I think I may have stumbled into a decorating trend. How nice to be inadvertently fashionable!
Let me explain: last October, while mooching around my local farmers’ market in London, I couldn’t contain my excitement when I spotted a harvest of baby pumpkins and squash – yes, I really do get excited about such things, but these pint-sized numbers were just too darned cute.
My pick of the bunch was too lovely to be left languishing away in the fridge. So, feeling a little whimsical, I popped it on a stack of books in the living room.
And there it stayed until I had a hankering for roast pumpkin one night.
My impromptu display lasted a good three weeks or so before that little specimen found its rightful home in my belly, but if you want to try this at home, kids, you may want to check on that veg every now and then for signs of deterioration, lest you ruin your vintage copy of Alice in Wonderland.
Cut to a year later, and while Christmas holidaying in New South Wales’ South Coast, I found myself at St. Isidore, a spectacular little restaurant in the country town of Milton (which is a goldmine for vintage finds, by the way). At St. Isidore’s, much of what you find on the menu – and on the table settings, apparently – comes straight from the restaurant’s kitchen garden. Our table’s centrepiece? A sweet little squash.
Then, this week, while brunching in Sydney’s industrial-chic Rosebery, there were pumpkins aplenty: this time, tumbled into a wooden crate and stacked high next to jars of housemade tomato ketchup at Kitchen by Mike.
The pumpkin-as-decor phenomenon has even spread to the subcontinent: on a recent trip to Sri Lanka, H&D discovered a treasure trove of rustic homewares and spotted a papier mache version of these sculptural beauties.
Back when I worked in magazine land, a sassy picture editor let me in on a little industry secret: the ‘three makes a trend’ rule. That is, if you want to dictate that yellow is the ‘it’ hue this season, for example, one simply finds three pictures of celebrities wearing yellow, and voila – trend! So I’m calling it: seasonal squash is in style. Got an heirloom pumpkin variety? That’s the equivalent of a limited-edition design piece.
But the beauty of it is, displaying these richly hued vegetables, just as they are, is as sweet and simple as it gets. It sorta gives me the warm and fuzzies.
Would you decorate with your farmers’ market finds? If you’re game, send us a picture and we’ll feature it here!