Fall is here! With fall comes busy: school, homework & sports. So, the ability to easily adjust the seasonal decor resonates with me. This month I was able to quickly decorate from a summer to a fall porch with just three simple items.
It’s September, and I need to morph from a summer to a fall porch. This summer, my flower pots sported simple ferns. Best. ‘Flower’. Choice. Ever! Ferns survive a little neglect, which is perfect for me! They like heat, shade and can withstand a little sun. Ideal for the conditions of our front porch. The ferns remained because they are enormous, beautiful and I couldn’t bear to remove them yet.
Fall Porch: Lanterns
Front porch lanterns were first on my list. They are so inviting. They provide this lovely, welcoming glow. When buying lanterns, I look for timers on the candles and prefer a lantern with a candle attached. It’s just one less item to store when they come inside. Here is a similar lantern to what is on our fall porch.
I like the look of varying heights. It gives me a few more options to place them on my exterior steps. Thankfully lanterns come in all heights and styles. My preference is to forgo the matchy-match look (similar to those bedside tables I mentioned last week!)
Fall Porch: Mums, the Ideal Fall Flower
Next up is fall color. Oh, my. Fall mums are the quintessential fall flower here in the mid-west. Seriously, you should see the stock of gorgeous mums the local hardware stores have in stock!
The variety of colors is beautiful, adding the perfect compliment to the season. For me, they are also easy peasy to care for (not as easy as my fern’s though!).
Fall Porch: Pumpkins & Gourds
Now that my boys are older I’m not required to look specifically for carving friendly pumpkins. Giddy up! I don’t like carving those things, mostly because they are cold and slimy. Decorating a fall porch, however, I do LOVE doing! Mixing natural elements with gorgeous color makes my heart happy.
This year I varied the sizes and colors of the pumpkins and gourds. I think gourds bring in unusual shapes and textures. They aren’t necessarily my favorite, but they are a great accent with the other items.
Since this all goes on the front step, nothing can be too large. The last thing I want is for somebody to trip on a pumpkin! Yikes!
Adding a few of nature’s accessories like mums, pumpkins & gourds is one way I’ve learned how to quickly redecorate from a summer to fall porch.
This is a busy season for my family that’s why I need to keep decorating simple. This is an easy formula to follow: Lanterns + Fall Flowers + Pumpkins = Welcoming Fall Porch. Have you begun decorating for the fall season? What do you think about keeping the ferns? Share in the comments below what you do to decorate your front porch for fall. I want to hear about it!