I finally got around to getting my porch decorated for fall last week. It’s been so darn hot and I’ve been out of town the past couple of weekends, so I didn’t even realize we were already halfway into October. What?!?! Guess it was time for me to get my decorating butt in gear and get some pumpkins out there.
I didn’t do much this year. I brought home a pile of pumpkins and a load of mums last year and almost all of the pumpkins rotted before Halloween and almost all of the mums dried out and died even sooner. And since this fall season has been even warmer than last year (this better not be a trend Mother Nature, or you and I are going to have words…), I decided to take it easy on the mums and pumpkins and tried to supplement with a few things from around the house.
On a side note, let me just tell you that I came home straight from work on Friday to do some yard work and get things finished up on the porch in preparation of getting some pictures over the weekend. And then Saturday came and we got a bazillion inches of rain, so everything ended up being water logged and looking less than desirable, and all my glamorous Friday night yard work was for nothing, but I was afraid if I waited any longer to get this post up we would be into the Christmas season, so I thought we would just go with it, if that’s ok with you…
I kept it traditional this year, with cornstalks, orange and white pumpkins, and a pretty rust colored mum in one of my treasured old buckets.
One of my favorite additions is a little handmade table/bench thing. My mom’s neighbor was going to throw it away, so she snagged it for me – I’ve trained my family so well.
The lanterns and twiggy pumpkins (they have little lights in them) were things I had on hand, and as soon as I get around to putting batteries in everything – why rush it now? – they’ll look so pretty out there at night.
The dried wheat wreath is from Target and I really love the simple texture of it. The doormat is unfortunately just a plain ol’ coir mat I had leftover from a DIY project that never happened. I don’t have a covered porch, so doormats take a beating out there and everything I saw was more than I wanted to spend or sold out, so I thought I might as well put it to use.
And that’s my little porch all festive for fall this year. Fingers crossed my pumpkins and mums make it until at least Halloween. 😉