Autumn Calls | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

My friend, I will call her Delphina, says the colors of Autumn are negging colors. Every Autumn she falls into a self-inflicted melancholy, and low self-esteem. For certain people, Autumn means the end of another year, the natural evolution of life galloping where they don’t want to go.

Pumpkins Dolls

All my life I have lived in European cities with cement and glass buildings with very little vegetation. I craved nature, its colors, its scents, and the peaceful feeling. In my youth, when my friends went strolling downtown, I went to the country instead, where I could admire the change of seasons, feel part of nature, and being in the company of calmer people. It wasn’t until I came to the USA when I first had the real taste of nature. It was Autumn in Virginia, and for the first time, I saw purple trees, red trees, yellow trees, all aligned as in a painter palette. I remember often taking slow rides on roads not too busy with traffic, just to soak in all those colors, with the sun going in and out of the foliage and chasing me. I felt full of joy, and a great sense of gratitude to have eyes that could see all that beauty.

Every two green trees, there was a colored tree. Later, I learned that all those colored trees weren’t a game of nature. City landscapers plant trees with a color scheme in mind and are positioned at a zig-zag pattern, so when they grow look aligned. The variation of colors is meant to keep drivers awake on the wheel.

Velvet Pumpkins

I told my friend, Delphina, to think of Autumn’s colors like jewel tones colors, she likes jewelry a lot, just like I do. I would like her to start referring to colors as a ruby red, emerald green, topaz yellow, amethyst purple, it would make her feel abundant, opulent and everything around her would change value. She would not feel like a negging middle-aged woman, as she sounds in the Autumn, she would feel precious and needed instead.
She does not listen. 🙄

I adore the warmth of Autumn colors, and I adore the autumn food available in this season. In my home, I change the season decorations as the seasons revolve. I don’t go overboard, I keep it simple, just a few details change, the rest stays the same.
This is an area in my studio where I allow some display.
The leopard purse is a lamp, its warm color at night gives the room a special glow and it goes with all the golden tones you see around it.

The leopard lamp

In another area of my studio, under a large “oeil de boeuf” mirror I display small ceramic pumpkins with a collectible Mr. Pumpkin. The room feels happy and warm. This is where I work, I like to feel in tune with each current season, the sensations and emotions they all bring. In the rest of the house, I have seasonal fresh flowers once a week.

Mr. Pumpkins
Mr. Pumpkins

Outside my entry door, I might place a pumpkin or two while they are in season and that is all.

Decorating with the seasons doesn’t have to be a chore or difficult and neither expensive. As long as one acknowledges the changes life brings and enjoys them. Celebrate the changes, please. Ciao,
Valentina
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Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer, author of 5 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking, and travel. She never gives up trying new things and doesn’t fear failure. Some years ago, Valentina became a TV producer/host producing shows under her label: Valentina Design Universe. The goal of her shows is to entertain, inspire, and inform, while she is living her passion.
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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Teagan R. Geneviene
    Oct 11, 2020 @ 17:46:51

    This is a lovely, stylish autumn post, Valentina. It’s still very hot here (not normal even down here) so no pretty leaves yet. Have a colorful Sunday. Hugs.

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    • Valentina
      Oct 11, 2020 @ 19:49:07

      Thank you for the visit, Teagan. I must say the weather here has been strange. The leaves are falling but the heat says it’s still summer, we are in the 90s. Have a nice Sunday as well.

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  2. robbiesinspiration
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 09:05:08

    A lot of people suffer seasonal depression, Valentina. I do not like the dry cold of our winters when everything is brown and horrible. I like your suggestions for colours and will bear them in mind. It is spring here now.

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    • Valentina
      Oct 05, 2020 @ 19:41:51

      Change of seasons and changes to day light saving are, for some people, very difficult. For instance my sister, in the winter has a special light that emulates the sun. There are many solutions for common problems. Happy Spring to you then and thanks for the visit.

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  3. dgkaye
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 03:43:29

    I love the autumn colors, they are definitely jewel-like 🙂

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