Last spring, I shared the five ways I refresh my front porch when a new season arrives. Like last spring and countless seasons before, I just did the same five things I always do to bring touches of Fall to my porch. I’m a firm believer in NOT reinventing the wheel if I don’t have to. Inspiration comes from various places. Magazines, Pinterest or simply driving around my town. Click HERE to see the inspiration for this porch. When I saw this pin I knew somewhere, somehow I was going to combine blue and orange/rust in my fall decor. There was no better place to try it out than the porch.
My starting point every time is the front door wreath…it sets the style and colors for the rest of the space. I usually lean towards a simple Farmhouse look but this time I went with lots of color and I have to admit that I really like it. After the wreath comes the planters that flank the door. I found these coppery rust mums at Lowe’s and felt incredibly lucky to find some in bloom. Around here, most of the mums are still in bud.
You can see how I put these olive bucket planters together HERE. Next is a new doormat. I saw this navy one earlier in the summer as I was wandering through Lowe’s. It was so reasonably priced that I bought it not knowing when I would actually use it. I tried it out when I had the planters in place and my vision of combining blue with rust came to life.
I hit the jackpot with this set of pillows I got at TJMaxx for $19.99. I was pretty excited (I know…it doesn’t take much) that I found both blue and rust in the same fabric…and even though I don’t add piping to pillows I sew myself, I do love it. So…the perfect fabric AND rust piping? Definitely a lucky purchase.
I think Fall is the perfect time of year to add a throw (or two) into the mix. It adds a cozy factor that the pillows can’t quite pull off on their own. I searched “rust throw blanket” online and up came these fleece throws. They were a little more than I usually spend but the color was so perfect that I splurged. They are soft and thick too so I wasn’t disappointed.
Last thing to do is add some accessories to the table. I like to use real plants when possible. This asparagus fern was in my summer planters that were ready for retirement. I just transferred it to a different container with fresh dirt. The little lace pumpkin is from a few years ago. You can see how to make your own HERE.
I love to use Indian corn in my fall decorating but I’ve never been able to use it outside. The squirrels go to town and feast on it. I’m hoping the squirrels can’t figure out how to open the lantern and that the corn will be safe! The pumpkins are not real…much too early for that. Probably in a month or so I will switch them out for the real thing.
So that’s it. Take a look at my spring porch right HERE...and then compare it to this one. They are the same…yet very different. If throws and pillows aren’t in the budget then start small. Just change out one thing. You don’t have to make your own wreath. Most craft stores have darling wreaths and if they are on sale, they are reasonably priced. Or skip the wreath and plant a couple of mums. It doesn’t have to be your front door either. If you always use your back door then fluff that a little.
The most important thing is that when you walk up to your door, it welcomes you home. If you are reading this blog, and have made it to the end of this post, I know you care about that sort of thing. I do too so we have that in common…among many other things I’m sure.
Thank you for stopping by…see you in a few days!
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