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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Day 3 ~ Front Porches Decked Out For A Fabulous Fall

Someday I hope to have a nice lovely porch area.

Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas

With perhaps a few stairs that lead up to the entryway.

Fall Front Porch

I think the key to creating a successful front entry way for fall is bounty. You decorate with the notion of “When you think you have enough, add one more.”  Of course I can’t be the only one thinking “But the door is blocked.” Yes, but it sure is pretty!

fall-porch-appeal

Mums ARE the word. They really say “Fall” to me. I love how an old mail sack was filled and decorates the front door.

Then of course there are gourds. I love the cattails and Chinese cabbage that join the happy jack o lanterns.

I love the clever use of funkins to hold the planted floral arrangements. The rat silhouettes are kind of cute in a creepy way too. Both crafts are easy DIY’s to recreate.

I keep returning to this image. I appreciate the inventive  use of the rakes and pitchforks.

Of course then there are pumpkin topiaries.

Pumpkin topiary

I love how the garland and berries are intertwined. I keep hoping that a pair of urns will show up at Goodwill. Someday.

beautiful pumpkin topiary

Until then, a darling address marker is a cute option.

Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas

In addition to topiaries, there are also wonderful props such as carts, wheel barrows and wagons that can be used. 

fall-porch-appeal

I myself have a darling antique wagon that I found in Germany years ago. But alas it is too precious to sit outside unattended in the hot sun. Boo!

Welcoming Pumpkin Wheelbarrow

Confession time. I have used the Phoenician sun as an excuse as to why I have long neglected my own front entryway. Then I saw this darling image of funkins, twine pumpkins and faux leaves that tell me I do have options.

front porch fall

So I tried a second excuse that my space was too small. But this cheerful scene, complete with a glittered “G” pumpkin, popped on my design radar.

fall-porch-appeal

I held up a white decorating flag and gave up and got to work. Oh my. It needed a lot of work.

The awful “before”.

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Tomorrow: How I created an autumnal garland for my front porch for under $10.

Laura

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22 comments :

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

What a fabulous tradition. There is great inspiration for someone like me who is not accustomed to seasonal porch decorating. Looking forward to seeing what you have managed to do on $10.
Bisous

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Lovely porch decor - I'm sure yours will be great - can't wait to see it!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

those are all such pretty samples and I enjoyed looking at them.. I do often wonder if folks realize that piling lots of stuff right at their doorways is a seriously BAD idea, especially Hay Bales-which mice and worse absolutely adore as the weather cools.. Its like the perfect home for them 3 inches from where your front door opens..
just sayin:)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Beautiful doorways!! I can't wait to see what you do with yours!!!!

Maria Elena said...

Laura, what gorgeous inspiration! The pictures are beautiful. Can't wait to see your front porch finished!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I look at it as a blank slate, Laura! You've got some great inspiration pictures here. I love the pumpkin topiaries, especially with a garland used in between each. I have one myself, but thought I might just go with a large mum in my front door urn this year.

Jen said...

I LOVE all of the front porches you have shared!! I have got to get out and do something with ours, but I noticed that here in our neighborhood no one has done much with theirs. Is everyone too busy to decorate? Or have they just lost interest.

Looking forward to seeing your garland. =)

Creations By Cindy said...

Enjoyed all the pics Laura. I am quite sure you will come up with something wonderful! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Linda said...

Lovely ideas, Laura.

I've had my front porch decked out for a while, of course though it doesn't look nearly as professional as those photos, since for one thing - we don't have a fancy house. Just a modest ranch with a plain door. I'll post a photo someday soon though of my fall porch arrangement.
Love, Linda

Perfectly Printed said...

Thanks for sharing such great inspirational photos! I too wish for a front porch with character...not sure that will ever happen. So until then I'm like you, a regular old front porch, nothing fancy. Mine is sort of small. Can't wait to see what you do with yours. Like others who have commented I will be sharing mine in the coming days.
Hugs chris

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Can't wait to see what you did. I need to spruce up mine more. Hugs, Marty

Connie said...

Yikes! You're right and I can't wait to see your "after" photo of the front entry. There are lots of things you can do to make it attractive, honey, and I KNOW YOU have the talent to do it. Living in Yuma for a couple of years, I'm well aware of what the sun can do. Well, living in southwestern Idaho desert isn't much different but we have a large covered porch. I just dust off the decorations every.....oh, every 3 years or so. ;-) Don't want to be too hasty about dusting, ya know! Hah. But I have no doubt you'll make it adorable.
xoxo,
COnnie

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I already know I am going to love it!

The Boston Lady said...

The rakes got my attention, love that look. Can't wait to see what you do, Laura. Ann

Connie said...

Hi there, these door fronts are amazing.

stoneleafandcompany.com said...

Am loving this series - can't wait to see all the decor styles you will feature.

Myna Kay said...

Beautiful pictures! I can't wait to see what you do with your front porch!

Vel Criste said...

can't wait to see it Laura! I am sure it will be great as always!

Mary Ellen said...

Love all the fall inspiration Laura and looking forward to seeing you new look for your porch!

Ceekay is coming next week! Why not jump on the plane with her and come too!!! We'd have a great time!

bee blessed
mary

Lorrie Orr said...

Lots of inspiration here, Laura, but I have to agree with another commentator on the wisdom of hay bales close to the door. Mice and rats, indeed!

I'm more for the simple look myself - a pot of mums, a pumpkin or two. But then I have a smaller porch than yours - looking forward to seeing what you do with your area.

openid said...

Laura,
Your entry is truly reflective of my favorite season. The wreath and garland you created are more beautiful than those I've seen at high end shops retailing well over $99. I decorate our porch every season. I will have it decked out in harvest glory this weekend. If I put it out too soon the pumpkins will rot by Thanksgiving.
Your Friend,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com

Bloggymom said...

Beautiful porches!! Maybe some year I will jazz up mine.