Do you have a favorite season? Maybe it’s spring, when migrating birds return to your neighborhood, new leaves unfurl on the trees, and buds begin to appear in the garden. Perhaps it’s summer, with its long, light-filled days, fresh fruits and vegetables, and brightly colored flowers. It could be fall, when the air turns crisp and breezy, and leaves take on a kaleidoscopic array of reds, oranges, and yellows. Or it might be winter, when bare branches and freshly fallen snow create stark beauty outdoors, and you gather with family and friends indoors.
For me, it’s impossible to choose one season. I enjoy them all, and I enjoy using Michel Design Works scents, soaps and lotions, home accents and accessories to reflect the beauty and changes that each period brings. But I also appreciate the transitional times, those days and weeks between seasons, especially those that link autumn and winter. As the brightly colored leaves fade and fall, as my garden goes dormant, I feel a sense of serenity, as if nature is readying me for the challenges of cold weather and short days.
Two Michel Design Works collections call out to me in these times. The first, Honey Almond, is a beloved classic. It features a striking black and white design, and the fragrance is sweet almond muddled with cherry, vanilla, and honey. The second, Gardenia, offers a floral display in rich sepia tones and shades of black and white, and the fragrance is gardenia and plum blossom with swirls of bergamot and toffee. Each one is sophisticated, elegant, and timeless—the equivalent of a classic little black dress—and I love them both.
What may not be immediately obvious is that the two collections go together beautifully. Their colors complement each other, and their designs—one bold and graphic, one subtle and painterly—both reflect the swirling, curling shapes that nature has to offer. So you can mix and match them and enjoy them throughout the house. Trust me. Their calm composure will serve you well, until you’re ready to move on to the bright and busy holiday season.