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Freshen up fall

Tweaking colors, trying new elements transform cut-and-dried fall decor into vibrant celebration

By Helaine R. Williams Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published October 10, 2015 at 2:18 a.m.

A touch of Halloween livens up the fall decor in the yard of Little Rock-based home and garden expert Chris H. Olsen. “I do it for the kid in me,” he says. “And then I share it with the people in the neighborhood, because it’s more fun.”

Pumpkins dominate the hedges in the fall decor at Chris Olsen’s Little Rock home.

Home and garden “guru” Chris H. Olsen stands outside his home, surrounded by a bounty of fall decorations.

An ordinary element of fall decor, done in an out-of-the-box way: pumpkins in the pool. Homeowner Chris Olsen also has attached fake pumpkins to walls...

Skeletons and jack-o’-lanterns add a Halloween element to Chris Olsen’s fall yard decor. “People like to buy some cutesy stuff [for Halloween], but no...

Pumpkins help dress up the table during a dinner party hosted by Blytheville-born event planner Elizabeth Scokin.

J. Michael Jackson, who does event and holiday decorating via his company, J. Michael Jackson Designs, shows off wreaths and other fall-decor elements...

Think fall decorating, and one thinks of pumpkins gathered on a doorstep.

Pumpkins dominate the hedges in the fall decor at Chris Olsen’s Little Rock home.

Home and garden “guru” Chris H. Olsen stands outside his home, surrounded by a bounty of fall decorations.

An ordinary element of fall decor, done in an out-of-the-box way: pumpkins in the pool. Homeowner Chris Olsen also has attached fake pumpkins to walls...

Skeletons and jack-o’-lanterns add a Halloween element to Chris Olsen’s fall yard decor. “People like to buy some cutesy stuff [for Halloween], but no...

Pumpkins help dress up the table during a dinner party hosted by Blytheville-born event planner Elizabeth Scokin.

J. Michael Jackson, who does event and holiday decorating via his company, J. Michael Jackson Designs, shows off wreaths and other fall-decor elements...

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