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31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 1}:
Entering the Season of Autumn

by | Sep 30, 2010 | 31 Days of Autumn Bliss, Decorating Inspiration, Entries/Mudrooms

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31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 1}: <br>Entering the Season of Autumn

Martha Stewart

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 1}: <br>Entering the Season of AutumnCome in! Welcome!

I have to admit something to you all. I completely stressed out trying to figure out what my FIRST 31 Days of Autumn Bliss post should be.

What can one say to properly invite you all into the most wonderful season of all?  What will inspire you to want to relax here, feel comfortable and at home and then come back again for 31 days in a row?

How do I explain why I will I be writing on the topic of Autumn for 31 Days in a row? Oh, the pressure.

We all live in different countries, states and parts of the world. Some of us are sweltering in 100 degree heat, some of us have never fully experienced an Autumn season.

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 1}: <br>Entering the Season of Autumn

Pottery Barn

Why do I find Autumn so inspiring?

If you are a reader of this blog, you will hopefully understand what I am about to say.

In my mind, Autumn is not reliant on the temperature of the air outside. It is not dependent on a turning of the leaves. It is definitely not just a precursor to a long cold winter. It isn’t about pumpkins and black cats on a mantel.

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 1}: <br>Entering the Season of Autumn

House Beautiful

Autumn is A Season of Contentment

I look at Autumn as a season of embracing the life I always dreamed I would have as a homemaker. Do I  have to have the perfect life or home I dreamed of back in the day in order to be content right now? Of course not. I have a life worth being grateful for every day. But do I embrace it? Do I savor it? Or am I saving that contented life for some other season? (when I buy that new house, when I have more money to decorate, when I don’t have to work or when I have more time to stay home and enjoy my life?)

Autumn is a time for me to create a sense of peace and contentment RIGHT NOW with my home and my life. That feeling of contentment is not something that is always handed to us on life’s silver platter of gifts. It is a feeling we can easily lose sight of in the midst of life’s challenges and disappointments.

Autumn is a time to slow down and embrace the home and life we have.

Do we need the perfect temperature or fall colors on the trees for that? I think not.

Embracing the blissful season of Autumn is a choice.

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 1}: <br>Entering the Season of Autumn

Country Living

For the next 30 days, we are going to do more than just dream wistfully about Fall, we are going to get off our rumps and do some nesting!

We’ll consider how to embrace Autumn in each room of our home, find practical ideas to inspire us, and we’ll have fun sharing fall homemaking rituals along the way. I’ll share some of my very own fall favorites around my house!

Oh, and I’ll share Autumn treats and go on some Fall drive by’s too (you can’t fully embrace Autumn without tasty treats and Fall drives, right?) Some posts will be super sort, one image or thought of inspiration, some will be long like this one, but all will be filled with things I love about fall and hopefully will inspire you too!

I’m so excited! Tomorrow I’ll show some more awesome entryways, so stay tuned!

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 1}: <br>Entering the Season of Autumn

Are you with me? 31 Days of Autumn Bliss!*

PS. I got a new FALL BANNER on my blog!! Did you see it? Click over here if you are on a reader or facebook! Made by my friend Jamie @ JYL Creative, he created my original banner and fall-i-fied it for me this week!

Meanwhile, please visit the other wonderful and inspiring ladies who are contributing to this collective 31 Day series, each with their own topics! They are all amazing ladies with great hearts so enjoy each and everyone of them this month! Find the whole list of bloggers right here!


  1. Angie

    Great post Melissa! I love your theme of contentment…it is really something to think about as we go about our daily living!! I have been looking for to your ’31 days’ since you announced it! Angie xo

    • Melissa

      Thanks Angie! :-) xo

  2. Fifi Flowers

    Maybe if I PAINT Autumn it will make it feel more like Autumn than SUMMER… hmmmm

    • Melissa

      Hmmm. Yes, Maybe that is the ultimate secret?

  3. emily freeman

    So I’ve never thought of Fall this way, in these words – but I have felt it this week as I’ve been nesting here at home and so happy to be doing it. Can’t wait for more from you!!

  4. heidi

    I’ve always had a love of the fall season. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact I have an October birthday….hee, hee. Looking forward to reading along.


  5. The Cottage Chick

    Can’t wait to follow the next 31 days with you! I think I love fall as much as you do. I know you have been anticipating this time and I can’t wait to see what you will share with us.

    Happy Autumn!

  6. Kelly

    I’m glad it’s the weekend tomorrow so I can come home from school and sit on my couch and read all these great posts! It’s starting to get cooler in Houston – just in time! And the humidity is even cooperating. It’s downright fallish!

    Mabye a pumpkin spice latte in the morning…!

    Happy fall, Melissa!

  7. Jennifer

    What a lovely message! I agree whole heartedly, even though I would have never guessed that a month ago. I was dreading the end of summer. But now that fall is here, I am loving my days indoors catching up on “house wifey” things. Is it just me, or does the pace of life slow down when fall arrives? My days seem much more peaceful and predictable lately.
    For the first time I let my 4 year old help me decorate the house and pick some pumpkins from the garden. (Now he’s already looking forward to decorating for Christmas :).) You are right, the season is what we make it. We could complain about the shorter days and the muddy shoes that come into the house, but we can also appreciate all the time spent indoors together as a family. This is the time of year I dust off my hobbies that were forgotten over the summer. I find myself picking up more books too and reading more to my kids. Yes, fall won’t be nearly as bad as I thought it would be :).

  8. Dianne - Bunny Trails

    Lovely post. I think part of what makes Autumn so wonderful is that the cooler weather brings us back indoors a little more, causes us to bundle up a bit, and just makes everyone feel a little more cozy. Looking forward to the entire 31 days! :-)

  9. Marie

    You’re off to a splendid start, Melissa! I agree that Autumn is more than just black cats and crimson leaves…it’s a state of mind.

  10. texttussi

    I’m very much looking forward to this series. I wanted to let you know how much I LOVE your banner. What a GREAT idea to change it with the seasons!

  11. The Nester

    “I look at Autumn as a season of embracing the life I always dreamed I would have as a homemaker.”
    Oh, that is so true and I never even knew it, this is the second post out of the 31 days to bring tears to my eyes.
    I think this is my favorite post of yours, ever.

    • Melissa

      love. thank you.

  12. Emily

    I love this and I love you. Seems the 31 days is bringing out the best in all of us.


  13. Arlene

    Looking forward to your month of Autumal delights! Autumn is my favorite season of the year!!

  14. Sandy

    Beautiful, just beautiful. I love Autumn, and I want to be more content and I want to learn more from you. You are so inspiring, Melissa. Here’s to 30 more! xo

  15. Vee

    You’ve done a wonderful job of welcoming us and drawing us right in to the excitement. Looking forward to all that you will share with us! Did you make a handy button for this series that one might share on her sidebar? Maybe I missed it!

  16. Imperfect

    It’s finally begun! I can’t tell you how much I’ve looked forward to everyone’s 31 days series. And you’ve so perfectly captured how I’ve thought about fall without every really knowing it.

    And I love that first picture. I just want to walk inside to sit by the roaring fireplace that I can only imagine is there!

  17. Julia

    I love that you changed your header for fall! That’s fun. This is one of my favorite seasons, too, so I’m looking forward to your series! :-)

  18. Carmen

    I can’t wait to see what else you’ll be posting about this month. I love the new fall header. Very nice.

  19. Anita

    Great post. Looking forward to seeing Fall in all it’s glory through your eyes. I may not get the change of seasons like I did in GA but I still love it none the less. To me it represents home. I will come here to see all of the glorious colors.

  20. Vee

    I see it! Now how could I have missed THAT?!

  21. Ashley Hasty

    I’m looking forward to this 31 day series, what a fabulous idea!

  22. se7en

    Oh would you look at all those 31 days to visit – I am drooling in anticipation!!! No pressure but I really just can’t wait!!!

  23. Kendra

    Neeeeever thought of it that way. And that’s totally why autumn is my favorite season. I just never knew that was why. Can’t wait for the next 30 days!

  24. Slava

    Autumn is definitely the best season. As an amateur photographer there’s no better time to be inspired by nature than autumn. Especially since winter is coming and most of the colors will be gone, replaced by all-consuming white.

  25. Rebecca

    These are gorgeous pictures and a wonderful sentiment… Count me in!

  26. Tracy O

    great post…but you had me at the Martha Stewart image…

    Your first paragraph really spoke to me. I am one of those who is waiting for something, not too sure what, but something before I embrace my home, my life as it is now. I am going to follow along (not like I don’t already) and use these 31 days to change that and embrace everything I have as it is, right here, right now!

    Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Melissa

      Thanks Tracy!

  27. Mary

    Thanks for the post Melissa!
    Now is the time in Napa when they are reaping the harvest. The air is pungent with the fragrance of crushed grapes, there are festivals and parties galore, and everyone is talking about what crops excelled this year and which ones didn’t. I love the Fall!

  28. Jacque

    Well, I’ve said it before, this season of the year motivates me to clean and get organized but I’ve never purposefully thought of it as my season of contentment before. That’s probably part of why I love Fall so much (because a well organized home sooths my soul like a long CD of melodious piano music) and now, thanks to you, I’ll be able to fully appreciate it as “nesting for contentment”. I can’t wait for the rest of the series! Thanks.

  29. Kristin

    What an absolutely fabulous perspective of Autumn! I’ve never thought of it quite like that, but it’s the perfect expression of everything I love about this season. Well said! ~K

  30. Mendy

    I love your blog anyway but this message is amazing! It inspires me to strive to be content right here right now. I am so blessed but I keep letting life get in the way of being joyful. Have a blessed day!

  31. Karen

    What a beautiful welcome! The images you have posted perfectly inspire the feelings you are speaking of. I concur and am ready for 31 days of fun and inspiration!


  32. Carin

    Melissa, you did an amazing job welcoming us! Although I’ve only read you an incredibly short time, your posts always manage to go straight to my soul. I love autumn for all the reasons you mentioned here! Can’t wait to see what the other 30 days will hold.

  33. frenchgardenhouse

    What a perfect post. You are so right, Autumn is a special season.

  34. Missy June

    I’m with you! I loved the way you descrbed fall as a season of contentment…with what I have now. It’s hard because I’m in a new ‘season’ of my own life as a single mother of three – my divorce will be final this month. Life is oh-so-different from wha I imagined it would be. I’m praying that I’m overwhelmed by God’s ability and not my lacking. I plan to enjoy some ‘me’ time here!

    Thank you!

  35. Stephanie

    Looking forward to the rest of the Autumn season with you!

  36. Gina

    I love this! It’s my favorite time of year as well-looking forward to all the inspiration and ideas and cool things coming up about autumn.

  37. Patricia Torres

    This is such a lovely lovely post.. I simply admire you all who enjoy the fall season.. here in Dubai.. we dont have any such thing.. We live in summer most year long.. its just slightly better.. ;-)

  38. Sarah Bohl

    Beautifully written, Melissa! I can’t wait to read the next 30 days! And I’m really digging that picture with the zebra ottoman–I never would have thought of putting that there, but it looks amazing! Great photo choice.

  39. teresa

    Oh fall, love it. Your post was perfect…guess I better get off my rump and do some fall nesting. =}

  40. Cindy

    I am SO with you girl! I love Autumn, it is so EXcITinG!!! I feel more invigorated than I have for many months. I love the long crunchy walks down by the river, the lovely blue sky and the cozy jacket that I have take along with me, just in case! I am looking forward to all that you have to offer! Don’t worry, I get updates on my own blog, daily of what is new, I won’t miss a one!
    Hugs, Cindy

  41. Kirstin

    Living in the Pacific NW and being able to experiencing each season (though I’d really like to have more snow) has caused me to wonder what it would be like if I lived in a State where it was pretty much “summer” weather all year long. How would I adjust to the seasons when I can’t “see” the changes. I’m looking forward to this month!!

  42. Kirstin

    I also know for us, Fall is pretty busy because of soccer season and I feel as though I’m always running here and there. I need to learn to find the time to just relax and enjoy the season. I look forward to more soups (chili and cornbread tonight) but I don’t always look forward to shorter days. I love the changing of the leaves. I love being able to light yummy smelling candles.

  43. Jody

    I am so excited to have found your wonderful blog. It is just the sort of place I feel comfortable in — simple, practical, realistic ways to love the space you’re in. I’ll be a regular visitor. Thank you for sharing your heart and home and ideas with us. I’m looking forward to 31 Days of Autumn Bliss and sent my daughter and DIL over to join in.


  44. Jane Bradley

    What a wonderful sentiment… I totally concur with all your thoughts about this season of celebrating the abundance of our lives… I can’t wait to see what you share with us every day. Your blog is among my most favorite… You do “inspire” me… Thank you and happy autumn…

  45. Elen

    A great beginning! Autumn is my favorite time of year, so I’ve put your link into my rss feed. Don’t want to miss a single post. Cheers!

  46. Tiffini

    Being present in the moment…” being ” now…I am guilty! Most of the time I am living in the future….Thankyou so much for reminding me to just STOP and be content. We don’t know what the next second may bring or even if we have one. I think one regret would always be not to be content with who and what and where we are at the present time…BTW – I LOVE EVERY PICTURE and I WANT those BOOTS:)

  47. Tara

    I’ll be here every day for the whole 31 days, Lord willing. :)

    Have fun doing the 31 days to Autumn Bliss!

  48. Connie

    I got out my fall decor so that I could stop and feel it because living in southern California, fall just doesn’t really happen all at once. We see a little of it here and there on some of the trees as their leaves turn or even just fall off if we take the time to notice. It seems we are always driving somewhere and running late. We don’t really have the weather change at this time of year. So…thanks for encouraging me to slow down and embrace my home and life I have. I am enjoying my little bit of autumn inside my home.

    Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us! Connie

  49. Amy Kinser

    I have to tell you how excited I have been about this month’s posts by you. I can’t wait to hear and see what you have to share. You are one of my very favorite bloggers to read. I love your style, your sincerity and what I see of your heart. I’m along for the ride this month and beyond…

    God bless.

  50. lylah ledner

    It IS a great post and I’m so embracing autumn….that I think if I embrace it enough our desert heat might subside a bit from this 106 degrees. Autumn is also my favorite time of year. I just posted some pictures of what our daughter did yesterday.

    xoxo lylah

  51. Jeanine Byers Hoag

    I am excited right along with you about these next 31 days because I want to create the same peace and contentment in my own home!

    Over at my blog, I am writing 31 days to creating a home for your soul. You inspired me when I first read about this planned event.

    I will be slowing down this month and doing all I can to enjoy this, my favorite season!


  52. Roberta

    Ahh Melissa I don’t know why you’d be nervous about what to say for this first post in your series…you are always inspiring because you blog from the heart and you are real and we can always tell that and appreciate it ;) Love the new banner and always peeking into your windows. Looking for forward to following along this entire series. Fondly, Roberta

  53. Joanne

    I just love your blog, along with all the inspiration and ideas I have received here! I have linked your blog to my latest blog post….passing your inspiration on to others.
    Thanks so much!
    Joanne at Seasonal Hearth

  54. Michelle G

    I’m a lover of fall to and I’m excited to see what all you post about! It’ll be great:)

  55. Fiona's Mosaic

    Lovely!!! But you totally cracked me up when you said “get of our rumps”. LOL

    In 31 days hopefully I will feel better about fall. :o)
    Hugs and God bless, Fi

  56. Traci Hutcherson

    Melissa, I am very excited about your 31 days!!! I’ll be stopping by for every one. :)
    Thanks for sharing the goodness with us all.

  57. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    It truly is a season of contentment.

    If you get a moment, I would love for you to stop by and enter my fabulous fall and French GIVEAWAY.

  58. Anna

    Melissa… I love your blog! I am going to follow you now! I would love for you to come by and visit my site… it is a work in progress and I am doing a weekly link party that is growing weekly too… I look forward to reading more of your posts …. Anna @ Moon River

  59. Anna

    Melissa… I love your blog! I am going to follow you now! I would love for you to come by and visit my site… it is a work in progress and I am doing a weekly link party that is growing weekly too… I look forward to reading more of your posts …. Anna @ Moon River

  60. kathy T

    I am looking forward to sharing these next 30 days of contentment . Autumn is such a time for reflection and nesting as a family in the evening.

  61. Kristen

    YES! Let the beauty and newness of Autumn begin!

  62. Melissa

    I love this post!! So very true!

  63. Pinky

    OMG! 31 days of AUTUMN bliss???? I am OVER excited!!!! Can’t wait to go on this journey with you! Pinky

  64. Debi

    Lovely post and no truer words were ever spoken! In fact, I went out bought a new rake today … just because it’s autumn. We have an old one from last year – but being inspired by this season of bliss – I just had to get a new shiny one. I will be following your journey this month and reminding my readers to do likewise.

  65. Rona

    Autumn is one of my favorite seasons for decorating. I’m looking forward to your 31 days of autumn bliss.

  66. Michelle

    I have been preparing for a trip, taking a trip, or recovering from my trip for the last 4 weeks…I’ve missed a lot of blog posts! But I have gone back and read *every one* of your 31-days series and am loving it! Thank you for the great ideas!



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