I’m all about a front door.

I love to knock on them.

I love to open them (especially if there’s a casserole involved).

I love to walk through them.

But most of all—I love to decorate them.

You know the kind of door that’s the star of the neighborhood.  The door that makes you sigh, that makes you smile, that makes you want to turn the car around so you can see how they decorated it?

Here are a few of my favorite doors just like that. 🙂

Door Number One:

Here are some fun door decorating tips from this door:

1. Sticks are your friend.  I added these flowers to the urns and they just needed some height.  So I went out into the yard and found some sticks.

2. Mix textures.  See the galvanized metal of the urn next to the wood planter next to the rustic wood of the ladder.

3. Add height.  I hung the metal spheres on either side of the door from hooks.  It makes the whole display feel intentional.

(total aside:  I didn’t choose the word intentional for my word for 2017.  But I should have.  I’m all about intentional this year.)

Door Number Two

Here are some fun door decorating tips from this door:

1. Tie pinecones onto a ribbon and loop them around the wreath on your front door.

2. Place a grapevine wreath at the top of your urn and fill with dollar store pumpkins.  You can always use bricks for filler so you won’t need as many pumpkins.

3. Fill lanterns with pumpkins.

(total aside:  if you fill your lanterns with pumpkins, please don’t forget about them and one day discover a lantern full of rot.  Of course—not that I’ve ever done that.)

Door Number Three

Here are some fun door decorating tips from this door:

1. Want to make a monogrammed pumpkin?  Just glue a coaster on to the front of it.

2. The wreath on this door?  It’s a runner.  I just looped it over the top of the door and let it hang down the center.

3. I cut out leaves from another runner and glued them to the top of dollar store pumpkins to make them fancier.

Door Number Four

Here are some fun door decorating tips from this door:

1. Make your own address sign with pumpkins.  Just paint the numbers on the pumpkins and attach them to a board.

2. Instead of a wreath add a wood pumpkin to your door.  You could even monogram it with one of those coasters.

3. Mix a little black and white in with your orange.  Especially if it’s polka dotted, striped or chevroned.

I hope you were inspired.

I hope you found at least one idea that will make your front door smile.

But most of all….

….I hope your neighborhood realizes what a rock star you are.

From my front door to yours—happy fall. 🙂

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  1. Image for Kari Cox Kari Cox

    KariAnne, I love it..... I JUST CAME IN FROM OUR FRONT PASTURE ON A TWIG AND LIMB-FINDING MISSION!!! I sat down to catch my breath after arranging my twigs and sticks, (which look awesome, by the way!) and what was the first email I read? YOU are the rock star--thank you for the constant inspiration and smiles! Have a great day!

  2. Image for Laurin Laurin

    Thanks for the ideas. I just bought a cotton wreath and a Hey Y'all wooden sign so you have given me a great idea! Mine will be an indoor decoration because the birds in my area love to take off with pieces of my wreath or build nests in them. I love you blog!

  3. Image for Alice Genzlinger Alice Genzlinger

    I love to use cotton to decorate for Fall. It says come on in, I'll feed you and comfort you to me. As. Teenager I would pick cotton after school to earn a little money. It was slow going and back breaking work but I was young so I sang until my bag was full. That made me forget my slow going. Some think cotton should not be used in decorations. What in the world?

  4. Image for Michele (Finch Rest) Michele (Finch Rest)

    So many awesome doors - hard to say which one is my favorite. BTW- brush your pumpkins with a sealant and they'll last the entire season - apply several coats to the bottoms to prevent rot. I also move mine at night so in the morning they aren't flooded with bright sun.......I move them back around noon and they're in shade the rest of the day. That's helped plenty when we have these super warm "Indian Summer" kinds of early fall.

  5. Image for Margaret Mills Margaret Mills

    My favorite part of the morning is opening my "Thistlewood Farms" email and seeing what you are up to and getting my first good laugh. How do you come up with these ideas? I would never think to monogram a pumpkin with a coaster or to use a table runner as a door decoration. All my creativity was pinched out of me by my first grade teacher when I started to color outside the lines. Keep up the decorating ideas, the real-life stories, the life lessons, and, most of all, the funny Karianne happenings. Why I would read these messages if you never gave us great decorating ideas-just filled us to overflowing with your funny stories! Thanks!!

  6. Image for Rosalie McCreary Rosalie McCreary

    Good Morning Karianne! I was just thinking about getting out the fall decorations for our front door. We live in an apartment and last year when we moved in I decorated the door and the area around it and started a trend in the building! Several folks have wreaths and little tables with decor on them and it's so fun to walk the halls occasionally to see what they have done! I'll start small this year and move to over the top about mid-month October for Halloween and change a few things for November. I really love fall! The smells and colors and the cooler weather. Although today is in the 80's and muggy!! Have a great weekend!

  7. Image for Vee Muller Vee Muller

    Love the doors! Have started my front porch fall decor with a homemade wreath. Looks good so far. Still plenty warm in NM!

  8. Image for Anna McWilliam Anna McWilliam

    Hello Karrianne from England . I really love your Autumn ideas , it's a season I adore, perhaps being a September baby is something to do with it ! We don't do a lot of Autumn decorations here but I'm the exception ever since I came to see the fall colors in Vermont a few years ago . Was thrilled with the porches I saw and have ' had a go ' here ever since. I love your posts . Kind Regards Anna

  9. Image for Lanita Anderson Lanita Anderson

    Hey Friend! I think these are some of my favorite posts......mainly because they are about fall and it's my favorite season of the year! But also because you show the same front door and porch and you show it decorated in different ways.....because we all have different tastes and different styles and designs appeal to us. So thank you - You are the rockstar!! :)

  10. Image for Lorri Rauscher Lorri Rauscher

    I am crushing on those rattan pumpkins...Oh be still my heart!!! Love all the ideas..very creative especially the runner....got to try some of these ideas. I always change up my little porch for all the different seasons.

  11. Image for Barb Barb

    Love the cotton boll wreath and the twig pumpkin wreath with the pinecones hanging on it. I put wreaths on all three of my doors and often on the inside also. You have some very clever ideas - I love the pumpkin with the leaves cut from the table runner! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Image for Jolene Jolene

    Thanks for sharing so many fun ideas. I thought I was the only one that added sticks from the backyard to give height to an arrangement. Great minds think alike. I like your pumpkin wreath with the pinecones and berries. I may have to try a variation of that. You really do inspire me with your encouraging words and fun ideas. Love your blog!

  13. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Love doors...always have! Always the first thing I change with the seasons! Thanks for the inspiration, friend!!

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