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. 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!

  2. Monica says:

    Where do you buy the metllic glaze at?

  3. 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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  4. 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……

  5. What a terrific idea! And so fast!

    BTW: Happy SITS Day!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. Rachel says:

    I love the pumpkins. Looks great.

  11. 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.


  12. 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!

  13. 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,

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!!

  18. 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!

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

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. Julie says:

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

  24. 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!

  25. 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. :)

  26. […] 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 […]

  27. 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

  28. Lynne says:


  29. […] 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. […]

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

  32. […] 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 […]

  33. 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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