I know pretty much everyone in blogland has moved on to Christmas but I haven’t JUST yet So maybe sharing my simple farmhouse-style front porch will serve as some inspiration if you are hosting Thanksgiving in a few weeks and you need to add a welcoming touch outside for your guests.
We had an unusually warm September and October here in the south, and I have to be honest I just wasn’t much into fall decorating because of it. I’m talking 85/90 degrees until the last week of October. One of the reasons why I haven’t shared much fall decor until now. But we finally have some cooler weather and I am definitely feeling fall in the air and enjoying before we jump into the Christmas season.
So my fall front porch features my $5 clearance Kimberly Queen ferns which are still going strong. I plan to bring them in and try to winter them inside – we’ll see how that goes. But they fit with the decor because this year I embraced an all neutral and natural color scheme for my fall decor.
Which meant no oranges and reds and lots of whites, tans, browns, creams, greens, and black. My decor stash was a bit sparse in those colors but that was fine since I brought in natural elements (like the pots of grasses that I will plant in the backyard), and just did more simple touches of decorating.
I incorporated yard sale finds – the bench, ladder, and black lanterns – which brought a collected farmhouse feel.
This porch has sometimes challenged me in my decorating because of having a centered front door I always feel like I have to symmetrical displays of objects on each side. But for this fall display, I went with more of a collected feel and it hasn’t bothered my OCD tendency too bad
My roses are in full bloom and still budding – not unusual for the south and definitely not unusual for the weather we have had the last 2 months. If only they were white roses they would have fit in my fall porch perfectly
That green pumpkin was a new style for me this year. I shared on Instagram but I actually got him for free outside of a local thrift store that does food pantry type items and don’t tell my white pumpkins but he is definitely my favorite.
The little step stool was a long ago $3 yard sale find that had sat unused and I finally grabbed it and gave it a quick coat of Linen White Rustoleum Chalked paint, distressed it heavily and then used it in my front door display. I don’t think it will be unused any longer as I am quite in love with it now.
I really do love how this natural and neutral fall front porch turned out. I didn’t miss the orange pumpkins one bit although I may have missed using some of my deep color fall pillows and throws this year.
But it’s always fun to change things up and recreate with items you already have. You may recognize the brown wood pumpkin from a few years ago. I built it plus a white planked pumpkin and it originally had a planter box on the front. I just took the planter box off so I could use it like this. You can find the full tutorial for that pumpkin in this post.
None of this was new things I bought this year other than the pumpkins, mums and plants and I plan to plant all of the plants as they are perennials.
The wreath was my only “new” purchase I think back in August. It’s not necessarily a fall wreath and I will definitely use it year round. I can’t find it online but you may be still able to find one in store at Kohl’s.
So there’s my simple farmhouse style fall front porch this year. I usually keep our flag up until Veteran’s Day because I want to honor and remember those who serve our country, but very soon after that the Christmas decor will start going up So thankful for this pretty view this year. So many changes since last year which you can see in our 1 year later exterior home tour post.
Happy Fall and Happy almost Thanksgiving!