The color orange had a big moment in the seventies…yes, I’m that age.  Back in a time when chocolate brown, “harvest” gold, and orange were very popular.  Not that orange hasn’t been an important color to designers and folks alike throughout the decades.

But I remember in the seventies when I was planning the decor of my first apartment I wanted orange to be part of my color scheme, and it was.  That is possibly why I dismissed it for so many years as a passe color.  But we all know trends come around again and there are so many pretty examples of orange in design, fashion and in the garden.

Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation. … In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.

Most of all I get excited about orange this time of year.  It’s the last week of August, Autumn can’t be too far away.


As I red-haired girl, for years I didn’t think I could wear orange, thinking it might make me one big blur of orange.  But I’ve found it is an uplifting color for me.  I feel good in an orange sweater or accents of orange in a scarf and I believe we should wear what we like and feel good in.


I like this seasonal transition outfit.  Still layered to work if the day warms up, but warm enough for a crisp fall day.


Small doses of orange…a pretty front door.


Even the lone pumpkin in an otherwise neutral garden says happy autumn.


This pale shade of orange is relaxing in this pretty bedroom.

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This orange wall is the stuff of the Hermes boxes, so pretty with the silver tray gallery.

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Persimmons in a vintage trophy make a statement.


Inspiration for an urn planting this fall.

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Roses with touches of blue.

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This toile image is years old but still warms my heart when I see it.

Do you like orange?  For those of you that avoid the color at all costs, I don’t have to tell you about the great array of colors pumpkins can be found in!

Just a few more weeks for the calendar to actually read “first day of fall”.

xo K