Designing With Carol


Carol Collins, WFCP, Expert


In just a few weeks we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. I hope you have had a chance to at least start thinking about readying your home for your treasured guests.

For Thanksgiving we will spread fall colors all around. Number one color on the list is Pumpkin! The grocery stores and gardening shops are full of all sizes of pumpkins. Arrange them around the front entry. They can be displayed on the wall, in urns or flower pots and stacked one on top of the other. Just make sure they don’t look cluttered.

Don’t forget the front door. Bring all the colors of fall into your door arrangement whether it is a wreath filled with fall leaves, berries and seasonal flowers or a basket filled with fruits and berries. Tie a beautiful fall colored ribbon to add a personal touch.

Moving into the entry, welcome your guest with the scents of the season. This can be accomplished with wall outlet plugins, scented candles or scented oils in beautiful glass votive holders. I would suggest displaying crystal or mercury glass vases. Fill them with colors of fall and Thanksgiving. Once we get into the Christmas season you can replace the fall colors with greens and reds of the holiday season.

Each room of your home can be decorated with fall colors. Display floral arrangements, pumpkins, candles and other fall colorful items on your mantle, coffee table, bookshelves or wherever you have a space.

There are so many ideas for the holidays. This is my favorite time of the year. I love having family and friends to celebrate how thankful I am. I hope you do too. I have created a Pinterest Board for Thanksgiving. Please visit my site and take a look at all the great ideas that I found. Just go to your computer and type in Then search for Carol_tcollins. Scroll down and you’ll see all the great ideas I’ve found on Pinterest for Thanksgiving.

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie from All Recipes

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin, 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl until smooth. Pour mixture in 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking for 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted one inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Now enjoy!

Check out all the great magazines for ideas on how to spruce up your home for the holidays. Pinterest is always a wealth of ideas and information. Peruse the site to get some great ideas.

And, as always, Happy Decorating!