Welcome, Fall, Ya'll! It's the second week of October and we're just now seeing some signs of cooler fall weather here in the South. I've put off the "putting on" of pumpkins for that very reason, but since our mornings are getting cooler and our evenings have been inviting fire pot sitting, it's pumpkin time!
I wanted to grab a couple different pumpkin varieties this year since the littles' ages are simply perfect for learning about pumpkins. Our local produce stand is where we got these babies. We have a regular Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin and Jarrahdale pumpkin is that pretty mint green color.
Of course we used the traditional Mums and the bench and pots we already had. Simplicity and a very low budget was our goal. I also like practicality and pieces that can be repurposed or used in a variety of seasons, which helps save the mulah.
We had an interesting challenge this year for fall decor with one of those such pieces that needed to be used in a variety of seasons. My hubby made our porch bench for summer and we've gotten a lot of compliments on it! The color is my favorite and it's great for summer, but I wasn't sure how I would bring warm fall colors in with it against a white house with dark shudders. Yeah. That's a lot of color to work with and make fit together. I'm not a design expert!
Part of our solution was the front door. I was able to keep my summery pillow and bench by drawing out the dark blue in the pillow into the door. It just so happens our door needed a paint job. It hadn't been painted in the nine years we've been here and so it was time! This post is not about painting a door, but if you're interested in how to do it for no more than $5, comment below! I'll be happy to write that one. So, our door was painted Deep Twilight, a Valspar color from Lowe's. I love how it turned out! The picture below shows our homemade crafty, sparkly, fall leaf garland against the new front door, which ads some more warm to our porch! (You can follow me on instagram to learn about how to make the garland with your kiddies.) I think since the pillow and door coordinate, the pumpkins look great next to the bright bench. So there are blues, brights and whites throughout.
The last piece we worked with to add a fall look to our otherwise seaside designed bungalow, was to use the natural elements of fruit crates and wood. And the best part is that they were free! I love how they add dimension and height as well. It sure does make it look cozy and it looks like fall- whether or not it actually feels like fall yet down here!
I think this year is my favorite porch so far! It's simple and natural. I'd love to know what you like to use to bring together your fall porch! Leave me a comment below!
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