Favorite thing to decorate for Fall! The front porch! So excited to share this with you today. And I just realized that this is the first holiday I get to decorate the front of the house with our new white shake shingle siding! It feels so fresh and more personal to our family. You know when you move into an existing home and it smells different, there are weird noises and doesn’t feel quite like you? Well, now almost 3 1/2 years later we have put our stamp on about everything in this little 1950’s cape. And just a reminder it takes TIME! Making a home doesn’t happen overnight. And making a home cozy and one that look good (to you) takes even more time. There are always the awkward, “you gave it a try moments”. So with that in mind, (hopefully not the awkward parts) is our front porch decorated for fall! Eeeekkkk!
Also I am joining 16 other bloggers who are sharing their front porches decked out for fall! Ella Claire hosts this Seasons of Home Tour and this is our last blog post until we start sharing Christmas Ideas! Crazy!
Here she is! I bet a lot of you thought I would paint over the pink door for fall. Nope! I actually thought I would when I originally painted it pink. Because after all, it is just paint! But I am still in love with the pink and was actually excited to decorate for fall with the pink.
Pink Front Door Paint Color- Coral Perfection from Sherwin Willams
Cornstalks were my main source of inspiration. I always say you have to start with ONE main inspiration piece. Besides the pink door, I needed some fall inspiration to get me started. And it came to me while Finn and I were driving on the other side of town to his soccer class. I had to pull over. Well, actually turn around and drive back to the house. Then pull over and admire a home. It was the first home I had driven by that was decked out, like DECKED out for fall. It made me smile and want to go knock on her door. Actually I should drop her something off!!! Because I admire someone who is puts in the effort. Anyways (wait for an update on that). She had cornstalks, a bunch of pumpkins, lanterns and hay. But the cornstalks just got me excited to decorate!
I wrapped THIS iron garland that was on my piano around the cornstalks and posts to secure them and add some charm. (I cut the garland in half).
Remember I moved our front porch doormats to the back door? I found the perfect outdoor rugs for the front door. THIS black and white rug remind me of our kitchen tile, fun little taste of what is inside! Then I layered THIS crow on the top. Not sure if that was a mistake or it came as a set, but two of the crows came, so I gave one to a friend for her birthday!
Added a pumpkin to our Free Little Library too. I mean, it is basically my grown-up version of a dollhouse! While I was outside taking photos someone stopped by and got a book- so Finn naturally went and got one too. Then pretended to read it….
After moving to the East (Connecticut) I realized that squirrels run the world! Never had an issue with squirrels eating pumpkins in Utah! So I had to google and then ask all of you- “how to keep squirrels from eating pumpkins?”. The most popular answer and the most effective is to rub a mixture of bleach and water over the pumpkins. Or cheap hairspray. What I did- I started to rub vinegar over the pumpkins and then heard that doesn’t always work. So I went to Home Depot and found some “animal repellent”. I sprayed it all over the pumpkins and around the area. (It is non-toxic and does not hurt the squirrels….the purpose it to repeal them not kill them). But basically it STINKS! It is a mixture of things but garlic is one of the things. The smell went away over night. But I covered my nose while I sprayed. Also if it rains you will need to re-apply. And readers told me that if your pumpkin does get a bite, you can cover the bite with Vaseline to protect it from rotting.
That warty pumpkin is my FAVORITE pumpkin ever. Don’t you love those?
I have a hard time with wreaths, finding one I love and that I will want to keep for another season or year. I found THIS metal roses one. Yes, it is pricey.But I knew I could use it for other seasons and also even inside.
We have some guests coming soon, excited to have this porch greet them…like BAM! Welcome! It’s fall. And get ready to eat and drink all the pumpkin things!
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For more Fall Porch Ideas check our my friends! This is my favorite blog post to read, love decorating the porch!