Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run
John Keats’s (1795-1821) poem Ode to Autumn calls to mind frosty mornings, branches heavy with ripened fruit and berries, and the changing light of sunshine on the wane.
This is the time of year when we look indoors and surround ourselves with things which comfort and sustain; log fires, warm blankets, steaming mugs of hot chocolate and rich foods full of the goodness of the season. Traditionally, we might choose rich, deep colours to furnish our homes such as burgundies, chocolate browns and all shades of russet, but you might prefer a more contemporary, fresher feel to your interiors. If you’re in a nesting mood, there are a wealth of beautiful products to take inspiration from which still recall the seasons with their subtle, naturalistic forms.
“And now with treble soft The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft; And gathering swallows twitter in the skies”.
Bring garden songbirds into your home with this beautiful wallpaper from Juliet Travers, Early Birds, £130 per roll, www.juliettravers.com, 0207 376 2372, which is a flight of fancy featuring the Robin, House Sparrow, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Goldcrest and Linnet. It’s available in three different colourways (JTEB03 featured here) and would look stunning in a hallway, or even guest cloakroom. To evoke the “season of mists” how about Graham & Brown’s Mirage Grey wallpaper, £17 per roll, www.grahambrown.com, 0800 328 8452, shows rows of silhouetted trees rising from a gentle mist? A beautiful paper which would add a restful touch to any living room.
“And much more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease”.
Dress your windows with a Linen union fabric from Voyage. Hedgerow Linen is a spray of seed heads and berries in soft greens, faded pinks and pale blues and purples on a subtle grey background. Or, for added drama and depth of colour, try Black Edition’s Kansai Zinnia fabric 9004/02, £95.00 per metre, www.blackedition.com, 01623 756 699 which uses a watery, floral motif on a cotton-viscose velvet but in flashes of turquoise, green, mauve and magenta. Definitely not one for a fading flower!
For those finishing touches, scatter some style with these beautiful velvet and linen backed cushions from Graham & Green, www.grahamandgreen.co.uk, 0208 987 3700, available in all of the most stunning seasonal colours. At £30 each they bring affordable glamour to any sofa or well-dressed bed. Or, for a quirky touch how about their Cetonia Aurata Insect print £29.00 – £58.00?
“Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find” a store of beautiful treasures with which to fill your home. Would Keats approve of such naturalistic adornments? I like to think he would!