Easy outdoor decor to wel­come the new sea­son

South Shore Breaker - - Homes - NANCY MATTIA ed­i­tor@southshore­breaker.ca

Now that the weather is get­ting cooler, it’s time to swap out any sunny dec­o­ra­tions in or on your yard, en­trance­way or front door for colour­ful fall em­bel­lish­ments.

It’s the time of year to dec­o­rate with pump­kins and earthy items like leaves.

Here are some of the sim­plest ways to give the out­side of your home some au­tumn am­bi­ence.

1. Cre­ate a pump­kin patch

To make a gor­geous dis­play that cas­cades ef­fort­lessly down the sides of your front steps, gather pump­kins and gourds in dif­fer­ent shades (white, cream, deep rus­set, orange) and in var­i­ous shapes (round, tri­an­gu­lar) and sizes (rang­ing from mini to mas­sive).

“Vary­ing the colours, sizes and shapes will give your dis­play more vis­ual in­ter­est,” says Ce­leste D. Cham­bers, a DIY land­scap­ing coach at the Gar­den­ing Nerd in Char­lotte,n.c.

Keep in mind the dis­tance from which your dis­play will be viewed.

“If you are dec­o­rat­ing your front porch and your house sits far back from the street, you will need to buy larger ob­jects for them to stand out.”

2. Have a paint­ing party

If you have a lim­ited se­lec­tion of pump­kins, paint them for colour va­ri­ety, says Cham­bers.

“Spray paint is the best op­tion if they’ll be ex­posed to the weather.”

If you want to be cre­ative, use per­ma­nent mark­ers or acrylic paint to draw white stripes, black polka dots, gold chevrons or any pat­tern you like. Use metal­lic glit­ter paint or foil trans­fers to add some all-over shine.

3. Change out your seashell wreath

It’ll be clear you’re all in for fall when you hang an au­tumn-ap­pro­pri­ate wreath on your front door.

Be­cause it’s the sea­son of har­vest, your wreath should in­cor­po­rate nat­u­ral el­e­ments in the colours of fall, says Cham­bers, such as reds, golds, or­anges, greens and pur­ples.

“Use a grapevine wreath as your base, and add small gourds, minia­ture pump­kins and dried flo­ral.”

4. Sea­sonal flow­ers

“Chrysan­the­mums will put on a show in a con­tainer for weeks,” says Cham­bers, “and they come in a range of quin­tes­sen­tial fall

While or­na­men­tal kale is widely used in fall dis­plays, Swiss chard and colour­ful leaf let­tuces are also great ed­i­ble ad­di­tions to fall con­tain­ers, says Cham­bers.

“By har­vest­ing the lower leaves of the let­tuce, it will con­tinue to grow to hard frost.”

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