Happy October! I don’t know about you, but October is definitely one of my most favorite months. Not only is it my birthday month (turning the big 4-0 in a few days, yikes!!), but it is the month where, for most of us, the leaves are really changing and the cooler weather is finally here to stay for awhile. Swimming pools are closed and pumpkin patches are now open. Stores are stocked full of halloween costumes, mums, pumpkins, and fall scented candles (my favorite!). The month of October really signals the beginning of the holiday season for me–there is just so much to look forward to!
Well, now that I am truly embracing the cozy spirit of Autumn, I thought I would share my fall porch with you. My fall porch this year is probably the simplest it has ever been. When we first moved into our home about eight years ago, I went absolutely crazy decorating my porch for fall. I mean, it was the first time I had ever had a front porch to decorate, so why not go all out? I’m talking hay bales, corn stalks, pumpkins galore, mums, and a creepy hay stuffed skeleton man. Ha ha! My kids were little back then, and I just wanted the decor to be fun. With each passing year, however, I find myself paring down and keeping the porch decor to a minimum. Not only does life keep getting busier, but as I have said in previous posts, I have really come to embrace more simplicity in my decorating. That’s just where I’m at right now, and that’s what I am loving.
Welcome to my fall porch!
I grew all my pumpkins in our garden this year, and have resisted the temptation to buy more! In years past, I have been guilty of spending way too much money at the pumpkin patch even after growing my own! This year, I told myself that I would only use the pumpkins I grow, however many that turns out to be. When we planted in the spring, I made sure to plant lots of heirloom pumpkins, which I love the most for decorating. I unfortunately didn’t harvest as many as I would have liked to, but I think I had just enough to create a pretty display. On the other hand, I ended up with oodles of little pumpkins, which worked well for filling up my rusty wagon, antique scale and wicker seat.
I filled my large washtub, wagon, and three hanging galvanized pails with yellow mums.
Let’s go back to that first picture, shall we?
I placed a straw wreath on our NEW front door (more on that in a few), and a few pumpkins on my rusty trike to finish things off.
I just love my old rusty trike! I found it several years ago at a local antique shop, and it is the perfect addition to our front porch. It just has a friendly vibe, and it makes a cute stand for pumpkins and plants.
Our new front door! Oh I just love it!! I have always wanted a craftsman style front door, but they are rather spendy, so we were hoping to find a good deal on one. One day we were picking up some supplies at Home Depot, and we saw this front door in the clearance section for $250.00! We were surprised, as these doors usually run around $1,000.00. It turns out this door was a custom order that someone had ended up returning and it got marked down to sell quickly. Needless to say, we snatched it right up and it stayed in our garage for close to a year before we got around to painting and installing it. As you can see, we painted it my favorite shade of blue, robin’s egg, and it immediately breathed new life into our home’s exterior. The exact color is Tidewater from Sherwin Williams. It couldn’t be more perfect, and it really matches the bits of robin’s egg blue that I already have in our home.
I am just smitten with it! Such a refreshing color.
Well, that’s all I have for today. It’s been fun sharing a little bit of our home’s exterior for a change. I hope I have given you a little inspiration to help you decorate your front porch for fall, and if you don’t have a front porch, maybe you now have a few ideas for your front step and/or door. However you decide to decorate your home’s exterior for fall, enjoy the process and have fun. And, remember, simple always makes a big statement!