Pumpkin spice and everything nice Autumn is finally here!! For a few weeks, my IG feed has been sprouting with fall/seasonal decor that I just wasn’t ready to embrace quite yet. The biggest reason was that it was downright too hot here in Boise to think of warm spiced beverages, cozy flannel, and pumpkin everything. With the “unofficial” end of summer celebrations last weekend, I am finally ready to jump in headfirst to the world of Autumn!! Who doesn’t love the fall foliage in all those brilliant rich colors? Not to mention the crisp mornings that allow you to cozy up with some flannel and pumpkin spice. Autumn is here and it is here to stay, so why not usher the season in and create a porch vignette that just screams AUTUMN! I wanted to share with you six tips designers use to style their fabulous autumn porch. With these tips your neighbors will be jealous yet prepared to embrace the leaf raking, pumpkin picking, wagon riding season.
Tip one: First off let’s just start by saying this tip tops the rest. If you follow any of these tips this is the one to follow as it couldn’t be more on point. There is no such thing as too many pumpkins. There are so many varieties of pumpkins ranging anywhere from your typical round, plump, orange pumpkins to your squatty pumpkins, chic white pumpkins, and even funky green pumpkins. Ask your local pumpkin farmer about non-traditional pumpkins and where to purchase them. Buying 10 or more real pumpkins creates a beautiful and bountiful display that will allow you to have enough pumpkin flare for your spooky Halloween porch display. Even better, if you buy from a local farmer who can tell you which pumpkins are the freshest you may even be able to carry them over to your Thanksgiving vignette. The trick to making pumpkins last longer this fall is to paint your pumpkins or use stickers to decorate your pumpkins as opposed to carving your pumpkins which then tend to go bad in about a week.
Tip two: Create a layered look by using pots, stools or even straw bales. Anything you feel can act as a riser to display your fall decor and help the eye move easily through the design will take this look to the next level. This will allow for everything to be seen and have its place. The trick is to play around with it until you find it looks balanced and complete.
Tip three: Adding soft candlelight with lanterns are a beautiful way to bring a certain elegance to your outdoor fall decor. We love them for their versatility. Extra-large lanterns, such as the ones we used, can be filled with a variety of fall items including candles, small pumpkins, or faux leaves. Grouped between pumpkins and fall foliage, the lanterns are a perfect fit.
Safety Tip: If you choose to place candles inside your lantern, opt for flameless or LED candles. It is unsafe to leave a burning candle on your front porch unattended.
Tip four: Incorporating fall blooms is a must! When you think of using blooms for your porch decor you tend to think along the lines of spring decor with all the bright blooms of the season. Don’t forget about those fall blooms with all those rich colors and texture. Using some mums can really bring in that element of autumn. My favorite color pairing is green and white pumpkins with deep purple and white mums.
Tip five: If you only have time to add a DIY wreath to your front door this fall, embrace the fact that it’s going to be the star, and don’t feel shy about using bold colors. I’m always a fan of the classic gold, red, and copper color scheme. Your local craft store can supply you with most of the items needed to make your wreath. Using faux flowers and such is a great way to save money allowing you to use this wreath for more than one season.
Tip six: Plant in style with a planter that makes as much of a statement as the plant growing in it! Flank your front door with this stylish piece. For the fall season, fill it with layers of long grass and flowers at the base. These one-of-a-kind planters are the perfect fall front porch decor item that seamlessly transitions into winter decor.