Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fall porch decor

outdoor fall decor

Hey hey! It’s Thursday and I’m happy! I’ve always loved Thursdays. It’s the almost-weekend. LIKE.

Today we’re closing up our fall linky parties over at Rhoda’s outdoor fall decor shindig – whoot! It’s supposed to be warm again today and tomorrow but I’m sitting in my office with a blanket on so I don’t quite believe it. Or I just refuse to believe it. :) So bring on the fall outdoor ideas!

Last year I shared our patio dressed up for the season:

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So this year I’m heading back out front. If you’ve been around a while you’ve seen my plan before – when I find something that works I do it again and and again and basically run it into the ground. :)

This year is no exception. I like sharing this though because I know I’m not the only one with a teeny tiny porch. And even a teeny tiny porch can look big and mighty this time of year.

I start with a couple corn stalks – and apparently we’ve grown them big in Indiana this year:

corn stalks for fall

These were each over 12 feet tall so I cut them down with my saw. I secure them next to the door with some cup hooks and hidden twine:

corn stalks on porch

I changed out my yellow mums for these orange ones – I think these look better with the pumpkin wreath and door. The yellow mums will go back to the patio.

I got that big wide sisal rug from Target this spring and LOVE it. It’s hard to find one that wide:

fall front porch

See? Itty bitty porch and still festive. Yes I dream about a big wide porch with a swing, but it ain’t happening. So I embrace mine and make it work. :)

We have a big rock in our landscaping out front and I like to decorate around it for the fall. I pile pumpkins, kale, mums, whatever I can find around it:

pumpkins and kale

I just leave them in their containers and hide the plastic with the pumpkins. Love how it looks!

This year I also planted some sub-zero pansies – I don’t usually plant anything out front but these have a guarantee that they’ll make it through the winter and will then bloom again in the spring:

outdoor fall decorating

I think I’m going back to get more to go all the way around the landscaping out front. (I only got enough to go around the rock.) I LOVE the colors – lots of different purples, reds and yellows. So pretty. :) Anyone ever planted these?

This is not my thriftiest decorating – the kale and pumpkins aren’t cheap but I just love them. And they always last well past Thanksgiving. Last year my kale was absolutely beautiful in the snow. It wasn’t until about February that they finally dried up.

I took down our window boxes (they were falling apart) earlier this year and still hope to get some new ones up before the holidays:fall front porch decor

Weird timing maybe but I do love filling them with greenery at Christmas.

Now that the fall decor is up we’ll be pulling out the big spider, orange lights and blow up pumpkin for out front this weekend. :) Can’t wait to see your door and outdoor decor over at Rhoda’s today. Have a great almost-weekend!

35 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic! I love the colors you chose for your mums and pansies. I planted sub zero pansies last fall and they came back bigger and better even in containers. I planted them with cabbage. I had to transplant some in the spring because there was so many! Love the look of your front.

    -Mari

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    1. Great to know Mari! I'm going to go grab more! :)

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  2. I love the corn stalks flanking the sides! and you're totally right about kale-I did that last year and they lasted a really long time!

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  3. Gorgeous! I love this time of year, and decorating is part of the reason!

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  4. It looks really pretty. It has inspired me to move on mine. The flowers sure add a lot. If I could just remember to water them. You have such a fun blog to visit.

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  5. Omygoodness Can we say BEAUTIFUL or what .... You have it looking so beautiful and I love how you did the arrangement near the garden. I might have to copy that my friend. Prayers that you all have a happy OCTOBER harvest season my friend. HUGS from The Rusty Pearl

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  6. I LOVE your corn stalk idea - so unique and pretty! And the real pumpkin vignette in your flower bed is lovely too. Thanks for sharing your inspiring Fall Front Porch with us!
    Marie@InteriorFrugalista

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  7. Looks great! The corn stalk really adds so much. I want some! :)

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  8. I love the way it looks out front, I guess I should go get a big pot of flowers for the front porch and a few pumpkins, yours look beautiful...Wish I were done...Phyllis

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  9. Must find sub zero pansies! Never knew there was such a thing! With such dreary winters, these might be the secret to extending the color in my yard and getting it back early in the spring!

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  10. We have a small front porch too, but I love how you've made maximum impact with minimal space. If it weren't almost 90 degrees here in DC this week, I would start thinking about fall decorating, too, but with this weather I am just not feeling it yet. Maybe next week! :)

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  11. I love how you decked out yours!! We too have a small front porch. We actually grow corn about 4 small rows and use the left over stalks to zip tie to the front porch posts with those big scarecrows on the bamboo sticks.

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  12. Is the pumpkin wreath from Pier One? I saw one there that looks just like yours, and almost bought it...now I want to buy it for sure seeing how nice yours looks! Beautiful looking fall porch!

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    1. Thank you! I made that one last year! :) Here's the link: http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-pumpkin-wreath-on-patio.html

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  13. Love the wreath, and if it is pier 1 I'm still pretending that you made it in my head!

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    1. Ha! No I did make that one! http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-pumpkin-wreath-on-patio.html

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  14. so warm and welcoming!!! love the wreath and the cornstalks! last year i got a ton of cornstalks from a farmer friend and i didn't do it this year.... regretting now! ;)

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  15. Love the way you used the cornstalks. I definitely need a few in my life asap.

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  16. I love your fall porch decor -- especially the corn stalks! I've always thought about using corn stalks, but have never actually sprung for them yet. Maybe I should pick up some corn stalks this year!

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  17. Looks great. I just bought my mums and pumpkins yesterday for the porch. Now if only it would get colder!

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  18. It looks great! Just love fall colors!

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  19. Gorgeous! Unfortunately, the deer here like pansies this year. I have never had a problem, but neighbors have!!

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    1. Our deer don't venture to the front yard so I'm hoping these will make it!

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  20. Everything looks gorgeous. I never would have thought to decorate with kale, but it looks absolutely fantastic, it's a great color and green addition!

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  21. Looks amazing! I love to use kale and cabbage in my fall flower bed.

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  22. Would love to know more about the sub-zero pansies. Will they survive the winter planted in a container?

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  23. Love all the fall flora around your rock! But in my neighborhood, unguarded pumpkins are gleefully smashed by bored teens. I'd have to haul them in at dusk every day, and that's not happening. So I'll just enjoy yours.

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  24. I love love love this. Just gorgeous. What color is your front door? Thanks.

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    1. I'd be interested in knowing this too, please. It's a great colour that I wouldn't have thought of!

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    2. Actually...looked through some more pics from your house, and I'd also like to know the colour of your kitchen walls and the bathroom with the red frame on the wall, please. I'm trying to find a nice, neutral "oatmeal" colour for the main living area of my home. Thank you!

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  25. You are on the top of my new blog favorite! I'm new to blogging and just love the stuff you show us! I'm thinking about doing the DIY ladder you did because I keep seeing them in magazines, but then they don't list it for sale! It's just a decoration in their ad! grrr, frustrating! Anyway, I liked the antique farm house fb page and signed up for their newsletter. What a great find! goldilox :)

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  26. WOW...your front porch looks amazing! So many fabulous ideas - I'm headed to the craft store in the morning! I also want to incorporate the wooden water bucket from Antique Farm House... oooo there are some great finds on their site! Thanks for bringing it! Donna - donnapdx@live.com

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  27. What a LOVELY post:) your blog Is SO inspiring and I always leave here with a smile.

    Check out my blog....with lots of cute Swedish decor inspiration:)

    Have a great weekend dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis - inredning it's, Swedish for decor :)

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  28. I particularly like to see kale incorporated in the fall yard. It is so lacy and the colors are wonderful! I also love the grain sack fabrics from Antique Farm House, especially the blue/white and red/white! Thank you so much for sharing!

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