THOSE CRISPY, AUTUMN LEAVES ARE BACK
The signs of Fall have already begun here up on top of the mountain we live on in Western North Carolina, so I began thinking of how I wanted to decorate my front entryway back in August. I have a fairly extensive collection of Fall season decor, as we just downsized from a 4000 square foot home that I loved to festoon from top to bottom, including our stairway railing up to the top floor. It was absolutely fabulous! I don’t miss cleaning 4 bathrooms though!
That’s how I’m able to show you several different Fall front porch decor ideas to inspire you to give your home’s entryway a boost of Fall season curb appeal. I started with a “base design” that I varied and built upon as I worked through several different general ideas I had sketched out roughly on paper.
YOUR FALL DECOR PLAN OF ACTION
I always take a quick look at what I’ve got stored away before I start my designs, which gives me a chance to see if anything needs to be cleaned up or repaired before using them again. It also gives me an opportunity to shop for new items to update my designs.
It’s awfully hard to pass by the seasonal decor departments that spring up this time of year in all my favorite stores! Wait until I show you my dining room table seasonal display that stays in place for about 6 weeks each year! But, that’s another post!
Here’s a list of some of the Fall decor ideas for outdoors suitable for sheltered usage I have stored away in my garage to choose from:
- hay bales in various sizes and shapes (I replace these every few seasons)
- a quartet of grapevine pumpkins in different sizes
- Mr. Scarecrow and his little friends sitting and standing below him in this picture
- Large acorns made from foam balls and twine (purchased years ago)
- Assorted Fall leaf garlands in various lengths and types
- Grapevine, greenery & gourd garlands (framing top of doorway)
- Assorted mums, artichokes and berries on long stems
- Fabric Fall leaf assortment
- 3 Fall themed wreaths
- Rattan and leather door basket
- 1 Autumn leaf teardrop door hanger
- Small bushel basket
- Mini wooden benches I use for build-ups
I wholeheartedly endorse using fresh pumpkins and gourds both in and outdoors, and I did so with wild abandon more than once at our old house, but you won’t find any in these pictures. At 4500 feet above sea level, we can have our first frost as early as the beginning of October, so it just isn’t practical to try to incorporate them into my Fall decorations.
HAY BALES, MUMS & PUMPKINS, OH MY!
I also love to use bundled sheaves of corn set on each side of the doorway, they’re so tall and magestic waving in the wind. But alas, as I found out, being a lifestyle blogger means you are always working a few months ahead of the season, and of course there were none available yet.
If you do use corn sheaves for your entryway, consider tying a wide seasonal plaid ribbon around the middle and top it off with a lovely bow. The “finishing touches” really make a difference when you want a really pulled together look.
Opposite the door, our front porch sports an antique wagon that I fill with various things throughout the seasons. This Fall I decided on these pretty orangy-rust mums to keep the color going all season long outside our front door.
Don’t be surprised to find it filled with white poinsettia and pine boughs for the winter season! (fake flowers of course, because, as you probably already know, poinsettia are grown in hot houses and don’t like the cold)
YOUR ENTRY, YOUR WAY, YOUR STYLE
When it comes to outside decor, I favor more traditional motifs, but I’ve got a friend who does “kitch” style decor for the holiday season on her 30-foot-long rocking chair porch, and somehow it just works.
Everyone has their own personal style, whether it’s expressed in the outfit their wearing, or how they decorate their homes.
Our personal style isn’t something we’re born with, rather its the totality of your lifetime, accumulated, sorted and then expressed through your choices in clothes, decor and lifestyle.
When you come home from grocery shopping on a dreary Fall afternoon, wouldn’t it be great to have a beautiful seasonal display greet you with its festive and cheery vibe?
Why not dig out whatever Fall decor you’ve accumulated over the years, or better yet, hit the stores running and pick up a few fabulous new pieces.
Let your creativity loose! Don’t forget to bring home a few fresh pumpkins to add a punch of color to your porch.
IS THAT YOUR DOG, NAN?
Our Boston Terrier, April, couldn’t resist getting into the shot! I had to keep her busy “fetching”, otherwise she and her nasty, dirty balls would have been in every picture.
Sometimes when I’m trying to shoosh her out of the way, I’d swear she looks right at the camera and smiles…
Wait till you check out all the Fall decorating ideas and inspiration I’ve cooked up! Check out how I did my Thanksgiving table at How to Create a Thanksgiving Table Display Worthy of Instagram! and then take a peek at how fabulous my fireplaces look at How to Decorate Your Fireplace and Mantle for Thanksgiving. I’ve been busy gals!
I love to see my reader’s pictures of their creativity gone wild, so why not post your front porch design in our Facebook group, The Fab Life? Snap a pic and show us how it’s done gals!
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