My mom always has the best eye for deals and snagged an amazing, huge dough bowl from Hobby Lobby last week – at 50% OFF! Seriously, it’s so big and wonderful and I’ve determined its permanent home will be on my dining room table. With fall coming up I’ve been trying to come up with a few fun, festive ideas to fill this enormous bowl. Here are a few pics that I’m using for inspiration:
So clearly I contemplated the easiest option first and figured I could buy a few huge bags of granny smith apples from Trader Joe’s and fill the bowl. So easy, so effective. I love the bright green color of the apples against the brown bowl and it could really add a pop in my super neutral dining room. But is it too simple? No pizzazz?
The second option seemed just a tiny bit more time consuming than the apples, but just as easy. I could go to my local plant shop and pick up a handful of small fall plants and flowers and arrange them in the bowl. But given my inability to keep plants alive, this is probably not the best option for me. But it’s certainly beautiful and an easy way to bring the outdoors in.
Next, I could try my hand at the gorgeous Pottery Barn display that I found on their website with candles and succulents. Succulents feel a little more summer than fall to me, so I thought I could swap them out with some more fall-ish plants (think mums!). I really love the candles but given how little I entertain I don't think it's the one.
My fourth option for a perfect fall centerpiece is easy, inexpensive and certainly my favorite of the 4. I love unique pumpkins and gourds and seriously dance a happy dance when I see them pop up at the Kirkwood Farmer's Market. I snagged a handful of pale colored pumpkins as well as some flat and seeded eucalyptus and just messed around with the arrangement until I found the configuration that worked. So here is the final outcome - I'm pretty excited!
I’d love to hear what you think! And while it’s definitely not a new idea or trend, I can’t believe I haven’t decorated with granny smith apples more. There’s nothing I love more (in all areas of my life) than things that are clean, simple and easy!
Sources: pumpkins, plants, apples, candles