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Insert golden spidermonk silk flowers from JoAnnís Fabrics and Crafts into wreaths, table centerpieces or in a basket.

Fall decor need not be expensive, tough

Borrowing from Mother Nature is one possibility

By Diane S. Morales, Caller-Times

October 02, 2006

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Fake miniature pumpkins make a useful and durable staple for fall decorating.

Itís hot, itís rainy, itís humid and an occasional cool breeze blows ó ah ? fall is in the air. Itís time to start thinking about adding some fall flavor into your dťcor.

Kathi Robichaux, owner of Gemini Interiors, offers simple and affordable touches to bring in the season using colorful gourds, corn with the husks, geraniums, twigs or seed pods, mesquite branches, pheasant feathers, pine cones and other nature inspired items.

"My favorite is decorating the front porch," she said. "I like getting several pumpkins in different sizes and arranging dry corn with the stalks on them around the pumpkins. They should last past Halloween and into November."

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Arrange an odd number of candles in various heights with pinecones for a simple table or mantle piece accent.

Robichaux adds gourds inside the home for centerpieces or uses mini-pumpkins in grapevine wreaths or on mantles. To safeguard against a leaky pumpkin on a table, Robichaux suggests placing a decorative tray, foil or plastic under the pumpkin. You can use fall-colored textile scraps in plums, golds, reds, oranges mixed with greenery to hide the protective material.

If fall colors donít blend with your roomís palette, sneak in some greenery to infuse geraniums, earthy colored eucalyptus, graduated candles in browns and wine colors.

You could save some money at the craft stores by borrowing some things from Mother Nature. Collect some pine cones, twigs, interesting leaves, cat tails, mesquite branches or seed pods and use them in wicker basket arrangements, wreaths and centerpieces.

"Pheasant feathers are a beautiful addition to fall arrangement, but you might have to buy those," Robichaux said.


Contact Diane S. Morales at 886-3758 or

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