Front Porch Appeal - Falltopia on the Porch

Issue #60 October 2014

October is perhaps our most favorite month. Cooler temps, autumn colors, football, and time to spend enjoying it all on the front porch.

It is almost impossible not to notice porches decorated for autumn. Traditional pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds, fall wreaths, and yes, even Halloween decorations, adorn many a front porch this time of year.

We have been receiving many beautiful photos from our readers of fall porches, a few of which we'll share in our newsletter. Keep them comin, as we never get tired of seeing your porches.


beautiful front porch decorated for fall

We have lots to share with you (did we say October was our favorite month)!


Autumn Decorating Ideas

An autumn decorated porch is worth a thousand words when it comes to finding fun, appealing, fall decorating ideas. We thought we'd share ideas we've received from our site visitors through photos of their own front porches. Click on the pictures to find even more ideas.

Ingenious way to use bird houses and scarecrows to create a really festive display. You can get lots of ideas from Sylvia's porch.


fun autumn display with scarecrows and birdhouses
Fun scarecrows and bird houses
photo courtesy of Sylvia Cadena
Colorful and neat way to use your pumpkins. Don't have enough for a border? Fill a wheelbarrow or tub and add a mum or two.


pumpkins used as a planting border
Pumpkin patch border - photo courtesy of Priscilla
Judy had a small wagon sitting on their porch. Her husband Dave used it as a model to create this larger one, now complete with autumn decorations.

Yes, it isn't on the porch but we really liked it! If you look closely, they do have an absolutely beautiful front porch.


yard display with wagon and autumn decorations
Autumn wagon display - photo courtesy of Judy



A Porch Contest in Burnsville, NC

Fox Country Store in Burnsville, NC, is hosting an autumn porch contest for their community. It runs through October 31.

Take a look at the porches that have entered so far.


Fox Country Store autumn decorating contest entry
Lovely decorated fireplace and comfortable porch. Wouldn't you love a fireplace on your porch?
We have lots of pages chock full of autumn decorating ideas. Begin the fun by using our fall decorating directory.


Porch Ideas Network News

Beautiful porch by Taylor Made Custom Contracting


Jennifer Davenport of Decorating Ideas Made Easy We are excited about the launch of our Porch Ideas Network and want to feature our latest audio program with you.

We interview Jennifer Davenport of Decorating Ideas Made Easy.

Jennifer shares many autumn decorating tips that are simple to do yet create lots of autumn charm. We really like her tips for making those faux pumpkins look like real ones.


Enjoy our audio program with Jennifer: 00:22:00




Fall Porch Swing Project

Mary shows you how to make this quick and easy porch swing cushion for autumn. You'll be surprised at what she used for fill.


fall porch swing pillow project collage


Halloween on the Front Porch

Tis the season to have fun decorating for Halloween. Whether you like ghouls and goblins or perhaps a tamer version, it's fun to create a magical Halloween display.


happy carved pumpkins on front porch
Happy pumpkin front porch display
See our 10 easy Halloween decorating ideas.


black painted branches on front porch for halloween
Black painted branches with pumpkins
Check out these cool Halloween pumpkin carving ideas.


bizarre halloween pumpkin carving
photo by RDPJ Cakes
See these ideas for creating a "spooky" Halloween.


ghosts and goblins galore
Fun in daylight; spooky at night!



Screen Porches Love Fall

Enjoy your outdoor time in a wonderfully designed screened porch. It is the perfect time of year to not only build it but also enjoy it as well.

Before you begin planning your screen porch project, be sure to spend a few minutes gleaning ideas (and see fantastic photos) from our experts at The Porch Company.


beautifully designed screened porch by The Porch Company
Find your perfect screened porch design

Front Porch Designs Series

Mary and I have been creating a series of videos detailing what makes a great front porch design. We just completed our video on walk ways and since this is the perfect time of year to construct one, we thought you might like some ideas.

If you hadn't planned to build or remodel one, perhaps this will be your inspiration.


walkway design ideas video photo
Watch our walkway designs video

Paint Your Front Door

Did you know more painting is completed during October and November than in other times of the year? Why?

Folks want to prepare their homes for the upcoming holidays when they will be entertaining friends and family.

Mary and I know an easy way to create instant curb appeal is to apply a fresh coat of paint to your front door. Or better yet, change the color of your front door.

Have you seen this front door paint?


graphic of Modern Masters Front Door Paint Colors


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Join Our Porch Community on Facebook

You're invited to be part of our Facebook community. We share ideas with one another for decorating and using our porches. We have over 9,500 porch friends and would love to count you among them.


Mary and Dave Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary and Dave


Life is short. Enjoy your porch.



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