Brian Minter: The evolution of fall decor

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Of course, orange pumpkins still have an important role to play in fall décor, and they are especially nice when complemented by orange and rust coloured mums, dried cornstalks, ornamental grasses and hay bales.

Dried cornstalks are being replaced by ornamental grasses, especially bunnytail pennisetums and the more compact varieties of miscanthus, like ‘Yaku Jima’ or the elegant, thin, white and green stems of ‘Morning Light.’

Pumpkins, squash and gourds provide a riot of colour and shapes. For Brian Minter's 'The Evolution of Fall Décor' article on Oct. 10, 2020. [PNG Merlin Archive]
Pumpkins, squash and gourds provide a riot of colour and shapes.  PNG

Traditional winter squash, like acorn, buttercup, butternut and the larger hybrid varieties, have long been loved for their flavours when baked, but the hot commodity for decorating at this time of year are those cross over squash that have unusual shapes and colours. The deep green, heavily warted, flat shape of ‘Marina di Chiogga’ makes it an eye-catcher. ‘Galeux d’ Eysines’, a deeply warted, pinkish beige looks just like the heritage antique that it is. Perhaps the most extraordinary is the blue-grey ‘Triamble’, with its three distinct folds — it looks like a puckered face. This delightful variety is a true novelty, and it injects great fun into any autumn display.

As fall decorating transitions to Christmas décor, these pumpkins and gourmet squash, when dried thoroughly and stored in a dry location, are delicious when baked, cooked or turned into cookies and muffins.

Although not edible, many gourds have unique shapes, and they will add an element of humour to your creative displays. The swan gourd, a white and green speckled variety, has an oval body and a long neck topped by a smaller round head. When nested in a basket of straw, it looks exactly like a swan sitting on a nest. The apple gourd, with its white and green colouring, resembles a huge apple. Light green, pear-shaped

DENISE FEDOROW: Changing colors, decor bring sights and sounds of fall | News

It’s a beautiful, sunny 70-degree day as I begin to write this and I’m excited about the weather forecast bringing more of the same for the rest of the week. Just a few days ago, I broke down and turned my heat on for the first time and dressed in jeans, a sweater and socks and shoes for the first time in months.

It always feels so constrictive to me putting those warmer clothes on for the first time after a summer of shorts and sandals. But I was also glad for those cooler days because they have made the colors start to pop on the trees. I always get thrilled by the beauty of the changing leaves — the deep reds, golds, oranges — even the brown against the vibrant colors has its own beauty. I love the contrast of beige or gold wheat or corn fields against a backdrop of forest green pine trees.

I love all the fall décor — corn husks, pumpkins, scarecrows, straw bales, bushels of apples, etc. I have a loose theory, based on people I know, that we tend to favor the season of our birth. I love the fall — the sights, the sounds of crunching dried leaves, geese flying south and dried corn stalks rustling in the breeze and the tastes and scents. My December-born son used to love the winter although now he resides in Arizona. My January-born grandson loves the winter and some summer-born friends like summer best.

But then I mess up my own theory when spring comes and I’m just as giddy over the new green growth and flowers of spring. I’ll blame that back and forth on my astrological sign — Libra, the scales, always looking for balance. I’m not into horoscopes but I somewhat believe

Jill Zarin Decorated Her Florida Home with Fall Decor

While it’s not exactly considered sweater weather yet in Boca Raton, Jill Zarin is bringing all of the fall vibes to her Florida home with the cutest décor.

The Real Housewives of New York City alum’s daughter, Ally Shapiro, recently took to Instagram to show off the new additions to their home, including a variety of gourds, broomsticks, and other classic fall pieces. The home’s foyer also has a bit of seasonal décor with a bundle of vibrant leaves on full display. In a separate post showcasing the setup, Ally wrote, “Florida but make it fall.” 

Just weeks into autumn, Jill isn’t the only Bravoleb who has already gone all out in decorating for the season. Kyle Richards recently topped a table in her home with a flickering orange candle and chic velour pumpkins, quipping, “Yep, I’m that girl.” Over in New Jersey, Teresa Giudice has adorned the front of her home with stunning fall florals.

For some of Jill’s fellow RHONY alums, the start of fall means it’s time to get to work on their impressive Halloween décor. Bethenny Frankel has adorned her Hamptons home with bedazzled skulls, a massive inflatable Jack-O-Lantern, and a creepy toy rotary phone. Dorinda Medley, meanwhile, has a black Headless Horseman figure, a glowing candle, and two bowls filled with candy corn and candy pumpkins in her kitchen at Blue Stone Manor. After sharing a photo of her spooky setup, Dorinda teased a bit of what’s to come with the caption, “So it begins!”

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The return of warm, earthy browns is among fall decor trends | Home & Garden

Don’t overdo brown, she warns, but blend it with modern materials like marble for beautiful juxtapositions.

“Bringing it in with light woods, leathers and other natural materials can help make a space feel timeless,” Jimenez says.

Melissa Morgan of M Interiors in San Antonio, Texas, thinks brown’s rebirth is “a reaction to years of very light, tonal interiors. Clients are looking for warmth and sanctuary in their homes more than ever.”

Lighter, yellowish browns, like caramel, often works well in leather.

“In upholstery, we consider saddle leather to be a form of brown that’s like a trusty pair of blue jeans – it goes with everything,” said Chicago designer Brynn Olson.

Soft browns and caramels are also appearing in pillows, lamps and drapes. Caning is on trend too, said Amy Leferink of Interior Impressions in Woodbury, Minn.

As for furniture, Olson likes the effect of brown stains on walnut and white oak, and said that a beautifully stained built-in is timeless. “Natural walnut will always feel fresh, and we love to pair it with bright white decor such as plaster vases, for a sophisticated pairing of textures,” she said.

That brown-and-white combo has been a favorite of decorating icons including Billy Baldwin, said New York City designer Glenn Gissler. Baldwin’s apartment in Manhattan featured a mix of glossy brown walls, white and chartreuse furniture, and brass accents. Inspired, Gissler recently painted a New York loft in a deep, rich brown, with columns and ceilings in crisp white. A long, tuxedo-style sofa in milk-chocolatey velvet anchors the space, along with tonal modern art.

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Thursday at online Fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show

The Columbus Dispatch


For everyone’s safety, the Fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show will take place online this year.

That means you can get comfy at home and leisurely peruse the many events the show has to offer. The virtual event re-creates an expo hall with booths and an auditorium, each participating company is offering resources, and representatives will be available to talk with you online. Come and go as often as you like.

Location: DispatchHomeAndGardenShow.com

Admission: free

Hours: show opens today at 8 a.m. and “chats” are available through 8 p.m.

Special attractions: wholesale pricing on spring flowering bulbs, see Dutch Mill Greenhouse and get answers to your gardening questions from master gardeners.

Today’s workshops

Presenters will answer your questions through chat; check online for additional workshops.

11 a.m.: How much does a furnace/air conditioning system cost? Presented by Fire & Ice Heating and Air Conditioning.

Noon: Attracting birds and other wildlife to your backyard, presented by Tisa Watts, founder of the Columbus Garden School.

4: p.m.:Organizing made easy! Kitchen, bathroom and closets presented by ShelfGenie.

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