There’s No Accounting for Taste
- What’s Shabby Chic?
- Growing Vegetables in Pots
- The Colour Blue
- September Birth Flowers
- Celebratory Days
Autumn is here, and a few small changes can provide an affordable update to your home décor whether you love elegant and classic or flamboyant and the latest trends - there’s no accounting for taste. Anyway, it’s not possible to be right or wrong about personal taste is it?
What’s Shabby Chic?
A design that never seems to go out of style is Shabby Chic and while I found no strict rules when researching the meaning of shabby chic decorating, one explanation stated - “furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique”. The professional decorators recommend using natural materials for cushion covers, adding family heirlooms, handmade items and bringing your room to life with ferns and plants. “Not only do they lend vibrancy to a room, but plants also improve air quality, so the more the merrier” said one magazine. “And, consider succulents which are great for people with a less-than-green thumb.”
Growing vegetables in Pots
There are some vegetables that grow easily in pots. The RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) web site has a very informative section on growing vegetables in containers. They suggest: Tomatoes, French beans, Herbs, Radishes, Rocket, Chillies & Peppers, Salad leaves, Salad onions. I also found a really useful tip on the internet which said: “The productivity of a garden pot improves when you add a small trellis for support allowing your plants to use the vertical space.”
The Colour Blue
Blue is the colour for September and all shades of blue are representative of sincerity. Although considered reserved and quiet, it is a very popular colour, especially among men. Here’s some ideas from our designer for your family and friend’s September birthday and anniversary gifts.
September Birth Flowers
There are two flowers associated with September - Morning Glory and Aster. The deep blue Morning Glory is a symbol of love and affection. Asters have long been considered an enchanted flower. In ancient times, it was thought that the perfume from their burning leaves could drive away evil spirits and are known as a talisman of love and a symbol of patience.
Celebratory Days in September
National Organic Month
8 – 11th Heritage Open Days
21st – International Day of Peace
22nd – National Daughters Day
22nd – Autumn Equinox – First Day of Autumn
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Best wishes from the PPP Team!