So every year for Fall, I have all of these grand dreams of decorating my front porch and I rarely succeed. I usually get as far as a pumpkin or two, which then I quickly neglect, let rot and then finally scrape off the porch floor sometime in February.
NOT THIS YEAR.
I went all out. I may have over did it.Â With the addition of the striped porch floor in June, I felt this was a perfect opportunity to flex my Fall muscles. And so I did. Mostly because of all the pumpkin lifting.
Here’s how the porch looked before this all went down:
YEESH. (Also, the swinging baby chairs are still there. We don’t need a toddler riot around here.)
Before I get into the nitty gritty of all this, I just wanted to give a little shout out to AllModern, who helped supply many of the goodies for this makeover. I’ll point them out as I go, but as one of my special blogger privileges, a shout out something to the tune of, “Hey AllModern! I really like your stuff and I order from you all of the time! Can you help me with this makeover?” often results in some super-fun mail days. So THANK YOU AllModern.
Alright, so let’s get down to it.
The porch is divided into four areas: the front door/entry, the main seating area, Â the “garden level” seating area and the porch steps. I treated these areas as four separate things, choosing items particularly for those areas.
Area One – The Front Door/Entry
The entry is always a game of heightâ€”and varying, tiered heights at that. I have very tall, 33″ planters (they were made usingÂ this tutorial), so I needed additional, somewhat-tall items to createÂ my tiers. I almost went the planter route for the second tallest tier, but a 20″ planter these days is nearly $70 (UM NO) so a $5 mum was the answer. That combined with a few shorter pumpkins and gourds gave me the three heights I wanted for this area. Do I wish the mums are a little taller? Sure, but it was a tradeoff I was willing to make with price. (ETA: Just remember mums need lots of sun to bloom, so if your porch is shady, this plan won’t work! My porch is shady nearly all day, so I move the mums to sunny spots during the day until they bloom, then once they’ve have lots of nice flowers, I replace them in their spots on the porch.)
I also added this striped outdoor ottoman to the left of the front door. It’s a perfect little spot to set a bamboo tray with a pitcher and a drink.Â And with limited seating out here, the boys loving using it as a place to lounge.
Area Two – The MainÂ Sitting Area
Just to the right of the entryway is a little seating area.
I had to get creative with seating, because while a couch would be the more obvious choice, we are desperate for outdoor storage. I ordered this GIANT outdoor storage box/seat from AllModern. It’s reinforced to act as a seat, and it’s big enough to sit drinks and snacks in between two adults. Right now it’s holding our gardening supplies, a water table, a bubble machine, some shovels and more.
Area Three – The “Garden Level” Seating Area
These vintage, metal patio chairs have been with me forever, and they live what I’m very fancily calling the “garden level” seating area. All that really means is that they are on our sidewalk leading up to our house.
I loved the geometric, almost art deco-like pattern on this garden stoolâ€”another AllModern find!â€”which makes a good drink or plant holder in between. In the cooler months I can bring it inside and use it more like a side table, too.
Area Four – Porch Steps/Any Entry Points
I feel like steps are such a big part of porch decorating, so I wanted to really trick those out too. This part is really easy. Lots of mums, pumpkins and lanterns, all in varying heights. (Varying heights isÂ basically my one-trick ponyâ€”no shame here.)
Here are the front porch steps. First on the left.
And then on the right. I love this side the most mainly due to these white ceramic containers. They aren’t any holes for drainage, but as long as you don’t overwater, it should be just fine.
On the other side of the porch, which is where we typically enter, I placed some solar lanterns I found on Target clearance. I think I got both for about $15? They charge during the day, then automatically turn on at dusk. Love ’em.
So that’s it! That’s my 2016 Fall porch. Again, a huge thanks toÂ AllModern. (If you’re new to AllModern, they’re with a family of other great companies like Wayfair, DwellStudio, Birch Lane and Joss & Main.) If you’ve done a design project with me, you’re very familiar LOL! They tend to be my go-to resource.
This fall tour is a part of a HUGE fall blog tour this week. There are 33 homes participating, mine included, so check out the list below!