Saturday, October 11, 2008
To Decorate for the Seasons or Not?
Patty at Morning Ramble posted on the issue of seasonal decor today and it struck a chord. She spoke of being enticed by a store display of fall themed and colored bathroom items. I've been equally enticed I must admit! But what really causes me problems are scenes like the one above. This picture was in a local free glossy I picked up at the grocery store. Beautiful isn't it? I did a little math and estimating fairly low decided they had spent close to $600 decorating this house for fall...Since I'm sure it was probably professionally done the number is probably closer to $1500. This is the idealized image of how one should decorate a home for fall. No wonder so many of us feel disatisfied with a homemade scarecrow, single fat pumpkin and one pot of mums! I enjoy decorating for the seasons. It is one way I recognize their comings and goings. But I do feel that we have to be careful not to let the decorating become what it is all about. The changing of the seasons is what happens in nature. It's about collecting acorns while out on a walk. It's about appreciating the cool morning air. It's about stopping to revel in the beauty of a bush covered in migrating butterflies. It's about taking the time to notice the birds in the sky. It's about watching how the trees and shrubs are changing and what flowers are in bloom. These are the things that my children enjoy and will take with them into adulthood, not whether we had five pumpkins on the porch in 2008 or 100...To answer my own questions: Yes, decorate, but not to the point that you don't have the time to go outside and actually experience the season you are decorating for!
Here's a picture of that butterfly bush. Beautiful isn't it?
house photo from Ebby Haliday realtors