Ideas for Fall Decor

basket of gourds betterfloral arrangment bittersweet and pumpkinsfall porchfall front porchfloral b contemporary bitterweet and artichoke arrangementPumpkin paper macheFall is my favorite time of year.  I love all the warm earthy colors that it brings.  It is so easy to make your home feel warm and cozy using pumpkins and gourds and bittersweet.  Those big gourds get pricey though.  I keep mine from year to year and paint them…I have the basket of gourds pictured for years now.  Anyone interested in a class on how to paint gourds?  How about making the paper mache’ pumpkin?  Let me know, and I will schedule a class.

Painting Fall Gourds

I love having a ton of these big gourds in the fall; but they can be very pricey. Here is a trick I learned many years ago. After the season is over, I leave them in the garage until the following year. They have dried by that time, and so I paint them to their original color and seal them with poly acrylic. Some of the gourds in this basket are over 10 years old!




Painting Metal with Chalk Paint

Another great thing about Chalk Paint is that you can paint metal.  I used Annie Sloan Coco and aging wax on this little cachepot.

I love displaying sea shells nestled in raffia or excelsior.  It is such a simple way to ad a natural element to make your home feel warm and charming.