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I would like to think that fall is my favorite season. I sometimes say that about spring but let’s be real here. Spring is so likable because anything is better than freezing snow winter. Fall is like a nostalgic time for me where the excitement of the holidays and crisp air makes me giddy. Really though the weather in Utah is just perfect in fall. Not too hot or cold. A time to just soak in the last of the outside days before winter is in full swing.
I have this obsession with white pumpkins. DUH! I mean I love all the orange, brown, green, and yellow traditional fall colors too. We all know my heart can’t resist the simplicity and clean look of white. That is no different when it comes to my pumpkins apparently. 🙂 I literally can hardly stand to make it until the first store, nursery, or anywhere gets their first batch of white pumpkins.
Having a bunch of pumpkins just flooding my stairs in all the sizes in one of my favorite fall traditions. Let me give you a little tip and my secret to bright white pumpkins. Spray paint them! SAY WHAT!? Why would I spray paint white pumpkins WHITE? If you have ever had real white pumpkins then you know that they are more of an off-white/ yellow color. Which is just beautiful…….for all of a week or so. Then they start to progressively get more yellow and discolored. Especially if they are in the direct sunlight. So, tape those stems off and grab a can of white spray paint. I like to use this painters tape and Krylon Satin White spray paint. Give them a nice even coat of white and those pumpkins won’t go yellow on you. I also think this helps my pumpkins last longer by sealing them. Why don’t I just spray paint orange pumpkins? Well, that would take a lot more time and paint. The orange would be a lot harder to cover. The white pumpkins just take a simple light coat of spray paint. However, if you want to preserve your orange pumpkins just give them a coat of satin polyurethane. If you really want to make sure your pumpkins last, you can wash them down in bleach water. Give the pumpkins a good soak in bleach water BEFORE spray painting them to get that extra longevity. I get too impatient/ lazy for all that. I usually just spray paint mine and they last about two months without rotting (Halloween &Thanksgiving).
I also actually used some faux pumpkins in the lanterns this year. I usually use real ones but I had some extra faux pumpkins in white from my inside decor. They blend in pretty well with the real pumpkins so I decided it was a win. I also got my first plant (other than the succulent I am barely keeping alive). 🙂 This white mum will hopefully last a few weeks. Bless its poor little heart. I have the blackest thumb but I am determined to keep this thing alive. I even spray painted this watering can gold to keep close for watering. So far, I am doing mediocre, at best. I forgot a few days and it looked sad. It hasn’t even bloomed yet. We will see how this goes.
Finally, I added a cute black and white rug to layer with my doormat. I am really loving this layered rug trend. It adds some fun character and dimension. All the cozy vibes for fall right here. I actually left up my magnolia wreath for now but will probably swap it for my Halloween wreath soon. We have a lot of exterior updates left to accomplish but for now, this little view makes me happy.
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