The weather has turned cooler here in North Carolina (hooray!), and I'm finally starting my fall decorating.
I love to make things look festive starting right at the front door. Here's my first project for this autumn:
I found these large lanterns at Hobby Lobby for 50% off:
Actually, the red one was a little too large, so I exchanged it for a smaller blue one. I wasn't wild about the bright colors, but a quick coat of Rustoleum's Oil-Rubbed Bronze spray paint fixed that issue with no problem.
My plan was to use the lanterns to display gourds for Autumn, so I raided my boxes of fall decor for every decorative gourd. I soon found that these lanterns were so big that my bags of gourds filled them only about one-quarter full! Not wanting to purchase lots more gourds, I found a solution in these ugly carvable pumpkins from the dollar store:
These made the perfect filler for the middle of my lanterns. Surrounded by prettier, smaller gourds, they practically disappear.
I'm quite a ways from having the front porch all decked out for Fall, but these fun lanterns give me a nice start, I think!
Now I need to get a lot more fall decorating done. I'm thrilled to say that next week I'm participating in a Fall Home Tour with All Things Home. 25 bloggers are opening their homes to share all their Autumn decor. I'm so excited! (Update on 9/27: click here for my full home tour!)
Have you started decorating for Autumn at your house?
I'm joining Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Melissa at The Inspired Room for Fall Nesting Party