Guest Post by Marlene M. Kristoff
Style at a Certain Age Saturday guest editor Marlene M. Kristoff shares luxury retail, Home, and design ideas.
Fall means different things to each of us…yet her beauty unites us all! Colors, textures, smells…our senses reawaken with each season, thankfully!! Yes, each season brings universal images, yet personal memories spike many, many, more!! What does October mean to you…your loved ones…OMG!! So much!!
Let’s visit Happy Fall times…apple picking, baking, cider, pumpkin carving, tailgate parties, football games, homecomings, Oktoberfest, and long-planned Weddings!! The scent of fireplaces ablaze, leaves burning and chestnuts roasting evoke so much!! How lovely it is to reminisce and look forward to new memories we create each day!
Art brings this season to life with French Impressionist James Tissot’s October 1878
The Seasons anchor our lives…Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter creating a rhythm in Art, Music, pour tout la monde! Oh, how we love each one! Of course, we do have our favorites!! Which is yours? Mine…Spring and Fall!! I am a romantic at heart!!
Whether we live in New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Florida, or California…or perhaps England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, China, or Uganda, each season holds special memories, similar in so many ways!! Each is sooo very personal!! I am blessed to have friends and loved ones all over the world! They keep my eyes, senses, and heart open – I trust!!
For me, October Fall Beauty brings childhood memories of Ohio. Smelling and raking colorful leaves into little rooms on our front lawn, my budding interior creativity 0n action… Temperatures were dropping, and everyone bundling up in sweaters, shawls, and throws to prevent a little chill at many, many, many football games!
In San Francisco, we certainly know how to layer!! Mark Twain’s famously attributed quote is repeated often: “The coldest winter I ever spent was my summer in San Francisco.” Tourists, believing all of California is warm, come in shorts, sans sweaters! Inevitably, they are searching for “layers” to keep warm! September and October are our “Summer”…yet a combination of the “Fall” that most of the country – world is experiencing. Cashmere, wool challis, down vests, and jackets are wrapped and layered mornings and evenings during fog, while daytime temps reach highs!!
Fall inspires new collections by designers of Ready to Wear, as well as Home Interiors. Change is good and fun! Sometimes entire rooms are created with new Fall color schemes, while others are simply accessorized with Fall’s palette of oranges, caramels, golds, and sages. Every shade imaginable in-between creates comfort, love and prepares for upcoming Happy Halloween and Thanksgiving!
Italian Family Fashion House Missoni carries on the geometric classicism and comfort created originally for
knitwear in 1953 by Ottavio (“Tai”) and Rosita Missoni. Clothing, Décor, and Home concepts are beautifully crafted and wildly colorful. What beautiful traditional design…and yet so very modern.
Ghosts and Goblins inhabit our homes for Fall.
The famed Ghost Chair is one of French genius Philippe Starck's most iconic designs. Now a classic,
it is a sophisticated Louis XV style in crystalline or lightly colored polycarbonate: stable, durable, weather-resistant, and stackable. How chic and practical…beautiful in any room in the world! They are authentic, made in Italy by Kartell, quite chic around a modern table, traditional skirted table, at a desk or alone! Recently, I assisted a client with a set of four for her eclectic home-condo design – joy!
As you know, I love authenticity…the real thing, whenever possible. As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, it is wonderful to seek the perfect, authentic gift. It is not too soon! Birthdays continue… (my dear baby sister’s included.) Gifting is forever on my brain and in my heart. Let’s prepare…
Until next Saturday…enjoy Fall Beauty for yourself, your loves – and your Home!! xoxo MMK
Guest Editor Marlene M. Kristoff