Friday, October 8, 2010

It's the great pumpkin ...

Blame it on Charlie Brown, but I wait all year for the arrival of great pumpkins! Since the first time I saw Charles Schultz' animated classic as a kid, I have found joy in pumpkin displays harkening the autumn weather and a season full of holidays.

The best part of pumpkin madness in recent years is the abundance of 'white' pumpkins that complement any color scheme or decorating style. I've been inspired by some great ideas using these pale hues both indoors and out.


The mini white pumpkins and seasonal berries are one of my favorite inspirations, adding a bit of glam in a glass vase. Photo via (the sadly departed) Cottage Living Magazine.

Long gone are the days when pumpkins were only orange and merely displayed with the requisite corn cobs and hay straw. Don't get me wrong, those are fundamentals for a traditional vignette. But, I adore the elegant interpretation that adds silver, china and vintage, textural elements that work so well with white. Photos above via Decor Village (left) and Camilla Fabbri Designs (right).

Great looks from Sugar Pie Farmhouse raise pumpkins to new heights on ebony candlesticks (above left and right.) Along with the traditional fall leaves and pinecones, this mantle arrangement can make a stylish statement through Thanksgiving.

Take a hands-on approach by adding your own decorative elements. Event designer and decorator Eddie Ross added ric-rac and paper leaves to his pumpkin display (left), while appling nail heads can create a more retro-industrial look like the ones featured in this Cottage Living magazine spread (right).

If you are taking a designer's approach to curb appeal, how about a stylistic pumpkin patch like the one Sudbury Design featured in the classic window boxes (left). Wheelbarrows, like the one captured by photographer Sally McBirney on flicker (right), should get a break from work to star in the fall garden. 

Everyone has a pumpkin display that suits their personal style, but I for one give thanks for the sweet white minis. Photo by Wes Johnson and styled by Jaimee Rose for The Arizona Republic newspaper.

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