Adding Just Enough Fall To My Front Porch

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No need to go overboard when doing your seasonal decorating!  Check out these simple ideas for adding just enough fall decor to your front porch.

Front porch with fall decorations.

I have been known to decorate up to the rafters out on our front porchOne Christmas, my neighbors went gah-gah over my decorations so much that they were even bringing their kids over to take pictures of our porch!  It’s fun, but it’s also a TON of work – dragging everything out of the attic and then putting it all away again.  Well….I’ve moved away from the “let’s bring out ALL the things!” philosophy and have migrated to simpler times.  😀

There is a fall wreath on the front door and pumpkins in planters beside it.

We’ve been slowly working on the curb appeal of our home ever since we had the red brick painted a couple of years ago.  One of my favorites additions to the space are four wonderful  wooden Adirondack gliders!  Our front porch is made for sitting and we love, love, love to enjoy a cup of coffee out here on cool fall afternoons.

Two Adirondack chairs with fall pillows and a small pumpkin on a wicker table in between the chairs.

The fun braided tassel, striped throw pillows were a happy find a few weeks ago!  Paired with a warm and cozy fall plaid blanket scarf and cute pumpkin pillow covers, my front porch is an introduction to all the colors to be found on the inside of my home this season.

A throw pillow that says Autumn.

In keeping with my K-I-S-S decorating philosophy, have two baskets, that I turned into planters, that always flank my front door.  The baskets were originally white, but I spray painted them black for a classic look.  To keep the baskets from rotting, I added a large plastic container inside each stylish basket that holds the actual dirt and plants.  So far, they’ve held up great!

GET DIRECTIONS FOR HOW TO MAKE THIS WREATH HERE.

A green wreath with pops of orange on the front door.

The green ivy spilling over the sides stays put year round and I simply change out the other plants, depending upon the season.  This fall, I added colorful coleus and tucked a few pumpkins into the ivy.

A large and two mini pumpkins in the planter beside the house.

My symmetry loving self has two gliders, a small table and a bench on each end of the porch.  We’ve managed to stain two of the gliders, but still have two more chairs left to do.  Hopefully, that will happen this fall!

Looking down the long front porch.

Here’s a money saving tip: instead of purchasing actual tables, use a large basket turned upside down!  The basket makes a super table and you can even add a round wooden topper, from your local home improvement store, to make the surface completely flat.

A wicker basket turned into a small table on the porch.

The wreath on the front door is a new one that I made using faux eucalyptus and some tiny colorful pumpkins.  I’ll be back later this week to show you how I made it!

Up close picture of the green wreath with mini pumpkins on the door.

The front porch flanked by two planters with pumpkins and a wreath on the door.

Happy fall – from my front porch to yours!

 

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14 Comments

  1. That’s very pretty, Suzy! But because your porch is so big, it still looks like a lot of work!

    1. Thank you, Rita! Actually it wasn’t bad at all because the chairs and most everything else stay out there all the time. Now – what I did a couple of years ago? That was a LOT of work!

  2. Love your porch!Love the wreath!Can’t wait to see how you made it!

    1. Thank you, Ellen! I published a tutorial for the wreath, so let me know if you have any questions!

  3. Lucy Beliveau says:

    Hello Suzy and Happy Fall!

    Your front porch is a real treat to someone like me who has never ever had a front porch! How fun it would be to decorate everything the way you have! It’s so festive and welcoming! The plaid throws are lovely and the basket as a table between your chairs is fabulous!! Great idea! The coleus you added to the ivy got my full attention as it’s one of my favorite plants and the wreath on your front door completes the look!

    Thanks for sharing! Love your blog????

    1. You are so, so sweet, Lucy. Thank you!

  4. Pam Cates says:

    It’s Just Enough! I think it is perfect! Praying your beach place is ok. What a terrible storm.

    1. Thank you, Pam! It was a terrible hurricane and a disaster of epic proportions for so many in eastern North and South Carolina. We’ve been told (but haven’t seen for ourselves yet) that there’s no damage to the interior of the condo. We don’t know if the a/c survived or not. SO thankful and thank you for your prayers!

  5. Kathy Menold says:

    We were supposed to go to N. Topsoil for our annual family vacation but if course that was cancelled due to Florence. Hope everything is well with your new beach house. The damage along the path of this storm was tragic. Hope to get down there later on to help with cleanup.
    Your porch is lovely. I used the rainy days to do some inside decorating. Definitely need to purge my fall bins! Trying to keep your advice to keep it simple.

    1. I’m so sorry you missed your vacation at N. Topsail! Just fyi – the government officials have said no rentals on the island until further notice, so hope you can find a place to stay if you make it down there! There’s a brand new Hampton Inn in Sneads Ferry you might want to check out to see if they’re open. You’re right – the damage is tragic, but I’m so thankful the hurricane didn’t come in as a category 3 or 4 as was first predicted!

  6. Where in the world did you find gliders that are Adirondack chairs? I love those! Your porch is absolutely beautiful!

    1. Thank you, Kirsten! Our chairs came from Amish Trading Post in High Point, NC. I’m not sure if they ship or not, but here’s a link to their site: http://www.amishpoly.com/

  7. I love your fall front porch – everything about it! Can you tell me where you found the lights on either side of the front door? They are so different and very pretty!

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