4 Ways To Decorate With Pumpkins


It's finally fall! Everyone's favorite season is in full swing and we are celebrating by adding some fall touches to our homes and yards. Looking to make a few fall touches to the exterior of your home using fall's favorite vegetable? We have so many ideas for you!


Metallic Pumpkins

If you want to utilize pumpkins in your fall decor there are ways to do so creatively without cutting anything. A great way to add a little individuality is to create metallic pumpkins! This is easy to do yourself so you will have a custom look that will enhance your home. You can use spray paint to turn orange pumpkins into gold, silver, bronze or rose gold. A metallic pumpkin is a chic touch to any home.


Pumpkin Planters

You have those planters so why not create something interesting? Instead of planting fill your planters and pots with small pumpkins and gourds in a variety of colors and place them at your front entry. This is super simple and can look very chic with rustic planters. This plays up the harvest aspect of fall! 


Monochromatic Pumpkins

If you love using pumpkins but also love to color coordinate you will do great with a monochromatic look for your front entry. The key to creating a stylish and simple arrangement is to rigidly stick to a defined color palette. A popular one is all white pumpkins, mums and light touches like corn husks and grasses. You can also opt for decor in natural colors like orange, brown, green and yellow or try your hand at a more unusual color like purple! 


Printed Pumpkins

If you are looking for a challenge then you should try decorating with printed pumpkins! Achieving this look is all about creativity and preparation. You can use paint with stencils, free-hand, or even use tape or outer malleable materials to drape over the pumpkin. Be sure to select something that compliments your skill level and have patience. Some fun looks can be plaid, houndstooth, polka dots, herringbone, paisley and more!


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Autumn Lantern Post Decor


An important part of your homes' autumn exterior is a lantern post. As the days grow shorter it is more and more important that your entryways are well lit for safety and security. A lantern post with lantern is one of the best ways to achieve this whether you are on a budget or not. While a lantern post is beautiful on its own it is also a great opportunity to add a little extra seasonal decor to the outside of your home. We have a few ideas for ways you can use this space and structure to celebrate the season...


Simple Corn Stalks

A lantern post is the perfect place to utilize corn stalks in your decorating. These look great gathered around the post and tied together with wire or a festive ribbon. This is a look that is easy and cost effective. You can add other natural fall elements to the post like berries, flowers or corn to enhance the harvest look.


Strands Of Leaves

Another way to add a boost to your fall decor is to add some leaves to your lantern post. For this you will want to use fake leaves since real ones will disintegrate and fly away in inclement weather. You can find strands of autumn leaves at your local craft store in the wreath making section. If you cannot find a strand you can make your own with wire and fake leaves. Simply wrap them around the post in your desired density and secure.


Bows and Wreaths

If you want to do something quick and simple to add a fall touch you can place an autumn wreath or a festive bow to your lantern post. A wreath looks best secured near the center or towards the top of the post and a bow looks great just under the lantern itself. Just make sure that you secure either piece well otherwise you may be chasing it down the street with the wind.


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Upgrade Your Outdoor Lighting


There's no better time to give your outdoor lighting an upgrade. As the days grow shorter the need for a little light in the driveway, walkway or at the front entry is no longer just a style choice but a practical one as well.

A lantern and post is an investment that will not only provide you with much needed light in areas of high foot traffic but one that will also boost your homes' curb appeal. A great lantern and post will last you years and years and give you great opportunities as far as seasonal decorating and landscaping are concerned.


A wreath at Christmas or a bed of flowers in the springtime - Can you picture it? One of the most popular and versatile lantern posts is the Hammond Lantern Post. This beautifully crafted post features four recessed panels and a decorative cap, all crafted in low maintenance AZEK, an advanced wood alternative material. The Hammond Lantern Post can withstand even the coldest winter weather and requires little to no maintenance - no peeling and no rotting.


You can also add your own touches to your Hammond Lantern Post with size options as well as your choice of Sherwin Williams vinyl safe paint if the standard white doesn't suit your outdoor aesthetic. Additionally you can add a mounted bracket that can hold a hanging hand-crafted sign of your choice. Each post compliments any one of the dozens of lantern styles we offer online or at our retail locations. A popular style (and the one featured in both of the above images) is the Beacon Lantern. This is a traditional lantern with single bulb and hurricane glass enclosed by four panels of glass and a beautiful brass finish. This classic lantern look also comes in a side-mount version for lighting up your front entry.


Whether your style is more traditional or contemporary we are happy to help you find the perfect lantern and post combination for your home.


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Enhance Your Entryway With An Arbor


Outdoor structures are an easy way to enhance the natural beauty of your home or garden, enhance your landscaping and create an inviting atmosphere. A structure also serves as a visual focal point that can really add a boost to your home's curb appeal and be the basis for an area of visual interest you can build upon. Though all structures accomplish this none do so quite as easily as a classic arbor. Arbors can be used along with fencing and gates, hedges and perimeter landscaping, footpaths, or just by itself to establish an entryway to a garden area. The structures are versatile and have a simple elegance. Choose a graceful arch top or a flat pergola top with or without lattice panels. One of the best things about an arbor is it's simplicity. Here are a few standard arbor designs that can fit into virtually any outdoor area...


Plantation Arbor

With its handsome good looks, the Plantation Arbor is always an inviting attraction, no matter where it is located in the garden. It measures 6-feet wide with 4-inch square vinyl posts and three sturdy carrying beams. The horizontal/vertical lattice side panels are 6-feet high with 2-inch openings. Sold with our comfortable 4-foot Hyannis porch swing which is crafted from low maintenance recycled material. This wide arbor looks great with a swing or just to frame a larger entryway. Utilize the lattice panels and pergola style top to grow vertically!


Standard Spindle Top Arbor

If your vision for an arbor includes a graceful arch the Standard Spindle Top Arbor is your best bet. This arbor is the classic look that many homeowners envision for their homes. The arched top is flanked by two lattice side panels that compliment any style fencing and can be used as an anchor to climbing plants of any variety. This design looks great with a fence and gate but can also be a great addition to a stone or gravel footpath to create a little bit of whimsy. Crafted in AZEK cellular PVC with 4-inch square posts with 3 1/2 inch square arch. 5-foot high horizontal/vertical lattice side panels with 38-inch depth.


Standard Garden Arbor

Walpole arbors make a grand entrance no matter the architecture of your home or where you choose to locate them. Our standard 6-foot wide Garden Arbor has 4-inch square posts, and a 4-inch square decorative carrying beam. The impressive pergola-style top is complemented by horizontal/vertical lattice side panels. The Garden arbor is handcrafted in low maintenance AZEK cellular PVC. This advanced vinyl has the weight and look of natural wood, yet it won't rot, warp, or crack, and will hold its pristine looks for years with little-to-no effort required. While we offer a wide selection of standard arbors, we will work with your ideas to create the perfect customized structure to meet your location, taste, and needs. Our arbors are factory pre-painted so there no mess during installation.


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Summer Living Outdoors


Getting the most out of your summer means getting out of the house as much as possible. What better way to spend time outdoors than in your own yard or patio. The key to spending time outside is to create a space that is comfortable and versatile for the entire season. To do this you need a few core pieces of furniture to invest in and then build your space around them. What you need all depends on what kind of space you are looking to build.


Simple Seating Area

If you don't have a lot of space or don't need a big setup a few great chairs will do the trick and get you outdoors. Some of our favorites include the timeless Adirondack style chairs. These chairs are stylish and oh so sturdy, made in quality cedar and painted or stained in a variety of great colors. You can go for something bright like red, yellow, green, orange or blue or stick with the classic white or stained cedar look. If you want to add a little something extra you can up the comfort with the Seaside Adirondack Footrest or add some convenience with the handy Harbor View Adirondack End Table. Each of these accessories can make your simple chair setup extra luxurious. 


A True Dining Setup

If you have the space and entertain a lot (or just have a big family) you might want to create a larger space for eating and relaxing that can include everyone at the same time. The first piece you need is a good table and the Wainscott Square Table is perfect for dinner for four table. Next add some complimentary chairs like the Chelsea Armchair to finish off the space. 


Plush and Lush

If you are looking for something a little more comfy cozy take a peak at our Nantucket and Sag Harbor collections. Each collection features finely crafted furniture with plush cushions ideal for sinking into. These collections can create spaces that feel extra luxurious and look especially amazing under one of our amazing pergolas (if you don't have one of those already we can help you create something great).


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Lattice Panels For The Home


Adding some charm and interest to your home or garden doesn't have too be difficult or even too expensive. You can go big or small with something geometric or with romantic curves. Custom lattice panels come in all shapes and sizes and fit into almost any home or garden setup. If you can dream it we can do it!


Small Attached Pieces

Small lattice panels are a great way to add a little interest to a bare wall attached to the exterior of a home, garden enclosure, shed or garage. You can go with something simple and rectangular like the Standard Decorative Lattice Panel or something more custom that is built to match your exact spec. Each piece can be made to order in any size that you need to complete your project and each AZEK lattice panel is finished in white but can be painted any Sherwin Williams vinyl safe color to best suit your needs.


Large Free-Standing Pieces

A little creativity goes a long way. We've helped customers bring their unique visions to life by crafting the intricate large-scale free-standing lattice structures in their imaginations. Each structure serves a unique purpose whether it be a visual statement, fence or a privacy screen. Lattice panels provide an almost limitless number of opportunities to be creative in a specific area of the garden - with spectacular results.


Historical Replication Lattice

Preserving the look and feel of a historical location is important when renovating. Walpole has worked with numerous clients to craft lattice panels that maintain the historical appearance of old, treasured buildings. In 2013 a New York City customer sought Walpole's help in replicating an historical lattice motif for their rooftop garden at a location originally built by Fred F. French in the 1920s. This distinctive lattice was handcrafted in cellular PVC, so the apartment owners will have little maintenance concerns for years as they enjoy the great looks of this classic presentation high above the bustling metropolis.


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Commercial Lattice Uses


When designing an outdoor area or building facade for a client or a project a lot of thought goes into the functionality of each structure. Will it last? Is it strong? While keeping that in mind think more about the details of the project - Is this striking? Will this create a positive association in people's memories? A great way to accomplish both is by utilizing lattice panels as both decorative and functional structures.


Privacy Screening

Custom lattice has a unique way of creating a more private space while also not making a space feel suffocating. Clients have used lattice panel fencing, custom large-scale lattice pieces and even lattice fence toppers to create breathable areas of privacy. Rooftop gardens, pool areas, storage enclosures and courtyards have all been improved with beautiful and low-maintenance AZEK lattice panels and fencing. Large scale projects are also a great way to introduce some natural elements into the design of a building or outdoor area. Just coax some ivy or another climbing plant and any outdoor area is bright to life. 


Areas of Visual Interest

Creating a beautiful lasting memory is the goal of any designer or developer. A classic way to do this with an outdoor space is to utilize standard or decorative lattice panels. Panels can be custom made in any size and can be attached to bare walls or freestanding. Lattice panels provide an almost limitless number of opportunities to be creative in a specific area of the garden - with spectacular results. The custom Lattice Arch shown here was handcrafted for a function facility and serves as an appropriately charming backdrop for treasured photographs. 


Enhancing Architecture

While beautiful in a garden, lattice panels don't always have to be where the nature is. Adding symmetrical panels to either side of an entryway is a great way to create some visual interest at the first point a visitor is in contact with your space. Made with long lasting, maintenance-free AZEK wood alternative, Walpole lattices are fully customizable to truly fit the aesthetic of your building.


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Getting The Perfect Gift For Mom


What says "thank you mom" like a gift for the home or garden?! This Mother's Day surprise mom with a gift for the home or garden - one that she will see and use everyday. From birdhouses to garden helpers, you can't go wrong with a gift from Walpole Outdoors.


Birdhouses

A great gift that will get plenty of use all spring and summer is a classic birdhouse. Whether she likes to birdwatch or just likes adding whimsical touches to her outdoor spaces you are sure to find a piece she will love. One of our classic houses is the adorable Lazy Hill Large Shingled House. Our selection of Lazy Hill birdhouses are made in the USA from vinyl and wood. If you are looking for something with some modern touches try the Lazy Hill Ultimate Martin House. Fabricated in solid cellular vinyl, the homes have a roomy interior and handmade copper roof. Shop our range of birdhouses online or at any Walpole Outdoors showroom.


Kitchen Garden Tools

If mom is an avid gardener (or even a novice) she would really appreciate a piece from our collection of cedar garden tools and helpers. A great simple gift would be our Garden Hod Basket to use carrying tools while she works or as a basket when picking flowers or foods to bring in the house. Versatile and adorable, this garden helper truly lends a hand. Another great gift is the Suburban Gardener's Bench. This attractive wood bench setup is the perfect place to store tools and function as a workstation for repotting and transplanting. This setup would work perfectly outside near the garden or inside a potting or storage shed.


Wind Chimes

Make the wind sing with a beautiful wind chime. This is a great gift for Mother's Day if mom spends a lot of time on the patio, in the garden or just has the window open in the spring and summertime. Each wind chime is finely crafted with a personality all its own. A great example is the Pinecone Wind Chime; an iron chime that embraces the sights and sounds of nature. The pinecone blends in with nature producing an enjoyable sound. If you are looking for somethings little more classic looking then the Harbor Bells Wind Chime would be an excellent choice. Designed and produced here in the USA.


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It's Time To Get Growing


Though it may not feel like it, we are well into spring. You may not think it's warm enough to get your garden in shape but there are many ways to get your early spring garden in order.


Get Weeding

The first and most important thing you can do is weed your garden and yard. After months of snow and intense storms if you live in the Northeast your garden is going to be a mess. Grab your tools and gloves and spend some time doing a thorough weeding of the area you will be using to plant this year. This may be a good amount of work so break it up and work on small areas at a time so you don't hurt your back.


Prepare Your Soil

The cold wet winter can really suck the nutrients out of your soil. Early spring is a great time to start tending to the soil since it is unlikely to freeze again. First start by tilling the soil about 8 inches deep where you are planning to plant. Remove all rocks and debris that may have found its way over during the winter. After cleaning you will want to add some nutrients in the form of some kind of fertilizer. If you have a compost now is the ideal time to put it to use but you can also use store bought soil or add some coffee grounds to the dirt to add some needed nitrogen.


Get Seeds Started

If you can't wait to get planting and it is on the cold side then start your seeds indoors! Get a few seed trays or small containers and plant seeds now. Keep them by the sun and water them well and once the weather improves or you finally have the opportunity to spend some time in the garden transplant them.


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4 Ways To Use A Planter At Home


A pop of life is always a good idea in a residential space. That's why a quality planter box is the perfect accessory for your home in every season.


At The Entryway

Put your planter in a place where it will get seen the most! An entryway planter is a great way to bring some life to your front door season to season. In the spring and summer add lively blooms in vibrant colors and transition to deeper hues and evergreens in the autumn and winter. Depending on what kind of space you have you can opt for one square planter box or a duo to frame the doorway! But those aren't your only choices - we have planters in just about every shape and size ready to be customized to your home.


At Windows

Another way to brighten up the exterior of your home is too add some color to the space outside your windows. Whether just a few or several, adding a window flower box adds a burst of plant life without taking up any ground space. Window boxes are crafted with low-maintenance AZEK materials so they will hold up for years and years without rotting and can be painted to perfectly suit the exterior of your home.


As A Boundary

If you don't want to add a planter to the entryway of your home there are still many places to choose one, like alongside a fence or lattice or as a barrier all its own. Larger, rectangular planters are best suited and can make a handsome border for a front yard, garden space, outdoor entertaining area or to establish a property boundary. Add a few or add a bunch and create a space that is both structured and natural.


To Anchor Large Structures

A more unconventional use for planters is to use them as anchors for structures like kit pergolas or custom pergolas. On this rooftop in Boston we used planters to anchor this freestanding pergola so that it fit securely in the space without needing to damage the building or rooftop. But if you don't need to anchor anything planters are still great for placing at the base of pergola or pavilion pillars too add a little something extra to that entertaining space.


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