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fall decor

Inspirations

Gourd Goodness

Gourd Topiary

Gourd Topiary

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to turn our attention to decorating our home for Thanksgiving.  When we saw this tabletop on Terrain’s blog, we knew that gourds would play a starring role and we’d be joining the myriad of happy homemakers who have used this vegetable as ornamentation for over 10,000 years.  Not only is each gourd unique (and some take on the oddest shapes), but they also last a very long time so once you create your vignette, you can pretty much just let it be.

Gourd Outdoors

Gourd Outdoors

Gourd Garland

Gourd Garland

We love how gourds can be used indoors and out – strung together as a great garland or heaped up in an urn or window box with some bright orange berries for contrast.

Gourd Votives

Gourd Votives

Gourd Vases

Gourd Vases

If you’re really gaga for gourds, you could spend some time with a drill and do like Martha, turning them into a candle holder or vase.

Gilded Gourds

Gilded Gourds

And since Christmas is a mere three and a half weeks after Thanksgiving, why not use a little gold paint to transform your fall centerpiece into a festive holiday one!

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 

Random Raves

Random Raves: Fall Edition

Fallin' for Fall

Fallin’ for Fall

How do we love fall?  Let us count the ways…  It’s not just the cooler days (sweater weather!) and the maples on our drive home turning a fiery orange that puts smiles on our faces.  We also love fall colors like persimmon and bittersweet and apricot

Comfy and Cozy

Comfy and Cozy

and gourds galore.

A Gala of Gourds

A Gala of Gourds

Not to mention fall foods like anything made of apples (cider, pie, crumble, and crisp)

Yummy Apple Butter

Yummy Apple Butter

and pumpkin (bread, lattes, ravioli, gnocchi, and pie – we really do love pie!)

Pumpkin Gnocchi from House of Brinson

Pumpkin Gnocchi from House of Brinson

And the best way to spend an autumn day – getting lost in Lyman Orchards’ 4-acre corn maze.  We’ll need that 2 1/2 mile walk to work off all the pie!

Crazy Corn Maze

Crazy Corn Maze

P.S.  If you love fall flowers, you’ll fall for our new designs on Diane James Home!

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6