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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Liz Levin
Although you may not want to be that neighbor who decorates every available spot for every holiday, you can acknowledge seasonal changes in more subtle ways. Whether shifting from spring to summer, summer to fall or fall to winter, you can change accessories and switch some fabrics so your home's ambiance matches the weather.
Now that the summer season is in full swing, you may be noticing your outdoor space leaves something to be desired. Not that a deck, patio or balcony isn't good enough all by itself when the weather cooperates, but sometimes it's nice to add a little pizazz to your patio.
If wintry drafts have you sidling farther and farther away from your windows and glass doors, it may be time to consider switching your window treatments to improve energy efficiency.
"When changing from summer to fall, I update those fading summer blooms with fresh plants in varying shades of orange," she said. "Begonias come in a beautiful coral-orange color. Highlighting the fresh things from the season is a constant reminder of cooler weather to come. Color is a big cue for me of being present in the moment and season."
Ms. Levin said colorful food items, such as miniature pumpkins, eggplants or red pears placed on a dish or in a basket can be pretty and seasonal.