The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Enid Features

September 22, 2012

'Fall' into decorating

ENID, Okla. — It’s almost time for jeans, sweaters, boots and scarves, but fashion isn’t the only thing that gets a little boost this time of year.

Fall decorating around your home is a fun way to get into the spirit of cooler weather and the quickly approaching holidays.

“At the end of September, I normally buy hay bales and tons of pumpkins and tons of gourds,” said Kari Higgins of Swank Interior Designs.

Outdoor decorating

“With the recent drought, so many people have dried-up, brown lawns, but what I love about this time of year is it’s okay for everything to look dead,” said Higgins. “You can just throw some hay bales and pumpkins outside, and it completes the look of your lawn.”

Higgins said outdoor decorating for fall is fun and easy, and most decorations can, with small alterations, be used through Thanksgiving.

“The nice thing is there is a really long stretch of cooler weather, and things like pumpkins and gourds will stay good as long as you don’t cut them,” said Higgins.

As soon as fall hits, the harvest-themed decorations can be put out. Items such as gourds, corn stalks and hay bales are great staples, and a little personal flair can easily be added with colored ribbons or foliage.

When October rolls around, some of the pumpkins can be cut for jack-o’-lanterns, but a great way to preserve your pumpkins while still giving them a little style is painting them, said Higgins.

“I normally just use the acrylic paint,” said Higgins. “You might want to use some sort of clear finish or (spray-on clear coat) to preserve the designs.”

Painting faces on the pumpkins is fun for October, but other designs can be painted on them to make them a little more versatile. Designs such as stripes, patterns and plaids will allow the painted pumpkins to be used for the entire autumn season.

“If you use fall colors, they can carry over past Halloween,” said Higgins.

People may choose to decorate realistic artificial pumpkins, available at craft stores, but using artificial pumpkins for outdoor decorating may shorten the life of the decoration, Higgins said.

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