It’s time to deck your halls with the sort of autumn splendor that can be displayed until that last piece of leftover Thanksgiving turkey is eaten. Looking for some inspiration beyond Pinterest? Visit the Barn at Valley Forge Flowers, where owner Barbara King has mastered the art of bringing the outside beauty of the season indoors. We asked for some of her top fall decorating tips.
1. Surprise, surprise—pumpkins top the list for fall décor. “They’re never going to die out,” says King, whose team handpicks pumpkins from local farms. “They relate so much to the tone of the season, because we decorate with them and we cook with them.” King suggests looking beyond orange pumpkins. Blue and white are popular colors this season. Be creative: Build a pumpkin topiary and personalize it with a monogram.
2. Go fresh with flowers and plants. Mums are always right for the season. Bright yellow, deep reds and vibrant oranges make a welcoming impression at the entry of your home. Ornamental kale is another option. “It comes in blue tones, as well as green, and a purple jewel tone that looks great next to an orange pumpkin and gourds,” says King.
3. Set your dining tables with décor aplenty. King recommends natural linen, soft burlap or a farmer’s weave to cover the table. Then accent it with a runner of dried leaves or dried flowers.
4. Candlelight sets the mood and fills the home with delicious fragrances. King suggests the Spicy Apple candle by Rosie Rings. “It enhances the smell of holiday cooking,” she says. Another tip: Hollow out smaller gourds or squash to use as candleholders. Finish off the DIY look by wrapping them in natural raffia.
To experience more fall inspiration, visit the Barn at Valley Forge Flowers in Wayne on Oct. 10 for its Fall Festival. Visit www.valleyforgeflowers.com.