Styling the Seasons - October

Hello, and a very happy Wednesday to you all. Well, in contrast to yesterday's glorious blue sky, London today is grey and chilly. Autumn has most certainly arrived. To mark the occasion I am delighted to finally join in the 'Styling the Seasons' fun which for the past month has filled my instagram feed with the most beautiful images of autumnal delight. The idea was conjured up by the lovely Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lots. The challenge is to style a surface in your home, reflecting what the months means to you. The hashtag {#stylingtheseasons} has been literally brimming with pretty. What's also been super heartening is that it proves just how everyone's interpretation of the seasons, of the spaces in their home and how to style them is unique and personal. There is no wrong answer. With all that in mind, here is my styled surface. The fireplace in our dining room. It isn't a working fireplace {I don't think}, so it serves to put pretty things on., which suits me fine. Having only recently moved here, and since this home actually belongs to my parents I've been taking teeny steps to make it feel more 'us'. Another exciting thing is that along with B and me, my brother also lives here - so it really is a family home. In fact, this plays into this month's styling, as we've all merged our stuff and I'm using it all around the house to make us all feel at home.

Now, I know I've got a zillion things to learn to take brighter photos {and this is one of the darkest rooms in the house!} but seeing these definitely makes me want to give it a fresh lick of white paint to scrub out the marks and brighten the beige. {Adds to never ending home project list} The photograph above the fireplace belongs to my bro, as does the clock and trio of owls. The candle holder {by Hay}, the hendricks bottle and mini cactus are mine. I like how all our different bits and bobs work together well, to create quite a minimal space which mixes old and new.

To avoid things being too brown and bleak, I've added in the touch of copper in the candlestick, the white cactus pot and the bright dried billy buttons. I think this serves to lift the scene a bit. In the coming months, I hope to keep changing up this surface, no doubt always incorporating light, whether from candles or fairy lights. Perfect for the coming winter.

Are you joining in the fun with Styling the Seasons? Let me know, as I'd love to see what you do!