How Many Ways Can You Decorate with Gourds and Pumpkins?

Irwin Weiner ASID - This time of year there's a plethora of pumpkins and an engorged supply of gourds ... and precious little imagination when it comes to decorating with them. Plop a few here and there, line them up on windowsills, put a grouping of three by the front door. <yawn> It's what I call Fall (Asleep) Decorating. 

Well, if you'd like to escape from the boring same-old seasonal decor traps, I came across a Gorgeous Gourds and Pumpkins photo series and how-to guide with a good many novel ideals - praise be! - for putting these underutilized seasonal goodies to work in your home. Put a beautiful and original fall centerpiece on your breakfast or dinner table to put your family and friends in a more festive mood. Brighten up your railings, windows, and front door with an unusual twist.

But do contain yourself. If you go overboard with fall theme decorating, your home will start to look like a farmers market or a roadside pumpkin stand. You want to observe the season, not rub everyone's face in it. Be tasteful and sparing with decor accents. The goal is to "gently season" your home with a few cool pieces to observe the season. 


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