As the weather grows cooler, your front porch or patio can become the perfect
place to enjoy the outdoors. Learn what you need to do
to create a space as cozy as the indoors of your home.
Happy Monday my friends!
Whether you are a regular reader or you are stopping by from Design, Dining, and Diapers, welcome to my fall porch tour! All this week, 20 bloggers will be sharing their own fall decorated porches as part of our tour that starts with Taryn. She is always able to make her home look cozy and welcoming. I really enjoyed seeing how she updated her outdoors this year using metallic and white, You know how I love neutrals!
I'm excited to be able to share how I've decorated my fall "porch" with you today. What I've decorated is actually the back deck to my house right off of the dining room. I've only ever shown a glimpse of this area once before, so it has been fun setting up a new area to introduce to you.
While I loved the hot temperatures we saw here this past summer, it made enjoying the outdoors a bit tough many days. Luckily, the fall has cooled off just slightly and is providing wonderful weather to actually relax outdoors. And with the addition of a few fall touches, I've actually been sitting and dining out here in the evenings. (I'll be sharing tips for dining al fresco in the fall later in the week.)
My goal is to inspire you with ideas for how you can make your own porch or deck cozy this fall. Even if you only have a tiny balcony, there are things you can do to create a beautiful outdoor space.
MAKE IT COZY
I enjoy cuddling up on cool evenings under a warm throw, and that doesn't happen only when I'm sitting in the living room. While you are outside gazing at the stars on a chilly fall evening, you may want to wrap up in a wool blanket. I also added a linen throw pillow I picked up recently onto the chair to create a comfy place to sit.
BRING THE INSIDE OUT
Many times when we are decorating our homes, we bring some of the outdoors inside by decorating with things like branches and leaves. But the exact opposite can be true when decorating outside.
I moved some of my most favorite decor items like my rustic ladder, vintage cheesebox, and tall lantern outside to add a decorative touch. The ladder and box are under cover where they won't get wet and I can easily bring the lantern inside if a storm is coming.
STOCK UP ON THE BASICS
You shouldn't have to think too hard about what to decorate your own porch with as long as you focus on the basics. Your decor will be complete with the addition of some mums, pumpkins and gourds, corn stalks, and hay bales. All these items can be picked up at your local hardware stores and farm markets (although I picked up the two hay bales in the fall section at Hobby Lobby for 40% off.)
DON'T PUT SUMMER AWAY QUITE YET
In addition to some decor items from my home, I also left out some things used outside in the summer. My copper watering can, which is still useful for watering the mums, looks right at home in front of the hay bales.
A few clay pots emptied of their dying summer flowers fill in the shelf area of my coffee table bench. And while I didn't show it here, I normally like leaving some of my summer flowers that are still thriving and adding in the mums and fall flowers into the posts. I can't stand throwing away plants that still look great and they help provide a full and varied pot when mixed in with your fall additions.
ADD SOME UNEXPECTED DETAILS
When decorating indoors, I always say that you should use layers and create different levels to your display. As I was setting my pumpkins around the porch, I realized that is also true outside. A few wood rounds boost up some pumpkins and look natural being outdoors.
I also broke off a few of the corn cobs that had been left on the cornstalks and tucked them into my displays. (Imagine my surprise when I pulled the husks back to reveal not corn, but Indian corn!)
By spending a little time creating this outdoor space, I'm actually encouraged to go outside and enjoy the lovely weather and beautiful scenery. And I love looking out of my patio door and seeing the special fall touches that have been placed there.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope that you've gained a few ideas that you can incorporate into your outdoor living area this fall. The Fall Porch Tour continues next with Jenn from Clean and Scentsible. You are going to love seeing the space she's put together!
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