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 […]