Plaid Skirt (In more sizes hereAlso love this one.) / Sweater Blazer (Love the navy version, too, and J.Crew Factory has a great camel version. See all my favorite sweater blazers here.) / Tissue Turtleneck (Here, too. Love the striped version as well.) / Over-the-Knee Boots (In brown here, and in brown with a low heel hereHere’s a more affordable pair.) / Louis Vuitton Tote Size MM (Available herehere and here. Looking for an affordable brown tote? I LOVE this one!) / Emma’s Plaid Leggings and Pleated Sweatshirt (On sale here.) / Emma’s Hunter Boots (Non-glossy here. Adult version here.) / Emma’s Little Makes Big Hairbow

Mitch here!

It’s decorative gourd season, and if you’re a big fan of naturally occurring harvest bric-à-brac, it’s time to get excited!

Pumpkins are appropriate harvest decor from September 1st until the day after Thanksgiving, or until the squirrels get to them, which–if my stoop is any indicator–can happen more quickly than you’d expect.

I love pumpkins. They’re right at the center of my experience as a human. (Kelly jumping in here. Mitch, what?! 😂) Pumpkins provide pumpkin seeds, my favorite healthy snack; pumpkin pie, my favorite dessert; and pumpkin spice, my favorite specialized coffee flavoring. Our first car, an orange Honda Element, was nicknamed “The Pumpkin.” And when you spend half your childhood in Central Illinois like I did, you spend your fall watching weekends pumpkin chunkin’ like these American heroes. And then, when you get to middle school, you start listening to the Smashing Pumpkins. (Pure coincidence, but seemed appropriate to include that here.)

This year, I outsourced our pumpkin acquisition strategy to Peapod, the online grocer that (as you guys know) has changed our lives this year. I filled my cart with pumpkins, halloween candy and, of course, Chardonnay… which I think Kelly Larkin had plenty of when she thought up the topic for today’s post.

Peapod was the perfect partner for this project because the thought of carrying an armful of those heavy suckers back from the pumpkin patch makes we want to retch. Instead, I had Peapod do the heavy lifting while I tested the Halloween candy from a safe distance.

I think I should mention how awesome Peapod is at providing delivery details. From start to finish, they send texts narrowing down the delivery window, making sure the goods aren’t sitting out there in squirrel territory. Come to think of it, I’ve got a pretty serious squirrel problem on my hands.

Pumpkins make decorating for the fall season super simple:

  1. Put pumpkins on your front stoop
  2. Enjoy your newfound status as a exterior decorator

We typically follow societal norms and carve terrifying faces into our pumpkins in case small children come over in the night to blackmail us for candy, but because my daughter can’t quite wield a knife and because I’m married to Kelly Larkin, we decided to go another direction.

As I’ve repeatedly reported in post after post on this blog, and as evidenced by our outfits, bookshelves, socks, pillows, shoes, bedding, scarves, cell phone cases and rugs: Kelly Larkin loves gingham. If given unbridled freedom, she’d make sure we were walking on gingham floors, closing gingham doors, cleaning gingham countertops, and shutting windows blacked out with gingham wallpaper and then covered by gingham drapery. If they sold gingham cars, we’d have a fleet… and if someone described Kelly to a police sketch artist, a roughly drawn gingham pattern would likely emerge. In short, Kelly isn’t limited in her gingham acquisition by any sense of good taste, but instead by the market’s inability to produce gingham curios at a fast enough rate.

Gingham Pumpkins Tutorial

It’s this passion for gingham that led our family to skip the jack-o-lantern carving tradition this year and opt to paint our pumpkins in a gingham pattern. We also ditched the more traditional orange-and-black Halloween theme in favor of, you guessed it: navy and white. So here we go! Keep reading to learn how to create these beauties in five easy steps.

Step One

Start by painting the pumpkin white. We used Behr paint only because we happened to have it in our back room. (Worked great.) Our pumpkins took two coats.

Step Two

On a palette or paper plate, mix the white and navy paint to to create your desired light blue shade. Then paint vertical stripes following the natural lines of the pumpkin. These lines are narrowest at the top and widest in the middle.

Step Three

Paint a small border around the jagged areas around the stem.

Step Four

Paint horizontal stripes by filling in the gaps between the vertical lines. Some measurement may be required to keep the lines a consistent width.

Step Five

Darken the areas where the vertical and horizontal lines intersect.

Step Six

This isn’t exactly a step, but whatever. Put that sucker on the front stoop and enjoy the adulation of your friends and neighbors.

Mitch out!

Shop the post:

Plaid Skirt (In more sizes hereAlso love this one.) / Sweater Blazer (Love the navy version, too, and J.Crew Factory has a great camel version. See all my favorite sweater blazers here.) / Tissue Turtleneck (Here, too. Love the striped version as well.) / Over-the-Knee Boots (In brown here, and in brown with a low heel hereHere’s a more affordable pair.) / Louis Vuitton Tote Size MM (Available herehere and here. Looking for an affordable brown tote? I LOVE this one!) / Emma’s Plaid Leggings and Pleated Sweatshirt (On sale here.) / Emma’s Hunter Boots (Non-glossy here. Adult version here.) / Emma’s Little Makes Big Hairbow

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