Soooooo, I was not planning to do a Fall front porch post. I shared the mantel and was satisfied with that because I did not decorate the house fully. But I do like to spice up the porch a bit and make it welcoming. So I added a few things to it. As I was looking through some photos I recently took of the porch, I realized that I had enough photos to share it here on the blog. This was totally unplanned. We tend to get a ton of spider webs on the porch. I had cleaned out just before decorating. Then we had an abundance of rain which brought on extra wind and dust and of course, left some parts of the porch wet. Once it dried, I took some quick photos and then it rained all week long. I did not bother about cleaning it out again. I figured rain, dust, spiders. . . a porch will just be a porch:) You can find the summer version here and last year’s Fall version here.
For this year, I just wanted to add two little faux plants and door wreath (nothing worthy of a blog’s post, per-se). I thought if I got faux plants then I would not have to deal with taking care of them. But once I got into the store I changed my mind on the faux idea. They just did not seem right for the front porch. I decided to choose real plants and ones that were not in full bloom yet. That way they would probably last longer if taken care of in the proper way. One of the store workers mentioned that the fully blooming Mums will most likely go brown and wither away quickly.
So I bought the not so pretty blooming Mums and put back the fully blooming ones that I’d first picked up which the kids loved (the kids were with me). We took them home and they instantly changed the look of the porch along with the wreath which I ended up making myself. The tutorial could be found here. But riight after that, we went on a 5 day trip and the mums were left to themselves. I thought for sure they would wither somewhat. Instead, they looked normal when we returned.
And then I thought a few pumpkins would enhance the porch even more. Walmart had some Cinderella style ones in a couple different shades. I added some to my cart:)
I admit that at first, I didn’t want to add pumpkins. Here is the main reason why: A few years ago, I decorated our porch with pumpkins, hay, and scare-crow and all. I was so excited to see how it turned out! Well, I guess the animals were even more excited than I was. I was surprised to see that the pumpkins had been bitten into by some unknown creature. Since that time, I’ve been skeptical. But then I thought, “surely there must be some kind of animal spray out there to keep these creatures away from the pumpkins”. I’ve inquired about that in stores since that time but never really pursued it. This time around, I decided that if I was going to have pumpkins then I must find a spray to rid the creatures. And we did. My husband got a spray from Mejers called “Critter Ridder” and I’ve sprayed the pumpkins and around the surrounding lawn to hopefully keep the animals from eating the pumpkins. So far, they have not touched them and it’s been over a week already. Also, it has been raining here all week so I’ve had to respray a few times since the rain may have washed away the already applied spray.
I’ve even added a couple pumpkins to the back steps and spray them regularly too. I’m sure the neighbours probably think I’m nuts or something – putting pumpkins then going through the hassle to spray them all the time. Whyyyyyyyy the extra work????????! Don’t know but the pumpkins look good. Be careful though because the pumpkins could change color a bit (white-ish) if too much is applied. In fact, the solution is to spray around the lawn not on the pumpkins or on the concrete, driveway, or anything related. So with all that said, here is the porch decorated for Fall.
I have two lanterns I picked up from Target and put them on the table. I had no idea what to add to the table since the front was already so colorful. And as I mentioned earlier, this was an unplanned post and I think I’m just going to leave the lanterns on the table and add nothing else to them.
Also, I did end up getting some chair leg protectors to cover the chairs and tables so they would not rust and mark the floors. I talked about that here.
Overall, I think it looks pretty good. I’m not too worried about the dust brought on by wind and rain and the never-ending spider webs that tend to take over the porch.
Do you decorate your porch seasonally?