I debated about decorating outside for fall this year. For one reason, the squirrels around here devour every last pumpkin on the block – don’t even get me started on what they did to my cornstalks last year. And for another, I absolutely love entries flanked by cornstalks, pumpkins, and mums, but our current front steps are very narrow and not all that decorator friendly (just wait til I get those new and improved, expanded steps next year!), and since we haven’t put the new steps in, we haven’t done any landscaping out front either – no sense planting something that might have to be torn out in a few months. So, although we have beautiful new shutters on the house, the rest of the front is a little bit blah right now. That said, it’s all about working with what you currently have, and I ended up with an overabundance of pumpkins this year, so I decided to take some of that fabulous pumpkin action outside. Confession time – I went a little bit crazy with the pumpkins this year. I don’t know what it was, I just kept bringing them home…and I can’t really promise it won’t keep happening… 🙂
I put no real thought into this whatsoever. I just grabbed whatever pumpkins I had left and started lining them up out there.
Of course, if you’re putting pumpkins on your front steps you have to have mums and cornstalks too, right?
Probably my favorite thing this year are the planters. I brought home mums without even thinking about what I would put them in. I didn’t see anything at the stores that I cared for, let alone wanted to spend the money on, so I started digging around the house and came up with a galvanized metal bucket from Target, and old ash bucket from the flea market, and a couple of small metal buckets from Ikea, but I still needed one more and I couldn’t think of anything. I asked Jordan if he had any sort of metal bucket I could use and he produced an old paint bucket that was left in the garage – perfect!!
All things considered, I’m happy I did this – it’s not perfect or really anything special, but the fall season for me wouldn’t be complete without it. And for those of you who told me I would love the front door color once I got some flowers out there – you were right. I do love it and I’m glad we didn’t change it. 🙂
So what do you think? Do you like to decorate outside when the fall season hits?
P.S. About the squirrels…the nice man at the garden center talked me into buying a hot pepper squirrel repellant spray – and so far it’s been working. Fingers crossed it continues to work. 🙂