As long as I can remember, I have LOVED the tradition of decorating for the holidays… running around in my fleece-footie-jammies, pulling out the beat-up ol’ boxes from the attic, and probably overwhelming my mother with all my audacious opinions on where everything should go! After Hubby and I got married, I discovered he was every bit the “festive fanatic” as I (possibly even more so), and something we like to do around this time every year is go hunting at Target, Pier One and/or Z Gallerie to find ONE new addition for our Thanksgiving-Christmas collection! #NERDalert
But – is it just me or is it HARD to find holiday decor that doesn’t look like it belongs in an arts n’ crafts bazaar??? Most seasonal items tend to be chintzy-little-knick-knacks made of styrofoam and glitter, and lately it’s been tough pickin’s even at some of our favorited stores… Either that or I’m becoming pickier… to which I’d say, GOD HELP US ALL! Too many of these so-called “knick-knacks” can make a festive vignette just seem corny n’ cluttered, so once again I find myself taking the less-is-more approach; Whether you’re accessorizing yourself or your home, AVOID OVERKILL!
Or as Coco would put it:
Of course, when you DO find those not-so-corny, more purchase-worthy items to dress up your nook, they usually come with a “HOLY-HEFTY” price tag and then one must ask themselves, “Do I REALLY wanna spend this much cash on an item kept out-of-sight for most of the year?!?” I’ve always liked these (decently priced) black/white craft pumpkins, but at $12-$20 each, it would cost a chunk-o-change to create an arrangement of assorted sizes for both my porch and tabletop. Plus, where would I keep all of them in the off-season?
3 reasons I prefer using REAL vs. FAUX pumpkins:
A. It allows you to decorate on-trend without having to splurge on the latest looks
B. It’s more festive & celebratory to use harvested organics
C. You don’t have to (find a place to) store them for 10 months at a time!
Before having kids, Jared and I would just walk over to Whole Foods and grab a few fun-shaped pumpkins/gourds rather than going to the pumpkin patch. But now that we have a son (and another one on the way), we love to take him to Lakeview Farms and pick out one unique pumpkin per person. Last year we went home with 3 pumpkins, this year 4… next year… let’s just hope it’s still 4, haha!
For various reasons, I’m not the biggest fan of Halloween – which is partially why I don’t prefer to carve my pumpkins. I know that once the October 31st festivities have transpired, a rotting Jack-O-Lantern won’t exactly represent the spirit of Thanksgiving… and what’s Thanksgiving without pumpkins!? (Besides the obvious coma-inducing turkey dinners!) My pumpkins HAVE to last till Dec 1, all the while looking intentionally decorated for both Holidays!
Inspirations for this year’s painted pumpkins:
TIME TO GET MY DIY ON!
All I needed to pull this off: 2 packs of gold grommets and some paint I already had from other projects!
Ezekiel got the “STUD” pumpkin… only I used 1/2 inch grommets instead of spikes/studs for a little originality! (Click and scroll through pics for step-by-step HOW-TO)
Believe it or not, the grommet process was way easier and less time-consuming than the gold-dipped pumpkins!
I saved the SPLATTER effect for MY pumpkin because I LOVE splatter painting! (In fact… I’m having a hard time keeping myself from splattering everything in my house!)
At first I had them all grouped together on the left side, but I thought it was a lot more welcoming to have them framing the b/w door! Since I was working with an even number of objects (a design faux pas), I decided to offset things a bit by staggering one side and stacking the other… plus, it’s only fitting that Cruz be nestled atop my pregnant-princess-pumpkin!!! I think the houndstooth rain boots add a nice touch as well!
Don’t forget, a Holiday project isn’t complete without a “tis-the-season-snack“! Try this quick-and-easy DELICIOUS pumpkin bread from TJ’s (topped with their creamy pumpkin butter and perfect pumpkin chai!!! (TRADER JOES knows where it’s at)
More posh pumpkins I LOVE:
Happy Halloween Everyone!