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?


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