There’s a few basic guidelines I follow in my porch decorating that can really help you no matter the season, size of your porch, or style of decor! Below I’ve outlined 6 simple tips and tricks that will help you get started and decorate your porch like a pro! I also try to make it as easy on myself as possible to transition my porch quickly and easily from fall to Christmas and beyond- and these tips are perfect for that too! I’ve covered everything from materials, to placement, and styling without making it too fussy or complicated, so ANYONE can create a beautiful porch!Read More
Porches are my favorite part of seasonal decorating every year, especially in the fall! I love making the space extra cozy and adding lots of natural touches like pumpkins, gourds, foddershocks, and plants. This year I decided to go for a more neutral color palette on the porch. I chose lots of white, light green, and peachy toned pumpkins and all white mums. I used foddershocks again on the columns in front and lots of dried hydrangeas to fill in some of my planters. I love to use a mix of vintage baskets, wooden crates, and metal buckets for planters that have a little extra character. On the chairs, I added a mix of patterned pillows and a vintage brown plaid blanket. Many of my porch decorations are thrifted or vintage but I've linked lots of similar options below for you to shop! Happy Fall!
It's finally patio weather season and there's nothing better than a cozy + inviting outdoor space. I'm helping several clients with porch and patio designs right now, so I've definitely got outdoor decor on the brain! I like to think of these spaces as just another room of your home that should be equally as cozy and beautiful! Since these areas are usually used as a summer entertaining space, I recommend adding in some pops of color and fun decor elements that might even be a little outside of your normal style! Patterns, textures, and bright colors will definitely give your space that warm and inviting feel. Starting by picking a few pillows or an outdoor rug will give you a good direction on your color scheme for the space. As far as furniture, I recommend investing in pieces that are comfortable, durable, and neutral (and that includes neutral cushions!). Outdoor furniture can sometimes be pricey, but the more expensive pieces will probably last longer and be way more comfortable (so you'll end up using them more!). You may have space for both a sitting area and outdoor dining space, but if not choose which type of seating you think you will use the most.
A few of my essentials for decking out your space:
1. a printed outdoor rug
2. several outdoor pillows in mixed prints + colors
3. a couple of lanterns
4. mix + match side tables + a coffee table, pouf, or ottoman
5. cute string lights or twinkle lights for hanging above your space!
6. planters: all sizes including hanging, tabletop, + floor planters
I've put together some of my favorite patio picks that are available now in-stores for you below! Even better, all of these items can work + coordinate together to give you the super bright + modern patio space of your dreams! You can click on any of the photos below to see more details + pricing of any item too. Happy shopping and let me know how your patio decorating comes along!
This giveaway was my favorite to date and I hope to do many more of these soon! Thanks again to King's Gardens and Peddler's Mall Stores for collaborating with us on this fun project. Leslie who lives downtown in the North Limestone area of Lexington was our winner and I just loved the character and charm of her adorable house (that painted brick + trim!). It ended up being such a perfect porch for our giveaway and had plenty of room for all of the decor.
I began by nestling this fall sign in the corner and placed the hay bale in front of it at an angle. I topped the hay bale with one of our festival blankets, a brass lantern, and vintage planter overflowing with pumpkins and gourds. The larger vintage brass planter and mum fit perfectly in the little nook right in front of the hay bale.
I love how all these fall colors pop against the pale blue of the house! Below you can see the other side of the door where I placed the vintage vase with wheat, and a couple other pumpkins. Leslie already had this larger potted plant that blended in perfectly with the rest of our decor.
I also added the faux fern wreath to the cute, bright front door for an extra pop of color. The fodder shocks were the final touch which I was able to tie around this beautiful column on the porch. I had a few more mini pumpkins so I lined them up the stair ledges leading up to the porch too! I was thrilled that Leslie loved her porch makeover and shared a photo on Instagram as soon as she saw it! Thank you so much to all who participated in this giveaway and I can't wait to do more makeovers like this in the future!
One of my favorite part of the new house is our giant front porch! Even though the old floor boards need a little work (hopefully will get to this next spring/summer), it is such a wonderful space to have and fun area to decorate! Right now we have one side set up with a small table and chairs and the other with a bench. We eventually want to definitely get a hanging porch swing for here. The center of the porch is where our front door is and there are a double set of stairs leading up to the porch from the circular driveway in front of our house.
We lucked out on finding this cute little IKEA dining set a garage sale and it's the perfect size for the porch. I created a simple centerpiece on the middle of the table with a few different colored pumpkins + wooden candlesticks. I also found the hanging gold planters at a garage sale and filled them with my favorite fall plants: cabbages + kale!
Near the front door I have some more pumpkins and old distressed baskets filled with ferns (also garage sale finds). This gold wreath on the front door is one of my favorite wreaths and I pretty much use it year round. I layered it on top of a dried fall floral wreath that I found while thrifting. Layering wreaths is my favorite way to create a one-of-a-kind statement piece for the front door.
Foddershocks have become one of my traditional decorations every year and I couldn't wait to decorate these columns with them! This year I found these giant ones just down the road at the Woodford Feed Co. and they go all the way from the ground to the roof!
Since this area is protected from the rain I was able to pile my bench full of pillows + a cute plaid blanket. The floral pillows are vintage barkcloth that I found at an estate sale, while the gingham + "Hello Fall" pillow were steals from the Target Dollar Spot. The wool blanket is also a vintage find and a perfect pop of color.
No southern porch is complete without some mums and I love the pop of color they add especially in these vintage brass planters. This little area by the door is probably my favorite little vignette on the porch. I used an old piece of barnwood to make this vertical sign a couple years back. It says "FALL" on one side and "JOY" on the other so I can use it for both fall and Christmas decorating. In front of it I used an old wooden trough to hold some pumpkins, gourds, plant, sticks, and dried hydrangeas. I also used a vintage basket beside it to hold a cluster of some more dried hydrangeas (I can't ever get enough!) and cornstalks.
Here you can see the full layout of the porch. Future plans include replacing all the floorboards with black reclaimed wood and hopefully replacing that lattice at the bottom of the porch with something more solid and finished looking (maybe some kind of stonework or solid wood). I'd also love to make some simple, real wood shutters like they use on Fixer Upper quite often. For now though I'm enjoying having this extra outdoor space and just one more area for me to decorate! While most of the items I used on this porch are thrifted or vintage, I've linked some similar options at the end of this post for you to shop.
Every year I look forward to spending a day decorating my porch for the fall. I love all the colors and textures of fall plants, pumpkins, and produce and like to incorporate as much as I can. Just like I discussed in my fall living room tour, I collect many of the items I use throughout the year and save them for the fall, and I also have staple pieces that I use every year. The distressed pair of baskets that I put the mums in were scooped up at a garage sale for a couple of dollars. They aren't in the best shape, but I like having the matching baskets on each side, and they work perfect as an outdoor planter! I also got the large wreath on my front door at a garage sale, again for just $1! It's the perfect size and really brings together all the different autumn colors I have around the front porch. Every year I always have cornstalks attached to the white pillars, planters on the front steps, and my barnwood side on the left side of the porch. I got the large barnwood "fall" sign last summer during a trip to Nashville. It was outside of Imogene and Willie's, where they just happened to be selling some store displays that day. I painted "fall" on the front side and "joy" on the back so that I can just flip it for my Christmas porch! Home Depot and Lowe's both have a good selection of mums, kale and cabbage plants, ornamental grasses, and corn stalks starting around September. This year I got pretty much all my plants and my cornstalks at Home Depot. I got many of my pumpkins at the farmer's market and the Hillenmeyer flower shop (in front of the Fresh Market in Landsdowne)- they have an AMAZING selection and I got my cornstalks there too last year. Trader Joe's also sells these unique looking pumpkins (they call them Cinderella pumpkins), or you can usually find them at a local farm or orchard. I love coming home to a burst of fall at my front door everyday- enjoy my fall porch tour!