The Not So Average Pumpkin

I think whether we want to admit it or not, Fall is officially here. I don’t know about you, but it makes me excited, I love fall. I love when the weather finally cools down. It makes me think about football, which for me means entertaining. Also Halloween is just around the bend, so it’s time to start planning costumes, parties and decorating. This year, as I try to ease into fall, I’m starting with my top 12 Non-Traditional Pumpkin Decorating Ideas. I hope you enjoy, these are not your average pumpkins!!

Pumpkin Collage

For starters, these pumpkins over at Paper and Stitch are so cute!! They are modern, easy and they look so great.

Paper and Stitch

Confessions of a Plate Addict has a great decoupage pumpkin tutorial. Don’t you just love the elegant look of these??

decoupage pumpkins

When I saw these pumpkins over at Homemade Simple, I fell in love!! I love how simple they are, yet they make such a statement. I think these would be fabulous as a Dining Room Table Centerpiece!


How about decoupaged pumpkins with fabric? And Chevron none-the-less!! Check out the tutorial over at Tatortots and Jello. You are guaranteed to love everything Jen does!!


Head on over the The 36th Avenue for a super cute chalkboard pumpkin idea. These would also be great for little ones if you pre-spray them and let them go crazy with chalk. Can you imagine…you could decorate pumpkins every day!! I think this is also a great idea for teaching kids various parts of the face and/or different emotions. I Love these so much, and if you head over, you’ll find so many other great Halloween Ideas too.

chalkboard pumpkin

For some reason I am so drawn to the black and white!! Can you say animal print? I think I would attempt this with white spray paint and a sharpie marker. The possibilities are endless. Country Living got this one right!


I also love the idea of stenciling a pumpkin. Again, the possibilities are endless. These are my favorite, featured over at Ladies Home Journal. In addition to loving these pumpkins, I love that they are displayed on cake plates.

stenciled pumpkin

What do you get when you combine Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Pumpkins? Beautiful, stylish Fall Décor! Head over to Bungalow to see the difference between a fake and a real painted pumpkin, you can’t even tell the difference!!


What you can do with a glue gun is simply amazing. I love the sparkle on these pumpkins by Cynthia Keenan. Let your older kids loose and the end result will be nothing but fabulous. I just love this tablescape, it’s so beautiful!


Would you have ever imagined how beautiful a newspaper covered pumpkin could be? Debbie over at A Creative Life did a fabulous job on these pumpkins. I love the vintage look!

newspaper pumpkin

I love the look of these lace pumpkins. Lace adds a creepiness and when paired with the foam skull, they make a huge spooky statement! Click here for the tutorial.

lace pumpkin 2

And finally, I could not do a feature on your not so average pumpkin without showing you my favorite glittered pumpkin! Google “glittered pumpkin” and you will find hundreds of ideas. But, I have to say, Marigold Mom takes the cake with these beautiful pumpkins. I love the black and silver glitter and I love the idea of using glitter as a design instead of covering the entire pumpkin. Again, I am drawn to the black and white!

jeweled pumpkin marigold mom

I continue to be blown away by all the ideas I come across. I love this selection and I can’t wait to get started on my own decorating. I would love to hear what you think. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope your Halloween is very Spooktacular!


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Batman Inspired Boys Room



This is the amazing little guy who inspired this post today!


He’s just like his daddy in the sense that he is always “in character.” He is absolutely in love with Batman! And I am absolutely in love with him :-)

I want to make his room special, and do something he loves!  Knowing how fast and how often his “favorite things” may change, I also want something versatile and something that we can update by changing out accessories rather than starting from scratch.

I was inspired by the Pottery Barn Kids Quilt Collections (seriously, did they market specifically to me by naming collections after both my kids??) Unfortunately, the price tag on these quilts is higher than I want to spend. So I set out to make quilts of my own. The PB Quilt in the mood board below is what inspired me, and here is a sneak peak at my version. I have the top pieced together, now it just needs to be quilted and finished with binding!!


It is made from super soft flannel and the dark navy pieces are Chenille

Here is a collection of some ideas I have for the finished room:

Moodboard Boys Bedroom Batman

1. Espresso Storage Cube~I have a storage cube similar to this one I found at Costco, so this is already a staple in the room

2. Amy Gourd Glass Navy Lamp~I think I can find a lamp similar to this that I can refurbish/paint. I plan to applique a batman symbol onto charcoal colored fabric and recover the lampshade. 7th House on the left has a great tutorial for re-covering lampshades on their blog.

3. Rio Navy Blue Faux Silk Ready Made Ring Top Curtains ~This is another project I think I could DIY!!

4. Pottery Barn Kids Quilt ~I absolutely love the collections from Pottery Barn Kids. They have a great website and you can browse by product or by room. Plenty of inspiration for both boys and girls.

5. Keep Calm and Call Batman Sign ~Found on this Etsy shop~ I love this!

6. Batman Sheets ~The best part about these sheets is they add a fun element to the room that is easily changed out. I am making the same quilt for my younger son, and his room will be inspired by Disney’s Cars. Imagine all the possibilities with this color palette. Spiderman, Batman, Cars, Nautical theme, Thomas the train, Toy Story, the possibilities are endless!! They will also be able to grow into more neutral rooms over time.

7. Batman Clock ~A nightlight that projects the bat symbol onto the ceiling is the icing on the cake!!

Hope you enjoyed, would love to hear your thoughts and I cannot wait to reveal the finished room!!


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