The heatwave is over, the end of August approaches, and now it really is late summer, although this year it felt like August in June! If you’re wanting to make summer last as long as possible, a lovely way is to create seasonal vignettes around your home.
What’s a vignette? The dictionary will give you definitions related to art and literature, but I mean it in its latest interpretation. As I understand it, it’s a little arrangement, or still life, of objects you find meaningful and pleasing. Like the photos you often see on Instagram of a shelf, mantelpiece or corner of a table.
But yours don’t have to be picture perfect! And part of their beauty is that often they are transient – the flowers die, you need to eat the vegetables, the candles are burnt. You can just keep adding and subtracting items for an ever-changing late summer display, and there are so many things you can use:
Fruit and veg
There’s such an abundance this time of year that you might as well use it to decorate your kitchen, dining room and other corners of the house. Especially as some colourful foods are apparently best kept out of the fridge anyway – tomatoes, peppers, cherries and peaches to name a few.
Already had your holiday and want to hang onto the seaside vibes? Displaying pebbles, shells, seaglass, grasses, driftwood and other flotsam and jetsam will remind you of those hot days on the beach.
Maps, guide books and postcards
If like us you’re not going away until after the schools go back, you can build anticipation by gathering together information about your destination, along with bits and pieces that come from that place or remind you of it in some way.
British flowers like cosmos, asters, sweet peas and cornflowers are amazingly prolific, and only need bunching up, no arranging required. If you don’t grow your own, these English country garden flowers can often be found for sale at garden gates and roadside stalls.
Herbs for late summer colour and frgarance
Lots of plants in the garden are now looking a bit yellow and over, but herbs like mint, lovage and rosemary keep coming up throughout the summer. They will add some green vibrancy to a bunch of flowers or make a pretty posy on their own in a small vase. And they make the kitchen smell gorgeous as you strip off the lower leaves to put them in water, and if you ruffle the leaves as you pass by.
What do you like to use in vignettes for your own pleasure or for Instagram? I’d love to see!