Thursday, October 12, 2017

DIY: how to make beautiful Old World pumpkins out of plain orange ones

What do you do when company is coming?

But wait--not just any company, what if it's a beautiful, blonde woman with Parisian connections, who travels in the design world with ease, and who has renovated not just one--but two homes in the last few years? 

Yep, one of those talented, smart, efficient gals who would be intimidating if she wasn't so darn humble and sweet.

But she's still company. And she's coming!


Well maybe not exactly in person, but Michele Ranard of Hello Lovely Studio is coming to my blog next week and of course, that means I need to get ready for her. Figure out what she and her sophisticated friends would enjoy from this hostess, because oh-did I tell you? I'll be meeting them too, over at her place. 

If you're already a fan of Michele's you know her love of all things French.... elegant, simple and rustic. When I think of Michele's style it runs the gamut of
French-Farmhouse. European Countryside. Parisian Sophistication. And Scandinavian simplicity.   

And so with this in mind, I've decided to welcome Michele with some subtle European touches at my front door and, since it's so close to Halloween...well I can't resist adding a special Gothic surprise for a little fun.  

But first, let's talk pumpkin transformation for this special visitor!

I decided to begin by transforming these basic orange pumpkins into something more elegant and Old World. 

I decided to apply a soft metallic palette using shades of greens and blues.

 I began by adding layers using a large stencil brush I already owned....

I applied metallic gold paint to the stems and added this gold to the pumpkins by dabbing it lightly into the layers.

You can see the color scheme on my paper plate. 
What do you think?
Are you feeling an old European vibe here?

I can't wait to show you the simple details I'm working on that will blend with these pretty pumpkins.

Hint: when you think of European style and the outdoors, don't you automatically think of classic urns and aged concrete garden sculptures?

Well how about a DIYer garden sculpture--am I that crazy?

The answer is YES!

Stay tuned for more French-styling at my front door. 


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Sandra Sallin said...

Oh my, those are fabulous. I'm having my book club to my house. They're not remotely French but I must welcome them with these pumpkins. Gorgeous colors. Bravo.

Leslie Harris said...

Sandra I see you're listed as a 'no reply' blogger so I hope you come back and read this. I've been wanting to thank you for your incredible words you left on my "hero" post. I can't tell you how touched I was. I am so grateful that you stumbled on my blog, isn't it wonderful how that happens? I feel like we're meant to know each other! Have fun at that book club of yours. :)

Simply LKJ said...

They are beautiful Leslie!

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

Absolute stunning. I love them!


Unknown said...

WOW! In love with these pumpkins. So pretty and fun. Elegant.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Ooh...these are beautiful, Leslie! I love the metallic look!

michele said...

They are so unique and beautiful, Leslie! I can't wait to see what you have planned for the lovely tribe! xox

cindy hattersley design said...

Oh my gosh I am so behind on my blog reading! These pumpkins are amazing!

Sandra Sallin said...

How in the world did I become a no-reply blogger? That's the last thing I want. Well maybe not the last thing but I need to fix this. Of course, I'm not even a "blogger" I blog on Wordpress. So I'm completely lost here. Just wanted to comment on your beautiful pumpkins. Brilliant.

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