I've shared my Fall decorations around the house and on the patio with you all, but I'm just now getting around to decking the front porch out for the season.
Although I've decorated inside the house without a single orange pumpkin, I like to keep the porch pretty traditional for this season. Even though I knew the direction I was headed, I needed a few things to mix with the pieces I already had to freshen things up. At Home Stores had everything I wanted to spruce up the porch and create a warm welcome to our home for friends and guests.
My ferns from the summer were still going strong (ombre, even!), so they stayed in place for a pretty backdrop and added color and texture. There's nothing I like better for a pop of Fall color than yellow mums, and two large ones flank the porch. A nice variation from a typical pot or urn, this galvanized planter has a pretty texture stamped in the lower portion, and that strip of bronze around the middle made my heart skip a beat! I also appreciated the detail of the chunky ring handles on the sides.
I knew that I wanted a new pair of lanterns for the porch, and I'm sure that At Home has the largest selection and variety of styles of anyone in town. One thing I DON'T like about using lanterns outside is how quickly the glass gets dirty, so I purposely looked for something a little different. When I saw these bamboo woven lanterns, I knew they were perfect! The sides are totally open and a glass tube sits down in the middle to slip a candle or tea light in, and no glass sides to worry about keeping clean! The design that mimics caning won me over fast, too, and the cute rope handle is a nice touch.
Did you notice my little gold studded pumpkins? As I said, I wanted to keep things pretty traditional so I didn't do anything fancy with them, but a little added sparkle was just the thing they needed. I had planned to use gold thumbtacks, but they were out at the store when I went to get them. I ended up using brass brad fasteners instead. They were super easy to poke into the flesh of the pumpkin, and my daughter and I enjoyed sitting on the steps working on them. (Ok, real life...she tolerated doing one for me before she headed around to the basketball goal. ;)
If you've been a reader through previous Falls, you know that I always scavenge around area trees to pick up some osage apples... horse apples... hedge apples... those bright green balls. Seems like everyone has a different name for them!
Years ago, I used to pick up a hay bale to use in my outdoor Fall Decor. But, those things are HEAVY, and a little too large to fit in on the porch. I was delighted to find a variety of straw bale sizes in At Home (remember the mini ones I used on my Fall Harvest table?). This medium straw bale was just right to tuck among the mums and pumpkins.
Did you see our little squirrel friend found his way to the front porch from my Fall table centerpiece, too? I think I'm going to like having him around.
I love a little sitting area on front porches, and although we don't have a lot of room on ours, I tucked a chair next to the front door.
Our side porch got a little bit of love for Fall, also. The black and white pot is old, but I've seen an almost identical one at At Home.
At Home has a nice selection of faux florals, and I couldn't resist these spiky reddish ball stems that were with the Fall decor. I combined them with some others I had on hand to decorate the side door. The pheasant was a gift from a neighbor, and the colors in the feathers are just captivating.
And remember the poinsettia I mentioned earlier this week? That's it behind the pumpkin on the right, I hope I remember to bring it in before the first freeze!
One more thing that I saw in the store and couldn't resist using on the porch- these white globe lights! Who says outdoor lights are just for Christmas? I wanted to add a little ambiance to the front door, and they're just right. I tried stringing them back and forth zig-zagged across the top, but it wasn't looking right so I just framed the posts with them. There are some cup hooks across the top that I use at Christmas, and I used a few staples down each side to secure the wire to the post.
Alright, NOW it feels like Fall at our house!!
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