Well, August, I'm not sure what to make of you this year. We've had torrential downpours, a little chill in the air and falling leaves, mixed up with bright blue sunny skies and baking hot days.
For my styling the seasons post this month, I was originally going to do an outdoor shoot on the decking. But the rain rather put a stop to that. And the fact that my garden currently resembles a demolition site as our old rotten fence is ripped out in preparation for a new one. No matter, on with plan B.
The surface I've styled this month is the mantelpiece in our living room. Here's the complete ensemble for context, then I'll get onto the details.
August to me is about being outdoors - in the garden and by the sea - and generally making the most of the light and the warmth and the colours before it all starts to fade.
August is all about change too - the nights are drawing in, the colours are changing in the garden and in the landscape - everything is starting to look a little more golden.
Appropriately enough, the sun was in and out, in and out, as I was taking these photos. I rather liked the shadows it produced.
I've gone for a very natural colour palette this month, to reflect the colours of the seaside, and to evoke a feeling of calm and quiet. I find August so busy and full of crowds - I always seek out the quieter, out of the way places. It's a time to rest and take things a little more slowly. A time to retreat.
The oatmeal coloured jugs are from the beautiful interiors shop in Hove called igigi. The canvas print is one of my photographs of Saunton Sands in Devon - a firm favourite, even though I've stared at it for years. The Scabious were from my garden - about the only thing that survived the recent rain battering. The beautiful Agapanthus came from my local florist, Church Lane Flowers. They remind me of summers in Jersey, where I grew up - there were Agapanthus everywhere - they flourished beside the sea. And the beautiful pebbles with wonderful textures and grain are from Westward Ho! in Devon and Sandymouth in Cornwall. Nothing quite like holding a warm pebble in your hands on a summer's day to help you relax :)
And just one last shot of those beautiful shadows, because I can't decide which version I prefer. I'm afraid you don't get to see any more of the fireplace - there's currently a rather horrid electric fire in place, which we want to replace with a wood burning stove when we have some pennies.
So there you have it - my August Styling the Seasons post, with just a few days to spare.
Styling the Seasons is a monthly styling challenge run by Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lotts that anyone can join in. The idea is to style a surface of your home according to what that month means to you, and to share some photographs on your blog or Instagram/Facebook/Twitter with the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons.
See you next month!