HAPPY FALL Y'ALL!
Well hello most beautiful glorious fall! I love this time of year… so excited for sweater weather, falling leaves, everything pumpkin, bonfires, family, friends and giving thanks. Just because summer is over it doesn’t mean you can’t still make the most of your outdoor area. Fall was made for front porch decorating! I have a few festive front porch decorating ideas to share before you welcome friends and family this fall.
Potted plants are one of the easiest ways to brighten your front porch and entryway all year long. Garden mums are perfect for transitioning your outdoor space from summer to winter. Balance an assortment of pumpkins and gourd with tall planters of greenery, garden mums, fall cabbages and incorporate tall grass. If you love your porch set up just layer in some mini pumpkins, gourds and pinecones for a pop of seasonal charm that still fits with your year round style.
For a fresh fall update, decorate your outdoor space with rows of pumpkins mixed with a few lanterns. Stack pumpkins of different shapes and sizes on top of each other to make the most out of a small space. For a rustic autumn display, add a bale or two of hay and cornstalks to your pumpkins and potted mums. Display mums in bushel baskets or galvanized buckets and stack assorted pumpkins on crates and stools or scattered casually. Line steps with tree stumps topped with classic pumpkins and lanterns. Repurpose bushel baskets and vintage stoneware crocks as a planter. Simply line with burlap and add pretty fall foliage such as branches of colourful maple leaves, sprigs of dried flowers, cane and wheat spikes.
Transform your porch swing or conversation set from a cool summer hangout spot to a cozy autumn retreat by layering in pretty plaid blankets and piling on outdoor pillows for added comfort. I know I am pillow crazy but a mix of throw pillows not only makes your seating more cozy and comfortable, it’s an easy way to play with patterns and colours that capture the season. Pretty up the porch with a blanket ladder and display a cozy blanket on each rung. You can swap the blankets for burlap and spell out ‘boo’ for your trick or treaters on Halloween. Repurpose an old wooden ladder and display not only blankets but pumpkins and seasonal finds. Layer a black and white plaid rug under your coir doormat. Choose a welcome mat that plays up the pattern and colour of your throw pillows. From punny messages to colourful designs, refreshing your doormat is a great way to welcome the cooler temps and cozy vibes.
An autumn wreath is a simple and charming way to welcome the season. Let’s forgo the classic wreath this season and get creative with a seasonal display like an apple basket full of shiny faux apples or a burlap sack filled with wheat and grass, maybe a straw tote or a vintage hanging container with dried hydrangea, cotton stems and curly willow branches. Dress up a grapevine wreath by nesting nuts and apples or mini gourds in the lower half, then hang with a wide burlap ribbon. Take a walk through the woods and gather sheets of birch bark to craft a wreath that you can display through fall and winter or gather lots acorns and pine cones to create a real woodsy, budget friendly wreath. To prevent acorns from molding or any little crawlies from appearing, first wash, then bake the acorns on a foil-lined sheet for 1.5-2 hours at 200 degrees. Toss the pine cones in the oven for the last hour to crystalize the sap and avoid a sticky sappy mess.
Why not go bright and metallic and make a statement. Plain orange pumpkins are classic but you can also brighten your front steps with a trail of copper, off white and gray. Spray paint to add texture and colour. Use spray paint to coat pumpkins in white or metallic gold for a modern but simple scheme. Layer in lanterns that are fit to match. If you want to avoid carving or painting your pumpkins, dress them up by tying a simple patterned ribbon or burlap around them. Or pull up your sleeves and carve out the center of your pumpkin and place fall florals in the pumpkin – mums, cabbages and grass. Personalize your pumpkins with your family’s name or stack pumpkins in a basket and either paint or glue on your house number for a creative topiary.
Welcome the season with a cute chalkboard sign that can be easily changed with every season by adding your own personal message. The worn out feel of chalk combined with traditional hand lettering is just so charming. Endless ideas, find the artist within, anything goes!
Easily transition your fall décor to Halloween by carving your pumpkins, adding jack-o-lanterns and crows into the existing vignette for a spooky vibe. Check back for spooky and creative outdoor decorating ideas to make your front porch the prettiest haunt on the block this Halloween! Coming soon!