Fall Decor Favorites: Gorgeous Gourds

We recently celebrated back to school at our house. If you can believe it, this year marks my oldest son’s first day of Kindergarten! Surprisingly, we both made it through without any tears shed (I was more worried about me than him 😉). Of course, this isn’t the only seasonal hallmark that has me counting down the days to Autumn, only the most recent. As you probably already know, the shop has been prepping for quite some time.  

Fall decor has arrived at Nell Hills, and with it comes the most gorgeous gourds!  

Pumpkins and gourds are one of the most widely recognized symbols of Fall in North America and have been featured in both outdoor and indoor decor for centuries. A symbol of a bountiful harvest, these versatile beauties can add a seasonal touch to any room, which is why, perhaps, I love them so much! Here are a few ways we’ve incorporated pumpkins and gourds into our fall decor.

A white pumpkin is paired with neutral accessories for a beautiful traditional coffee table centerpiece

Monochrome Moments 

Sprinkling a collection of white gourds throughout the living room lends the spirit of autumn without overpowering the initial design and flow of the space. While a single pumpkin on a coffee table is definitely a stately look, and as the kids are saying these days still “a vibe”, this aesthetic makes the most impact in larger quantities. In this beautiful shelving display, monochromatic gourds placed at differing sight levels moves your eye throughout the entire piece while complimenting the neutral elements that were already at play. Adding a collection of gourds of varying size on the coffee table pulls the theme to the center of the room, giving it depth.  

White pumpkins of various sizes are featured throughout a stately living room

Rustic Elegance 

Nothing beats the beautiful hues that this season brings. Rich golds, vibrant oranges, deep reds, each of them beg for attention. When you enter the shop, we want you to feel the Fall opulence, so we decked out our beautiful gazebo – we’ve nicknamed it the Pumpkin Palace – for the occasion.  

We paired mountains of pumpkins and fall decor with a few supporting roles. The black and white buffalo check pattern is a perfect nod to Autumn, and the brass elements like those candlesticks fit in perfectly with the rainbow of colors. This look is perfect for those who aren’t afraid to go “all in” in seasonal decorating.  

The “Pumpkin Palace” greets you at the shop entrance, gourds and autumnal foliage piled high on top of the gazebo
Brass candlesticks and buffalo check plaid are a perfect fall decor to pair with piles of gorgeous gourds

Bountiful Harvest 

We can’t resist bringing the beauty of the season to our tabletops, where we’ve paired pumpkin shaped soup tureens (a good tureen is a must for the Fall season!) with elegant seasonal place settings and an autumnal plaid runner for a tabletop that is inviting and warm. Warm wood tones anchor the design and lend to the unassuming element that makes this table all the more charming.   

A Fall themed tablescape features white pumpkin soup tureens, an autumnal plaid runner, and seasonal green and cream dishes
A series of cloches featuring gourds of all shapes and sizes

Incorporating gourds into your Fall decor 

Instead of just placing your gourds on your coffee table or strewing them about randomly through your space, think like a designer and take the opportunity to get a little creative. With some thought and purposeful placement, these fall squashes will look totally chic. I love the idea of adding them to a cloche or turning your mantel into a pumpkin patch! 

At just a few dollars a piece, you’ll want to stock up on plenty. Remember, these scrumptious squash make the most impact in design when used in groupings (we recommend grouping in odd numbers of things – 3,5,7,9, and so on). Whether you incorporate them into your spooky Halloween decorations or you arrange them in a lovely Thanksgiving cornucopia, they’ll look festive all season long. 

Join us Friday, September 9th and Saturday, September 10th for our Fall Open House to pick up some pumpkins to add to your collection and welcome in the new season! Will I see you there? Until then, Happy Decorating!  

Katie breezes past the Nell Hills checkout counter, adorned with Fall decor.