Front Porch, Fall Style

September 30, 2009

The temperatures have dropped.  A cold front is on its way.  The wind is blowing the leaves off the trees.  It’s officially fall in my town.

With that in mind, I’m so glad the old saying about rebuking unnecessary ornamentation  specifically names the lily, and only the lily.  I thank thee Shakespeare.  Because I’ve gone ahead and gilded my pumpkins.  Well, actually, I’ve enhanced their already natural beauty with a golden glaze.  Then I stacked them high and tied them with copper ribbon.

trio of pumpkins in urns from side

I made a few other decorative upgrades as well.  Here’s the autumn front porch tour.

A few months ago, I invested in some urns that were the perfect size, just not the right color for me.  So I freshened up my fiberglass with some white spray paint to achieve a high end look.   During the summer, I also purchased some gorgeous gardenia trees that lived happily on my porch until just a few weeks ago, when one perished, for some unknown reason.  Its mate, still flourishing, has been transplanted to a large pot in the backyard where it will live this winter.

So what was a girl to do with empty urns?  Why fill them with fall pumpkins, of course !

I found some ridiculously gorgeous Cinderellas at the local Whole Foods for an uncharacteristically low price.  My dear friend Staci from South Dakota once renamed ‘Whole Foods’ as ‘Whole Paycheck’ and it has stuck with me ever since.

Anyway, the pumpkins were on sale, two for $12 dollars, and they came home with me to receive the royal treatment.  Other varieties I picked up at a quick stop at the local pumpkin patch.  I enhanced some of the Cinderellas with some bronze metallic glaze that’s been sitting in my craft cabinet.  The same glaze I used for these fall leaves on canvas.

metallic glaze

I dipped my brush in the paint, then wiped most of it off until the brush was almost dry.  Then with my dry brush, I glazed the edges of the pumpkins.  It took about five minutes. No, maybe four minutes.  Total.  For all the pumpkins.  But I work fast.

dry brush glaze

I gave the deep orange Cinderella a full body glaze.  Wait.  Doesn’t that sound like something you get at a day spa?  Let me rephrase.  How about this:  I gave her highlights.  And with these kind of curves, I’ve just nicknamed her J. Lo.

gilded pumpkin up close from side

But I gave the white versions a stripe like treatment, focusing most of the paint in the ridges.  Yes, this is a real pumpkin.  It is not a fake.  Despite its fake golden glaze.  Come November, she will magically transform into a soup.

striped white cinderella

Then I gingerly stacked my pumpkins, sculpture style.  Of course, they insisted on some copper ribbon to go with their golden glaze.  Royals are so demanding.

trio of gilded pumpkins in urn

Next, I displayed some other varieties on the neighboring benches.

medley of pumpkins

I embellished some of them as if I was giving them as a gift.  A gift to my family.          Awwwh, shucks.  How sweet.

present pumpkin

like a present

For their bedding, I chose dry grasses with plum tones instead of the traditional hay bale.


And this is my new best friend.  What should his name be?

best friend owl in pumpkins

I splurged on a new rug from Pier One because I couldn’t resist these colors or this pattern.

new rug

I added some faux leaves garland around the front door, to add to my existing wreath that I recycled from last year.

wraparound leaves and wreath

I’m obsessed with these plum tones right now.

purple hue leaves

Then I planted in pots some mums, kale, and the most amazing deep purple basil.

mums and plantings

Have you ever seen this kind of basil before?  It’s called ‘Dark Opal Basil’ – it’s completely new to me.  It’s gorgeous.  And when it matures, it will soon be in my salad.

purple basil

And who can resist a medley of fall squash and corn.  Not me.

basket of squash

You sweet little sweet dumpling you.

sweet dumpling

Strawberry corn.  It pops, so I’ve heard.

strawberry corn

So here’s the front porch, all dolled up for fall.

front porch after

pair of urns with pumpkins

I only have one problem.  This pesky little critter, who in all likelihood will send at least one of these princesses tumbling very soon.  But that’s his job.  He’s three.

little guy

I’m not kidding when I say it took mere minutes to highlight these pumpkins with a golden glaze.

gilded pumpkin

But you could go all out and gild your gourds like this, as seen in Country Living.

country living guilded pumpkins

If you love this version of gilded pumpkins, learn how to do it yourself right here.

Whether they’re golden, gilded, princessy or just plain.  Pumpkins are simply one of my favorite things.

What say you?


133 Responses to “Front Porch, Fall Style”

  1. Kate says:

    very lovely! wish we dolled up the porch/front door in the UK but we don’t. I, on the other hand, have found some lovely real-looking fake leaves in those gorgeous plum tones you describe to put in my hanging baskets and people keep commenting on how seasonal it looks :)

  2. Very nice. It’s still in the upper 80s around here. Not feeling much like fall. But once it does… Watch OUT pumpkings I’m seriously glazing you with gold! You have such a great eye.

  3. Courtney says:

    That’s absolutely gorgeous! I really like what you did with all of your pumpkins and gourds…well done, lady!

  4. Tracychele says:

    The porch looks great! All the ideas I am getting from blogging are swimming in my head. It is 49 right now in Georgia and the high today is only 71. I love it! Have a wonder-FALL day! :)

  5. Anna says:

    just beautiful – I love the combo between natural looking and fancy glaze! The colors are amazing

  6. Vanessa says:

    “Gourd”eous”!! Very pretty!

  7. Your pumpkins look gorgeous! I “cheated” by painting plastic pumpkins. They’re cheaper, last forever, and oh, did I say I bought CHEAP plastic pumpkins? They still look just as good once I gave them a little make-up via paint brush. I’m thinking a fall banner may be next on my fall decorating to-do list.

  8. Shannon says:

    This is absolutly beautiful!!! Where can I find metallic glaze?

  9. Krista says:

    Since I am living in the middle of boxes at the present, I can’t wait to unload at the new abode and try this glided pumpkin technique. They are certainly beautiful as is the whole front porch.

  10. Your porch looks gorgeous. You have such an elegant eye. I’ve seen the gilded pumpkins before, but never glazed like yours. I think I actually like your glazed pumpkins better. I would be much more apt to glaze my own rather than guild them, that’s for sure. You know how to add just the right amount of elegance without it seeming over the top or unapproachable. I love your style.

  11. Belle says:

    Pretty! I love this idea! Your porch looks gorgeous!

  12. Your porch looks great! And I love the stacked and guilded pumpkins in the urn. Very nice.

  13. suzanne says:

    oh my goodness, I love their highlights!! Looks spectacular! and I would name him Ernest……..just cause. I especially love all the colors you’ve used, such as the basil with the small white pumpkin! Love that! It all looks very festive and autumnal!!! ;)


  14. Love the front door display! Pumpkins are my obsession this year.

  15. Absolutely stunning! Love, love, love that metallic glaze. And what an amzing price for those gorgous cinderellla pumpkins. They are hard to find around here, but I’m giving it my best effort! The whole porch is FAB…love that rug.


  16. Beth says:

    Absolutely stunning. I love everything.

  17. Meridith says:

    Wow! I love the whole look. Love the pumpkins stacked on the urns. I especially like all the little details like the glaze, ribbons, leaf garland. I think the rug was definately worth the splurge!

  18. Now this is magazine worthy! Kate you really did a great job on those pumpkins! I love your front porch

  19. m says:

    Those are gorgeous! And a tad more realistic than the diamond studded pumpkins
    I posted the other day! But I have to go with sparkle! Your porch is fit for a magazine

    m ^..^

  20. Kate, this is just gorgeous! I love the subtle gilding of the pumpkins. What a great idea – so classy and festive. I sure wish I had a front porch to decorate!!

  21. PS – where on earth did you find strawberry corn? And the Dark Opal Basil is AWESOME. it tastes great!

  22. Holly says:

    Just gorgeous. Your porch screams Fall beautifully! And I’m lovin’ the Pier one rug. Great colors.

  23. pk says:

    Beautiful! I think I may have to give in and do the stacked pumpkins in my urns. It certainly seems to be all the rage. Great job with everything.
    pk @ room remix

  24. missye says:

    Beautiful! I absolutely love decorating for fall and halloween. Your glazed pumpkins are brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing.

  25. danielle says:

    OH gosh! I love this!!!

  26. Tamera says:

    Love the Fall look! I have the same front door as you and always hesitate hanging a wreath over it….I didn’t spy any hanger…how is yours hung?
    Love your blog and ideas!

  27. Allison says:

    How fun that your simple and quick pumpkins look immaculate and lush, while the more time-consuming (and more costly, no doubt) method is much less appealing! To me, at least. Oh, if only our new house had a front porch – or if only we got Autumn in Texas! ;)

  28. stephanie says:

    Love your porch it looks very inviting!

  29. Lisa says:

    This is gorgeous!!! I want to copy everything, lol. Lovely photos of it all too.

    Also, I’m doing my first giveaway on my blog right now if you’re interested:

  30. littlesugar says:

    I’m in love with your blog!!!!!! Wonderful projects… I wish I get the time to make some of them for my house…

  31. Struggler says:

    Gorgeous – I especially like the ribbons tied around the stems.
    Will you come and do my house please?

  32. Dar says:

    Gorgeous! I must do this TODAY!

  33. Megan says:

    Absolutely stunning! Everything looks fantastic and the glazed pumpkins are my favorite. Great job!

  34. Jessica says:

    That is lovely!! I love the rug you got – so eye catching!!
    I just posted about the Gourd I monogrammed for our front porch – it’s nothing as elaborate as yours, but you can see it here if you’re interested >

  35. Jessica says:

    oh, and I meant to ask – will the paint seep through and affect the pumpkins for soup or is it really safe to eat ‘painted pumpkins’?

  36. Love those shiny glazed pumpkins!! And the ribbons and twigs you tied to the others. Simple but so pretty. Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

  37. Katie says:

    You did a gorgeous job! I love the glaze on the pumpkins! Ooh and the rug is wonderful too!

  38. Blair@Craig, Blair and Turbo Skousen says:

    Hahahah J.Lo….that is hilarious! I love how they are taller than your 3 year old. He can’t resist!
    I do believe you have inspired me to paint my pumpkins!

  39. Jenny says:

    Gorgeous! I love that new rug!

  40. Katie says:

    Well done, love it.

  41. So so lovely, Kate! Your little guy is just adorable…I’m surprised the pumpkins have stayed up that long. ;)

    That owl looks like a Cornelius to me…I dunno….

    Love the J. Lo. ;)

  42. Norma says:

    your porch looks fabulous!

  43. Sarah S says:

    Gorgeous front porch! I painted my pumpkins gold last year and my husband thought I had lost my mind…maybe they just needed highlights! I will try that this year! ;)
    Thanks for the ideas!!!

  44. anh says:

    looks greaT! AND i love the rug you have too! its fab!

  45. Sue says:

    My husband is starting to hate you, I keep talking about painting everything white! Everything looks magazine perfect. I’m just getting my things out and deciding what to do this year. I love playing with holiday things.


  46. Natalie B says:

    Beautiful! Love them all!

  47. metromom says:

    I am coming out of lurkdom to say that is truly gorgeous!!!

  48. kristin says:

    Oh it’s gorgeous! Love the idea of glazing the pumpkins! My boys want everything scary! I told them they can make the outside scary but the inside is all mine :)

  49. Rugger says:

    Love the pumpkins. You’re the best!

  50. Rachel says:

    Wow, that glaze is such a great idea, I love it. I’ll be linking Your porch looks gorgeous, I can’t wait to do mine!

  51. Emma says:

    Beautiful. You are inspiring me to get to grips with the front of my house here in the UK. It’s not traditional, but hey! I’m going to have a go anyway!

  52. Sarah Kate says:

    I’m decorating my front entrance this weekend! And I might just have to do the golden glaze on my own pumpkins. Great idea, thanks for sharing.

  53. Okay, here’s my “to do” list for tomorrow:
    1. Copy Centsational Girl’s porch.

    Fabulous. Just fabulous. I’m going to find me some glaze and get to glazin’.

  54. Hey, I have a bench, I can get pumpkins, If I can find that glaze I’m doing me some painting! Love how this looks.

  55. alaurajane says:

    Your front porch is just so Fall prefect… love love everything… I will have to try the gold glaze on some pumpkins,, they are just gorgeous…. love your blog too…. have a great week


  56. Charo says:

    Bonita decoración con las calabazas, so creative.

  57. Wendy says:

    Just gorgeous!

  58. Patti says:

    Very nice! I have the same style front door and never can decide if it is okay to hang a wreath on the door. I suppose your post proves, that only is it okay, it looks great!
    Love the gilded pumpkins and I am madly in love with with white pumpkins this year.

  59. Dianne says:

    You’ve been on a roll all year…… gorgeous idea after the next…..btw, LOVE that rug!

  60. Debra says:

    Very Beautiful. Love the dried grasses instead of hay .

  61. Heather says:

    Wow! I am in love with your porch, your pumpkins, your rug, it’s all gorgeous! Awesome job!

  62. Jenny says:

    I have an award for you on my blog!

  63. Kim says:

    Love every single bit of it! Just gorgeous & so inviting.

  64. Nissa says:


  65. Richella says:

    Just beautiful! Mr. S was right: lilies need no gilding. But other botanicals? Why not? These look great!

    One of my favorite things about my house is the front porch. I do so love a front porch. Sounds like you do, too. And yours looks so inviting! Autumn in Northern CA–must be absolutely gorgeous. Stop by Imparting Grace sometime for a taste of North Carolina. I’d love to have you visit.

  66. Sarah Turner says:

    It looks SO good! I’ve got to get myself motivated to do the same!

  67. What a classy setting. Everything you do is absolutely lovely.

  68. Santamaker-Rose says:

    Girl, your imagination never stops! These are beautiful. I have enjoyed your blog so much. How the heck do you have time to do all you do? Can I have some of what you’re taking? LOL…
    Your porch is sooo pretty. Love it.

  69. You’ve sure inspired me to decorate for fall now! I love your creative and beautiful ideas! Thank you! Have a great weekend!

  70. Tamra Lords says:

    What a cute idea!! Soooo neat…if only I could get my front porch to look so CLaSSy!!! Congrats on being featured!

  71. Wow, you certainly put me to shame!!! My neighbours are lucky if my windows are clean.

    Happy SITS day!!!!!

    LBM xxxxxxxxx

  72. What a beautiful display!

  73. Kristal says:

    I have found my weekend project! Thanks for sharing!

  74. Nicole Laws says:

    I love, love, love your fall decor. What great ideas!!! Things I never thought of that make it look great and are actually DIY worthy!!

  75. Charlene says:

    What a GREAT idea. I’ll definitely be giving this a try!

  76. FABULOUS!!! happy SITS day–off to look around more!

  77. Cara says:

    All about curb appeal baby! Love your ideas you are inspirational. Happy Friday SITS day!

  78. Sandy says:

    We are planning to decorate for fall this weekend! I love these ideas!

  79. greedygirl1 says:

    Hi stopping by from SITS

    This a great idea I love the pumpkins I have a front porch that right now is showcasing dead plants I think this week I’ll dress it up Thanks again for the great ideas

  80. Red Writing says:

    The pumpkin topiaries are absolutel beautiful. Love your crisp, colorful front door. Happy Fall!

  81. Judy Harper says:

    Your front porch is beautiful! The colors and theme is fantastic! Hope you have a happy SITS day!

  82. Love the pumpkins!

  83. Beth G says:

    Oh I love pumpkins and I love your ideas..I will be stealing them from you…lol Stopping in from SITS have a great one!

  84. Kristen says:

    People like you are awe-inspiring lol. I would never have been able to do this but you put so many pictures it’s hard to resist attempting! How cute!

  85. Ah, Kate! When do you sleep, girl! What a beautiful job with your Fall decor, so welcoming. Love, love your gilded pumpkins.

  86. Christine says:

    Most Incredible design! Seriously, Martha better watch out…Kate’s in the house.

  87. Lacie E says:

    Oh wow. I can totally see why the SITS gals love ya!! Your creativity is fantastic!! i am now a follower!

  88. Love it! You’ve boosted my inspiration to halloweenicize my porch this Sunday! Happy October!
    Jenn @

  89. Christina says:

    This is GORGEOUS! At first I couldn’t believe that these weren’t pictures you’d scanned in from a magazine.

  90. Melanie says:

    Love it. Inspires me to want to do somethign to my front porch area today. Happy SITS day.

  91. Tan says:

    Gorgeous stuff! Congrats on being FB at SITS today!

  92. Tracy says:

    LOVE all of these! Thanks again for the wonderful ideas! :o)

  93. kelly says:

    great way to decorate for the season! happy SITS

  94. freckletree. says:

    Wow– so gorgeous! Thanks for the great ideas! So glad you were featured on SITS– you’re a new fave!

  95. AngieB says:

    Gorgeous! You have motivated me to spend this weekend decorating for Fall – thank you!

    I found you through SITS!

  96. Healthy Mom says:

    I love your ideas your front porch looks great. You have inspired me on this cold day to go and decorate for fall. Happy SITS Day!!!

  97. Fall is so much fun, I just love all of the flowers, plants and decor!

  98. Those are the fanciest pumpkins I ever saw!

    Happy SITS Day!

  99. If I wasn’t blogging so much, I might find time to put up the boxes of Fall decorations my husband took down for me a week ago. Sigh. You inspired me to try to get it done today though. I’m a Northern California girl too…new to blogging. Come by and see me…Holly at

  100. Sara says:

    Dropping in from SITS to say that your pumpkins are LOVELY! I am SO wishing I had a covered porch right now. Great blog!

  101. Monica says:

    Where do you buy the metllic glaze at?

  102. Dropping in to say Happy SITS day! Those are the most beautiful decorations I’ve seen and Fall is my favorite time of year~

    Bookmarked your site~
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  103. Lovely decorations. Giving Martha Stewart a run for her money I see! I will get my pumpkins soon. I am more of a decorating for halloween gal, but the gilding will be fun for some additional decorating. Stopping by from SITS……

  104. What a terrific idea! And so fast!

    BTW: Happy SITS Day!

  105. Oh, those are just simply beautiful. Your porch alone is so inviting. I went to a fall festival in my area today & they had fun white pumpkins with black or orange tulle wrapped on them like a present, and they looked so cute. But I love what you’ve done even more. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas. Stopping by from SITS & hope you have a great day as FB!

  106. I like yours better than the ones in country living. They were so simple and elegant.

    I have two urns just like that and I plan on trying something similar. Thank you for such a great idea.

  107. Hi. Stopping in from SITS. Happy SITS day.

    Your blog is beautiful, and you are so creative. I’m enjoying looking around.

  108. rj's mama says:

    dropping by from SITS!

    my son loves halloween. he’s planning his costume for this year already. hope it’s not-too-hard-to-make costume.

  109. Rachel says:

    I love the pumpkins. Looks great.

  110. Marie says:

    Hello Kate – thank you for sharing such wonderful Fall inspiration! Lovin’ those fabulous glazed pumpkins! And you’re right, the price for the Cinderellas is great! Your porch looks beautiful.


  111. Lauren says:

    What a great idea! You see all these ideas about painting pumpkins (which seems as if it’d take forever and not to mention a ton of paint) but this is such a great idea. Your porch is amazing, I’m totally jealous. Happy Fall! Stopping by from SITS!

  112. Cathy says:

    I really like the idea of making pumpkins “shine” with glistening paint! Afterall, it’s pumpkin season, and all pumpkins deserved to be treated like they are the star attraction :-) Your front porch is a feast for “Fall” eyes!

    Your fellow SITS,

  113. April says:

    I LOVE this idea. Unfortunately I don;t have a porch because I live ina gheto apartment. BUT I will be moving soon…hopefully to a house so maybe I can try this next year! Oh and I found you through SITS.

  114. Mary says:

    I LOVE pumpkins and I fully intend to find the largest pumpkin on the patch while my baby nephew is visiting next week so that I can stick him in for photos!

  115. Teri says:

    Thank you for sharing your talents and great ideas! My porch got a fall makeover thanks to you. My husband absolutely loves it…and so do I. I posted photos on my blog and linked your site in order to give you credit! I’m glad you don’t love next door to me, otherwise I would have to take back my rug. Yes, I loved yours so much I had to make a run to Pier One to see if they had it in stock. They did. I love it! Have a blessed day!

  116. Beautiful front porch! love the pumpkins and love the rug :))
    Just found you and am looking forward to following!
    Stop for a visit sometime, would love to have you!!

  117. Pat says:

    Absolutely beautiful!! I so wish I had a covered porch ~ but I will keep these ideas in my “wish” file for upcoming fall decor. Thanks so much for sharing!

  118. Just GORGEOUS!!! I love your Autumn display

  119. […] also added two witches’ hats to the existing glazed fall pumpkins in […]

  120. TidyMom says:

    GORGEOUS as always Kate!!! I don’t think we can get pumpkins here yet…….but I know what I’m looking for when I do!!……..I LOVE LOVE LOVE decorating the porch for fall!

  121. I was just given, yes, given!, two urns that I need to spruce up. And, I was trying to decide what to put in them this fall. These look GREAT!

  122. Julie says:

    I love it! Hope you don’t mind me copying you.

  123. Nancy says:

    Stop it! You must know your post is like the little fat girl in me running to the candy shop! I L O V E pumpkins and these are sooooooooooooooooooooooo cute! You are my hero!

  124. Tabitha Blue says:

    LOVE THIS!! Totally love it! My girl and I just did this and I’ll be sharing it in a blog post tomorrow… with links back to you of course! Thanks for the great ideas and the inspiration. You are a creative goddess. :)

  125. […] up every time I see these pumpkins.  They’re hilarious.  Last year I painted such beautiful gilded pumpkins, but this year, I’m just getting silly.  Because life’s too short not to get a […]

  126. AunteyP says:

    Oh my Gosh. How sweet are these. I just saw these pumpkins at a garden stand. I know wish I had seen this first. LOL

  127. Lynne says:


  128. […] Centsational Girl stacked her pumpkins in alternating colors on the planters she has on her front porch.  An easy way to bring color, interest and a dose of the holidays to the front of your house. […]

  129. Julie says:

    Your pumpkin entryway display of alternating white and orange is so cute! What an easy idea that everyone can pull off. I featured the idea on my blog’s “Best of Halloween Decor” list today: because I loved it so much. Thanks for another set of great ideas!

  130. Hi Kate. I featured your fall pumpkin topiaries today on Scribbles and Swirls. Please take a look and let me know what you think.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  131. […] the way, you can also make a pumpkin topiary with real (or faux) pumpkins outdoors.  Love this outdoor pumpkin topiary that Kate at Centsational Girl did.  (The 2 colors of pumpkins would look really good in a […]

  132. Tammy Neal says:

    I found your site from Pinterest and I just want to say that your pumpkin topiaries are so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing and for the inspiration. I will be trying my hand at them soon and I thank you for the instructions on what you did to make them so great! Blessings to you!


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