Decorating My Front Porch for Fall

This week I went to my favorite local farmers’ market and picked up several pumpkins to add some fall color to my front porch. I love all of the interesting colors and shapes of the pumpkins and gourds there – putting a mix of them on my front porch was a simple way to decorate for the fall season. 


I had to buy new planters too because my old urn planters kept blowing over and were a mess so I picked up these two planters that were on clearance at Home Depot for $20 each.


My original plan was to plant mums in each of them but honestly, I couldn’t bring myself to do it because I’m just not a big fan of mums. (I had to say that quietly because I know that 99% of you girls love your mums and I wanted to minimize the gasps of horror at my confession.) I do love all of the pretty fall colors that mums come in and I can absolutely appreciate a pretty front porch that has been decorated using them but I just don’t love the look of the blooms. As you know, there aren’t a ton of other flower options out there this time of year so I decided to try a combination or ornamental corn and millet. I placed the ornamental corn in the back of planters to add some height. It’s hard to tell when you’re far away, but up close you can see the pretty striping of the leaves and the small colorful cobs of corn.


In the front, I planted ornamental millet, which has these great cattail-like plumes with a really cool texture. Home Depot has huge millet planters for $22.95, which I split in half for use in my two planters.


Since I had to spend money on new planters this fall, I didn’t want to buy a new wreath so I just pimped out my wreath from last Christmas. 


It is a Smith & Hawkins star anise wreath that I bought from Target last year and it was my favorite wreath purchase ever because not only did I love the look of it, but the licorice smell of the star anise was amazing and lasted for months. 

To turn it into a fall wreath, I added a burlap bow from Ballards (available here) - these are are best bows and I buy a bunch of them after Christmas every year when they go on clearance. Then I took two mini pumpkins and a gourd, drilled a pair of holes in the back of each of them, inserted a piece of floral wire into each hole as far as it would go, and then hot glue gunned the wire in place. I then stuck each piece the wire through the front of the wreath until it came out through the back where I twist tied the two pieces of wire together to secure the pumpkins in place. Doing it this way, I didn’t have to use any hot glue on the wreath itself so I can remove the pumpkins in a few weeks and still use the wreath for Christmas.


While Target doesn’t sell the star anise wreath anymore, it would be a very simple, inexpensive one to DIY. Simply wrap some brown burlap around a styrofoam wreath and use hot glue to attach star anise seed pods (which you can get from a local ethnic market or grocery store or on Amazon here) to the front and sides of the wreath. If you love the smell of black licorice, you will LOVE having a star anise wreath!

Since I haven’t ever shared any pictures of the exterior of our home and since I know you all love “before & after” pics, I thought you might like seeing what our front entry looked like when we bought our house compared to what it looks like now:


What do you think? For loads of other ideas about decorating your outdoor entry for fall, be sure to check out this post if you haven’t already seen it. Have a great weekend everyone!

Country Barrel Giveaway: Hanging Mason Jars & More!

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The Country Barrel Giveaway is now closed – thanks for entering! Happy Wednesday friends! It’s time for our monthly giveaway and I know you’re gonna love it!  It’s from Etsy shop The Country Barrel, which sells a wide variety of upcycled items made by the shop’s crafty owners, Devon and Tanita.  Two of their favorite things to craft with are mason jars and wine corks, which they use to make the most beautiful, functional, and affordable creations!  My hands down favorites are their handmade hangers that can turn ordinary mason jars into gorgeous hanging lanterns: I have visions of an outdoor dinner party with dozens of hanging mason jars filled with candles… Martha Stewart Weddings Another one of my Country Barrel favorites is their “frog lids” which are upcycled mason jar lids with wire dividers that make it a snap for you to create the perfect flower arrangement and keep […]

Decorating Inspiration: Bar Carts

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Monday mornings are always a bit rough as I rouse the kids from their deep sleep to get ready for school and wake up facing my ever-growing to-do list for the week. The good news is that most weeks go by fast and the weekend is here before you know it so it’s not too early in the week to start thinking about gathering with friends for Friday night Happy Hour, right?! Which brings me to the topic of this post – bar carts. Love ‘em! Most of us have barware that stays hidden in our kitchen cabinets – you know, all of those wedding gifts you registered for but rarely use…  Bar carts are perfect for displaying your barware while also adding a neat decorative element to your room and freeing up precious kitchen cabinet space.  If you don’t own any neat barware, you can buy some fantastic glasses and […]

My New Succulents and Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree (and the master plan for keeping them alive…)

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Is it possible for a plant to be in style? There are two plants that I’m seeing over and over again in design magazines that make quite an impression – succulents and fiddle leaf figs.  If plants can be hip and in style, then that’s exactly what these two plants are. While I think that plants can be beautiful additions to any room’s décor, I have to admit that I have very few of them in my home.  Because, well, I tend to kill them.  Until recently, the only survivors in my home were two plants that are entirely unkillable – they get completely limp and sad after weeks of neglect but then perk right back up when finally given some water.  I’ve been drooling over the gorgeousness of succulents and fiddle leaf fig trees for months but knew it was useless to buy them because they would ultimately die….until […]

25 Unique Ways to Decorate with Vintage Ladders

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One of my favorite things about the Country Living Fair was seeing all of the different ways that vendors used vintage pieces to display their wares. Old vintage ladders were one of the things that I noticed being used again and again as part of creative displays. It got me thinking about the possibility of using a vintage ladder for a bare corner in my living room so I went looking for some design inspiration to see what others have done with vintage ladders in their homes. I was astounded by the number of creative ways that I found to repurpose ladders and by the decorative interest they added to these homes so I’ve put my favorites together in a post to share my inspiration! One of the simplest uses of vintage ladders is to prop them up against a wall and drape items on the rungs. Tracey chose to hang grain […]

Exploring the 2012 Country Living Fair

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Out of all of the design magazines that I read, Country Living ranks near the top of my list of favorites. Unlike Elle Décor and Architectural Digest that showcase interiors designed with unlimited budgets, Country living is full of beautiful yet affordable ideas that you can actually incorporate into your own home. I’ve read about Country Living’s fairs for years and finally got a chance to explore one this past weekend! I went with my friend Vickie, who is my favorite shopping partner in crime.  I was thinking that I was uber-prepared, having brought a huge burlap shoulder bag for my loot but it quickly became apparent that it was an amateur move – most of the ladies walking into the fair came with folding shopping carts. And I thought I was a serious shopper. As we toured around the fair, I snapped some pics of some of my favorite […]

Cozying Up Your Home with Cable Knit Décor

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As the weather turns colder, there are few things more comforting than cozying up in your favorite sweater or coming in from the cold and and snuggling under a warm knitted throw. Cable-knit throws are a time-honored classic that you can find gracing some of the most gorgeous rooms: {Country Living} {Lauren Liess} {Pottery Barn} {Houzz} But throws aren’t the only option for bringing the warmth and texture of cable-knit into your home – there’s plenty of other unique cable-knit home décor items! I love this set of letterpress printed Cable Knit Coasters from Etsy shop Red Bird Ink – they provide a cozy spot for that steaming cup of morning coffee!: These decorative white ceramic Table Vases from Target would be perfect to use as part of a fall tablescape or mantel décor as would these textural Tricot Ceramic Collection vases from The HomePort. The HomePort’s Tricot Ceramic Collection also includes ceramic jars and pots as […]

Inspiration for Creating an Accent Wall

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I’ve never been a big fan of accent walls – those words conjure up visions of rooms like this where (1) I have no idea why they chose that particular wall to accent since there is no interesting architecture or wall décor that would make this wall the focal point and (2) the color chosen for the accent wall doesn’t relate well to the colors in the rest of the space. However, over the past few months I’ve come across several gorgeous images of rooms with accent walls and I’ve done a complete 180, realizing that when an accent wall is done correctly, it can be stunning decorative element. The simplest of accent walls is one created with paint – I love this room where the bold blue accent wall highlights the large window and vaulted ceiling and the color is tied into the rest of the room in the pillows […]

The Shops at Target: PATCH NYC & The Curiosity Shoppe

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Target unveiled round two of “The Shops” today, including home décor collections from PATCH NYC and the Curiosity Shoppe.  Unlike the first “Shops” that included some great home décor items from Privet House, the magazine previews of the collections being launched today didn’t have me all that excited about round two. However, I still swung by Target today to check them out and I’m here to share the good and the bad of what I found with you! First off: PATCH NYC. PATCH NYC was established by Boston-based designers Don Carney and John Ross who started out their business as designers of unique fashion accessories.  They later opened a lifestyle studio with original art and collections of home décor and fashion accessories that are characterized by the same exquisite attention to detail and unpredictable sense of color for which their fashion accessories were known. These images of the PATCH NYC shop in Boston […]