Instead of admiring that pretty fall porch across the street this year, pretty up your own porch! It shouldn’t take a lot of money or ‘stuff’ because fall colors pack such a punch- a little goes a long way.
This cutie says come on in!
The direct links of what I used are all at the bottom of this post.
1. When shopping for the flowers, first come up with your color scheme. White and yellow? Dark purples and deep reds still say fall. If you choose mums with buds instead of flowers the blooms will last much longer. I’m just impatient! Side note- you can replant these in your yard (even in October in NC). If you replant them they will come back for you every year.
Also, if you want a big statement without having to buy more flowers, find an extra tall pot! The taller the pot, the bigger the impact! I would have preferred doing that but I went with what I could find in my garage. Make sure it’s about the same or a tad bigger in diameter as your flower pot. A little trick I do is to put something inside the bottom of the tall pot (bricks usually) and just set the plant up on top, instead of actually planting them. As long as the top of the plant is flush with the top of the pot, you’re good to go.
2. Be extra and layer your doormat! I have seen this idea all over Pinterest this year because it is such a cute statement. You guys- even my UPS man commented on this doormat combo. Don’t you think he’s probably a porch expert? 😉 The gingham mat (links at the bottom of the post) is actually a kitchen mat so it can pull double duty for you. My Hey There Pumpkin mat is from an Etsy shop and Haley, the owner, has all kind of options and fun holiday sayings. Seriously cute. I have seen some more affordable holiday themed mats but I went with her Etsy shop because of the quality. I will be bringing this out for many falls in the future! Alternatively, to be even more budget friendly I could have just brought out the gingham mat and layered my regular doormat on top! The gingham underneath is an eye catcher already.
3. I did something new this year… I bought fake pumpkins. Last year when I decorated at this time they all rotted with bugs and sank into themselves. Maybe that won’t happen where you live, but here in NC September - and even early October - is still plenty hot. I scooped up these white and orange plastic guys at Lowes and Target. I told Jose it was an investment? 💁🏽♀️ But really it is - my kids will plop down their jack-o-lanterns, but I can bring these plastic guys out every year in September.
4. Do you have a bench or a rocking chair on your front porch? Put away those summer themed cushions and find pillows or blankets from within your home with fall colors to pull in more Autumn tones. I had this yellow one on Leo’s bed and found a new use for it, since it is an outdoor pillow anyway.
5. If you don’t have pillows with fall colors (I only had one) and don’t want to invest in any, try a blanket. This is actually a blanket scarf from the dollar spot at Target. I think it might have been $3.
6. A wreath on the door is a must have (for a Southern front porch especially!), but it doesn’t necessarily have to be fall themed, right? These eucalyptus wreaths are my summer wreaths from Magnolia. They look appropriate for all seasons except Winter, so I left them up.
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed this little tour and you’re convinced you don’t *have* to go overboard (or even just give up) to have a pretty porch this fall!
Camille’s yellow outfit / 3 Quart Mums / plant pots by door / white pumpkins / orange pumpkins / gingham mat / hey there pumpkin mat / wreaths / rocking chairs / outdoor side table / rocking chair mat / blanket (similar) / yellow pillow (similar)
My sweet friend Arin from Arin Solange At Home shared her pretty front porch incorporating pink flowers. She was kind enough to include mine, as well as a few more of her favorites porches. Go take a peek! You will love her blog!