Front Porch Fall Decorating Ideas: Greet the Season

Easy front porch fall decorating ideas that won’t break the bank. Greet the season with autumn colors and natural elements. 

front porch fall decorating ideas with rockers and buffalo check throw blankets

Greeting the season and putting my front porch plan into action has been more of a process than usual, but it’s finished and I’m happy to be sharing it with all of you today! In case you missed the previous posts, you can catch up on how to make the lamb’s ear wreath and all about the fall lantern planters. I wasn’t going to let hot weather or dead mums stand in my way, even though it was tempting to put everything on hold. I just kept plugging away and now I’m so glad I did. This might be one of my favorite porches ever.

*All sources and sizes are listed at the end of the post. Affiliate links included. Click HERE for my disclosure statement.

apple basket pillow on porch rocker

This plan really started with the black and white buffalo check throws that are on the rockers. They are very basic and if I can pull it off, I want to use them for Christmas as well. Two seasons for the price of one!

Front Porch Fall Decorating Ideas: A Tip

To save a little money, try to use what you have. Shop your house for pillows or throws that have been around for a while that you won’t mind using outside. Reuse your summer planters and just refresh them for fall. I bet there’s a bin or two someplace in your house that has pumpkins and other fall decor in it…take a look and see what you can find!

fall decorating ideas galvanized bucket with mums on front porch

I dragged a couple of galvanized buckets from the deck to the front porch and filled them with copper mums, kale, and ivy. They add a touch of farmhouse style and the metal provides a break from the black & white.

copper mums and kale in galvanized metal bucket

Since you can never have too much buffalo check, I carried it over to the door area by layering a rug under the coir doormat. I love the way this looks and can’t believe I waited so long to try it. It’s a little trendy, but so cute and pretty inexpensive if you can find a rug for a good price. I’ve linked to a few black and white rugs below, but they can be picked up at discount or craft stores too.

black planters with mums and lanterns on porch

Front Porch Fall Decorating Ideas: Sources & Sizes

Mayne planter | Lanterns | LED Pillar Candles | Candle Remote Control | Lamb’s Ear Wreath | Front Door Color | Porch lights | Address plaque | Mailbox | Door hardware | Wreath hanger | Rockers | Buffalo check rug | Hello doormat | Black geometric rug | Black plaid rug | Black & white buffalo check throw blanket | Hot Skwash Velvet Pumpkins | Your Heart’s Content Velvet Pumpkins | Vintage galvanized tubs | Exterior paint colors

  • Planter size is 16 x 16 inches.
  • The lantern size (in the planters) is listed as large, 8 x 8 x 23.75 inches.
  • The candle size is 4 x 12 inches.
  • The lantern on the table is listed as medium, 6.5 x 6.5 x 14.5 inches.
  • Buffalo check rug is 24 x 36 inches.

fall decor on front porch with lanterns and black planters

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Lamb’s Ear & Cotton Boll Wreath

Fall Planter Idea: Lanterns & Mums

mums in fall planter box with layered doormat fall planter idea

It’s been so hot that Kelly and I haven’t been able to spend much time on the porch. I know some of you are having a hard time getting into the mood for fall, and I totally understand. It’s not the easiest thing to do when the temperatures are smokin’ hot! One thing is for sure, cooler temps are coming. Fall is calling…so go ahead and greet the season by adding some fall decor to your porch or outdoor space. That way, when that first crisp day arrives, you’ll be ready.

miniature schnauzer sitting on front porch

*Author’s note: when I was updating this post, and came to the end, I thought about removing the mention of Kelly, along with her picture. In the end, I just couldn’t do it. In case you don’t know, she passed away in the summer of 2021. We miss her every day.

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  1. I love the suggestion to shop your house first. I’m always amazed by what I already have.

  2. The mat and rug combo is so cute!

  3. Linda Anderson says:

    Where have you been during my life. I decorate almost exactly like you and yours are absolutely beautiful!! Your my new favorite site!!! Can’t wait to see more!

  4. Love the lamps on your porch and your porch is cute…I Adore your Salt and Pepper Schnauzer!

  5. Zara Pratt says:

    I loove your porch! So wonderful ideas and all the details that you added are just great!

  6. Stephanie says:

    I LOVE your porch ideas! I am wondering if you can share where you got your smaller lantern filler of white pumpkins

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Stephanie! Those pumpkins are just from a bin I found in my basement. I think the bigger ones came from Hobby Lobby but it’s been a few years. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  7. Love the idea of a larger rug under the sturdy top rug! Great ideas for my small porch which has a built in bench. However, I have to pair it all down, now what to leave out! Happy Fall, Ann.

  8. Lovely. I like the mum-ivy-kale combo

  9. Love your decorating pointers and adore the picture of your fur-kid on the front porch.

  10. What size are your galvanized tubs?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Alycia! The bucket on the table is 10 inches tall. The pail beside the rocker is 14 inches tall by about 18 inches wide. I hope this helps!

  11. Love the front porch fall update. Thank you for sharing. Jean

  12. This is a porch I’d like to spend time on. And your dog is adorable too.

    1. I am very much like your designs.
      Love how your galvanized buckets turned out.I’m also a fan of anything black and white.With all the heat,I’m not there yet with my porch, but I enjoy seeing yours.

  13. Beautiful always enjoy your posts.and what a handsome looking dog

  14. Love how your galvanized buckets turned out.I’m also a fan of anything black and white.With all the heat,I’m not there yet with my porch, but I enjoy seeing yours.

  15. I’m with you Ann.. this is one of my favorites porches and I love all porches.
    I’m also a big fan of the black and white buffalo check. I just found a 8×10 black and white rug for my dining room… just need a few ideas to tie that together,,, any ideas would be much appreciated.

  16. Laurie Galloway says:

    Ann, this is MY personal favorite of your many fabulous front porch transformations. And I made your lambs ear and cotton boll wreath over the weekend, too, so I’m halfway there! Love the buffalo plaid, and the pillows that keep it all from looking too stark. Thank you for yet another beautiful design inspiration. COME ON, FALL!

  17. Glad you kept plugging along with the decorating of the front porch. Just love it. The buffalo check must be the secret to keeping everything looking like an early rush on autumn. You are the best for keeping things looking fresh and not breaking the budget. Thanks so much.

  18. Katie Mansfield says:

    So cute. I love the buffalo check. I have a black and white throw around here somewhere. It will have to make an appearance.