Fall front porches are the quintessential kick-off to the fall season. Whip your entryway into shape with these 6 essentials for the perfect fall porch.
Hello, Friends! I inadvertently took some extra time off between posts this summer. Mostly because life just feels like a lot right now. Anyone else? As I sit typing this we are smack in the middle of Oregon’s worst wildfire season to date. The whole state literally feels like it’s on fire (because it is). Our family has been fortunate and hasn’t had to evacuate, but we’ve been saying lots of prayers for the thousands of people who have either lost their homes or had to evacuate quickly.
Sometimes writing about home decor or homemaking can feel a little trite during times like these. But then I look around at the mundane day to day things that make up this beautiful, hard life we get to live and I realize how blessed we are to get to do all those little things. My hope for this blog is that it’s always a space where we get to celebrate those small things that make the everyday magic possible. Whether that’s sitting on your porch swing drinking apple cider, or folding laundry for the millionth time, all of it is part of the life we’re building. Part of the homes we’re building.
So even though this month doesn’t feel normal or fun (or this year for that matter) I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the small things. The start of fall. Cool crisp mornings. Sweater weather. Pumpkins on porches. Hot apple cider. Allllllll the soup. Leaves turning colors. Something baking in the oven. And one of my personal favorites, fall front porches!
6 Essentials For The Perfect Fall Porch
I love a good fall porch. That being said, I’ve never actually lived in a home (of my own) that had a proper front porch until this year. Our last home had a small, charming brick pathway with a small step leading up to our front door. The lack of porch (or even a front entryway) really opened my eyes to how much you can do, even with a little bit of space.
Last year at this time the porch on our current home was torn out and waiting to be replace. We literally had a temporary gravel path leading up to our front door. Oh, how I missed decorating for fall! The fairytale pumpkins, the wheat wreaths, and don’t forget the mums! Fall decor just never gets old for me, I love it just as much year after year. You too? Then let’s dive in!
Add Height With Stacked Pumpkins
Since pumpkins are kind of the lynchpin of fall decor, it’s hard to imagine a fall porch without them. I love the fresh take on pumpkins that’s been around for the last few years. Try adding in colorful fairytale pumpkins or gourds with your more traditional orange pumpkins for added interest. Another fun, budget friendly way to spice up your fall porch is to stack pumpkins on top of each other to create height that brings the eye up. Using an old weathered stump or wooden step stool to stack pumpkins on is another way to easily achieve this look.
Add A Seasonal Blanket
Seasonal blankets in fall or winter colors are great as useful decor! If you have a porch swing, simply throwing a tartan blanket over the back can instantly make your porch feel more welcoming and homey. I also love the idea in the picture above of using an old ladder propped against the porch wall to store blankets on. So pretty to look at and so functional to use on cool fall nights!
Dress Up A Grapevine Wreath
If you’re like me and hate having to store 10 different wreaths for different holidays, a grapevine wreath might be the answer to all your storage woes. It can easily be reused for different holidays by changing out the items you attach to it. Apples or mini pumpkins are perfect for the fall season while greenery from your yard could easily transition it to a cozy winter wreath.
Lanterns use to be on of those big ticket items that were hard to find and expensive to buy. I bought a set of lanterns at Lowes two years ago for our front porch (you can see where I used them inside here) and I was amazed at how affordable and versatile they are. I’ve used them inside for tablescapes, but outside with some battery operated candles in them is my favorite way to create an instantly welcoming entryway.
Add A Garland
Creating a garland over the front door is something I’ve done for the Christmas season, but it never really occurred to me how well it would work for fall too! A corn husk garland over the front door creates loads of fall charm and would be a fun fall craft to try making. If crafts aren’t your thing I know craft stores like Michaels or Joann’s carry lots of different fall garland options that always seem to be on sale.
Don’t Forget The Oversized Mums!
Second only to pumpkins, mums will always hold a special place in fall decorating for me. Especially oversized mums plants. If you do nothing else to your porch for fall besides adding a mum plant tossed in a basket out there, you’re golden. If you have access to a Costco or Sams Club (or know someone who does and wouldn’t mind picking one up for you) they usually carry a large selection of the biggest mum plants I’ve ever seen. 🙂
Tell me, what is your favorite way to decorate your porch for fall? Do you love to go all out or do you prefer a less is more approach?
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