Ty Pennington | Décor Dos: Using Gourds in Your Home
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Fall | Using Gourds in Your Home

Did you know the original jack-o-lanterns were made out of turnips? I guess everything has to start somewhere…

But when it comes to Halloween and autumn-inspired décor, nowadays, gourds (mainly pumpkins) have taken reign. So today I’m sharing some cools ways to incorporate all types of gourds into your home for the season.

Ty Pennington | Décor Dos: Using Gourds in Your Home

For starters, I like to use mini gourds as small accents throughout the home. Hallowed out gourds with funky bumps and colors make the coolest candles.

Ty Pennington | Décor Dos: Using Gourds in Your Home

You can group 2-3 together and place them on a side table or mantle, or work them into a centerpiece collection with larger pumpkins, squash, etc.

Ty Pennington | Décor Dos: Using Gourds in Your Home

You can also toss a bunch of decorative minis into a seasonal bowl or vase to use as a table topper. And on the flip side, tie some twine around stems to hang mini pumpkins and squash as tablecloth weights in your dining room.

Ty Pennington | Décor Dos: Using Gourds in Your Home

If you have framed displays in your home, swap out regular décor pieces for mini gourds in an array of shapes, colors and textures. The same goes for shelves and ledges.

Ty Pennington | Décor Dos: Using Gourds in Your Home

Both large and small gourds also make great bowls for sweet treats and good eats. Martha Stewart’s party cooler that’s carved out of a pumpkin is pretty killer too.

Ty Pennington | Décor Dos: Using Gourds in Your Home

Or you can hollow out your gourds and use them as planters for fall flower arrangements. Just be sure to choose one that can house a few flower tubes so your arrangements stay fresh.

Ty Pennington | Décor Dos: Using Gourds in Your Home

For outdoor décor…

If you have the space, display large and small gourds in a corner on your porch or on the staircase leading to your door. Try to mix and match levels and incorporate as many autumn colors as possible. Fireworks of nature, people!

Ty Pennington | Décor Dos: Using Gourds in Your Home

Swap out your welcome mat for a welcome pumpkin! This is not only an easy no-carve option for decorating, but it also gives you a 3-D canvas for creativity.

Ty Pennington | Décor Dos: Using Gourds in Your Home

We all know how difficult it can be to find an address with those tiny numbers on a mailbox, especially at night. So this year try illuminating your house with carved pumpkins and candles.

Ty Pennington | Décor Dos: Using Gourds in Your Home

You can also make autumn wreaths using smaller gourds. DIY wreaths are not only affordable and easy, but again you can play with colors and tailor your design to your home and your style. Traditional wreaths are cool, but lately I’m digging a more modern approach like the one below.

Ty Pennington | Décor Dos: Using Gourds in Your Home

How do you decorate with seasonal gourds? Share your décor ideas with me in the comments.

 

Photo Source: Indulgy, Kitchn, Betty Crocker, Bhg, SAS Interiors, Country Living 

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington is best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and as the co-host of ABC Daytime's "The Revolution." He has been recognized as a home design expert, carpenter and leader in the field of volunteerism. TyPennington.com is a space to share his inspiration, design tips, daily musings and more. Ty can currently be seen on TLC's Trading Spaces.

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