WELCOME to CAROLINA PANACHE! I believe our homes should be a haven, a place of beauty and peace that reflect who we are and what's important to us. I'm on a journey to add personality and panache to every corner of my house. For me, good design evolves, grows and changes with the needs of one's lifestyle. I want my home to be creative, to be stylish, to be entertaining, to be real. I hope you will join me on my journey. It's always more fun to travel together.
This blog is all about bringing style and elegance to the home. The art of dressing your home goes beyond hanging a few items on the wall and arranging furniture. Much like a fabulous set of earrings or a new stylish handbag may take your little black dress from fine to fabulous, home accesories and key furnishings can take your rooms from ho-hum to singing the Halleluiah Chorus! Join with me as we discover new ways to add panache to every room of the house.

Who says Pumpkins have to Orange?

Who ever said that pumpkins must be orange?
Even God created a variety of colorful pumpkins! White pumpkins are my favorite! I have a collection of white ceramic pumpkins and this year I've displayed them in my dining room. Each year I try to use my seasonal decor in different rooms and in different ways. I also have a collection of Mercury glass and I've been thinking of ways I could use it earlier than Christmas. I was searching for inspiration when I came across this photo on MarthaStewart.com
LOVE, Love, love this photo! Spray painted pumpkins in an antique silver is the perfect solution! While maintaining the familiar icon of the season, you tone down the bright orange and create the perfect pairing with antique mercury glass. This mix would be just right in a formal living room or dining room. The silver paint takes the whimsy of pumpkins to the elegance of fine accesories. The way the stylist has displayed the pumpkins on cake stands is a great way to way movement and interest to this vignette. This would make a stunning table top display in our entry hall too! Well, I guess I'm off to the home improvement store to buy a can of spray paint. Then I'll head over to Wal*Mart to pick some pumpkins. I was in there over the weekend and they have a large variety of pumpkins and gourds. Have you heard of Fairy Tale Pumpkins? I had not but they have the most gorgeous shaped pumpkins there that look like Cinderalla's carriage. I think I'll pick one of those for my focal point and then add various gourds and mini-pumpkins as accents.

Here is another fresh take on the standard orange pumpkin.
These pumpkins are in shades of white and pale green. They've been punched out with intricate designs, then scooped out to make room for a candle. They make beautiful luminaries.
To see how this is done and to view more inspiration pictures, pop over to
MarthaStewart.com
Take the link for Halloween Central. Enjoy!
Until I see you again,
Live Life Beautifully!
~Alisa



12 comments:

Designs on 47th Street said...

Oh! This IS a fun twist for fall decoration. I don't know if I've ever seen antique silver paint, but then I haven't looked. This is such a sophisticated twist for our standard October look, isn't it?

Chari said...

Hi Alisa...

Beautiful photos! I love the more elegant look of the pumpkins! While I enjoy the fun, playful side of autumn decorating...I enjoy using a touch of elegance in my autumn decor! I love the mercury glass pumpkins and they sound easy enough to make! I really do want to try my hand at one or two! Thanks for sharing Martha's link with us...I'm heading over there now!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Anonymous said...

Alisa, you always inspire me. I like gold pumpkins as well. I bet burgundy would be beautiful as well.

"Blossom" said...

I have file full of Marthas ideas from years ago; and I keep adding.
I have seen this one above and it's someting I like for my formal dinning room. I would love to paint more some white some silver but I am doing a large wedding this week for the week-end. Look at Martha's pumpkin, grapevine chandlier it really cute for out door porch. I started on but not finished yet.

susan said...

This is a beautiful idea for a more more setting. Cinderella pumpkins...will have to see those! Let us see what you do!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What beautiful pumpkin inspiration! The silver pumpkins are very pretty and more formal looking than your run of the mill orange pumpkin. I really like the intricately cut pumpkins too. They remind me of lace. I don't know if I'd have the patience or steady hand to do this though. I guess I'm just too traditional, but I still love a plain ol' orange jack-o-lantern the best! Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas! Also, I tried your Outlandish Oatmeal Supremes, and they are delicious!! Thank you so much for sharing your family's favorite recipes. I always love visiting your blog. Please stop by my sometimes.

Blondie's Journal said...

Wonderful inspiration!!

xoxox
Jane

Sandy said...

Alisa,
Thanks for sharing, I will have to try making the mercury and I might try some of the green.
Sandy

ChaChaneen said...

People are so clever, it must take hours to do unless you use power tools. Thanks for sharing the idea with us!

prashant said...

Beautiful photos! I love the more elegant look of the pumpkins! While I enjoy the fun, playful side of autumn decorating...I enjoy using a touch of elegance in my autumn decor! I love the mercury glass pumpkins and they sound easy enough to make! I really do want to try my hand at one or two! Thanks for sharing Martha's link with us...I'm heading over there now!
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Maime said...

Alisa, I tried your chocolate chip pumpkin cookies and they were wonderful! I featured your recipe on my blog.

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hooray, your writings on theater and writing much missed!

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