Every September when the leaves start to change color and the air gets a bit chilly here in Upstate New York I know Fall and Halloween are just around the corner.  I love bringing out the fall decorations and start my pumpkin painting.  There are simple and often inexpensive way to add the warm colors of the season to your home.


Last year, I purchase wonderful pumpkins from the Country Living Magazine Fair in Rhinebeck, New York.  I bought an assortment of sizes and shapes all made with sticks as the stems and each one uniquely crafted with vintage fabrics. They’re so cute I want to leave them out all year round.  But if you’re not great at sewing like me it’s a no brainer to find inexpensive store bought pumpkins and paint them. In past years I’ve done orange and green, orange and black but this year I concentrated on black-and-white. You don’t need to be an artist just simple black-and-white stripes, polkadots and checks.  I found the perfect pumpkin “canvases” from HomeGoods and Michael’s craft store. The half pumpkins from Michael’s are perfect for any wreath project. I simply primed them, drew out my lines with a graphite pencil and filled in the shapes.  Then I  dipped the edge of the paintbrush into various colors just to add a little hint of color to each pumpkin and lightly brushed gold over the stems. Next year I will attempt painting mini pumpkins

painting pumpkins from craft stores are painted in black and white checks, stripes and polka dots Let them dry overnight and top coated with a clear water-based urethane. Here they are sitting atop our mantle at the cottage. I went outside and clip some branches from the trees to add some greenery. They work perfectly with the wood and twig accents.

Hand painting pumpkins, store bought pumpkins from Michael's painted in black and white

Pillows and Pumpkins

On my local HomeGoods store shopping trip I purchased these wonderful Thanksgiving inspired down filled accent pillows. One with the embroidered saying “Give Thanks” and the other “Gather” with a maple leaf. Also landed in my cart was a colorful accent throw blanket, velvet pumpkin, owl vases and candles, green moss/seed orbs and a wood and copper candlestick base. The total cost for my shopping trip was under $100. They are the perfect colorful fall decorations for my client’s family room. Don’t forget to use the free decor like sticks, leaves, grasses and mosses from your yard. Here I’ve style them in four vignettes.  It’s an easy and affordable way to welcome Fall into your home.

Welcoming Fall into your Home for under $100.Welcoming Fall into your Home for under $100.lavender plants and velvet pumpkins and other fall decor on a farmhouse fireplace mantelred and farmhouse style living room decor with velvet pumpkinsHow do you welcome Fall into your home? I’d love to hear. Does it involve some pumpkin painting? I have several blog post for Fall. If you’re thinking of outdoor Fall festivities you will definitely find my outdoor bar cart set up for Fall inspirational!  oxox Amie

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Amie Freling

"Life's too short for white walls .." Amie Freling-Brown, a Rochester, NY-based designer and artist who transforms ho-hum spaces into works of art. Her creative designs can be found in many fine homes, restaurants and businesses. Her work has been featured in national magazines, on HGTV and has been sold through retailers nationwide from True Value Hardware to Nordstroms. She proudly offers such professional services as design, staging, color consultations and fine art.

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