Every Fall, when the air gets crisp, and sweaters start making their first appearances… so do decorative gourds. For those of you who just can’t help yourselves when it comes to autumnal vegetable décor – here is a round up of chic modern alternatives. Happy Fall everyone!

These Bulawayo baskets by Design Afrika are handmade by traditional artisans from all over Africa as part of an effort to provide a sustainable income to indigenous people and preserve their local traditions. These dramatically proportioned one of a kind baskets are inspired by the over-sized vessels of South African potter Louise Gelderblom – but we find them remarkably gourd-like.

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Monochromatic gourds in a simple pine crate from Terrain.

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Aluminum-spun lampshades from Komplot Designs are soft and organic in shape but sleek and modern with their mirrored finish. We love the way they reflect the surrounding space and light.

Photo and project by Jeromina Juan

Photo and project by Jeromina Juan

These simple gourd flowers are a fun way to sharpen your knife skills!

Photo via Martha Stewart

Photo via Martha Stewart

Metallic gourds… Monochromatic copper leaf application…

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Chrome, gunmetal or silver, the gourd shape enhances room décor with or without flowers.

Photo by Roberto Caruso

Photo by Roberto Caruso

Gathering candlesticks and cake stands to create varying heights of gourds in bright pops of color mixed with stark white and gold is a fun way to invite fall into your home. Project via Chatelaine Magazine.