I think I’m ready

I am an Autumn girl.

I like the weather, I like the scents, I like football season.

But this year I have not been ready for it. We do not get a very long summer up here in the Pacific Northwest, so I suppose we just want to hold on to is for as long as we can. I like swimming and flip flops and little family trips – I have not wanted to see it end.

red flowers

But yesterday, our last real day of summer, something changed.

via inspired room

Maybe it was the fact that it was pouring outside.

via 6th street design school

Or that school starts today.


But I think I am now ready.


I’m pretty sure we’re going to be seeing some very inspiring images popping up all over announcing that fall has come.


I’m looking forward to it.


I’m ready to cozy up our house with wool blankets like that one


and add in some brown


and lots of candles


and turn on our fire

{yes, I said turn on –  how terribly sad and convenient all at the same time}


Yep, I’m ready for fall.

Are you?


Don’t miss the new Be Inspired {small business} Workshop page – details are now available! We’ve been working h.a.r.d. on this one and it is going to be great.  We will be drawing from our experiences growing Jones Design Company to walk you through the exact steps you need to create a your own small business. To learn more : click here.

I’ve linked with The Inspired Room Fall Nesting party.

27 Responses to I think I’m ready

  1. Rici P November 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    Its been a pretty decent Fall here (Portland, OR) and we definitely earned it from the super short Summer!! So excited to know you live in the NW and you have really inspired me to make fun projects when the weather gets dreary…I love my book wreath, its darling!

  2. Amy September 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    Just a follow-up on the last image: I read Holly’s comment above, which led me to her post “The New South”, which led to Southern Living’s site featuring this home called Vinewood in an article titled “Tour a Restored 19th Century Farmhouse” (from the Nov. 2009 issue of SL). Love the house so much I just bought the back issue if the magazine on Ebay!

  3. Gina September 9, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    I’m totally with you! I love fall, but this year I’ve wanting to hold onto our Oregon summer a bit longer. You’re pictures have me changing my mind though!

  4. Amy September 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    Just spent the holiday weekend on Vashon, and the rain and fog-shrouded Sound sent me home inspired for a cozy fall. Please, please tell us where you got the last image!??

    • emily September 8, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

      I am terrible about saving image sources {I’m working on it …} but I was informed that the last image is from Southern Living. Don’t you want to live there?!

  5. Sarah September 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    Hey, Emily!!! Great inspiration pics. No, I’m so not ready. This fall will be especially exciting because of our baby (speaking of, can’t believe how big Audrey has gotten, she’s so cute!) but I don’t want it to be cold and getting dark early. Your Be Inspired small business workshop looks amazing!!! I’m tired just thinking of the amount of work you guys have put into this already, never mind once it starts. So generous of you to share your experience and knowledge. I wish I could sign up, but I think my timing is bad:)

  6. Aileen September 8, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    I just started feeling like it was Fall the other day. Yesterday I was at Ross and could not pass up some Fall decorations…they had so many cute ones! So I guess it’s a yes…I am ready for Fall especially today – it’s rainey & wet outside here on the westcoast.

  7. Jesse @ GoodGirlGoneGlad September 7, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    What beautiful photos!

  8. Michele September 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    Bring on the fall! Great images and inspiration!

  9. Jill September 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Gorgeous photos! LOVE that wool blanket! Love it all, actually. I’m a little torn about summer ending. Summer is my favorite and I’m always a little sad to see it go. I like fall…until it starts getting really cold. Then, I’ll really be missing summer!

  10. Alissa September 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    OHHH, I’m not ready yet! I was just getting into the swing of summer!

    Can you tell me though–where did you find picture #4? The file name/description is “ashington6.” Thanks!

  11. Bobbie September 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    I too have been dragging my feet, not wanting to let go of this summer, then we had a cool cloudy day and I bought a mulled cider candle- I am ready now! I rearranged my bedroom to accomodate heater vents, made a big pot of beef stew and started to decorate! “Tonight my living room will be Autumned”

  12. fancythis September 7, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    don’t forget about pumpkin spice latte’s from Starbucks. it almost encourages “readiness” for the fall season! :)

  13. Jennifer September 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    I’m feeling it too! I don’t want too…I live in Maine and we CHERISH our summers, but we had such a good one this year that cooler temps and cozying up are much anticipated!

  14. Kelly September 7, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    Ah Emily! I know what you mean! This is my first summer at home with our baby and I’ve really enjoyed wearing flip flops and skirts anytime I want. I love autumn, but I have a new appreciation for summer. Yesterday’s weather was just the beginning! Here’s hoping I can find some fun things to do with a five month old while it’s raining outside. Thank you for the photos! What inspiration.

  15. antiquechase September 7, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    I’m not sure I’m ready…. summer went by too fast

  16. Marguerite O'Connell September 7, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    I love your post and all the beautiful pictures, but I have to laugh. Not a funny, “ha ha” laugh. But rather, a dry, “the joke is on me” kind of laugh. I live in Houston. That should explain it. As our newspaper editor stated in his Labor Day column, we can take out our sweaters and put away our white, but it is merely symbolic in a city where a “cold snap” in September is low 90’s with slightly less humidity. I grew up in the NorthEast and have family already preparing for Fall. But here in Houston, where summer is our longest season and September temperatures are closer to 100 than 60, thinking about cooler weather and unpacking our sweaters is an act of faith. Symbolic. Our unspoken declaration that blessed cool weather will come, that summer heat will dissipate, and that the wool blankets we now unfurl will actually see use in our cozy homes lit by candles and firelight. So I too am ready to gaze upon all the inspiring photos and contemplate the changing seasons. For I do believe in Autumn, I do, I do!

  17. Bethany September 7, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    I live in the Northwest too and I know exactly how you feel. I must say though, those pics are really makin’ me feel the fall itch. Sooo lovely!

  18. rachele September 7, 2010 at 6:59 am #

    YES!!! I’m so ready. It has been so hot this summer down here in the south. I would’ve gladly shared some of our weather with you. I’m ready for football, boots, cardigans, pumpkins, and falling leaves. Thanks for the lovely pics!

  19. Danielle September 7, 2010 at 6:10 am #

    I think this may be the first time I’ve left a comment here, but just wanted to say I love your blog! I too am ready for fall: the weather, the decor, baking, apple picking, apple cider, and sweaters.

  20. Amanda M. September 7, 2010 at 5:57 am #

    This is my first Autumn in Houston (our new home). I have lived in Wisconsin my entire life, so this will be my first Autumn of a) continued Summer temps and b) no changing leaves and c) knowing no below-zero weather is coming in just a few short months. Good thing I am super happy with a) and c) because b) definitely makes me a little sad.
    Loved all the pictures. And I’ve already gotten my candles out. :) Even if it’s 90, I still love them.

  21. Beth West September 7, 2010 at 5:56 am #

    I LOVE Autumn. Here in the Northeast, we have a lot of preparations to make for the coming winter, gathering wood, making sure are studded tires are on etc. We’re not physically ready yet, but I’m mentally ready :) Cool days, the smell of the first wood fires in the air, I can hardly wait.

  22. Janell Beals September 7, 2010 at 5:50 am #

    As a fellow NW resident I am still not ready, but school starts today and that may change things. Just not ready to be COLD! Janell

  23. Stacy@RedDoorHome September 7, 2010 at 5:46 am #

    Yes! This is my favorite time of year so I am ready for crisp nights, warm days and of course lots of apples.

  24. holly September 7, 2010 at 5:46 am #

    great photos..i love that yellow wallpaper entry you know! with the star light and burberry jacket..all of that pattern is just music to me…

    and i love the heather chadduck chalkboard photo and the one of that monogrammed chair in the Georgia house..that’s from southern living..LOVE IT! I think i did a post on that house called the new south.. I love it when we post the same images..same things catch our eye..so fun!

    workshop stuff looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. amy@maisondecor September 7, 2010 at 5:38 am #

    I’m ready too. I also look forward to inspiring pics like the one you are showing, I love the candles with the blackboard paint in the background. Yes it is time for fall. I have you on my blog roll…I love your style.

  26. Heather V September 7, 2010 at 5:33 am #

    I thought I was ready then September hit and I was wishing we could hang onto summer for just a few more weeks! That wool blanket up there might just change my mind back though!

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