Sunday, September 17, 2023

Cottage Review: Vintage Laundry Basket with Pumpkins

The Fall Season brings out the creative vibes for me more than any other season. Here's a centerpiece I put together last Fall on the farmtable in the Garden Room. I knew I wanted to try something different on the farm table for early Fall for a centerpiece. I usually have my big wooden vintage ice cream bucket filled with faux florals, and I love it... just wanted something a bit different. When I find something that works well in a space I sometimes get a little lazy and do the minimum. But after my vintage shopping trip a while back I had some new inspiration and ideas to try.

There were a lot of baskets and urns filled with pumpkins at the shops, so I thought I'd give this old gray washed vintage laundry basket a try. I filled it up with real and faux pumpkins, leaves and florals. I love this lighter early Fall palette with neutrals and light golds.

You can see the wooden bucket on the small desk filled with faux hydrangeas and preserved leaf stems. It's perfect for seasonal florals and stems.

The china cupboard in the background is filled with my mismatched Brown Transferware that isn't currently being used in the Holiday Cupboard. I used my burlap stenciled sacks sewn together for a French country look table runner.

I usually save my small Amazon cardboard boxes to use as risers for baskets and wagons. I stack some up and then cover them with either moss or burlap, or in this case some grain sacks. That elevates the pumpkins instead of getting stuck in the bottom of the basket.

The large white Cinderella pumpkin is real and fits perfectly as the focal point. I then added some faux chalk painted gourds and small pumpkins to balance out. The neutral pumpkins keep the palette soft and light.

I love having pumpkins and mums out on the front porch in Fall, but the naughty squirrels love to attack them for dinner. Clear spray paint as a sealer just hasn't worked deterring these hard-core rascals. I've learned my lesson, so I'm keeping the larger more expensive ones inside.

With the high ceilings out here in the Garden Room and the larger farm table, there needs to be something sizeable for a centerpiece and table decor. Small items, unless corralled in a tray or crate, can be easily lost.

I hope you all are having a good week. I'm ready for those typical brisk fall days that bring on some beautiful leaf color.

Did you catch this fun post?

joining in on these parties:

 The House on Silverado  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch  
 Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life  
 Wonderful Wednesday at LeCultivateur 
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  
Share Your Style at French Ethereal
Happiness is Homemade at LEO Wife
Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage  
Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home
 Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Create, Bake, and Grow at Shabby Art Boutique,
 Farmhouse Friday at County Road 407


  1. Love it Debra. I love that you use my favorite white along with subtle color in your fall. Have a great weekend. Hugs. Kris

    1. thanks Kris, too much color in early fall when it's hot just doesn't feel right. Happy weekend!

  2. What an absolutely gorgeous centerpiece Debra. I sent you an email yesterday. It may have gotten lost in spam. :)

  3. well, thanks so much Jeanie! I can't do all white, but I love mixing neutrals with a bit of color, especially in early fall. Happy weekend, friend!

  4. I really like that! I think I have YET to do a wholly neutral look for fall but I so love it. I wondered what you used to fill your basket, was thinking crumpled paper or bubble wrap. The small Amazon boxes are a good idea. I may need to go out to my pile sitting beside my trashcan in the garage, lol. I like the colors in the faux florals behind the basket too. A really pleasing combo to the eyes.

    1. thanks Rita. Yes, I've used that brown packing paper from Amazon, but the little boxes are great if you have a bigger area of fill. You should see our box hoard in the garage. My husband can't throw a good box away!

  5. Such a pretty Fall display, Debra!! I love white pumpkins for Fall! That basket is the perfect vessel to corral them. Thanks so much for sharing at Home Imagined this week!

  6. Debra, you are ready for fall. Your vintage laundry basket looks so lovely all decked out with leaves and pumpkins. I am happy to feature this sweet post at Love Your Creativity. Happy fall.

  7. It's very pretty. I love the softer, muted colours.

  8. I love the height and textures of the basket Debra... it's such a lovely fall centrepiece.
    Thank you for sharing your vintage laundry basket fall centrepiece at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring it at tonight's party and pinning too.

  9. This is a lovely basket & idea! I’m new to your blog, but glad I’m here!


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