Fall inspires me! It makes me want to take a walk in the woods, to stay outdoors, and to cook more. And…it inspires me to drag out that orange storage box filled with decorations and sprinkle them around my home. Sometimes I think I might have to much. But that’s another story for another day!
What really excites me, though, is decorating my front porch. Why, you ask? Because it always says “welcome to my home” for anyone who comes to visit. And who doesn’t want to welcome their family and friends?
This year my Fall inspiration happened on our fabulous trip to Tuscany with our good friends. We had such a fun time eating, drinking, and laughing our way through Italy!!! Every view was spectacular with amazing colors, and they were even better than I remembered.
After a few days, though, I realized there seemed to be a pattern emerging in all the pictures I was taking. It was the colors. The beautiful colors of the food we were served, the flowers, and the colors of a Fall harvest.
Gelato display in Sienna
Prickly Pear (Ficodindia in Italian)…you eat the red part!
Waiting for harvest
Beautiful hillside with flowers
Who wouldn’t be inspired to decorate for Fall when you have these beautiful things to look at? And with the temperatures on the cool side for this Southern girl, I was looking forward to getting back home to Fall, football, tailgating and….decorating for the season. After all, at our house, decorating is usually finished and ready to go by mid-September!
The theme is usually pumpkins and gourds with a special emphasis on adding a variety of colors with heirloom pumpkins. Don’t you just love this pyramid of Fall color? I wonder how they did it…
I love how the white, mum-filled pots are inviting you right up to the front door. And when you get there, you’re greeted by Mr. Scarecrow himself, surrounded by bales of hay, cornstalks, and more pumpkins!!!
Since we always see mums used for fall decorating, I love how hydrangeas are used here instead. The eggplant and green colors remind me of the grapes we saw hanging on vines in Tuscany.
Hopefully, these beautiful and welcoming porches will give you some Fall ideas to get started on your own home. And remember to use:
- Pumpkins – basic orange with some heirlooms added for interest
- Flowers – mums, hydrangeas, wild flowers from the woods
- Pine cones
- Tin buckets
- And anything you have around your house to use as containers
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It’s fall! And with it comes falling leaves, pumpkins, pine cones…and decorating. I’m constantly amazed at the abundance of creative fall porch decorating ideas out there. And a quick look at magazine racks, Pinterest, and Houzz should give you enough ideas and inspiration to get you started. Let’s take a peek at a few of my favorites and why I love them…
This porch draws you in and wraps you in comfort, and I love everything about it. Notice the re-purposed shutters, wooden boxes, and chalk board. It’s a great reminder that you don’t need to buy everything new to have a porch that welcomes and wows your guests.
Simplicity is key to this entry. Colorful mums nesting in vintage pails are a perfect touch to greet visitors.
Orange pumpkins on each side of the steps leads you to the front door…and more beautiful colors. Don’t you just love the stacked white pumpkins with the house number on them? What are your fall porch decorating ideas?
When the weather turns cooler, and the skies are blue, suddenly I’m in the mood to start decorating my house for fall and Thanksgiving. Does this ever happen to you? The funny thing is that my creative juices start flowing this time of year, and I head to the woods to see what I can find.
For some reason, fall decorating brings out the urge to decorate with handcrafted items, in luscious colors of red, orange, gold, and purple. I guess it’s the anticipation of winter cocooning that makes me want to add a bit of country to my decorating. But I love the scents, the colors, and the textures.
So this week, thanks to Better Homes and Gardens website, I’ve discovered some doorways and table settings that I hope you’ll enjoy.
Mums, mums, and more mums! I love how they’ve paired them with white pumpkins for contrast.
Opposites attract in this colorful arrangement. Red/orange is across from this shade of blue on the color wheel, and make a perfect combination that pops!
Containers can be created from what you have around the house. Here, I’ve taken a ceramic vase and added willow branches, sunflowers, berries and leaves.
Chinese Lanterns in bright orange/red add a pop of color to my mantel.
Pumpkins, gourds and mums say “Welcome to our home”
Create a simple table runner with ribbons down the center that can be changed with the seasons. Add to it colorful leaves with pumpkins and gourds, and you have a beautiful Thanksgiving table arrangement in minutes.
Even non-traditional containers can make out outstanding centerpieces. I love the use of this globe to hold pine cones, nuts, and berries in this fall arrangement.
A simple pumpkin trimmed with bittersweet. Adding star anise and dried fruit as part of the grouping helps add a little bit of nature to the table.
Everyday water glasses become centerpieces when you add these beautifully colored fall leaves. By separating each color into their own container, you’re creating more interest to the grouping. Remember to stagger heights whenever you can to let each piece stand out on its own.
Pumpkins and colorful leaves. It can be as simple as that.