Friday, September 20

An Autumn front porch

Something about Autumn makes me itch to decorate my front porch.  Perhaps it's seeing all the inspiring images online and in magazines.  Or maybe it's just that I'm glad for the temperatures to finally be cool enough to make being outside pleasant!  Whatever the reason, here's our house all decked out for Fall.

I made a swag for our front door this year.  I've been reminiscing a lot lately about my childhood, and the cotton fields white for harvest are paramount.  Believe it or not, my grandfather (my dad's father) was a sharecropper, and my husband's grandfather was a tenant farmer.  We are definitely not from wealthy families!

I made this swag simply by stacking leaves, twigs, and other fallish elements, then wrapping their stems tightly with wire.  After everything was secure, I wrapped those wire-bound stems with jute and fashioned a hanger by tying a piece of jute into a loop.

I made a burlap bow for the swag.  The burlap reminds me of cotton bales tightly bound for transport.

Here's the front door area in all its Autumn loveliness:


The lanterns were a Hobby Lobby find that I filled with gourds (you can read about that little project here).  One mum I stood on a small pedestal to achieve some height; the other I wrapped with burlap.  The demijohn basket was a Pottery Barn find years ago; I think it looks very fallish.  And of course I had to have pumpkins!

Now for the sitting area, which is especially nice this time of year--perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book.

Details: I removed a couple of my regular pillows and replace them with my DIY Autumn Leaf pillows (you can read about those here).  For the lamp table, I added a large green pumpkin and a small wire pumpkin filled with dried hydrangeas.

The little blue table just got a small white pumpkin.  Simple.

And my DIY chalkboard got a little fall message as well.  

One more look:

Thanks for taking a peek at my autumn front porch.  Next Friday, September 27, I'll be joining a great group of bloggers from All Things Home an Autumn tour of my home.  It's going to be such fun; I hope you'll come back! (Update on 9/27: click here for my full home tour!)

I'm joining these wonderful parties:

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Fall Nesting Party at The Inspired Room
Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now
Link Party Palooza at Tatertots and Jello
Outdoor and Door Decor at Southern Hospitality

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  1. so fallishious~!!

    looks beautiful sweetie.. I can tell you love the fall season, it shows in every detail.


  2. Beautiful pictures. You've got a gift. :-)

  3. Looks so beautiful and welcoming!

  4. This is gorgeous! It definitely is getting my wheels turning!

  5. Your fall touches are gorgeous. The swag you made came out great and I love that you used the cotton adds a bit a family history in there. That large green ceramic pumpkin on the table, I adore. Great job!!


  6. Oh my goodness. My mom's parent were cotton sharecroppers and my dad's parents were tenant farmers (peanuts in south Georgia). Any time I see cotton bolls I think of my mom talking about picking cotton in the GA heat. Your home is absolutely lovely, as is your heart for the Lord!

  7. what a perfectly welcoming fall porch. love those big pumpkins and the filled lanterns!

  8. Richella, your front porch is beautiful! I love all of your accents; and the sitting area is so cozy! I could sit there forever!

  9. It's lovely, Richella! I'm still trying to get my act together and "fall out"" with everyone else!
    Have a wonderful weekend :)

  10. What a beautiful, inviting front porch! Perfect for the season :) I may have to borrow your saying for our chalkboard sign ;)

  11. Your porch looks so inviting. One day you might wake up and find me there ready for a visit!

  12. Absolutely beautiful, Richella! I always love see your porch for Fall! That is a beautiful swag you made for the front door.

  13. As always, you have done a lovely job decorating your home for fall! Love the little pumpkins in your lanterns - cute idea!!

  14. I love the lanterns filled with gourds. And the decoration on the door is so unique.

  15. What a beautiful and inviting welcome to your home! Love it!

  16. So beautiful! I love it! Your porch is so warm and welcoming.. the swag on the door is the perfect addition :)

  17. SO welcoming. I love the touches of cotton in your swag! Will you come build our house for us? All of these decisions are killing me...

  18. Oh my goodness.. Your home is SO beautiful! I can't say it enough!

  19. CRAZY CUTE! Now following. Jacki@decoryouadore


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