer wedding season.’
and I said
‘Yep. I know. Let’s go with Autumn wedding then maybe?
Like Autumn wedding flowers…but in June.
Because, I need it by next week.’
‘ I know. A tall order’
‘Welcome to my crazy fun and seasonally confused world.
I also have a Christmas tree up in my living room right now.’
We laughed out loud together and
they came through with some amazing flower ideas
that were perfect.
A box full of warm, muted, golden fall colors and textures arrived a few days later
along with pretty sage greens.
I could hardly wait to play.
Bit by bit the wreath started to take shape.
I tucked a dahlia here…
an artichoke there…
Roses that looked like ranunculus, coral colored blooms and cafe au lait creamylicious dahlias
and so on.
And I tucked and tucked until a natural French autumn inspired wreath
was starting to take shape.
And before I knew it
my little autumn wreath was ready for the limelight for photography
and a feature in French Style Magazine.
(and you will see it somewhere else coming up as well)
It is definitely not traditional… but I am in love with how it turned out.
I will share a closer step by step DIY sharing more details
and how it all came together shortly.
So what do you think of it?
Are you a fan of soft and subtle natural autumn
or are you more bold and beautiful fall type?
Hope your Monday is off to a great start!