Decorating Your Fall Front Porch
Fall is here and it’s time to decorate your porch! If you’re lucky to live in a part of the world where the change of season is naturally well noted then you can’t miss the show stopping changes that take place in the trees. Most noteworthy are the deciduous trees glowing in vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow. Pumpkins of all colors, shapes and sizes are adorning homes across the nation! To join in on the celebration of the change of seasons you can start right at your front porch. Pumpkins and mums are the easiest way to get the biggest bang for your buck when transitioning from summer to fall. I always start decorating for fall before I actually dive right into my Halloween decorations. To see how I transitioned from a fall front porch to a Halloween front porch click here. To learn how easy it is to decorate your fall porch keep reading.
Above are my two furry babies, Remington and Whiskey, enjoying their newly decorated fall front porch.
Pumpkins and Mums!
Start by looking for pumpkins of all sizes and color. Bright yellow-orange are among my favorites to decorate with because they give so much pop. Here I added a couple of heirloom pumpkins with green stripes for visual interest. I used the great big pumpkins to flank the entrance. Additionally, to give me more play in height, I propped up another giant pumpkin on a plant stand. Mums come in a variety of rich and vivid colors. Working around my two giant orange pumpkins flanking the walk way I chose two large brilliant red mums to add symmetry and texture. I tossed in a pink mum (my favorite color) for more hue and added height. To the right of my porch and to the left of my front door I popped in two bright yellow mums.
Bring in Texture
I like color and if you live in an area where you are sure to soon be shoveling snow you’d know that color is short-lived. Consequently, I fill my front porch with as much last-minute color as possible. I found these great jeweled embellished turkey pillows at HomeGoods. They are feather down and not really meant to be kept outdoors, however, if your porch is covered and you are diligent enough to remember to bring them in before any inclement weather arrives, you can get away with this added little luxury. Rather than buying foot stools, I used old wooden tree stumps for foot rests. Additionally, these white outdoor side tables serve as host to my coffee…or wine! 😉
Finally, to top it all off (no pun intended) I topped the front of my door with long vines of bittersweet. A friend of mine introduced me to this gorgeous vine a few years ago. Bittersweet is wild and I found my pieces in a wooded area close to my home. These long vines are adorned with orangish-yellow capsules that eventually open up and display these beautiful little red berries. I gathered a ton of branches and secured them together with gardeners tape. You can use twine or brown grocery twisty ties as well.
I hope I have inspired you to fancy up your front porch for fall. If you’d like to see how I transitioned my fall front porch to Halloween click here.