Now that Labor Day is behind us, there’s no fighting it anymore. Fall is just around the corner, and although I’m sorry to see Summer pass, Autumn is truly my favorite season of the year. I love the cool, crisp weather it brings, the gorgeous foliage we are fortunate to have here in New England, the scents, the decor ─ it’s such a fun, beautiful season overall.
Pumpkins are one of the most versatile symbols of Autumn. They’re perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving, and can be decorated to suit any kind of decor.
No longer is it necessary to carve pumpkins to achieve a cool look. In fact, I think the prettiest, and easiest way to dress up a pumpkin is to simply paint it!
I narrowed my favorite painted pumpkin ideas down to 12, but there are hundreds of gorgeous, inspiring ideas out there.
Metallic paint is my best friend, and if you haven’t familiarized yourself with its ability to transform an ordinary object into something chic and sophisticated, give it a try.
Adding polka dots or stripes to pumpkins isn’t difficult, and makes a festive statement.
I bet Vincent Van Gough never imagined his masterpiece would turn up on a pumpkin!
As an aside…have you ever been to a Van Gogh exhibit? When I was in Singapore a few years ago, there was a Van Gogh exhibit that would have knocked your socks off! The entire museum was transformed into what can only be described as a theatre. On the walls were various paintings that were accompanied by appropriate music…dark and mysterious, or upbeat and lively. The paintings would fade into another, and the loop continued on the wall…then you moved to another section where there was yet another wall and the process continued. Very cool.
A white-painted pumpkin serves as a lovely seasonal vase for a bouquet of flowers. Wouldn’t this be pretty as a centerpiece? You could choose any color combinations you want to suit your mood and decor.
Like plaid? Me too :).
Here’s some cute pumpkins that have benefitted from the use of glossy paint. Notice the gold chain on the ghost?
Super easy, but with big impact, this pumpkin dipped in glossy white and metallic gold has an elegant and sophisticated feel.
These pumpkins were transformed with ikat, suzani, and Missoni inspired patterns. A bit more labor intensive, but so worth it!
Argyle and plaid pumpkins are some of my favorites, and would work so well with casual decor.
This collection offers something for everyone…chevron, polka dots, argyle, stripes and more. Take your pick!
Here’s a great way to use up those thumbtacks you might have laying around, and it’s easy to do.
This has got to be one of the cutest ideas using miniature pumpkins I’ve ever seen.
Have you ever painted a pumpkin?
In other news…
As I’m writing this, it’s over 90 degrees outside and super humid. In fact, I heard on the news it was the hottest day of the year so far, so it was just perfect for staying inside and decorating a little for the upcoming Fall Home Tour. I also started painting the bathroom cabinet and I’m debating if I have enough energy left to start working on my tomato sauce.
In case you missed it in my sidebar, here’s the lineup for the tour. There’s going to be lots of inspiration so be sure to drop by!
This was a good week for food (but maybe not my muffin top).
We received a goody package from our daughter from her trip to Greece (which she LOVED!) You see that jar of carrots? Yup, it’s carrots. Why would someone send carrots you might be wondering.
These are no ordinary carrots my friends. They are like nothing I’ve ever eaten before (and that’s saying a LOT). I can’t explain the texture, or even the taste other than to say they’re not crunchy but almost chewy, and somewhat sweet. Delicious!
AND…I was also the winner of Amy’s giveaway!! I can’t believe I guessed correctly. I mean really, what were the odds?? Something like 50 to 1? Hello chocolate sauce, blueberry jam, unbelievably delicious cookies…shall I go on?!
Thank you Amy! You’re the best :).