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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Is Your Front Porch Fall Ready?

It’s hard to believe that Halloween is just three days away. I have been so busy with other projects that I have neglected our front porch this fall. Since I have houseguests arriving on Friday I wanted to create a warm and welcoming entry.

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I found some great heirloom pumpkins for fantastic prices at Trader Joe’s. I was able to purchase all of the flora and fauna shown for under $20.

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I quickly arranged it on around a vintage picnic basket I have had for years.

I don’t plan on carving these pumpkins, but still wanted a bit of candlelight, so I created a few apple votives.

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Did you see the sweet pear vases nestled within the arrangement? I got the idea from the November issue of Southern Living Magazine. You simply make a hole in the pear with a skewer and then clip your flower stem short and insert it. The water and sugar in the pear keep the flower alive. I actually took these images the day after I had made the floral arrangements.

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Of course the pumpkin vase is an old fan favorite.

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Mother Nature added in the leaves.

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I think it says “Happy Fall Ya’ll!



Karena Albert said...

Dear Laura, those pear vases what a genius idea!! I also cannot get over that gorgeous blue pumpkin, everything you have created is gorgeous though!!

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love it. The tip about the pears is fabulous. What a great arrangement.

Linda said...

That looks really pretty, Laura. I never really have too much going on so yes, my porch and the front of our house has been all decorated since the first weekend of September. ;) However, I never add real pumpkins out there and while those apple votives are adorable, the massive squirrel population we have would promptly take those away from my decor (thus the reasons I can't have real pumpkins out there unless I spray shellac them and I didn't want to mess with that this year). I love the heirloom pumpkins and I have a couple of cute white ones in the house that I've had since September and they're holding up well and will be part of our thanksgiving decor as well. Have a nice week and weekend.

Dawna Motz said...

Your porch and entry is beautiful! I love the colors of autumn and you have just the right bit to say welcome!! Love the apple votives! I too have enjoyed decorating this year,,,hope you will stop by the country! Have a great day Laurie and enjoy your company.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

So pretty! I always go for the white baby boos and blue heirlooms first, too! I've never seen the pear idea, pretty cool (red ones look great in a fall line-up). I say every year that I'm going to do a pumpkin filled with flowers but I never get around to it! Our porch is not covered :( so I'm limited in what I can do. Right now I have two large urns filled with heirloom pumpkin topiaries. Your guest are gonna love the lovely fall welcome! xoKathleen

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love how the pumpkins just seem to be thrown there... when I know everything is calculated.

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Votre porche est richement décoré... Chez nous il n'est pas habituel de décorer nos entrées. Je trouve cependant cela fabuleux.

Merci pour ce joli partage. La petite astuce avec la poire est une idée intéressante.
Vos photos sont magnifiques. Je vous souhaite de joyeuses fêtes.

Gros bisous ♡

Auntie Em said...

Love your beautiful porch display. Guests must feel so welcome when they arrive on your doorstep.
I love the pear vase idea but I wouldn't have to worry about the squirrels and chipmunks...and raccoons...getting at them. My hubby would likely be out there eating them all up first! lol They are one of his favorites. The flowers in the pumpkin are sooo pretty!
Did you know there is a campaign on this year for teal pumpkins for trick or treaters? The signal that the houses displaying them are offering allergy free treats. I use to make sure I had diabetic friendly treats for a cousin's son when he was small. Small things like that make such a difference for small children.
Thank you for sharing your pretty display :)

Bonnie said...

Looks very pretty. I love the heirloom pumpkins.
Enjoy your company.

Maureen Wyatt said...

Beautiful entry at your house, as always. Love the idea of using the pears as flower holders! I'm already thinking of ways to incorporate that into a Christmas centrepiece. Thanks.