Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds


This time of year most people think about decorating with pumpkins outdoors… You know, those big orange things? The ones you make into very cool Jack O’Lanterns? I have a thing for using fall pumpkins and gourds to decorate indoors as well, and it really is an inspiring look that brings out the nesting instinct. Something about the harvest just kinda takes me back to our roots… A simpler time where home and hearth was everything? And all the textures and colors of these veggies… I love the bumpy, little bit crazy ones. They seem more organic to me. Perfect elements of nature to pile in corners, on tables used as centerpieces. Yes, please! Decorating with pumpkins and gourds is an easy way to bring in the spirit of the season, and can last right through Thanksgiving. So here are some great ideas we found all over the blogosphere to help you become inspired to decorate your home with these beauties. (Take note: they aren’t all orange! This year, we’re doing white and the blue/green squashes and pumpkins at our place…) Our feature photo, above, is from the ‘Liz Marie Blog‘… Yep, white and blue!

First we have some great tips from ‘By Stephanie Lynn’ that will help you make your pumpkins polished and preserved… Love these two easy tips! Notice that she loves those blue ones too!



Yvonne at ‘Stone Gable Blog’ has some amazing inspiration for you…so many cute pumpkin decorating ideas I had trouble choosing which ones to use! The following two are her fall pumpkin decorating ideas from her fall home tour.




From Jenna at ‘SAS Interiors’ (you’ve seen her work featured with us before, she’s amazing!) she simply found these lanterns at TJ Maxx, filled them with fall goodies, and had instant fall decor.



Jennifer at ‘Town and Country Living‘ sets an amazing table, and this centerpiece is one I’m going to use as inspiration this fall… simple but still a little rustic, easy to find burlap, a container of your choice, and an abundance of squash and gourds… So pretty! Take note: She didn’t line them up neatly in the container… they are all positioned kinda haphazardly to look like they were piled up right from the garden… That’s what makes this work so well.



Also from ‘Town and Country Living’, her fall home tour is full of amazing ideas like this one.



Kim from ‘Sand and Sisal’ TOTALLY gets my fall vision… this fall white pumpkin centerpiece is AMAZING!!!



Ok, so ‘Midwest Living‘ feels the same way I do about white pumpkins, but they added some berry garland to give it a little bit of that fall color punch… Pretty and can be done in about 5 minutes.



Also from ‘Midwest Living’, use thrift store candles and a can of spray paint to make your mini pumpkins the star!



From Karin at ‘The Daily Basics‘, this is a fresh take on using pumpkins (and other veggies, like kale and other greens) as a centerpiece. Love this!



From ‘BHG‘, this organic take of a fall cloche could be used on any style table, or would be really fresh as a coffee table decoration for the season.



From ‘Savvy City Farmer‘, this is amore traditional way to use pumpkins… I like the idea of the “bed” of layered leaves, and the use of the unusual pumpkins as well.



From ‘Nell Hill‘, this is another really charming cloche idea for fall..



Want something a little different” These gourds are the perfect example of how you can make a minimalist look really warm and inviting, and budget friendly, yet still have a clean look… From ‘BHG‘…



Last, from Jennifer at “Dear Lillie” she can put together anything and make it look like a million bucks!


Image Credits: Liz Marie Blog, By Stephanie Lynn, Stone Gable Blog, SAS Interiors, Town and Country Living, Town and Country Living, Sand and Sisal, Midwest Living, The Daily Basics, Savvy City Farmer, Nell Hill, BHG, Dear Lillie



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  1. Wow! Thanks for featuring my centerpieces! So honored to be included with all these gorgeous examples. Love them all!

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