There is something about the pumpkin—wholesome, round, and earthy—that says, autumn, harvest, and all the comforting joys that come with the season. In our September/October issue, we featured a number of pumpkin-inspired decorating ideas. Those colorful gourds were so charming, though, we couldn’t help sharing a few more creative possibilities.
Add a little polish to your pumpkins by pairing the miniature variety with a candle chandelier. Paint the chandelier the fall color of your choice, and then set the diminutive gourds on the candleholders for a stylish seasonal decoration that can be hung indoors or out.
Accent a rustic porch by giving new life to old crates. Arrange them in alternating vertical and horizontal stacks and nail them in place. Use the shelves to display autumn’s colorful variety of pumpkins and other gourds in their myriad shapes and sizes. Whole pumpkins are a long-lasting decorating element, keeping for two or three months after harvesting. Once the pumpkins are in place, this shelf requires little upkeep.
For added homespun appeal, pair your shelf with an outdoor hearth, using old lanterns as a substitute fireplace. Adorn the mantel with brightly-colored pumpkins and a simple wreath to create an especially welcoming space for outdoor entertaining.
Add a more woodsy touch to your pumpkin decor by accenting them with faux antlers (available in different shapes and sizes at World Market). Place a large wooden bowl or tray in a fireplace and loosely fill with antlers and pumpkins for a carefree look. On the mantel, old spools become pumpkin pedestals flanked by antler pairs. Behind them, an antique window creates a rustic yet delicate touch. For a more whimsical accent, play on the hunter’s trophy and arrange antlers on either side of your pumpkins.