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How We Decorated Our Porch for Autumn
We like how our autumn porch turned out on our new home. We live at the end of a little lane so when neighbors stop by, it's a nice surprise for them to see our autumn decor.
Re-purposed Bird Bath for Autumn
We have this wonderful cobalt blue birdbath.
But guess what? The birds are not fond of it. We think it's because they see their own reflection and are scared.
So we use it decoratively instead. So for our autumn porch, it is the home of a bountiful harvest of pumpkins, gourds, kale, mums and straw. And of course, our little friend, Fred.
Just heap it up with your own harvested goods or what you purchased. Don't worry about it being super pretty - unless you want to, of course. It will be beautiful on its own because of autumn's glorious colors and textures.
What are your favorites here? Mine are this bumpy bright orange pumpkin and the bright white gourd. They are both so vibrant and eye-catching.
Autumn is a showy season so it's fitting that your porch be showy, too.
We invited our tutle friend, Fred, to join our autumn porch. He makes all the difference in the world! Do you have a cute little guy to include in your display? Then do it. Your neighbors will be giving you compliments!
Video: A Tour of Our Autumn Porch
Enjoy our autumn porch tour
The Front Door
How do you decorate your front door? We made our own wreath this year and we named it "autumn splendor". It was surprisingly easy to make but turned out beautifully.
And to the left of our front door, you see our autumn pumpkin fence project. It adds a light-hearted feeling to our autumn porch.
Dave and I made the faux pumpkin topiary. (I am not fond of the word "faux", are you?) We decorated it with beautiful sparkly gold leaves and red raffia.
Comfort Means a Lot
What says comfort to you? How do you make your porch a comfortable place to enjoy?
We added an area rug to our porch and that is soft on the tootsies. Really warms up the porch and makes it feel like a room. It's an indoor rug and so far it has been just fine outside.
A table lamp, side table, cushions, autumn-covered pillows (see our pillow project) - anything that makes your porch feel like home. Of course, in the fall, we've incorporated some autumn-ish colors like the oranges and brown polka dots - oh, and the pumpkins.
The colorful little side table - I just put a swatch of orange burlap and some of the brown polka dot fabric I had left over from making the pillows. No hemming really - just simple and we can re-use that fabric for something else later on.
Our bunny is a fun addition to our porch. Adding treasures here and there makes your porch feel like home.
Dave made this little wooden box for me for our porch. I can just imagine all the uses for it - nuts, pretty rocks, marbles, dried flowers, mini pumpkins, gourds, jelly beans (ha!). You could make a box like this any size you want.
Do you see the jar in the background?
I just put a solar lid on it - one of those kind you put in your yard. At night it gently lights up. The first few nights I put it out there, I had to run out and see it. So cute.
Decorate Your Porch Steps
Don't overlook your porch steps. Leave room for safe walking though. Our round brick steps are wide so we have room for pumpkins, gourds and pots of mums.
Decorated porch steps can really add volumes of personality to your porch.
Lots of color, textures, big and small sizes. All makes for visual interest on your steps.
Don't forget to go to the top of your steps and look down to get that perspective, too. It's a totally different view and beautiful in its own way.
There's our little bunny showing up again. How did he get there? Have fun using what you have. It does not need to cost you anything.
Power of Porchscaping
Amazing what landscaping around your porch can do. If your landscaping is older, maybe it just needs to be cut back and thinned out to give it a fresh look. Autumn is a fantastic time to plant new perennials, bulbs and hardy mums.
We live in Middle TN, so our climate is warm enough that we can enjoy pansies and colorful kale until spring.
Oftentimes, flowers and plants thrive even better in the fall than in the hot days of summer. Like our sweet potato vine you see here - it just took off in the past month. The color is amazing. And how beautiful it contrasts with our asters and zinnias.
This is the first year we planted kale in the fall. Have you done that before? It's a pretty splash of color and texture around the porch and should last until spring.
We tucked pansies in between the kale. When we lived up north, I was always enamored of places that could enjoy pansies in the winter time.
Look for hardy mums when you buy them. Why? Because in most growing zones, you can plant them and they will come up every year. We will be planting ours in the ground once the pretty blooms are done.
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