Welcome to our Fall Front Porch Tour! As I mentioned yesterday, I spent a good portion of last week adding fall touches to the front porch. We keep the porches tidy throughout the year but I give the wicker furniture, front door, windows, floors, rugs and linens an extra scrub before changing out the decorations from one season to the next.
Mums have quickly become one of my seasonal “must haves” and this year I’ve used them throughout the house. It took me a while to find white mums but I finally found these at Walmart of all places. I know! I was kind of shocked too. We almost always find our mums at the farmers market but this year they only had yellow and you guys know how much I love white.
I needed white ones to pair up with the wreath I found at Michaels. It’s twin in hanging on our fall inspired mantel. I was so excited to get them for 50% off at their holiday open house.
This little picnic basket is a favorite vintage find and is perfect for holding gourds, baby boos, pinecones and a little raffia.
It’s been so long since I’ve painted pumpkins. We’re usually carving them but I wanted to something different this year. I’ll share the best way to paint and personalize pumpkins like this with you next week.
A few years ago we broke the porch up into zones and it’s made decorating this outdoor space so much easier. It feels just as comfortable having a few friends over as it does having my family over all at the same time. It’s fun having both couches filled and the watching the littles running around the yard.
I like to have quiet time out here in the mornings and snacks in the afternoon. These pumpkin bunt cakes are really easy to make ahead of time if you have people coming over. It’s always nice to have a healthy alternative too.
I made this stenciled pillow from a burlap sack. The king size pillow is a snug but I like the full a fit. I’ll share the tutorial with you next week. The fur pillow and plaid throw are both thrifted finds from last year.
I made this varsity style pillow too. It’s super easy to make so I’ll share it with you tomorrow.
I giggle every time I see this angle because I told my mom I wanted it to look like white mums had exploded on my front porch.
We’re trying to decide how big to let the shrubs in our front flower bed grow. They help shade the front porch a good bit in the summer. From this angle it looks like a cozy nook at the end of the porch. It’s been cooling off in the late afternoon which is perfect for curling up with a book or magazine.
I picked up this pillow from Kirkland’s last year. You can find a classic blue and white ticking like this from most any big chain craft store.
The trunk I painted over the summer is still holding up well. It’s a little bit bigger than the wicker table which is nice for serving if you have multiple people over at once.
We use trays like this all the time! You can read how I tea stained this one here and how to create the milk glass inspired cake stand here. The monogramed napkins and silver were also thrifted finds. My mom bought the brown and white Windsor ware as a gift a few years ago. They’re crazy hard to find in this area so I don’t have very many pieces yet but I’m always on the hunt.
Do you guys remember when I picked up this plaid fabric from the thrift store a few months ago? It’s been one of my favorite plaids so far. If you don’t have time to make a pillow, don’t even sweat it. Grab a belt from the children’s section of the thrift store or your littles closet and wrap it around your favorite fall fabric or classic ticking covered pillow from a big box store.
If you read any posts from my The Busy Girl’s Guide to Fall Decorating series last week, you’ve heard me say over and over again “be consistent with your decorating choices.” It’s one big reason I’ve kept the color palette the same and wrapped the mums in feed sacks on the porch too.
I know I say this every time I have a porch tour and for realz I mean it every time – I wish you guys lived closer! We could totally hang out on the porch and laugh the day away.