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Fall decorating with pumpkins when you aren't a fan of the color orange. Several fall decor ideas on outdoor decorating for fall with pumpkins, beachy fall decor, etc. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Elements of Farmhouse Fall Decor

Editor’s note: In addition to the content I produce for Pencil Shavings, I also write for other publications including Better Homes & Gardens, and now for Carlton Landing’s blog on all things decor & design.   Fall wins the prize for my most favorite season. Bring on all the pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice, pumpkin lattes,
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Styled: Multicolored Velvet Pumpkins

Imagine me, in full Oprah voice, “It’s PUMPKIIIIIIIN TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME!” Opening up my box of velvet pumpkins from last year was maybe better than pulling out the Christmas decorations. I find the color combinations endlessly fascinating. I’m especially intrigued by the role the neutral tones play. They’re necessary, you know? There has to be some break
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Colorful abstract painted pumpkins by Rita Ortloff paired with PlushPumpkin velvet pumpkins www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Colorful Pumpkins – An Abstract DIY

Pumpkin of the week time! Are we tired of fall decorating ideas yet? I hope not ? because there’s so much more good stuff to come. It’s go big or go home around here. For this week’s version, I asked bestie Rita Ortloff if she’d paint up a couple pretties for me to photograph and she
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Creative ways to decorate with pumpkins. These baby pumpkins were all dressed up in their fanciest duds as miniature flower vases at the Union Square Greenmarket in New York City - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

5 creative ideas for Halloween decorations

As much as I love Halloween for the dress-up and candy, I’m always on the lookout for fun, kid-friendly and creative ways to decorate for fall. Pumpkins, gourds, jack-o-lanterns — I love them all! But I’m all about pushing it to the next level of clever and cheeky. With my youngest only 20 months, I’m more
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