{a fond farewell to summer}


. . . lovely to be back again after a stunningly beautiful weekend filled with sunny, sunny skies and balmy mid-afternoon breezes fitting for the last long-weekend of the summer — even as the early mornings turn crisp and it’s nearly time for soft scarves, tall boots and elegant trenches, one last look at the perfect loveliness we leave behind . . .

{images: 1 – country style; 2 – collette dinnigan; 3 – Rooms to Inspire in the Country by annie kelly; 4 – Living by Design by john stefanidis; 5 – belinda merrie; 6 – house & garden; 7 – michael graydon; 8 – oberto gill – all images via the ever-inspiring brabourne farmthank you, felicity!}

28 Notes
  • Gorgeous images! My favorite being the roses and coral!

  • Loved this post- featured it on my Friday Faves:

    @laviejaime (twitter)

  • Gina – a perfect idea

    Sarathira Sukiman – how lovely — thanks so much!

    Anne – yes to cashmere and lucky you to be enjoying a warm Fall in San Francisco


  • How have i never visited brabourne farm before? what a gorgeous round up of images from a lovely blog–thanks for the share!

    and as for the end of summer, come visit me in san francisco where we have a lovely warm beautiful fall (or so I’ve been told!)

    and if all else fails, i have one word to make the end of summer okay: cashmere!

  • you’re the only one who can welcome autumn this beautiful! stunning photos, especially the first two, it sets the whole mood :) happy early weekend!

  • I think that I will bookmark this page of the blog to visit in January…So Beautiful!

  • Nooo, it can’t be the end of summer yet. It hasn’t even started here in San Francisco! Beautiful pictures though. That all-white room is just amazing.

  • Hello Felicity! Thanks so much for the warm welcome back — it was a weekend get-away, for the last long weekend of the summer :)

    My favourite is the second as well — Collette Dinnigan’s beautiful place!

    As for Chicago, working on putting together a few photos tonight and hopefully will have something up for tomorrow?

    Always lovely to hear from you + much love,

  • FXOX said...

    dear r, welcome back! I thought you’d be gone for a week!
    my favorite was definitely the second picture.:-)
    Any pictures/recommendations from Chicago for us?

    Smiles and much love


  • Especially love the starfish in the jar!

  • I love that first pic so much… It’s sunny today so I’m hoping summer isn’t done yet. Bet that means it’s going to rain any second now!

  • Each of these images is perfect loveliness.

  • Kaijuu – very wise words + quite comforting as well – will definitely cherish every last moment . . .

    Elise – thank you!

    b. – it’s true – time does fly

    Katherine + Fifi – thanks for the unwavering optimism and reminder that it’s not over yet . . .


  • LOVE the swing! You still have a couple weeks left!!!

  • Such stunning photos, as always! At least with all the lovely accessories, designs, fabrics, scents…available to us, we can have a taste of summer indoors no matter what the season!

  • summer will be back before we know it! xo.

  • There all great. I love the rose covered swing and the cottage door!

  • Gorgeous photos!! I love the rose covered swing!!

  • Oh WOW, this is so clever – you have the most gorgeous site here and I had to stop by to leave this comment for you – and to say hello of course ! Your posts are creative and original and you have interesting pictures. It’s all perfect ! Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes….

  • le sigh. It does hurt to see summer go. I feel like my most beautiful memories remain in summer. However, all must change in order to renew itself. All the more reason to cherish each moment. ^_^

  • swooning…

  • that swing is beautiful!

  • corksandcaftans — completely! thought was prepared for autumn as well and ready to say good-bye to summer until i saw these lovely images and immediately felt a deep nostalgia and sadness to see it go . . .

  • aaahhh that first image is sooo peaceful and calm! gorgeous photos! inspiring me for our summer days to come! xx

  • Sigh. The sweet melancholy of late summer and the harvest moon. Thank you for the beautiful, beautiful photos here, and for the delightful inspiration. I am cherishing the last blooms of Rosa Bibi Maizoon in my garden… soon the frost will send her into a winter slumber.


  • Shame on you! I was all “yeah, I’m ready for fall” and dumping summer like an old fling when I saw a. that orchard picture and b. the open door picture. Ah! Really, that is unfair!

    quite lovely :)

  • Brigadeiro — envious! thought about the southern hemisphere after writing this post and that you are heading into wonderful, wonderful summer . . .


  • You bid farewell…I hope to say hello to Summer soon…Spring just arrived (doesn’t seem like it yet), so will relish that :)


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