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4 Ways To Decorate With Pumpkins

4 Ways To Decorate With Pumpkins

If you don’t already know this about me, I love to decorate! I’m obsessed with reading the latest HGTV magazine, scouring Pinterest for great DIY tips, and rewatching Fixer Upper over and over! Since it finally feels like Fall in North Carolina, I wanted to give y’all my top 4 ways to decorate your home with pumpkins!!

1. STACK ‘EM:

I’ve started seeing this trend all over social media! Go to your local farmers market or favorite pumpkin patch and search for flat pumpkins in various sizes and stack them on top of each other! This adds some height to your pumpkin collection. There are so many funky shaped pumpkins out there you can really get creative!

2. PURCHASE DIFFERENT COLORS

Not a fan of the typical pumpkin orange color? Does it clash with your decor? There are SO many different colors of pumpkins you can buy! I LOVE white pumpkins! Green is also a popular color! I am using white pumpkins on the mantle to go with my neutral color decor and then green and orange pumpkins on my dining table and by the front door!

3. PLACEMENT

Pumpkins look best in groups! Instead of having single pumpkins placed throughout your home, try having them grouped close together! I love things placed in threes, but you can’t go wrong with more!

4. USE GREENERY

I learned from my mom to make your table centerpiece complete just add a little greenery! What’s so great about this decorating tip is it’s free!! Just go outside and clip greenery from bushes and trees around your home and ta-da, instant decorating addition!! My all time favorite is sprigs of eucalyptus, which I put in a gravy dish in the photo below!

(Kona isn’t too sure about them!)

I hope these are tips you are able to use in your own home!

Wait! One last thing!!

Decorating isn’t complete without your house smelling WONDERFUL, right?! During the Fall I use two methods to have my home smelling all warm and cozy!

Number 1: I diffuse clove and orange essential oils in my diffuser!

Number 2: I put a pot of water on the stove with apple slices, the rind of an orange, clove, and cinnamon sticks. Then allow it to simmer throughout the day!

 

I would love to hear from you! How do you like to decorate with pumpkins?! What are your Fall decorating tips!

DIY: Painting Your Fireplace White

DIY: Painting Your Fireplace White

I’ve been channeling my inner Joanna Gaines since moving into our new house. A few weeks ago I took on the project of painting our fireplace! When Chase and I were house hunting one of my “must-haves” was a fireplace. I love decorating a mantle, and sitting by the fire in the winter. To match our style and home furnishing, I knew I wanted to paint the brick white to give it a more modern farmhouse look. After doing some research I decided to follow Better Homes and Garden‘s post on how to paint a fireplace. It took me around 3 days (on and off) to complete the whole project, but it was well worth it!!

Step 1: Prep your workspace. Put down drop cloths and painters tape around fireplace perimeter. Cover the inside of your fireplace as well.

Step 2: Vacuum bricks to get off any initial dirt and dust.

Step 3: Use a wire brush to clean the bricks of any stuck on soot and dust that would not allow the paint to adhere properly.

Step 4: Vacuum once more to get the excess soot and dust from the bricks after using your wire brush

Step 5: Clean the bricks with TSP, which is a heavy duty cleaner. Let it dry completely before priming. Below is the TSP I used.

Step 6: Use a thick roller for textured surfaces to prime the fireplace with a stain-blocking oil based primer. This was the “not fun” part. It took a while to get all the brick covered. Be aware that it will splatter because it is a thinner paint. I just did one coat.

Step 7: Next the paint!! I used 2 coats of the Olympic Home Interior Latex Paint-Satin. With the hard to reach spots that the roller couldn’t get I used a small paint brush.

Step 8: Lastly I waited until the brick was completely dry and pulled the painters tape up and put new tape around the trim. We decided to paint the trim and mantle a dark grey for a bigger contrast! Ta da!!!

I absolutely love the way it turned out!

xoxo,

Grace