Autumn Mood

Those October issues are always chunky, lucky I got to the back page, where my mind lingered.Vogue October moodboard

After all Autumn is hovering, green giving way to shades of pumpkin and mustard, flashes of fiery brights,  a final firework display before all is gone and nature is pared back to silhouettes and shades of drab.  As the sharp summer light fades  I’d rather like to morph into  this moodboard: cosy, layered and gently glowing.  Vogue says: hazy days are time to harvest a new look – soft tweed, mahogany and amber scent.

I am with them, this palette is timeless and inviting.  Shades of  winter white, neutral greige, moody charcoal (downpipe anyone), tones of kumquat, terracotta, blush (at a push ‘Prada’ berry).  Want an accent in this monochromatic scheme? a touch of that ‘fading’ green or ‘cool sky blue’, are just right.  You can pull back so there’s almost no colour (winter landscape already) or keep warm and always stay ‘textured’.

Once spotted, this easy chic, IS everywhere…

mulberry AW2014

Brit band Mulberry keeps it soft while Anya goes all out: mahogany leather centre stage and lashings of kumquat.

Anya Hindmarch 2014 AW

Bottega Veneta’s new jewellery line inspired by Ancient Classics, offer graphic interplay.


Prada’s melange of greige, chocolate and inky sequins is lifted by luminous skin and a bruised berry lip.


Nicole’s vibrant hair does the talking chez Jimmy Choo (wouldn’t mind the shades…)

Jimmy Choo

Alexa’s almost winter landscape, save for green eyes and nude lips.
Alexa Chung Vogue Oct 2013

It’s ‘Chicken and Egg’, this ‘fashion and home’  story:

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler’s New York project fits the look.

Kelly Wearstler accents

turns out she likes it at home too.

Larsen’s AW campaign is a grown up affair with a pop of orange amidst the natural lines.


Christopher Far

While Christopher Farr’s organic shapes are calming.

The Rug Company as always evokes serious lust, that’s me .. just there, on the sofa, kicking off a satin heel. I know…

Rug Company

Moving on…Jamb’s reproductions evoke serious grandeur however ‘worn’.


and George Smith offers the upholstered version:

George Smith

Editorial features quite a few spots that also  weave this spell:

Homes and Gardens

Grayson Perry’s extraordinary artwork and  a line of terracotta figures pep up this calm scheme.Homes and Gardens

While downstairs has a grounding element of wood and a splash of vintage blue amidst luxurious textures.

Homes and Gardens

Homes and Garden’s hamman also gets the Autumn treatment

Homes and Gardens Hamman


Let’s not forget Living etc, where ‘books on books’ lift a symmetry of amber:

Living etc

Naturally House and Garden offers the best in traditional country:

House and Garden

Despite my recent obsession, let’s not think this is anything new, since man first painted his cave this colour palette has felt like home.

Last century the Bloomsbury group painted their dining room charcoal, winter white, soft yellow and orange:


Charleston vignette

In the 60’s Billy Baldwin defied the critics by making magic chez Kitty and Gilbert Miller, without an accent colour, just shades of:

Billy Baldwin Miller

Naturally the Peak of Chic offered up a great look this month via the 1970’s:

decoration 1970's peak of chic

The 1980’s saw the World of Interiors (Interiors then) launch with Anoushka Hempel’s house on the cover:

Anoushka Hempel World of Ineriors

Anoushka Hempel WOII am not sure if the design director of M and S would get in there now, but back then, he’s fearless:

WOI 1980's

In this era, the life force that is Muriel Brandolini , gets it:

Muriel Brandolini

Jasper Conran’s refined British take, is of course fabulous, complete with olive green stool and deep blue flowers.Jasper Conran

stateside Alexa Hampton  is classic luxe:Alexa Hampton

while London’s Abigail Ahern is moody maximalism:

AbigailAhern Autumn

So this Season, wherever you are, whatever your look, ‘Fall In’ as Autumn beckons:



Images from:

Jasper Conran’s ‘Country‘.

Charleston House

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