Pumpkins go Coastal Beach Cottage Style

Thu 24th, Oct, 2013

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Not only do we have English roses in the house, oh no ladies, we have pumpkins, pumpkins gone coastal decor on the deck.



The last few years here in Australia Halloween has gotten more popular and so although it’s Spring, pumpkins are all over the place….I kept seeing the huge orange ones stacked up everywhere but secretly I was harbouring a private yearning for a heirloom from France….well we are sure a long way from France and I’m not sure of the market for a French pumpkin when the mercury is reaching the top….so I made my own….


What do you think?  beach cottage pumpkins ;-)  I’m sitting here at the dining table looking out at the deck at very nice Frenchie blue and vintage white pumpkins backed by Australian sun.


What one can do when one arms oneself with a can of paint my friends ;-)


Yep you do come here to see how cracked I really am.

See you tomorrow.



p.s. there is a Beach Cottage giveaway going on over on Facebook, there are Anthropologie things involved – hop on over if you like xo




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20 Responses to “Pumpkins go Coastal Beach Cottage Style”

  1. hrh Sarah says:

    Those are brilliant, Sarah! The frenchies are still hard to find here, though I have seen a few…
    just have to get in there and buy em all before someone else gets them ;)
    Your pumpkins are lovely, and you didn’t have to pay a premium for an heirloom…

  2. Tanya says:

    Love it that you painted them! A little bit of orange and yellow goes a long way for me.

  3. andrea frost says:

    They look fabulous Sarah….and i thought I WAS the “cracked” one!~~~ xx

  4. Anna says:

    The pumpkins look lovely Sarah. Nice job!

  5. alison says:

    Thanks to your influence I am swanning around today in an olive coloured crotcheted top similar to the pattern of your blue tablecloth. I love daughters who give nice, brand new, unworn hand-me-downs.

    Today’s etiquette question: Do cake forks go on the left side of the plate? Or any damn side that the table setter decrees? I put them on the right side but am I faux pas-ing?? Or is that my righthandedness??

    My local IGA had those American pumpkins this morning.


    • Susan says:

      Forks go on the left and you work your way from the outside in. Dessert forks and spoons go at the top of the setting. I swear that I saw a formal place setting on FB the other day.

      FOUND IT. I honestly always saw the dessert set up on the buffet and the forks at the end of the table :) or brought along when the dessert is served.

      And Darling Sarah….I adore the pumpkins. I get so tired of the orange pumpkins…even though they are pretty with the fall colors here. We’re looking at the possibility of owning our own home by the end of the year.

      • sarah says:

        yes i’m not big on orange in anything….French blue is a bit easier on my eye, but then I know people who love orange so whatever floats ya boat I guess x x x

    • sarah says:

      I like daughters who pass up things too ahhhaahah

      hmmmm I have no idea about etiquette on the table, well actually I do, the English way, and I deliberately do it however i fancy and not the ‘correct’ way cos I’m such a rebel like that ;-) ;-)

  6. Rukmini Roy says:

    You spray painted them? Tell me, won’t they spoil inside?
    This would be the first time I see pumpkins in BC land…lovely :)

  7. Rukmini Roy says:

    Why is the giveaway not open to India? :( We love some Anthro too :D What a beautiful giveaway!

  8. merilyn says:

    that blue floats my boat! … it is just gorgeous sarah! so soft … not into orange either … “blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light!” … you like?
    I do, … lol m:)X

  9. Wow!! I LOVE those pumpkins!! simply beautiful!

  10. Dear Sarah –
    I feel like I’m writing this more as a fan letter than a comment. I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and I’m always in awe of your photographs. They are so dreamy. I live in Missouri and we are into fall weather now. It’s always fun to see what’s happening in your part of the world. Your beautiful bougainvillea are gorgeous next to your beautifully painted pumpkins. I, too, am not a big fan of orange and have been spotting quite a few white pumpkins lately. Just wrote about a trip to our pumpkin patch this week as it’s an annual tradition. Always excited to see your posts arrive to my in-box. Thanks for the sunshine! I’m pinning some of these photos now.

  11. bev says:

    I <3 them !!!!!!!

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  13. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    They look beautiful Sarah,very pretty,you clever girl x

  14. heather says:

    Now that’s what I call an “inviting” table! Just wondering when I’ll next ‘feel’ a trip coming on to New South!! Seriously. ;-) Those painted pumpkins are beyond gorgeous, clever girl! mwah Hx

  15. Elaine in Laguna says:

    I love your pumpkins! I’m not a fan of the orange either! Off to find frenchie blue spray paint! Thanks for the great idea!