At our house, there is almost always background music playing. But, I’m going to admit something to you right now. I’m VERY particular about matching the type of music to the season/mood/setting. It’s kind of a ‘thing’ with me. I mean, we all have our little quirks right?
I think that music is one of those underestimated/underappreciated elements that isn’t really talked about when it comes to home design. Maybe it’s because it’s more of an intangible. But, like the aroma of your favorite scented candle, it can really help to set the tone you desire. And maybe I take it just a ‘tad’ too seriously, but I can’t help myself! How my house feels is more important to me than how it looks.
It’s like being dressed impeccably but never smiling. The feeling has to match the look in order to be as warm and welcoming as possible, don’t you think?
So, when I began to dress my house up to welcome the next season, I realized that I needed an ‘Autumn’ playlist. One that would go well with the decor and set the right mood.
It’s a mix of classical and standards and bluegrass and guitar solos and even some with a slightly celtic twist.
And with copper and feathers and faded pumpkins and wheat, I think my mantel reflects all of those tones. There’s a lilt to it all; the rising and falling of lighter and darker.
Like the lilt of the songs on my playlist. Or the lilt to the sky outside this time of the year.
I’ve officially decided that my new favorite word is lilt. 😉
And, like my Autumn playlist, the elements I’m using to decorate this year are all really simple and cozy and comforting.
They just remind me of…well…home. Home-y-ness, homespun, down-home.
Frankly, all of the ‘home’ related words you can think of.
There are these moments where I’ll be standing in my kitchen preparing a meal (or cleaning up after one!) and the kids will be doing their homework or just sitting at the island chatting with me and I’ll just be overwhelmed by the beauty and wonder of it all.
The smells coming from a burning candle (or, even better, freshly baked pumpkin bread!), the soft glow of lamps turned on earlier and earlier each day as twilight approaches, the sight of pumpkins and wheat and copper in my peripheral vision, the voices of my favorite people on the planet sharing about their day and, as always, the subtle sounds of music in the background providing the perfect accompaniment for an already pretty perfect scene.
Because, after all, it’s the feelings that this season conjures up in my heart and in my home that are my most favorite part of Autumn.
And, because I like you all so much, I’m going to help you out with starting your own Autumn playlist so that you too can have the perfect backdrop for the season.
Here are just a few of the songs/artists/albums I have on my list which is primarily on Amazon Music:
‘Falling Leaves: Jazz Classics for Autumn’
‘Sounds of Autumn’ by Don Thomas
‘Autumn in the Valley’ by Neal Hellman
‘Oktober County’ by Neal Hellman
‘Early Autumn’ by Ella Fitzgerald
‘Autumn in New York’ by Billie Holiday
‘Autumn’ by George Winston
If you have any that you think I should add please let me know! And thank you so much for meeting me here today!