Shapely gourds remain a symbol of abundance. Celebrate this treasured bounty while refreshing the look of your home, taking inspiration from our vignettes featuring pumpkins. Perfect indoors and out, these beloved harvest fruits serve as vibrant harbingers of autumn.
For a nearly effortless entryway makeover, adorn the front stoop with a plenitude of gourds. Position larger pumpkins along the perimeter first, alternating colors to create a balanced palette. Add interest with weathered lanterns, and nestle smaller pumpkins here and there to complete the relaxed assemblage.
A brilliant wreath extends a gracious welcome to a shaded porch. An assortment of long-lasting elements—among them dried hydrangeas, berries, sprigs of rosemary, and feathers—present a festive greeting throughout fall. Dress the grapevine form for a special occasion by attaching apples and petite white pumpkins using floral picks. In cooler climates, these extra embellishments should keep for at least two weeks out of direct sunlight.
“Many people showcase their pumpkins like art objects of porcelain or pottery,” says Eddie Gordon, co-owner of Gordon Skagit Farms, in Mount Vernon, Washington. Placed among covered dishes, these living heirlooms stir hopes for hearty soups and cozy teatimes. Grouping the collection makes a stronger statement than distributing single pieces around the room.
Compose an easy centerpiece atop a rustic pedestal. A potted plant echoes the hues of a patterned tablecloth, while striated Mini Tiger pumpkins and handfuls of nuts add seasonal flair.
To add pleasing contrast to a snowy-white pumpkin, coat fern fronds with spray adhesive, and press the foliage to the shell, fanning out from the stem.
For this showstopping focal point, present a profusion of flowers in a pumpkin. Cut a circle from the top, scoop out the interior, and insert a plastic vessel lined with saturated floral foam. Using care to cover the raw edge of the opening, arrange a bouquet for a lively ode to fall.
Text Melissa Lester
Photography Mac Jamieson and Stephanie Welbourne Steele
Styling Melissa Sturdivant Smith
For more seasonal beauty, a visit to Gordon Skagit Farms, and tips on selecting the perfect gourd, see “Pumpkin Promenade” on page 57 in the October 2017 issue of Victoria magazine.