You can’t stop the leaves from falling

“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.”

– Henry Beston, Northern Farm

The temperature is definitely cooler, and on the weekends I am gradually cleaning out my perennial gardens. It seems to me that the autumn season is approaching quicker than usual this year. Perhaps this was caused in part from the dry, hot summer. As unusual as it is for me, I am embracing fall. I am ready to decorate with rusty oranges and reds, and plop a pile of corn stalks at the end of my walkway in a teepee formation. I have an old pale yellow ice cream parlor chair (used on page 33 of the August 2010 issue of Create & Decorate) that I have placed a periwinkle-colored aster on at the left of the front door. It makes me smile when I return home at the end of the day.

Isn’t that what decorating our home is all about—to create a welcoming place of comfort where we can flourish?

Create & Decorate readers are among the most creative folks we know! And we know that your imagination is utilized to decorate the outside of your home as well as the inside. All of us at Create & Decorate would love to see your inventive and imaginative outdoor fall displays, and if you don’t mind sharing, please post them on the Create & Decorate Facebook group page wall. And, in true Noelle and Beverly style, we will randomly select one of the creative fall outdoor decorating photos and award this amazing book from our “favorites” shelf:

Tattered Treasures for Your Garden by Lauren Powell, from Sterling Publishing, NY. This book is loaded with inspiration for wonderfully expressive garden and potting places and living spaces using architectural pieces, birdhouses, unique containers and rusty relics. The author shares how-to’s and where-to-find’s with the reader, and the photographs make you wish you were there. Perfect for the winter months when you are snuggled up indoors scheming up greatness for next year’s garden!

We look forward to viewing the photographs each of you share on the Facebook group page. Please—no more than 2 photographs per person, and post your pics no later than October 4, 2010. Happy fall decorating!

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