It's still bright and hot here, but it's no question that we are now turning toward another season. I love summer, and so it makes me a little melancholy. But the end of summer is really one of our best times of the year, and especially out on the patio.
Tablescapes this time of year take on a different tone and color for me. My weedy arrangements are more in character. The ambers feel more at home, and the greens turn to olive.
I use this tablecloth only at the end of summer when the fields are full of sunflowers and ripened grass. Everything is still green and beautiful, but the colors have taken on a more golden glow.
We just spent some time in the woods. A wonderful thing to do in August. The kids love gathering acorns, and wildflowers are everywhere. Getting into nature made me think of my Audubon prints, and wanting to use them on a table.
These scripty napkins are perfect with my tablecloth too.
But if I were using a plain tablecloth, these vintage prints would make nice place mats or markers this time of year. I wouldn't use the originals, of course. Since they came in sheets in a box, they are easy to reproduce on a copier.
I'm not ready for full-on fall decor, and these prints seem more transitional to me with their colorful birds, and still green leaves.
A mix of vintage white china quiets the palette.
But I enjoy the off whites better this late in the season, as in this oatmeal colored homespun tea cloth.
It's the perfect time of year for a wheat motif on the teapot too!
My white Royal Albert creamer and sugar bowl is trimmed with gold, and makes for a nice transition. As much as I hate letting go of the warm season that I love, I have also had thoughts of the pleasures that lie ahead. . . .
Even though it's already the middle of August, I have just started peeking into my old August issues of Victoria Magazine for inspiration. They have some of my favorite covers with their suggestion of bounty and rich color. This one is from 1998.
The covers were inspiration for the color and botanical tone of my tablescape. I need that gorgeous french print quilt though!
And did you hear me mention a GIVEAWAY?
I found that I have two issues of this beautiful cover from 1994! That's almost twenty years ago folks! That's a long time ago, but just have a look at how classic cottage style can be in the following pages from this issue.
Let me know in a comment if you would like to enter to win a copy. I will draw a winner next week! Good luck!
I hope you're enjoying a lovely amber August. . . .
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