Carving Quandary

By Kate Riley October 31, 2009

We’re carving up some pumpkins for Halloween and I can’t decide which ones to mimic – these are all so inspirational. 

Country Living combo From Country Livingmartha lacy combo From Martha Stewart

sunset leaves combo From Sunset magazine

bhg comboFrom Better Homes & Gardens

southern living combo From Southern Living 

country living lantern combo From Country Living

martha comboFrom Martha Stewart 

sunset combo From Sunset magazine

Which ones do you vote for ?


Happy Halloween !



  1. The monograms – they are very “Centsational Girl-esque”! Happy Halloween!! I wish I was on your side of the pond, its a fairly miserable “festival” here, with very few getting into the spirit :(

  2. Too close to call…I love the Martha Stewart ones, but also the BH&G…and SL is not too bad either. I’m with Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish– if you can pull off the Martha style, I’ll be so impressed. :) (Is that a challenge???) ;) Happy Halloween!

  3. I’m a wee bit of a pumpkin traditionalist — I think pumpkins should be scary. Faces are awesome, but I also love the one with the owl and leaves and the second one with the cool branches. I don’t think you have to be insanely traditional, but I think your trick-or-treaters would wonder why there’s a giant “E” on a pumpkin.

    Happy Halloween!!!

  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the second one with the scary thorny branches. Looks spooky and easy! (I’m all about easy.) Of course, I love the Martha Stewart ones too, but how long would it take to put all those tiny holes in?

    Happy Halloween!

  5. I like the black cat ones, but really they are all awesome! I’d take any of them, but I doubt my ability to create them myself!

  6. You’re right! I can’t decide either. Love the idea of carving your house numbers, but there’s just too many really great looking pumpkins. Just do as many as you can and then stop and say “yes, those are my favorite ones” ! LOL

  7. I just read your staircase post and am SO inspired. We moved into our “new” home last weekend and I have the EXACT same staircase (except where your landing is, I also have a back staircase that goes down and splits the family room and kitchen. I’m considering knocking out the stairs and making it look just like yours). Anyway, I have been thinking about painting the railing black. What’s your opinion on that verses staining like you did? Julia

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