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I just spent the weekend watching Downton Abbey from the beginning.
They were running a marathon and it started from the beginning, so I started from the beginning and never stopped.
I’ve seen it before.
But just between us?
It never disappoints.
Just like fall decorating.
There’s nothing like that first shopping trip for mums and pumpkins and gourds and fall flowers. The car smells like fall and you bring it all home and decorate the porch.
Have you started on your porch yet?
I have so many fun creative think-outside-the-box tips to get you started.
Here are 7 simple ideas to decorate your fall porch.
1. Stand back and layer your flower pots
I know this seems super simple, but you want to stand back and look at the porch before you ever get started.
You want to stagger your biggest flower pots or urns.
See how I have three larger urns and I’ve placed on at the bottom of the stairs, one at the top next to the pillars and one next to the front door. I also added two planters on each corner that are out of the picture.
That’s the key to filling out the porch.
Start with the largest pots and then fill in.
(Total aside: You can see how we did the spelled out house numbers here.)
2. Fill in with smaller flowers
I LOVE THESE MUMS so much. I got them at Walmart and they are from Better Homes & Gardens. And when I found them I di the happiest dance you have ever seen and bought every single one that they had.
Look at those colors.
And there are three different colors in each bunch.
I found these smaller ones at the store for under $11.00 each and they came with the cutest pots, so I didn’t need to repot them.
Another quick tip is to fill a larger urn with smaller pots of flowers.
You don’t have to repot them.
Just place a brick or something else to stabilize them and fill with as many smaller flower pots that will fit.
3. Stack your pumpkins and add eucalyptus
For the urns in the front?
I found three cinderella pumpkins in graduated sizes and stacked them on top of each other.
Then I tucked eucalyptus at the bottom of the stack.
I’m drying hydrangea right now to add to my pumpkin urns, too.
4. Finish it off with pumpkins
The key to good pumpkin arranging?
Just like the three bears?
You need small, medium and large.
I usually stick with neutral pumpkins and then vary it up with the texture.
This year I went with orange and white. Some of the pumpkins are flatter, some of the pumpkins are rounder. You want a good pumpkin representation so you can tuck them in and around the stairs.
(Total aside: to make your pumpkins last you want to make sure to thoroughly clean them and then varnish them. We have to do this in Texas to save them from the heat.)
5. Bring a little of the indoors outside
I just added these rugs to each side of the porch.
I used to have darker black and white rugs and I love the softer palette of these rugs. They are the perfect neutral indoor/outdoor rug for fall.
The pattern is so pretty and they are really good quality for the price.
6. Tuck a plant inside a metal sphere
I’ve had these metal spheres for years.
They keep getting better and better with time.
I had them on these urns on either side of the door and they just needed a little something, so I came up with the idea of putting a fall plant inside.
It’s the perfect little pop of color next to the larger mums at the front door.
7. Make your own monogrammed planter
This is one of my favorite DIY projects.
We made these last year and they have held up so well.
I love the neutral look of the raised monogram on the planter (especially when they have a giant mum in them).
My friend just came to the house this morning and told me how cute the front porch was.
My work here is done.
I have 4 more seasons of Downtown Abbey to watch.
If only Mrs. Hughes would bring me some tea. 🙂
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