Today, we’re sharing our elegant Fall front porch as part of “A World of Octobers” Blog Hop hosted by my sweet and talented friend Cecilia of My Thrift Store Addiction.
If you’re coming over from Aliya’s blog at Open Doors Open Hearts, welcome, we’re excited to have you here.
The night before I was set to take pictures of our elegant Fall front porch, we had a downpour that was so intense it flooded large parts of both our front and back yards.
It also completely soaked everything on the porch.
This is not uncommon because Fall in Florida is actually hurricane season.
Undeterred, I quickly checked our weather app and was grateful to only see a 20% chance of showers the following day.
Fall is my favorite season and I look forward to decorating the front porch every year.
The next morning with standing water all around, I hurriedly cleaned off the porch again. And despite hearing thunder in the distance, I pulled together my favorite elements for an elegant Fall front porch.
I hung the wreath I found at Joanns,
repositioned all the potted flowers I hauled home from Lowes,
and gently skirted around a set of mums from Home Depot that are so big I couldn’t get them to fit in the plant stands.
Finally, I added a few faux pumpkins because they’ll last the longest this early in the season.
Next, I started dressing the vintage wicker couches on the front porch with white bed skirts, a mix of floral and antelope print fabric, and my favorite throw pillows.
On our old weathered trunk, I placed a basket of flowers beside a brown and white transferware pumpkin I recently crafted and called it good.
One end of our elegant Fall front porch down, one to go.
Completely lost in creating, I had no idea a slight drizzle had already set in.
A few moments later my bestie S interrupted my thoughts.
“I just got a weather alert. The rain will be here at 1:27.”
“What time is it now?” I replied.
I don’t want to be melodramatic and say panic set in, but I felt my back tighten up immediately.
Snapping photos for each blog post takes hours and S was basically telling me I had 18 minutes.
18 minutes to create the second half of an elegant Fall front porch.
18 minutes to get all the shots right.
18 minutes to not to let my blog hop mates down, who are all wonderfully creative and encouraging ladies.
18 minutes to convey what Fall in Florida is really like.
Then I remembered the theme of this hop, “I’m so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers,” from Anne of Green Gables.
And it changed everything.
The truth about Fall in Florida is that days without rain are as treasured as the first sight of a pumpkin patch.
We hold our collective breath while watching the tropics for months and that sense of community extends from tailgate parties to quiet conversations over pumpkin spice lattes.
Our shoe of choice is likely a rain boot or flip flops.
And while we love plaid scarves, they’re more likely to be found on the ground holding court with picnic essentials than snuggling around our necks.
Unless we drive a few states away, there’s not a lot of leaf-peeping.
But there are still plenty of memories to be made piling up in the car in search of colorful mums, a new corn maze, apples for pies at the farmers market, and sea glass on the beach.
Delightedly, we still have cool morning hikes.
They’re normally on the beach, walking down to the stables, winding through the marsh, or strolling the bayfront.
And while that might not sound nearly as glamourous as hiking brightly colored trails in the mountains, they can be just as peaceful.
A few weeks from now, we’ll breathe a sigh of relief that hurricane season is officially over.
We’ll take the storm shutters off the windows and store them for another year, thankful they’ll soon be replaced with festive holiday wreaths.
Sure, Fall in Florida boasts more shades of seafoam green, turquoise blue, and shell filled sand than fiery shades of reds, yellows, and oranges.
Nevertheless, we’re always grateful for an elegant Fall front porch and the promises to come in a world where there are Octobers.
Be sure to stop by and see what my amazing friend Stacy from Bricks n Blooms has in store for Fall! She has such a beautiful style I know you’ll love.
Once you’re finished there check out the rest of the creativity these fabulous ladies are sharing…
A Few Other Fall and Porch Inspired Posts to Enjoy:
- Fall Porch Decorating Ideas
- Fall Fron Porch Tour
- A Fall Grapevine Wreath for Beginners
- Embracing Fall Home Tour
- How to Create Milk Glass Inspired Cake Stands