It's Still Summer Here but School Has Started So It Must Be Fall!


Welcome friends! Today I'm gathering with some bloggers to share a few Summer to Fall transitions we are making in our homes. If you are popping in here from Petite Haus, I welcome you!

I bet you have this picture in your mind too, ...leaves beginning to change colors, cool winds beginning to blow, the school bus passing by, and sweaters coming out of the closets.  Is all of this beginning to happen where you live?  Not here. Nope! Not at all. Just yesterday we returned from the beach!

Thoughts of fall are beginning to enter my mind just a tiny bit lately but the reality is that I live in the great state of Texas where most of this will not come to pass until well into October! The school bus is running now but the kids are wearing shorts not sweaters.  They bound from the bus in the afternoons and into the swimming pools! Leaves are falling off the trees but it is from heat exhaustion not Autumn changes.  

So at this point, a Texas girl can dream, and while the air conditioner hums I'm going to make just a few summer to fall transitions in our home.

Subtle...very subtle.

Where do you turn for inspiration as the seasons change? For the last several years I've chosen Cottage Journal as my go to. Each issue of this magazine is just gorgeous so it's fun to grab a cup of coffee and do a little Autumn dreaming.


No mums or pumpkins here so I challenged myself to think of three or four changes to the kitchen that would seem transitional but not downright contrived for our climate. Do you know what I mean? 

First, the chalkboard got a new quote.

"August is like the Sunday of Summer."


Second, next to my favorite old floral print, I have a bunch of zinnias from the garden mixed with roses from the grocery store. They seem pretty happy together! For a while, after we moved in, I had this print tucked away in a closet. It's nice to have it out again and I'm enjoying those pretty colors. I also brought out a wonderful candle that seems to be the perfect mix of flavors for the end of summer to fall.  Speaking of zinnias, did you know you can plant the seeds at intervals throughout the summer and they will bloom until frost? For us that will most likely be in November.


We enjoy home cooking so much more as it cools outside. We are looking forward to pot roast, spaghetti, and things we call that winter food in our family.  Having something in a big pot simmering all day is a little slice of heaven so today we have part of the summer harvest, purple hull peas, cooking in the crock pot to keep from making the kitchen hot.  I'm hoping to talk my hubby into some of his world famous cornbread to go with the peas. We are enjoying the savory smells as we dream of cooler days.


A few new cup towels are hanging on the oven and laying on the counter. I've said many times over the years that this is one of the easiest and most inexpensive changes to make in the kitchen.


As seasons change life is about transition. We have other transitions taking place in our home that are very important to us. For the first time in twenty-something years nobody in our family will go back to school!  Last week our son graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with his BSN. He will be moving out in just about three weeks. He's super excited and we have mixed emotions. We all want our kids to grow up but it's so hard to let go. We are just thankful that he won't be as far away as our older son, the soldier.



My thoughts are definitely rambling in this post but that's sometimes true in seasons of transition. It's still summer here but school has started so it must be fall...or not. How is it where you are?

Thank you for stopping by and thanks to Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home for organizing this blog hop that's all about transitioning from summer to fall. I hope you'll stop pop on over to Belle Bleu Interiors next to see Shannon's gorgeous French country home and also visit the many other talented ladies on this list.














50 comments

  1. Congratulations to your son!

    I love Cottage Journal too. I'm always so knee-deep in fixing stuff that decor stays on my to-do list, but that magazine inspires me every time I read it.

    Our weather has already started changing here in the northeast. There is a crispness in the air during my early morning dog walks. I'm forced to wear a sweatshirt to say warm enough. One of the trees in my front yard is just starting to turn too. Naturally, I'm ignoring it. Ha!

    Stacy | Blake Hill House

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  2. Congrats to your son! Love your little touches of fall. It is still beautifully summer here. I usually decorate for fall the beginning of October, when the leaves start changing.

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  3. I’m kinda ready for Fall but would certainly take a few more beach days! Seasons of transition can be tough and this post has been a good way for you to journal current thoughts. Congrats to your boy, moving out is sad but mama, how he’s gonna soar in life. You gave him those sweet wings!

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  4. What a beautiful pic of you and your hubby and son. The hardest part about being a parent is to let our kids go and carve out their lives apart from us. We are so proud of them to start and create wonderful lives but at the same time our hearts are breaking that they are leaving our nest. I have been right where you are with my two daughters. I can say in just a short while your mixed feeling will change to wonderful feelings seeing them happy in the beginnings of their new lives. I am a true summer girl but I have to say I am looking forward to those crips cool mornings and wearing sweaters and seeing the beautiful changing of leaves. Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  5. I saw on the news last night that we're going to have over 100 degree weather most of the week. Ugh. I'm ready for real Fall. It's just too hot.
    Love your transitional touches. And congratulations on your son's graduation! So bittersweet for you, I know. We feel proud and happy but sad knowing things will forever change.
    Hugs, Cecilia

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  6. Congratulations on your sweet sons graduation! It must be a bittersweet time when the school era ends. I need to get the new Cottage Journal. It's one of my favorites.

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  7. I love changing out kitchen towels and flower arrangements. I would like to get more Fall stuff out but not yet. Congrats to your son! I know you are proud of him. Our grand daughter started college....her first day was yesterday. Tears came to my eyes when I saw the photos of her leaving for the day with her backpack! Can't wait to follow some of those links! Hugs!

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  8. I enjoyed seeing your lovely fall accents, Stacey. I'm ready to say goodbye to summer, but it's still so H-O-T here, too! Congratulations to your son!

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  9. Congratulations, to your son. You must be so proud. Let your oldest know I thank him for his service to our wonderful country.

    I love Cottage Journal. I enjoy seeing fall getting ready to arrive.

    Hope your hubby makes the cornbread

    Enjoy your day

    Cindy

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  10. It's so true...there are many transitions in fall! Congratulations on your son's graduation! I'm glad he'll be nearby!
    Your decor is lovely, Stacey! I love the way you use flowers and the quote is wonderful!

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  11. I am like you, still enjoying Summer but starting to think Fall. Congratulations to you and your Son, such a wonderful milestone for all.

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  12. I think you did a great job transitioning to fall in your kitchen despite the temps outside! And I hadn't seen that quote on the chalkboard before. So cute!

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  13. Congrats again to your son! That's quite the accomplishment and I know you're so proud of him. Love your subtle transition into fall. It's so hard when we're in Texas and it's still almost 100º outside, but hopefully fall will arrive soon. Or at least temps below 90º. :)

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  14. I feel the same as you about Fall, here in central Florida, we are having no break from the heat. I think your quote on the chalkboard is a perfect description of August! Congratulations on your son's graduation. Our children have been grown and gone from home for quite some time now, but our daughter who joined the army this year, just before her 35th birthday is now at AIT feeling the Texas heat along with her family, at Fort Sam Houston.

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  15. Congrats to your son upon his graduation from college. It is what we prepare them for all of their life, but as parents it is hard to let them go. I can smell the purple hull peas, which happens to be one of my favorites..with cornbread it is a meal! I enjoyed my visit in your kitchen, Stacey!

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  16. Very nice subtle touches for late summer, Stacey! The kids here don't go back to school until after Labor Day, unless they are in college in which case it's late August. No school buses here yet, but the leaves are changing color for sure!

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  17. Hi stacey....here we have also summer in Holland...in our shop you can see autumn is comming!...but i love summer more,...now sitting outside and enjoying the beautiful weather....love from me Ria x ☀️☀️☀️

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  18. Hi Stacey! Lovely post! Well, you know we're moving but the falls here are so beautiful. I'll miss that - a little bit but I'm looking forward to warmer fall and winter weather. Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia

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  19. Stacey, congratulations to your son! I know that you must be so proud! The purple hull peas with cornbread sound so yummy! Your kitchen vignette is so pretty! It has been so much fun touring with you!

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  20. Where I live is also not very different - it is still 100 out! When the rain starts again then we'll know its a change of seasons here! Cornbread sounds delicious, enjoy! And Congratulations to your son!

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  21. Congratulations to your son!! and Godspeed to the other son!
    All of your little goodies look great to me...I have always loved the flower picture!!
    What is the candle that smells so good????
    Blessings to you,
    J

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  22. So many great thoughts and ideas! This is just what I had in mind, everyone sharing how they ease into fall. It is still very hot here, so no pumpkins, and all the kids are still wearing shorts.I love your August quote on the chalkboard, so perfect! The Cottage Journal is my absolute favorite decor magazine ever, I actually collect all the back issues and study them over and over.

    Thanks for joining the tour Stacey! Congrats to your son!

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  23. The temperature here is still in the 90's!! And the rain hasn't stop for days. I definitely enjoy cooking and baking in the fall when the temps get more comfortable. I agree, cornbread sounds delicious. Congratulations to your son!

    It was nice meeting you on this blog hop.


    Janet
    Rosemary & Thyme

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  24. It is a long way until the fall but it is neat to dream about. We are still in Texas and school starts for our grands next week. They have been introduced to their teachers on line. Things are so different now. The schools email and facebook announcements. I think you are right if school has started it seems like fall but not the temperatures!
    I love all the fall magazines in the stores. And I am looking forward to reading all the posts in your fall blog hop.
    Congratulations on your son's graduation.

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  25. Stacey, I agree that pulling out lots of fall would be difficult when it's still awfully warm. We've finally cooled down a bit, into the 80's. :) Hoping it lasts. It feels like fall in the morning, but by afternoon it's definitely summer! I love that sweet print you pulled out. I love Zinnias. They are the perfect summer/fall transitional flower!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  26. I'm with you on Cottage Journal being my go-to source on Fall inspiration. I pour over those issues, especially the ones for Fall. It's still warm here too, but the nights are getting cooler and the trees are starting to change colors, so we have a little hope of Autumn. Wonderful family photos, Stacey!

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  27. Congratulations on your son's graduation. It sounds like soon you will be true empty nesters. I love your subtle changes for fall. It's hard to start thinking about pumpkins and leaves when it's still 100 degrees out!

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  28. Oh, we're here in Louisiana and I'm sure fall is still a ways away but I'm ready to add some touches to my inside decor. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  29. Congratulations to you all, graduation is a huge deal!! I wish him all the best in the next phase...and you, too. While school doesn't start here until after Labor Day, this is the first time in I won't have someone getting on a bus! It's all college now...bittersweet for sure...and big changes for us moms!

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  30. Love the cozy feeling of your blog!! and the thoughts you were conveying on this post reminded me of my last post...putting the feeling of transition of summer to fall into words....That Odd Uneven Time....

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  31. Stacey,
    You and I think similar thoughts about school signaling the beginning of fall. Our teaching backgrounds have conditioned us to pair fall with the beginning of school. Love your blackboard with its boxwood wreath. I have a question. How is August like the Sunday of summer? I've seen this quote a couple of places this year, but don't understand it. Sunday is the beginning of the week, but August is not the beginning of summer. What am I missing? Congratulations to your son upon his graduation and beginning his working life full time. This is such as special season in his life, as well as in yours. Remember the excitement, apprehension, and feeling of being a grown-up we felt when we were just leaving home and beginning our working lives?

    Happy Fall, especially during this Fall of transition in your family's life.

    Judith

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  32. Beautiful subtle changes! I like to ease into fall too. No rush! School doesn’t start here until right after Labor Day. I kind of feel like fall begins then but our summer weather will continue for a god while yet. Congratulations to your son! It does give you a mixed bag of emotions- first you want them to succeed then when they do you feel excited and a little empty at the same time. Cheers to the future!

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  33. I love it when your thoughts ramble because they ramble so well! And I adore the zinnia photo. Yes, summer has flown by, hasn't it? I'm not ready to say goodbye to it!

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  34. Congrats to your son...I know you and your hubby are so very proud of your sons. I think even though we all embrace the days of summer....we so look forward to the quiet days of Fall....Have a great week Stacey!

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  35. Hi Stacy!
    Congratulations, again to your son on receiving his BSN! Nursing is a wonderful career and he will have many opportunities to grow in his filed. If I was still active in nursing I would get my masters and nurse practitioner license. I have a great niece that plans on becoming a nurse anesthetist. There are so many opportunities in nursing!

    We definitely feel autumn approaching here in Colorado! It is 57 degrees here today! Our grandkids are all back in school and all their sports and after school activities are full swing. This is my favorite time of the year--I love autumn!

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  36. Stacey you have a lovely home and I especially love the zinnia print and fresh flowers!

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  37. Stacey, I love all the Cottage magazines; they're beautiful! It's our last year with our youngest home. Next year everyone will be off to college and jobs. Transitions, indeed! Fun hopping with you again!

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  38. Stacey, well, of course I know exactly what you are talking about. Dreaming about fall is about all we Texans can do in August. Like you, I've picked up some of my favorite magazines to gather some inspiration for when the time comes. In fact, I have just such a post in the works. With school starting, we all realize that the busy season of fall is close at hand. Seems the time flies by and Christmas will be upon us in no time. Thanks for sharing your pretty touches. I'm living with sunflowers and zinnias as my nod to the transitioning of seasons.

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  39. I love how you focused on your decor not being contrived. Fall is the one season when I feel like somethings are contrived if I do fall decor too early. That's why I focused on flowers.

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  40. Awww, Stacey, you've captured the essence of seasonal transitions perfectly with all your thoughts and planning. First, congratulations to your son on achieving his BSN. Seeing our kids happy is the greatest personal joy. You quote for fall is right on, and we've been enjoying the exact kind of weather you spoke of in your opening paragraph the past couple of days, and it is heavenly. It heightens the senses, it really does.

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  41. Your home always looks so effortlessly flawless Stacey, and I enjoyed your August ramblings...
    Jenna

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  42. Stacey, the start of school always makes me think of fall, even though it starts in mid August nowadays. Back in my day school always started after Labor Day (I'm dating myself here!). Your light and airy touches are perfect for this time of year. So happy to be on the home tours with you!

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  43. Stacey, I can see why you want to make very subtle changes for fall, living in Texas. I've just started hauling a few things out and hope to start introducing fall at our house. Congratulations on your son's accomplishment! You must be so proud of your family. BTW, I love Cottage Journal, too, and have to start looking for the latest issue.

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  44. The return to school always brings such mixed emotions. In days gone by I have craved the comfort of the routines it brings but missed the relaxed days of summer.

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  45. I'm so excited for fall! It is my favorite season and I love all of your fall details. So happy to join you on this tour.

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  46. It is so very hard to let go. I'm not very good at it.

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  47. Congratulations to your son! What a milestone. Our oldest is a senior in college. We moved into an apartment this year at school. Somehome moving from a dorm to an apartment seems more final. It sure is hard. Enjoy the fall season. I'm getting ready to pull out my crockpot as well.

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  48. Stacey your Fall quote in the kitchen is so perfect I love it! I love all of your subtle transitions to Fall and before you know it will be cool and Fall. Loved your tour and happy to be joining you! Kelly @thetatteredpew

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  49. Stacey I so enjoyed your post! Congrats to your son! I know transitioning can be hard when it comes to our children, but you'll see, a new chapter, can be exciting! I know I'm ready for some cooler weather!

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  50. I am soooooo looking forward to FALL, my favorite season. But (like your TX) it is still so very hot here in south GA! I am totally done with hot weather and look forward to the coolness that (hopefully) will be here sooner than later. I can remember when our only child graduated from high school & went off to college....now that was a VERY hard transition! Then...about 5 years later he moved back in with us and after about 6 weeks I was thinking "when is this kid going to leave?" (LOL!) But now (and I am so grateful) he and his family (including my 2 beautiful grandchildren) live just two blocks over...and that makes me very happy:) I always enjoy your blog! (I'm having a bout of Writer's Block!)

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