Did you know that there are coffee rankings?

Best to not-so-best.

Who knew?

I am not a fancy coffee drinker.  Not even close.  I just like coffee.  Any kind of coffee will do as long as it’s hot and comes in a mug with a handle.  But I was curious?  What are the best inexpensive coffees?  Enter the coffee rankings.

Are you ready?

Guess what number one was?

Tim Hortons.

I’ve never heard of that brand before.

But number two?  It’s a favorite around our house.  We drive through and order it.  We have bags of it around the house.  We drink it summer, winter, spring and fall.

It’s Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

You can see the rest of the coffee rankings here.

And now?  I’m grabbing a cup and sharing tons of pumpkin decorating ideas for the family room.

This year in the family room?

It’s all about the pumpkins.

The room is so neutral and the couches and walls and most of the accessories are cream or white or khaki. If you have a room like this? Orange is your best friend.

It adds a little pop of color that makes fall even more fun.

Here are 11 ways to decorate with pumpkins

1. Add a row of pumpkins to the top of a box or even a shelf

I needed a little pop of color in the back of the room, so I added four pumpkins in a row on the vintage toolbox in the back.

Vary the size and shape of your pumpkins to make the display even more interesting.

2. Add a pumpkin to a stack of books

These are distressed books that someone sent me with thistlewood farms stamped on them.

The books are wrapped with a wood bead strand.

Then I added woven pumpkin to the top of the books.

3. Place pumpkins in a basket with stems

This is the basket that I just got at the vintage store downtown.

I placed stems in it to one side.

And the other side?

I filled up with pumpkins.

4. Decorate a hutch with pumpkins

I completely redecorated this hutch for fall.

Each of the shelves are filled with pitchers and other thrift store pieces.

Then after I added all the pieces to the shelves, I layered in the pumpkins.

5. Place pumpkins on a pedestal

Isn’t this white bead pedestal the cutest?

I love adding pedestals like this to any display for height. And then adding pumpkins to them.

If you don’t have pedestals like this, you can always use cake stands or books or even flipping another piece upside down. The key is to create variations with your silhouette.

6. Pumpkin vases

One fun way to decorate with pumpkins is to use them as vases.

Cut out the center and then place a glass vase in the center.

Then fill with water and fresh flowers.

7. Use pumpkins as place card holders

Mini pumpkins make perfect (and super cute) place card holders.

Just use a calligraphy pen to write your guests’ names on them, then prop them up on each plate.

It’s a party favor and a name card holder all in one.

8. Paint pumpkins

I change colors for fall each year.

If you are decorating for fall on a budget, paint those pumpkins. You can spray paint them white or silver or gold.

Quick tip–take the stems off before you paint.

9. Make a pumpkin topiary

I just priced pumpkin topiaries.


So I’m making my own for the front door. It’s relatively easy. Just stack small pumpkins atop each other, then secure them in place with dowels inserted into the center of each one.

10. Group pumpkins

Make a big impact by grouping together several different sizes and colors of pumpkins and gourds, then arranging them on coffee tables and bookcases.

I just filled up the hutch in the kitchen almost completely with pumpkins.

Make sure to group them in odd numbers.

11. Fill a basket with pumpkins

This basket usually holds stacks of magazines and sits on my coffee table.

I took the magazines out and filled it with pumpkins.

Pick a color scheme and start adding different sizes and shapes of pumpkins.

And now?

We’re back to where we started.


And lists.

And feeling blessed.

I’m raising my coffee cup to you and sinking into the pillows and spending the day with all my pumpkins.

What are you and your coffee doing today?

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  1. Image for AnnTN AnnTN

    Tim Horton's is a restaurant chain based in Canada. :) Love all these ideas. I thought your hutch was missing its hardware/pulls until I looked really closely. haha!!

  2. Image for JC JC

    Literally headed to Trader Joe's in 25 mins to get my mini boo pumpkins. My book stack is waiting.😁 Only a serious tea drinker here, but I like the smell of coffee.😊

  3. Image for JC JC

    Literally headed to Trader Joe's in 25 mins to get my mini boo pumpkins. My book stack is waiting.😁 Only a serious tea drinker here, but I like the smell of coffee.😊

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    It's Time For Timmies! Ann, above, knows what she's talking about. 😊 The chain has expanded to Michigan and I do love their coffee! It's a summer tradition for my kids and me to get breakfast at Tim's drive-through window and then to head to Lake Michigan for Breakfast on the Beach. Good times. In other news, I love love love the pops of orange in your neutral room. It's just the right amount of autumn without being too much or kitchy. Well done.

  5. Image for Trish Trish

    Tim Hortons is a Canadian favourite for coffee. In our house we can’t drive past a Tim Hortons without getting coffee. So excited to see Tim Hortons in the US. Dunkin’ Donuts is almost as good. Love your blog and your stories.

  6. Image for Jeanine Kesey Jeanine Kesey

    When I visit my daughter in Ohio they have Tim Hortons. It’s a donut shop. They have the worst donuts. When my daughter moved there she just wanted a good old glazed yeast donut. The Krispy Kreme had closed. Tim Hortons makes mainly cake donuts, but I did not know about their coffee. I’m glad to see all your pumpkins and how you use them. I was honestly afraid I had too many. Fall is my favorite time of year and I love decorate the house. My dear husband is a farmer and his least favorite season is fall. He wants warm weather as long as he can get it!

  7. Image for Susie Susie

    Love all your decor, and your posts are a bright spot in my day! Personally , I’m a fan of McCafe coffee, I know, I’m a simpleton, no fancy flavors needed. Today I’m shopping for Fall garland for the front porch…. And pumpkins! Blessings! Susan

  8. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Beautiful fall pumpkins. And your house always looks wonderful. Tim Hortons is ok coffee. I used to enjoy Panera Breads coffee, but it is terrible now. But I love nonfancy coffee too. Just good unflavored cream and a columbian type coffee. Yum..

  9. Image for Debbie Debbie

    I had to laugh when you said you haven’t heard of the Tim Horton’s brand. There isn’t a Canadian that hasn’t heard of Tim Hortons. Love your blog Karianne

  10. Image for Maria Maria

    KariAnne this is a beautiful nod to Fall. Love the rug and how it anchors the space. I'm a tea drinker, but buy coffee beans just to simmer in water on the stove. Reminds me of my sweet Grandma's house.

  11. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Hi all! Writing from way up here in Canada. Yes, Tim Horton’s is everywhere here. The original Tim was a famous hockey player that died very young. But not before he started the coffee shop business. I’m not a Timmies regular coffee fan but their decaf is the best anywhere. When I travel south, I’m usually packing bags upon bags for family and friends. Right now the specialty on the menu is a pumpkin spice option.Right on target, eh?

  12. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Love your ideals! All looks beautiful! I never heard of Tim Hortons either till last week someone mentioned it. I love Dunkin Donuts also but I buy Costco breakfast blend and usually just do that in the Keurig, I am the only coffee drinker so... Can't wait to get mini pumpkins, trying to hold out lol. Love your blog!!

  13. Image for Jean Miller Jean Miller

    When putting a pumpkin on a stack of books, I used Harry Potter books. They fit well with a Halloween vibe and my grandkids were impressed. I have a question relating to an earlier post. After reading your post, I switched to e.l.f. foundation and am pleased with it. However, it doesn't have sunblock built in. At what point do you add sunblock into your routine of applying your morning make-up?

  14. Image for Katy Katy

    It’s a lovely room with your orange really providing that pop of color and making the room look warm, inviting and serene. You could enjoy your coffee and a book here for solitude or have the family gathered around for an activity or conversation. Nailed it again KariAnne! Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Love the family room! Always a great job. But not the orange. I'm always the oddball. I LOVE the red branches. They're wonderful. Where did you get them? 😍

  16. Image for Darlene Darlene

    Thanks so much for the inspiration. Would you mind sharing the source for your gold and off white rug? It is beautiful! You have probably shared this, but I have missed it.

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