Friday, October 2

Autumn on the front porch

It's finally Autumn in the South!  Of all the seasons, Autumn is my favorite, especially for sitting on the front porch.  Come have a look at my porch!

I know it's very much in vogue to decorate with all neutrals, but I love the colors of Autumn.  The area around my front door is bright with mums and gourds and pumpkins.  I added a demijohn and a pottery jug, both from Pottery Barn.

I purchased these large lanterns at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago, and I change them up to suit the seasons.  Right now they're wearing a coat of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint and they're filled with ornamental gourds.

The wreath on my front door was handmade by a friend who brought it to me as a hostess gift.  She embellished a grapevine wreath with beautiful ribbon and faux botanicals.

To the right of the front door is one of my favorite parts of our house: the front porch sitting area.

This little area is pretty well protected from the elements, so I've created an outdoor living room.

I updated the porch this spring, and to "fallify" things I simply made a few changes.  I made quick covers for the throw pillows out of an old Pottery Barn tablecloth.  I've always liked the Jacobean print, and the colors are autumnal.  I also brought out my DIY Autumn Leaf pillows.

The lamp table is actually an antique desk to which I regularly apply Howard's Feed 'n' Wax.  The pull-out writing surface is perfect for holding a coaster.  I found the large green pumpkin at HomeGoods, and the little clock is part of the Better Homes & Gardens line at Wal-Mart.  The "relax" letters are part of the Letterpress line from DaySpring.

I added a fun Fall message to the chalkboard:

Wish you could all come sit a spell with me!


  1. Just beautiful! Blessings and Happy Fall!

  2. Beautiful, and what a nice hostess gift!

  3. Wish I could come and sit for a while, too, Richella. What a beautiful porch you have there! I just LOVE it- it is homey and warm feeling. I like true Fall colors, too, even though I am partial to neutrals. xo Diana

  4. Your front porch is my favorite ever! What I would give for an area like thar. You have dressed it up BEAUTIFULLY for Fall! I now have a patio but it is totally exposed so I have to store the cushions and pillows whenever it rains. It has been raining now for 2 straight days non stop, but we desperately need it so it's OK.

  5. I always love seeing your home decked out for the holidays. You have great taste. Everything looks lovely!

  6. I love your wide porch! It's cozy and beautifully ready for fall days to just sit and relax with some hot cider! Your home is always inspiring.

  7. What's better than a front porch?! Yours looks beautiful and so welcoming. And the beautiful thing about Fall is the colors. Have a wonderful weekend, Richella!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  8. Beautiful, as always, Richella!! I love the PB tablecloth pillows, the lanterns on the steps, and that sweet clock! :)

  9. So beautiful! I love the lanterns especially!

  10. You have a beautiful front porch! Who wouldn't love to sit a spell ! Take time to enjoy the little things in life! Happy Autumn from Alberta!

  11. What a beautiful and welcoming front porch and I love how you have decorated it for fall! This is such a perfect and cozy spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Loved meeting you last week at Shirley's, hope we can all get together again sometime soon!


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