Fall flair for your house

By: Brittany Patrick, Columnist 

I spent last weekend stuck in bales of straw, picking apples and I may have played the pumpkin patch game a bit hard. It was the best way to get the fall vibes stirring, and as a result my front yard is now decorated for the season.

It can always be a little intimidating to start a decorating project, but I’m keeping this one simple and fun. It takes only four essentials to create this fall front yard decor, so get on it!

Grab a couple bales of hay to begin your base. I chose one large bale, one medium, and stacked two small on top. This is the structural part of your haystack, so think of how much room you would like to have, and how big or small you would like to go. This all matters when choosing the rest of your goodies.

The decorating begins with pumpkins and gourds. They come in countless shapes, sizes, colors and quirky textures. Pick your palette. Keep it simple in shades of orange, or get funky with patterns or shades of grey.

I picked up so many different kinds of pumpkins and gourds of all patterns, colors and sizes. The possibilities are endless, so choose as many as you like.

I’d suggest picking at least three large, a medium and a few small to make the haystack dimensional.

Ever heard of a mum? These bundles of fall blooms are the pops of color on your haystack.

Don’t be afraid to get creative here. Pick out a big plush pink one or, if you like more natural tones, stick with the forest green. I love how these soften up the haystack, and keep things feeling sweet.

I’m all about little details. I placed a few extra mums on my porch because I knew I wanted to leave some space for the little details that I love so much. I grabbed a couple cornhusks and decided to use them as my smaller accessories.

Wrapping them in ribbon or twine is a good way to keep them from rolling around and adds a new texture to the bunch.

Finally, some tips and tricks to help things run a little smoother.

Wear gloves when picking up hay – it can be itchy and may have some spiky parts. Give each pumpkin a good check before buying. Spin it upside down and around to be sure it’s in good condition.

Mix fully-bloomed mums with those that are just budding. They will bloom beautiful for months to come while adding a cool mix of textures. Grab a friend and make a day out of it! Heat up some apple cider and let the decorating begin.

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