Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Greeting autumn at the front door

It's 90 degrees today in North Carolina, so I'm still not quite ready to pull out my pumpkins, but I want Autumn to be here! So I've added a few more fallish touches to the front porch.
My chrysanthemums aren't in full bloom yet, but I like having a basket of them right here by the front door. A wicker jug and a old tool tote full of pine cones round out the decor by the door.


Inspired by Pottery Barn's feather pomegranate swag, I made a swag for my front door with magnolia branches, magnolia seed pods, pine cones, and feathers. Except for the wear and tear on my hands, and provided I don't have to seek medical attention for my glue gun burns, my swag was much less expensive than Pottery Barn's. What do you think?


The sitting area already got a touch of fall with the autumn leaf pillows I made.


I added some mums and fallish garland to the lamp table. These mums are in full bloom: they're silk flowers from Dollar Tree. The little sign in front of the planter says "Welcome." It doesn't show up very well in the photo, but you can see it just fine in real life. I want people to feel welcome to hang out on my porch!


Now when the weather finally turns crisp and cool, I'll be ready to greet it! What are you doing to welcome Autumn?

**I'm joining the Fall Challenge at The CSI Project

and Show and Share Day at Just a Girl.


33 comments:

Holly said...

You have the most amazing front door and porch ever! Your fall touches look really lovely.

southerninspiration said...

Looks amazing, girl! I had a tool box once like that on my front porch and someone walked off with it! I was sad.
Anyway the porch looks wonderful and I love your swag!

Suzanne

FrouFrouBritches said...

Richella, I am in love with your swag! It's gorgeous! I looooove Magnolia leaves. Your leaf pillows look awesome too! Love those!

Donna said...

You are too good!! I love it!!

Rebekah said...

I love the word "chrysanthemum." I learned to spell it watching "Anne of Green Gables" when I was 10. "c-h-r-y-s-a-n-t-h-E-m-u-m." Take that, Gilbert Blythe!

Karen said...

I enjoyed looking. I love the magnolia swag. The tool tote reminds me of the one my dad had years ago.
Karen

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love your swag, Richella!! Your front porch looks amazing. You have such great style. :)

Southern Lady said...

I love your Magnolia swag for your door...and that porch...I just want to sit there with you and have a cup of coffee. Carla

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

I love the swag and I'm so sorry for the hot glue burns. I have that same issue with my gun. Of course it's not me :)

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

Hi Richella! Thanks for your well wishes. Your porch is just gorgeous! I fantasize about serving lemonade on just such a porch one day. I love the faux mum idea. I'm definitely picking some up at the dollar store. My hubby will be so glad I'm not wasting money on flowers I'll eventually kill!

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

Your front porch and sitting area are just beautiful. Love the swag on your front door. I would love to take a nap on your porch.
Brooke

Terri at Finder's Keeper's said...

Great job on the swag, it is lovely. It will still look good when your fingers heal:)

Denise said...

I've been getting my Fall stuff out too AND I made a pillow like yours :) Come by and see it. I want to get some more felt to make a green or brown one too. I love your idea, thanks so much for sharing it.
xxx

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I LOVE that Magnolia swag on your door! I wish you lived close enough to make me one for my door :)

I didn't realize you were so crafty! I love those leaf pillows - very very cute!

Manuela

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Your front door looks beautiful! I am in love with the swag and that jug. The porch looks great too.

Patti said...

pretty entrance...I especially like your lanterns!

Dawn said...

i love your swag! and that you used magnolia :)

your house always looks so welcoming... and someday i just know i am going to be knocking on that beautiful front door!

Shelia said...

Hi Richella! Oh, your front door is so beautiful and I love all of your fallen touches! Just gorgeous! Your patio is more beautiful than most living rooms!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Paula said...

I absolutely love this and want to copy your swag for my own door. Your house looks ready for fall, even if it is 90 degrees outside.

Kristy@MyPretties said...

Your home is beautiful. I just want to come sit on your porch and have a glass of tea. Visiting from CSI project. Come check me out if you'd like!

HeathahLee said...

Love, love, LOVE the swag! You have the prettiest home!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Richella, I think your swag is beyond mahvelous!! I love it. I love magnolia leaves anyway. They have such great color. I love what you used with them. I am so jealous of that porch and the pillows are so cute.

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

Your swag is gorgeous! The whole porch looks so welcoming and cozy...LOVE. :)

Melanie said...

Everything is so beautiful. I love your swag and your door is beautiful.

Great job!

Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said...

Everything looks great. I know how you feel about the weather, I live in Alabama and while it has cooled off some, it is still hot. However, like you, I want Autumn to hurry and get here so I have started putting out some of my fall decorations and plan to do more this weekend. I love the swag you made for your front door.

Blessings,
Elizabeth

OwningSingle said...

I love the swag! I love magnolia leaves. That was a very good idea.

Melissa Miller said...

So, so beautiful! Everything looks perfect for greeting guests and for Autumn. :)

New Every Morning said...

I still can't get over your front porch. So welcoming and charming! I just pulled out my fall stuff and my kids keep saying, "mommy I love all the decorations!" :)

**Amy** said...

Gorgeous!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Just beautiful! I love that swag! Beautiful job!

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

Oh. My. Word!!! This is gorgeous! Tweet worthy I say! Thanks for sharing it with me. Sigh. I think I could take a nap out there. Please tell me you do your devotionals out there! Perfect place!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Your porch is SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Gorgeous, Richella!! Truly, truly so pretty. I officially have porch envy. :) Thanks for all your kind words, you're such a sweetheart.

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