Friday, October 7, 2011

Fall Porch Ideas

What is it about fall that is so warm and lovely..........around our house it means leaving the screen door open in the evening to let the cool night breeze waft through while we cuddle up with a soft blanket and relax after a long day.   Or sitting outside at dusk on the porch swing listening to all the night sounds that always sound different at this time of year.

Taking special care to decorate the front porch just as I would the inside of our home means a lot to me.  I like to think of it as the first impression others will have of your house.   And you don't have to spend a lot of money to do it.  Take a look........
Fall decorating outside is so much fun because there are so many decorating elements to choose from.  Pumpkins, hay, corn stalks, mums, the list is long and fun.

The first thing I did was build this chalkboard with 1 x 2's and left over bead board.  I've always wanted a chalkboard like this for the front porch because it reminds me of the kind you see outside of cute cafes or boutiques.  It wasn't hard to make at all and hopefully soon, I'll write up a tutorial for anyone interested in making one yourself.  Total cost was around $15.
For our statement row of hooks, I thought I would incorporate some warm color into the porch by making an apple garland with real apples.  Baby white pumpkins would also look great.  I drilled a hole into each apple, threaded rope I already had through it and knotted the end.  Then I coated the apples with spray polyurethane.  I've heard doing that will slow down the rotting process, not sure if it works, but hopefully they will look nice up until it's time to decorate for Christmas.
The copper sheet with a scarecrow on it is something hubby found in a box of junk from a yard sale.  I punched two holes in the top, threaded hemp twine through and hung it up.   I used leftover wood scraps from my bread boards and created these fun scrabble tile inspired wood blocks with letters on them by cutting each wood piece into a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2" square, printing stencils from the computer and painting them on.
I love these so much that I'm considering doing each letter in the alphabet and storing them in a large wire basket. 

After completing our salvaged bowling alley floor table, I needed to find a new place for our coffee sack ottoman, so, I sprayed on some fabric protector and moved it to the front porch.
I bought the white bucket for the mums sitting on the ottoman at the Dollar Tree, along with the tall jar candles.  I tied some jute twine around the slender, somewhat boring candle jars to pretty 'em up a bit.  The wood tray is a find from my hubby.
This year, I thought it would be fun to use gray pumpkins instead of orange, simply because I'm crazy about the calm color.  When it gets closer to Halloween, we'll carve up some scary jack-o-lanterns and put out there with them.  I wanted to keep the pumpkin decor pretty simple.
My hubby found this old bird cage and I just loved the lines, but not the color, so, I spray painted it my usual go to color, oil rubbed bronze.  To create a lantern with a soft glow, I cut out a small piece of unbleached kitchen parchment paper to line the inside of the cage with.  Then I put a strand of Christmas lights inside.  We also have a strand of outdoor lights up inside the trim around the porch.  The lantern, the candles and lights make a warm and cozy atmosphere at night that makes you want to sleep out there.  
On the other side of the porch, I changed out our summer pillows for some pretty fall natural pillows that I just wrapped in burlap and jute webbing.
And that's it!  Can't wait to make it spooky for Halloween!  Do you like to decorate for Halloween, too, or do you just stick to a fall theme?  I thought it would be a lot of fun to hang a witches hat on that row of hooks.  I am crazy about Carla's Bewitched hat door decor hanging on a vintage hanger.  So cool!

Here's a fun question.......do you all have a favorite holiday (any holiday) movie that you like to watch every year on that particular holiday?  For us and Halloween, it's The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.  I have seen it so many times that I could act it out in a one woman show.  LOL  What's your favorite?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

33 comments:

  1. I love it!! Your decor is only something I wish to achieve :) Any advice on printing stencils from online. I have a few projects I want to do involving stencils, but am not quite sure how to go about it. Anything you found that worked better than another? Also love the chalkboard, and that you made it! It was one of the first things I noticed :) Thanks!

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  2. Great job - your porch looks so warm and inviting, and perfect for the season. Love it. I'd want to stop for a cup of cider and chat on the porch after a nice walk through the neighborhood :-)

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  3. You have such amazing ideas girl! This porch is to die for...perfect in its simplicity yet packs such a punch. I've got to try that lights in a birdcage idea on my back patio...love the idea of using the parchment paper.

    Off to the beach this morning for 4 days with daughter and her family...ready for some R&R.

    Have a great weekend,
    Judy

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  4. Your home and your porch are beautiful!! Love everything and yes please, can we have a tutuorial on the chalkboard sign, I would love to have one!

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  5. I just love how you did your front porch for Fall! You're one of the most creative people I know. The oversized wood letters that spell FALL look like they're right out of the Scrabble box. Too cute. I like your burlap ottoman out there and how you balanced the other side of the porch with matching pillows that you created yourself. Do you ever buy anything and not add your own touch to it? Ha! And how can I not mention the best piece of all, the chalkboard! I may have to copy that. Can't wait to see the tutorial. Your home looks like it should be a little coffee shop with books to read and gifts for sale with jazzy music playing in the background.

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  6. Rooms for rent, on the stenciling, all I do is just use a Microsoft Word program, choose a font and size and type out whatever I want to use. The print and cut out the letters. Voila, you have a stencil. Pretty basic, but free and works for me! :)

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  7. What a wonderful porch! So cozy and inviting! The chalkboard sign is perfect, great job on getting a homey and comfortable look, xo

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  8. I don't think I've ever seen the outside of your house. It reminds me of my mom's - the house I grew up in. Hers is a foursquare, built in 1916. I love the size of your porch. Very, very pretty.

    My all time favorite holiday movie is White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. I could watch it year round.

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  9. I love your porch! Looks perfect to sit and chat with friends while the kids play in the yard! =)

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  10. Now, if my house only had a front porch! Great ideas!

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  11. O I miss my farmers porch! What a great inspiration this is! I love the chalk board & bird cage :) So comfy & inviting! Great job & Have a great weekend!

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  12. Love your home, so beautiful! Your porch looks so homey & amazing! Great job! Anyone would feel invited into your home! =) Happy Fall!

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  13. How inviting! It definitely beckons one to want to sit and visit juat late enough to spot a shooting star! Happy Friday. Love to YOU, friend.

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  14. Your porch looks lovely, is it OK if I pop over for a cup of tea and a chat on the sofa? For my favourite Christmas movie is has to be The Family Man with Nicholas Cage - a lovely feel good movie.

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  15. magazine worthy!! I know I always say that but it's true!! Love those pillows! Our fave Halloween movie is, It's the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and for Christmas, it's Home Alone!!

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  16. Love it ALL! I could move right into your home, and be SO happy. :)
    Our favorite Halloween movie is Beetlejuice. My husband dressed up as him a couple years ago, and even went trick-or-treating with my kids. It was great. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to decorate. And it's fun to throw in some Halloween for awhile! You've done your porch up perfectly! :)

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  17. I think you did a wonderful job on your porch..
    Janet

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  18. Love your porch. I have enjoyed seeing you style the inside of your house and now I have really enjoyed how you have styled it outside. Your porch has great character. Love the flooring and the beautiful trim around the doors and windows.
    My fave by far is the porch swing. Sadly, we live here in Louisiana and this cookie cutter hour of ours has no porch. But you have inspired me with the potted mums....so, I may just add some to ours to give it a pop of color.

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  19. Love your porch if I only had a porch. Have a great weekend...

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  20. Everything is just perfect! I love everything.

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  21. Love that bird cage lantern, and your chalkboard A-frame turned out awesome!
    Hope your weekend is wonderful :)

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  22. Looking good girly!! I don't really do Halloween besides some jack o lanterns, we kind of just stick to fall decor. And I've never seen that movie before... it's an old one right? LOve old movies. :)

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  23. Thanks Sasha! Yep, it's an old movie, but a goodie!

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  24. Love your ideas!Your home is so beautiful inside and out and could be on a cover of any magazine! ~ Sue M.

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  25. Your porch decor, and home are so pretty! The chalkboard and the pillows are perfect. Your front door is a style I really admire.

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  26. beautiful! I love the pillows and love the jute wrapped candles and well...i love everything!
    I'd love a tutorial on the chalkboard....pretty please?!

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  27. Love your styling, and your blog!! As for movies, you struck a chord there. "Arsenic and Old Lace" for Halloween; "Holiday Inn" pretty much anytime; "It's a Wonderful Life" for Christmas (and the 1990s "Little Women", but I don't subject my husband to that), among others! Thanks for sharing such gorgeous inspiration! - Meg @ megactsout.blogspot.com

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  28. Hi! I was wondering if you can tell me how you do your stencils like the ones you did for the FALL scrabble wood pieces? I know you say you print them out on the computer, but then what do you do with them? Do you cut the out or something else? I have printed out some letters for other projects and cutting the letters/words out is hard and a lot of work. Just did not know if you had an easier way that I am missing? Thanks...Angie Rice arice4272@gmail.com

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  29. Love your house color!!! We're getting ready to paint ours soon. Could you kindly tell me what color it is?!? Thank you!

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  30. Diana, your porch is amazing! We really don't have porches like that here in Arizona :( It's lovely! I really am crushing on your chalk board! ,Our theme for Get Your DIY on this week is Chalk board projects, would love for you to come and share that with us!
    http://www.thehankfulhouse.com/2013/10/get-your-diy-on-week-5.html

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

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  31. I love your house! Thanks for sharing your pictures. What color did you paint the exterior of your house?

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