Replace those geraniums and impatiens with chrysanthemums and asters. For added appeal, paint the planters with chalkboard paint, which has a nice matte finish. Write seasonal messages in colorful chalk that complements the flowers.
Pumpkins are an obvious doorstep choice, but that doesn’t necessarily have to mean grinning jack-o-lanterns—though carving them certainly is a fun activity with kids. You also can find regal-looking stencil designs online or in craft stores to help create more ornate designs, such as an impressive monogram or a baroque-inspired series of scrolls, rocaille and anthus. For longer-lasting pumpkin, try painting on designs with acrylic paints, coating them with orange glitter or wrapping big burlap bows around them.
Even if you leave them unadorned, pumpkins still can offer plenty of visual interest. For a lush, cascading display, arrange several large pumpkins on the porch, stairs and onto the walk. Then, fill in any open space with medium and small pumpkins. For variety, add gourds of different sizes, colors and textures. For a more contained display, a wire-tiered plant stand or large apple baskets filled with pumpkins and gourds will save space while displaying the beauty of the season’s bounty. You can find interesting pumpkins and gourds at Sprouts Farmers Market.
If you display a wreath on a door, now is a great time to swap to a seasonal piece. A traditional harvest wreath made with dried wheat makes a simple yet elegant display, especially when you brush on a light coat of gold, copper and bronze paint for a little extra sparkle. Williams-Sonoma also has beautiful seasonal wreaths, such as this Maple Leaf Pumpkin Wreath or this Autumn Berry Wreath.
A distressed wooden chair or two creates an inviting space for visitors to sit a spell. Decorate with a burlap ribbon or a checked cloth for some additional rustic charm.
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