As I write this in advance, the full impact of Hurricane Gustav is yet to be determined. Whatever happens, the mood here in the Southern U.S. is quite sober so I'm starting September with a restrained blog post. Offered here are just a few reminders of simple, affordable things one can do around the house to transition from late summer to early fall.
Spice-hued flowers or foliage, as well as chartreuse blooms, look great in black urns. The small glass versions shown above range in size from about three to nine inches and cost between $15 and $48 at Jayson Home. Orange flowers are also striking in classic blue-and-white ceramics. If you use tapers in silver or brass candlesticks, switching from white to black candles can really add a rich touch in autumn. (The detail above is from Steven Gambrel's dining room.)
Certain Indian textiles -- napkins, a throw used as a tablecloth -- also feel perfect for fall. The images I've used here are from Assouline's sumptuous Rajasthan but readily available products can be found at Saffron Marigold and Les Indiennes.
More September flavor: the special ice blend and pumpkin-chocolate chip bread from San Francisco Coffee. Above, you may also notice Atlanta Intown Paper. This newspaper is focused on community leaders, volunteers, and small businesses, and it is one of the publications I contribute to. Over the years I've interviewed many teen volunteers, and written about exhibitions and organizations like Jerusalem House.
Currently, with General Manager Wendy Binns and Managing Editor Collin Kelley at the helm, I'm working on the monthly philanthropy and events calendar and contributing finds to the home section.
For September, Phoebe Howard was among the oh-so-helpful boutique owners who enabled us to get pretty shots of their offerings. Click here to read the online version and learn more about Howard's chic wood chargers, shown above, as well as the other chosen items on page 39.
[Credits: image at top is from Karen Carroll's Entertaining With Southern Style; images five and seven are from House Beautiful 750 Designer Secrets.]