Saturday, October 2, 2010

Well, Liz, I don't really like orange either..!

Lululiz said yesterday: "I am not really an orange person at all, I would love to have white pumpkins in the house though." Well, I don't feel too different, except, it seems, in October! The orange is indoors and out:So I'm rather enjoying going with the flow...You've got to admit, it's pretty cosy.
Viva the 1970s, when it comes to finding orange accessories from around the house!
I also found some orange candles in a charity shop a few years ago, which are fun in October.
Here's the first glimpse of our mirror collection, which is helping to bounce the light around our house exactly as planned (please allow a self-satisfied smirk):
And below it, on the piano, a link to another commenter yesterday. Magsmcc wrote, in reply to my own comment on her book post: "And I do love the Terry Pratchett that I have read! His satire on our world is so effective, but you're right- it comes with a heart-warming feel! I saw a suitably orange covered Autumnal one in Tesco just last night- must go back and check it out!"
Well, was it one of these, my strawberry friend? I plonked them on the piano for a touch of orange, just a few hours before you left your comment! Personally, I'd say that if you want to buy any more, don't bother with any of the earliest ones - anything after 'Mort' finds him really in his stride...
And again you can see my new cheat's method of adding colour when you don't have many coloured accessories - piles of books!
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Obviously, Penguins are coming in beautifully handy this month:
That's Son 1 up there, ages ago, for a school performance... Such a little sweety. And the wonderfully tactile thumb pot to the left of the Penguins is a Navajo one. My aunt worked in a Navajo health clinic years ago and gave me the pot. I have always adored it. So you can see why having a splurge on orange every few years is worthwhile for me! When else will I show these great things?
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Finally, here's something I learned from Dottie Angel. I have a great candelabrum (Vide Grenier find) behind the TV, and was short of colour-themed candles as I decorated yesterday. Previously, colourful candles were a bit of an indulgence - I wouldn't have thought much of jumping on my bike and going to see what was available in the supermarket. But this time I had a go with these alternating black and red ones, and even though I hated the result, I decided to live with it and see...
I noticed, after a few hours, that they matched the oil-cloth-covered DVD boxes quite nicely. So that was something in their favour. I realised that what made them so hideous was the blue rug below the TV shelves. So I decided to retire the summer rug, bring out the winter one, and see if that made the candles acceptable. And I think it did! What do you think?
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My point is that the must-go-out-and-buy-the-'right'-thing attitude has become fairly alien to me. I would have gone and bought new candles (they're hardly expensive) if it turned out to be necessary, but I have learned to live with things, to think about my need for them, and to have fun with what I have instead of buying more. You'll still have to Watch This Space to find out what my first 'new' purchase is going to be, following the end of the Challenge...

And back to the first photo - here is a sweet little vintage cushion which I used as a cushion pad in the 1980s for one of my first hand-made cushions. When I pulled the ikat-fabric off a few years ago, I found this underneath. I think it must have been my grandma's!

16 comments:

Sherri B. said...

The space with the candles turned out very well indeed! Amazing what we can do with what we have if we just look at it with a different eye. Everything turned out very festive.

Have a great weekend.

Serendipitychild said...

October just brings the perfect excuse to make a house cosy!
I love the missor collection, think this is a really good idea.

Lorrie said...

While I'm not a fan of orange, October is the month to have it around. Pulling things together from what you already have turned out beautifully.

A Thrifty Mrs said...

I'm the same with orange apart from in the autumn. I love orange and russets scattered through the house.

Elizabethd said...

Orange is a colour that I find difficult...yet i love to look at my Berberis berries at the moment.
What a sweet cushion!

mise said...

The candles are good in that lovely candlestick, and your mirrors are a fine touch. Orange is very excusable in October!

BusyLizzie said...

I think it all looks great. I am with you on the "making do" mentality as always. Lizzie x
PS Love The Thief of Time by TP!!!!

Lalabibaby @ Dreaming of The Simple Life said...

Lovely photos Floss and I have to admit I love orange, warm & cosy colour for the autumn/winter and vibrant & hot for the summer. x

Lululiz said...

Lol, Floss, just the odd orange bit in your home then! I do love that cushion, such a pretty pattern.
I love looking at all the orange autumn displays in other people's houses, they look absolutely gorgeous, and I did do the pumpkin thing when the kids were young. Honest. One orange focal piece I could probably deal with quite happily, I just couldn't do a sea of orange. x

Serenata said...

Of course! Penguin books are perfect for adding that touch of orange. Didn't manage the finding of orange today as spent the day outside in the garden and cleaning out guinea pigs! Oh what fun ;-) Then it rained...

We've got a friend visiting for NZ tomorrow afternoon, so all afternoon will be frantically dashing around trying to make the place look slightly presentable so who knows, maybe I'll also get time to do an Autumn display

Della said...

I'm not that big on orange either...but I've connected it with fall so I use it in the fall without qualm! My Mom and Sis love Pratchett, though I've never read him. I'm not much on sci-fi. Much more of a Georgette Heyer type. :)

Juanita Tortilla said...

I agree with you on not being an orange person. But I've slowly become a convert, especially with pumpkins and the glorious foliage in Autumn.

Shouldn't we be fair to all colours? :)

Autumn Mist said...

I must admit I don't have orange as a colour around the house, but I love it as a clothing colour. I have a bright orange T shirt I wear in the summer and a beautiful gilet I wear now. I love your orange candles, they really stand out well. No pumpkins in the shops here yet, though.

Sarah said...

I kinda like orange. I don't seem to do the decorating thing like many of you do. I just seem to stick with what I've got. I do love that uncovered cushion cover. Your mirror wall is coming along quite nicely too!

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

If asked I would say orange is the one colour I really don't like and yet I love to see it in nature - Autumn having so many shades of it - but it's the way nature mixes it with greens, yellows, browns and reds - just beautiful.

harmony and rosie said...

Love love love that sweet little cushion of yours. x