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
Nothing brings a smile to my face like driving up to our home at night and seeing all the beautiful Christmas lights lighting up our front porch. Main street in Versailles is lined with all kinds of lights and decorations and it even extends down to the homes past downtown where our home sits. Everyone seems to go all out with their decorations and I love seeing all the historic homes decorated in their own unique way.
I still have to pinch myself when it comes to decorating our front porch, because I just can't get used to having SO much great space to deck out! We lined the roof lines on the front of our house with lights as well as the columns and staircase on our porch. My favorite element of the porch is the collection of trees and lanterns on each side of the front door. I clustered lots of different sized twig trees, placing some in old buckets or baskets. The trees I used were all pre-lit and came in a 3-pack from Big Lots (all slightly different heights). These were on sale for only $25 for the set of 3 on Black Friday, so I purchased two sets for the porch. Big Lots always seems to have great deals on basics like this for Christmas decorating on Black Friday and these are some of my favorite finds ever from there. I will be able to use them for years to come inside or out. I also used lots of various gold lanterns that I had been collecting from Homegoods + Target throughout the year (and usually used on our side porch) filled with battery-powered twinkle lights for some extra sparkle.
On the front door I layered my favorite gold leaf wreath over a fresh boxwood wreath from Trader Joe's. Layering wreaths is one of my favorite tricks for creating more of a custom look without spending a lot of time or money. I used fresh garland to drape around the door and staircase leading up to the porch too. On each window, I hung a simple fresh wreath too from Home Depot (these go on sale every year on Black Friday, so I always stock up then). I added some holiday cheer to our bench with some Christmas quote pillows from our shop and a bright vintage plaid blanket. I love how a mini fresh Christmas tree looks nestled inside a vintage basket, especially tucked behind a vintage twig reindeer (below).
I always use my barnwood "JOY" sign on the porch too for Christmas. It is double sided with "FALL" written on the other side so that I can use it throughout both seasons. In front of it I placed a giant wooden trough filled with magnolia branches, fresh greenery, and sticks. I used this same wooden trough for my fall porch too but filled with pumpkins and gourds instead. On the other side of the porch I also added a vintage sleigh and ice skates leaning beside the trees. Vintage sleighs are something that is super easy to find while thrifting or at antique shops, and are perfect for decorating inside or outside your home (and they can stay out all winter even past Christmas!).
I hope you enjoyed following along with my first holiday home tour in our new fixer upper! You can find the rest of the rooms from my tour here, and as always I've linked up all my sources for you to shop at the end of this post!
Pre-lit twig trees (come in sets of 3 of various sizes): Big Lots (in-stores only)
Star lanterns: Marshall's
Baskets + barrels: Vintage (thrifted)
Barnwood sign: Thrifted + handpainted
Boxwood wreath: Trader Joe's
Pinecone wreath: Vintage (thrifted)
Fresh garlands: Trader Joe's
Fresh pine wreaths: Home Depot
Wooden trough: Vintage (similar here)
Twinkle lights (battery operated): Target
Christmas quote pillows: Miss Molly Vintage
Vintage plaid blanket: thrifted- similar here
Twig reindeer: Vintage (thrifted)
Mini fresh Christmas tree: Home Depot
Faux fur rug: Homegoods
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!