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Create Easy Eco-Friendly Décor Accents with Fall Fruit

Posted September 13, 2014

With the change of season, you're probably looking for a few home decor touches that say "Autumn." You'd like them to be seasonal, eco-friendly, easy to make, and, most of all, charming and welcoming … just like your house. Decorating with fall fruits is not only eye-catching and fun, the green part is that when you're done with them, you can repurpose the fruit as part of a healthy meal.

Fruit Bowl

Fill a pretty bowl with a pleasing array of fall fruit in various shapes, colors, and sizes. Put it on display in your living room or foyer. Choose fruit that will stay good for a week or so (how about rich red pomegranates?) or change it out frequently. If you want to encourage family and guest to snack on the centerpiece, add a fruit knife and a pile of attractive cocktail napkins or small plates.

Message

Broadcast a timely message using firm fruit. Stick cloves into quinces or pears to spell out "Happy Birthday," "Welcome Home," or "TGIF." When everyone has got the message, remove the cloves and simmer up a pot of old-fashioned fall compote. Not crazy about compote? Tie labels to the fruit stems, instead. If you're stuck for words, "I love you" is perfect for a multitude of occasions.

Bouquet

Mingle several branches of lovely fall berries such as black chokeberries or elderberries with late-blooming flowers as a unique bouquet. Then turn these dusky fruits into a delicious batch of freezer jam so you can savor the tang of autumn for months to come.

Wreath

No longer just for Christmas, wreaths are a lovely way to adorn the front door all year round. Attach fruit to your greenery for a colorful accent that changes with the season. Deep orange persimmons create an interesting note in crisp New England fall weather. For a touch of whimsy, why not hang the wreath on your Philadelphia garage door?

More Outdoor Décor

While the weather is still mild enough that you can enjoy your outdoor space, raise your spirits by placing a few pops of bright fruit here and there. Hard-shelled squash like acorn and butternut (as a seed pod, squash is a fruit, after all) are great for this, as they are unlikely to attract insects or be nibbled by local animals.

Gourmet Garnishes

Sliced, chopped, or pureed, fruit is an appealing topper that adds eye appeal to just about any dessert. If you'd like to stretch your culinary horizons, though, try autumn species of mango like Reitt or Tommy Atkins to brighten up your spinach salad or garnish a plate of freshly roast chicken.

Dried Fruit

Dried fruit is ideal for a sweet, homey decoration that will last from autumn into winter. Layer dried apples, prunes, and apricots in a crystal glass for a delightful dinner table embellishment. Or hang dry citrus slices by your kitchen window to show off their jewel colors.

Jam

If you preserved summer's bounty in the form of luscious jams and jellies, don't be shy. Top the satisfyingly filled jars with gingham bonnets and use them as part of an autumn harvest vignette.

Laura Firszt writes for networx.com.

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