There is nothing like a beautiful front entrance to welcome your guests, neighbors, and passersby. Why not make your front porch inviting for this Fall?
Yesterday, I shared our frugal Fall dinning table and dinning room, today I am sharing how I made a simple yet inviting Fall front porch that did not cost a fortune. It may not have been as frugal as our dinning room but there are still many frugal aspects of it that I admire. I love sharing all the frugal ways that I decorate – proof that it does not have to be costly to be beautiful. Welcome to our Fall front porch.
I brought in the wreath I shared during our Fall home tour and replaced it with this one that I put together by using a grapevine wreath and faux Fall florals. Then I held everything together with a piece of burlap tied into a bow. It was real easy. I preferred this look of the wreath out front rather than the previous wreath. I think the colors of the entire porch works well with it.
As a side note: A few weeks ago, I took a walk around the neighborhood and realized that most of the homes were adorned an accented color front door with beautiful floral wreaths. It looks like everyone appreciates beauty. But when I began changing out the summer porch decor a few weeks ago, I was kind of skeptical that neighbors would wonder what I was doing. It was not fully Fall yet so I decided to keep things at a low profile and added just a touch of Fall. But then one of our neighbors added a pumpkin to their front yard and that gave me the inspiration to finish the porch. As I was taking pictures of the porch last week, I saw many people driving by looking to see what I was doing. I felt good about the porch then – maybe it looked good enough to catch their attention. Hence where the inviting part comes in.
I did spend a bit on the mums at Walmart. They were the better of the lot even though I payed around $10 for each one. Home Depot had some lovely big ones too but they were a bit pricier. The mat is a new addition because the other one looked like it had seen better days. In some ways, it was kind of free as seen in my Fall home tour. So really, out of my own pocket, I probably spend around $25 with the flowers covering the greater part of $20. Other than this, everything else are being reused and re-purposed.
Even though the mums are still blooming, looks like they could use a bit more care as a few petals are already drying out. Plus I have a few kids who love to pick at flower petals so not sure how long these will last. But they are still beautiful and I love the varying colors of them.
For the sitting area, I used these same chairs from my summer backyard. I brought them around some time at the end of August and we have been enjoying them out front since. Most likely, we’ll spend more time on the porch during the Fall anyway so it made sense to bring the furniture out front.
A blanket from inside and few throw pillows I had on hand are adding some coziness to the space. And trust me, these are not just there for looks – we have used them already when the weather got chillier. My cozy orange blanket has been around for a few years now and keeps making its appearance around the home during the Fall or just whenever we need to pull out some extras. I added it to the porch a few weeks ago and we love having it to cover up while hanging out here.
At first, I thought of purchasing some throw pillow covers to cover up the pillows for a more vibrant look. But then I decided to just use what I had. I know the pillows are blue and so are the chair cushions but the orange tends to be a compliment and the blue does not seem so dominant and overwhelming.
The other side of the porch has pretty much the same colors with a few extra additions. Love my pumpkin patch sign? I bought this arrow during Kohl’s spring clearance around $2 or $3. I thought it was a great idea to add a little Fall something to it. Can you tell how much I love chalkboard from my recent posts?
I added a few pumpkins for the sake of it. Every year, I see all the beautiful Fall front porches online or on Pinterest with loads and loads of pumpkins and think to myself that I will create something similar. But the more pumpkins I added, the more I started to not like the porch. It looked too orange-y and too pumpkin-y. What about white or some other color pumpkin. Lovely, but a bit on the pricier side. A few tiny orange ones on the table were enough to add that pumpkin touch. No one says you have to have pumpkins anyway, but I like the idea of a few. Plus my kids enjoying playing with them when we are hanging out there.
Another reason, I am keeping the pumpkins to minimum is from past experience when squirrels or whatever animal decided to eat all my big outdoor pumpkins, dried corns, and destroy the hay!!! There has to be some kind of spray or something to keep visitors away. I checked in a few stores and the workers seem to have no idea. So few pumpkins it is. And hooray to my summer table plant that is still going strong.
From this angle, you can catch a view of my neighbors beautiful flowers in the background. They have some beautiful plants surrounding their house and ALL of them seem to be in full bloom even if the season is changing.
Here is another view of the porch. It is a bit tricky to take photos of it in full because we have some plants right in front of it. o that is our Fall porch in a nutshell. As you can see, the mums were the only major expense and by major I am talking $20 for two. That is major to me. If I could get real ‘good’ and not half dried out plants for $5, I’d be happy. But I love the look of the porch. It is so simple, uncomplicated, and yet says Fall. Also, I love to hang out there and watch the kids play, catch up on a magazine, or sip on some kind of hot drink.
Want to know a secret? You too can create a simple yet inviting Fall front porch with just a couple additions. If you do not own outdoor furniture, or don’t have a big porch, add a simple DIY wreath to your front door and a couple plants for that quick update and inviting look. Even a pumpkin or two or whatever Fall bushes you may find around the yard, your neighbor’s yard (ha ha), or out in the parks.
What do you think of our Fall porch? Do you think the colors balance out each other enough? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments.