Front Porch Appeal Newsletter

Fall and Halloween Delights

Issue #106 October 2019

Hard to believe it's already October. We love this time of year, a bit more chill in the air, rich golden hues, flavorful comfort soups, pumpkins of all colors and shapes, and a few snazzy Halloween decorations make the season so pleasant.

Our fall porch is decorated with an autumn pumpkin theme
We are enjoying our autumn porch with its festive pumpkin theme
We appreciate our beautiful porch landscaping this time of the year. The lantanas are in their glory right now! What a wonderful time of the year to decorate your porch. And truly it's easy this time of the year.

Just grab a few natural elements - bales of straw, colorful mums, pumpkins on your steps, gourds of all sizes, and gorgeous ornamental kale (one of our favorites).

Inside This Edition...

  • Fall Porch Photos and Decorating Ideas
  • Halloween Decorating Ideas
  • Fall DIY Projects
  • For Want of a Railing
  • Landscape Lighting Idea
  • Sponsor Delights
  • Inspiration from Mary

A look at our fall porch from the other direction
Our autumn porch is simple but vibrant

A look at our fall entryway
Pumpkins and fall leaves dress up our entryway
I cut out a wooden pumpkin for Mary from a part of a cedar fence slat (truly inexpensive) and she painted it with various shades of oranges and golds for our front door. A bit of cream-colored yarn brings it all together at the stem. Against the blue door, this pumpkin looks dazzling.

Also at our entryway is a simple board that Mary covered with black and white checked fabric. Then she cut leaves from felt and we simply stapled them on.

A look at our fall wall art
Who loves fall wall art?
Mary covered a board with a velour-type fabric that she already had. It's a shade of blue. Then she cut out pumpkins from colorful felt and glued them on. She used a permanent marker to add a few details. Then she added some cream-colored yarn for an accent on the pumpkin stem.

See the wire going across at the bottom? That helps keep it from swaying back and forth from the wind.

our fall porch - wraparound scne
At the far end of our autumn porch
Mary made the pumpkin wall art by gluing scraps of leftover felt onto another wooden pumpkin cut-out I made for her. It looks kind of like a crazy quilt - but it works.

A look at our fall porch from the other direction
Close-up of our autumn porch swing
Our porch swing holds memories of grandchildren enjoying carefree times. It's the perfect place to enjoy a few mindless, relaxing moments, hearing the rustle of the leaves and the chirping of the bluebirds.

May We Inspire You with These Fall Porch Ideas?

bench on front porch draped with autumn coverings
Comfortable fall bench
Drape material in autumn colors across the back of a bench or swing. Add a berry or leaf garland and you will have a most inviting porch. The pumpkin wall are brings it all together. Do you agree?

front porch decorated for fall
Do you love this beautiful fall display?
An array of natural elements and whimsy create a welcoming allure on this porch.

front porch swing with colorful fall cushions
How fun is this wicker porch swing?
So much fun - candy corn pillows! And polka dots! Both harmonize to make an autumn statement on this porch.

pumpkins and mums lining the front porch steps
Pumpkins and mums line these endearing porch steps
Such a stylish entrance! A big wow! Just make sure there's space for safely navigating the stairs.

fall garland on table on front porch
Innovative way to use fall garland
So simple yet definitely an eye-catcher. We think decorating your porch for autumn is probably the easiest season of all.

We Can't Forget Halloween!

Porches love Halloween. Whether you like it a bit spooky or whimsical, decorating for Halloween can be enjoyed by all.

front door on porch decorated for Halloween
Colorful Halloween front door decor
Jazzy and magical. It certainly speaks "Halloweeen" indeed!

magpie scarecrow in front yard of home
Friendly magpie scarecrow in front yard
We love this magpie welcoming friends, family, and perhaps a goblin or two on Halloween.

skeleton banjo players on front porch
A few visitors who stayed too long!
We appreciate the comic relief these two offer.

spooky front porch steps with witch and zombie
A bit of spooky at the front steps
For the real Halloweeners, here's a scene that will surely catch the eye of little goblins and ghosts.

If you want a jump-start on your Halloween decorations, be sure to see our Six Last Minute Halloween Decorating Ideas, one of which is sure to make your home and porch Halloween-ready.

Fall Projects for You

Fall is the perfect time to make some DIY projects. Whether decorating for autumn or Halloween, we have several projects you might enjoy doing.

We made this Halloween candy holder and black cat using inexpensive fence slats and plywood. It's a fun project for kids and grandkids too. All you need is a few simple tools and you can build it in an afternoon. We've included the template for the cat to make it even easier.

Halloween porch candy holder
Make this Halloween porch candy holder
Have fun making these beautiful autumn porch pillow covers. Mary offers a complete tutorial on how to make these delightful pillow covers.

collage of our pumpkin pillows
See how to make these wonderful autumn craft ideas

For Want of a Railing

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man and woman holding onto porch hand rails
My Uncle Ralph and his wife Mary Frances appreciate our handrails
Our uncle and his wife recently spent a few days with us. He is almost 93 and going strong.

We were really glad we had installed step railings on our porch. Although we only had a few steps, the railing not only made it safer for them but also made it a lot easier to negotiate the steps.

We highly recommend you consider these DIY porch step railings for your home or perhaps your parents or grandparents. They are easy to install and help prevent costly falls.

Install This DIY Handrail - Amazon affiliate link

Add a Touch of Warmth to Your Landscaping

You can add these landscape solar torch lights along your porch steps or walkway to add lots of ambiance to your home. Perfect for fall and Halloween.

Landscape Solar Torch Lights - Amazon affliate link
See more landscape torch light ideas on Amazon (affiliate link)

whimsicaly carved pumpkin decoration
See more pumpkin decorating ideas
photo by frankensteinsbride1313

We Appreciate Our Sponsors

We are always grateful to our fine sponsors who offer these products and services.

Check Out This Porch Swing Bed

Swing beds have become quite popular and this one from our friends and sponsor at The Porch Company is the ultimate in comfort. They have ingeniously solved the problem of the bed swing by making the back adjustable - perfect for a relaxing summer nap or for sitting and swinging the day away.

adjustable swing bed in a beautiful rustic style
Hand crafted for both quality and comfort

adjustable swing bed in a beautiful rustic style
Imagine this porch bed swing in YOUR home
Our sponsor, The Porch Company, designs and custom builds these porch swing beds - which has a major advantage - an adjustable back. See much more of these adjustable swing beds right here with our sponsor.

Sliding Screen Door Issues Solved

Our sponsor, PCA Products, has designed and constructed a sliding screen door that will blow you away. We've never had a sliding screen door that we didn't have to fix; they can be a real pain. No more!

PCA Products has found a way to solve sliding screen door issues like bent frames, screen blow out, and derailing from the track. We hope you check them out and treat yourself to something wonderful in sliding patio doors.

Samson screen door by pca
Amazing sliding screen door by our sponsor, PCA Products
Do yourself a favor and check out this fantastic screen door from our sponsor today!

The Beauty of Handcrafted Vintage Porch Parts

Our sponsor, Vintage Woodworks, has been reproducing handcrafted solid wood porch parts since 1978. We love their family.

Take a look at this home - one of their customers - and notice how the Vintage Woodworks handcrafted products make such a lovely difference. The porch posts, brackets and gable decorations!

Beautiful Victorian home with Vintage Woodworks porch parts
The beauty of vintage trim work
A customer sent in this photo of their beautiful home with handcrafted porch posts, brackets and a gable decoration from Vintage Woodworks. Love what you see? Then please stop by Vintage Woodworks's website for much more porch-related products!

Inspiration from Mary: Enjoy the View

sweet porch

A Poem from Mary

Take pause each day to kick up your feet,

Relax on your porch with a view of your street.

Enjoy the spirit of folks passing by

And honor your heart, the lows and the highs.

Thank you again for joining us this month. We sincerely appreciate your time and encouragement. From two fellow porch lovers: Happy Autumn!

We value our sponsors and the products and services they provide. They are like family to us!

You're invited to be part of our Facebook community. We share ideas with one another for decorating and using our porches. We are blessed with over 17,000 followers and would love to count you among them.

Mary and Dave Please enjoy browsing past issues of our newsletters right here. Take a few moments of chill time.

Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary and Dave

Life is short. Enjoy your porch.

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