Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fall Home Style Celebrate the Season with These Three Quick Decorating Looks

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fall Home Style Celebrate the Season with These Three Quick Decorating Looks

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Want to perk up your home for autumn, but don't have the time or inclination for a full fall makeover? Here are three quick looks you can create in a jiff using my favorite fall decorating tools.

Pumpkins

What is fall decorating without a pumpkin or two? Not only do these chubby little guys scream fall, they are easy to work into lots of different kinds of fall and year-round displays.

Start with a lovely bowl and fill it with a jumble of faux pumpkins and gourds. Somehow this minimalist presentation gives you the feel of a fall bouquet without the challenge of floral arranging. The display is low-profile enough to work perfectly on a coffee table, yet dramatic enough to hold its own at the center of your dining table.

Lanterns make great year-round decorating tools, and in my book, you just can't have enough of them. I took one of my favorite lanterns, which feature a white wooden base and black metal top, and fitted it with a simple pumpkin-inspired display. Start by inserting a twist of honeysuckle vine into the open lantern. Then, tuck in a few faux pumpkins. Add some color with faux greenery. Finish off by decorating the top of the lantern with a ribbon that cinches a few more twists of honeysuckle vine. Once it's completed, put the lantern on your front stoop, an entry table, a corner of your mantel or on your kitchen island.

Find a great candlestick, remove the candle, and replace it with a pumpkin or gourd. Put a thin bed of Spanish moss on top of the candlestick, under the pumpkin. Or, use a tiny fall wreath under the pumpkin. Don't just confine yourself to beefy pillar candlesticks. Thin silver candlesticks and majestic five-armed candelabra look great holding mini-pumpkins, too. Arrange a line of them marching across your fireplace mantel or down your dining table. Perch one or two on your kitchen windowsills. …

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