Last month I stumbled upon a wonderful blog series called Styling The Seasons, hosted by Katy of Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte of Lotts & Lots. In Katy's own words, "we would like to challenge ourselves, and you, to reflect more on the change of seasons and show those changes in our own homes .... We want you to choose any surface in your home (shelf, dining table, mantelpiece – it can be a different surface each month) and style that surface with anything you like to reflect the new month and what it means to you and the promise it holds (relaxation, celebrations, family, nature)."
These days, it can be so easy to let time just slip by without acknowledging the changes around us. "Ugh, Monday." "It's almost the weekend!" "Only X days until Christmas!" And repeat. Why not slow things down and really think about what each month, each season means to you? Why not take the time to decorate your home with real intention, not just shoving a random bouquet in a vase every now and then?
To me, February is the last breath of true summer, the month of love and usually the month in which I feel most out of sorts. The flowers I chose this month were bought or picked on moving day, which was also Valentines Day. Romantic, no? (No.) I haven't handled the move all that well and if I am honest, it has set me back a few steps. I knew moving day was going to be hard so I decided to be my own Valentine that day, to do something nice for myself (and in turn for our new home) and bought every form of dahlia I could find at the farmers market. This summer will go down as the summer I fell deeply and truly in love with dahlias. Some globe amaranth made it into the mix because they just looked so happy and I rounded out the collection by cutting my very last bunch of roses from the cottage garden. With all the chaos of unpacking and getting used to a new space, being able to take a moment and look at those beautiful flowers adorning the bookshelf made things a little easier, made my heart a little lighter.