Every year at this time I have the same dilemma: fall decorating when you don’t love orange! I so enjoy the change of seasons and even the beautiful fall foliage, but when it comes to my home, I really prefer to stay in my own color palette, which tends to focus on creamy whites, pinks and greens. So this year I started with a pretty French Country fall centerpiece that works more closely with my personal style.
I tend to ease into the seasons anyway, so I like to start out with just a few touches, rather than changing over the entire house from top to bottom. Just little hints here and there of the coming season, to freshen things up and get me in the mood for what’s to come. The weather is still lovely here in the northeast and I’m not quite ready to let go of summer. It’s just the right time for a pretty little floral by the window, or a lovely centerpiece on the dining table.
I began, as always, with a concept, which was to encircle a pumpkin with pretty flowers that were true to my signature color palette; then tuck in a few vegetables for a suggestion of the harvest and call it a day.
Of course, the most important element in my fall centerpiece was the pumpkin, so I needed to find one that would work with both my color story and the feeling of my French style. I found this fabulous bronze mosaic pumpkin which adds a touch of the glimmer I always enjoy, while lending a bit of autumn imagery to my home.
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My next stop was the flower market, but I also love to decorate with food, so I headed to the grocery for a little bit of both. I was fascinated by these tomatillos, which while actually related to tomatoes, looked a whole lot like little green pumpkins to me. There I stood in the grocery picking out a few strange looking items, working out a little portable still life.
I selected pink roses for the main flower and green sedum for the base. I also wanted some bits of creamy white added to my arrangement and cauliflower florets were just the thing.
Once I got it all home I chose my container and started snipping away. I started with a bed of the sedum to rest the pumpkin on and then began tucking in my roses. I filled in with the vegetables being sure to maintain variety in placement so it looked more random and natural.
I finished up with greenery from the roses, added to give movement to the piece. I scattered the food bits beneath the footed bowl for a spillover effect. I’ve had this bowl for years but you can find something similar HERE or HERE.
This fall centerpiece works with my French Country style and coordinates with my many rosy pink accessories. I do tend to get a little more into fall colors as the season progresses and you can see how I’ve used those colors in this simple but elegant fall mantel and this romantic autumn table setting for two.
I plan to let the flowers dry from this arrangement, as roses dry so well. The cauliflower will be removed and the bits below added in their place. Please tell me in the comments below how you like to decorate for fall…
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