Today, we’re excited to welcome you to our fall front porch as we partner with some of our favorite bloggers for the Fall Porches & Patios Tour hosted by the sweet and fabulous, Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home.
If you’re coming over from The Painted Hinge, welcome, we’re so happy to have you here. Michelle has a home that feels warm and inviting no matter what the season and her front porch is no exception!
No playing, you guys, if I could only decorate one space for the entire year it would without a doubt be the front porch for Fall. A few weeks ago, I pressure washed the porch, installing new rugs, repainting the wicker furniture and adding seasonal touches. It was a lot of work at the time, but the porch feels completely refreshed and ready to welcome all things Fall now.
We truly believe it doesn’t matter if you have a large front porch or a perfectly square front stoop, there’s nothing better than coming home after a long day to porch that is festively decorated for Fall.
I know sometimes it can feel overwhelming to decorate for the seasons both inside and out, but I promise, it doesn’t have to be stressful at all.
While we’re big supporters of decorating for Fall, we’re also big supporters of decorating with what you love. Your porch can be relaxed and low-key or as cheery and celebrated as you want it to be!
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re ready to create a fall front porch tour of your own…
Find a Wreath You Love – Set the tone for your fall front porch from the very beginning by decorating your front door. We picked up this one in late summer on sale at Joanns.
Determine Your Color Palette – Once you have chosen your wreath, let it be your color guide. Our wreath features shades of orange, creams, browns, greens and blues which then further helped to determine our fabric choice for pillows and plants.
Don’t sweat it if you find a piece of seasonal fabric, pillows or throws you love first!
All you have to do in that case is to choose a wreath that complements the colors in the fabric you love.
Add Fall Foliage, Plants, Herbs and Flowers – I don’t even have to tell you how obsessed we are with Mums, especially during Fall. We love, love, love them!
We picked these up from both Lowes and Walmart.
You don’t have to necessarily use Mums on your Fall front porch to make it feel festive though. There are plenty of other things you can use to make your porch feel seasonal like magnolia leaves, thistles, sticks, goldenrod, dahlias, certain kinds of daisies, autumnal leaves, herbs, vegetables like kale, pumpkins, blooming branches, pinecones, coleus, acorns and deer sheds are usually plentiful this time of year.
Fall foliage, plants, herbs and flowers can help to add quick and easy pops of color for a festive budget friendly seasonal feel. Keep in mind, you’ll want to vary the heights of your planters and plants to add visual interest to your fall front porch.
Layer Texture with Pillows and Throws – While it might not feel like Fall in your neck of the woods just yet, you’ll likely have a few chilly nights or early mornings between now and Thanksgiving. Add a layer of cozy with textural elements such as cable knit, cashmere, wool, velvet and burlap.
Don’t forget about searching your favorite estate sales, thrift stores, charity shops and antique stores for vintage plaid blankets. They’re another great way to add a pretty pop of color and texture to chairs, benches, couches and outdoor settees at fairly reasonable prices.
Create a Place to Relax – If you have room on your porch for a seating area, consider adding a rug to help define the space. We divided our porch into zones a few years ago and it made a huge difference in the way we use the space.
We picked these rugs up at Home Depot in late July on clearance for less than $25 each. They’re great for outdoor use because they can be easily cleaned and hosed down. If you need a lot of rugs at one time like we did, take advantage of end of the season sales to help stretch your budget.
After you have your seating area defined, make it comfortable!
You’ll want to have a place to put a pumpkin spice latte, a glass of apple cider or your favorite seasonal snacks.
Fall is a great time to kick up your feet with a good book or hang out with friends and relax.
The hustle and bustle of the holidays will be here before we know it so take the time to enjoy what you can, when you can, right now!
The next stop on the Fall Front Porch Tour is Lora Bloomquist and I hope you’ll check out all the creativity the other ladies on this blog hop have to share as well…