In the year 2023 this is what my front porch looks like.
But what about all the years that have gone before?
I mean, I’ve been writing this blog for 10 years—that is a lot of porches and a lot of fall and pumpkins and hay and lanterns and mums. And there are even years when I doubled up. I posted a front and a back porch. Researching this post was so much fun.
There were porches I loved.
And porches I tried to avert my eyes from. Those porches did not hold up to the test of time.
So today I thought it might be fun to take a look back and combine it with a little giveaway for my latest book, 10-Minute Decorating Ideas.
I’m going to post all the porches from the last 10 years (there was one year I skipped because we moved back from the farmhouse). Then I’ll ask you to vote on which is your favorite in the comments and I’ll choose 10 comments by random draw and send TEN winners a little package with the book and a bonus gift.
Are you ready?
Which fall porch is your favorite?
2023 front porch
This is the current state of the front porch.
If you drive by and wave right now? This is the porch that will be waving back.
Orange is the theme of the day. I put orange leaves into urns and added grapevine pumpkins and solar lanterns (I love those lanterns so much—they’ve been on the porch since summer) and orange and white pumpkins.
The monogram planters have orange arrangements and there’s a fall orange wreath on the door.
2023 Back porch
We are still in 2023 and this is the state of the back porch.
Striped rug with (please act surprised) more orange.
There are fall ficus trees and orange and white pumpkins and a fall wreath on the back door and a garland over the top of the door.
2022 front porch
This was the year of the purple.
I think I went with purple because when I went to go find mums the only ones that were available were purple mums. Just between us, I really think that purple mums are the flower girls of fall porch mums.
They always go first.
Same monogrammed planters with purple mums and same grapevine pumpkins with eucalyptus instead of orange foliage.
2021 front porch
I’m not sure what I was thinking with this porch.
Don’t pick this one.
It’s just not cute. I think I was busy writing a book and I just tossed a bunch of random stuff onto the porch and kind of glumped it all in the middle.
What was I thinking with those awkward pumpkin topiaries? The one on the right looks like a snowman.
(total aside: I just showed my husband this picture and he informed me he thought they looked like snowmen AT THE TIME of this porch installation and somehow he never mentioned it. The very least he could have done was tell me we had Frosty in an urn on our porch.)
2020 front porch
Do not be swayed by Buddy in this picture.
He’s super cute, but he should not in any way affect your ability to judge a porch.
I like the concept of this one. Good job KariAnne. But you should have stopped at six mums and 10 pumpkins.
Just like highlights in your hair—sometimes too much isn’t a good thing.
2019 front porch
This porch is all business on the steps and party over the door.
Again, I like the contrast of the two colors, but I should have introduced a few orange pumpkins into my neutral avant-garde interpretation of a pumpkin display.
I’m also thinking that my continuous assessment of my porches may be swaying your vote in some way.
Don’t listen to me.
2019 back porch
In 2019 apparently, I took all the orange that was missing from the front porch and added it to the back.
I do, however, like the simplicity of this porch.
Orange and orange and some more orange.
2018 front porch
I have no words.
Okay. Maybe four words will suffice.
What. Was. I. Thinking.
Either A.) There was a giant sale on pumpkins at the grocery store or B.) I wanted my pumpkin porch to be seen from space.
2016 front porch
I have to note here that 2016 is not a mistype. I skipped 2017 because we were in the middle of moving back to Texas.
So this is 2016.
I love those cornstalks because they were free. We cut them down in the field across from our house. I’ve never decorated with cornstalks since because I can’t bring myself to pay for them.
I also like the idea of pumpkins in lanterns.
I may revisit that next year.
2016 back porch
This is such a fun porch DIY.
I took a runner and added it to the door instead of a wreath. My mother loved this idea so much that she recreated it at her house, too. I also cut up another runner and added fabric leaves to the top of the pumpkins.
Those monogram pumpkins? They are coasters I glued onto the front of the pumpkin.
If we are voting just on creativity? This porch should win.
2015 fall porch
I was on a budget this year.
The sticks are from the yard. The flowers are from the grocery store. The ladder is from the side of the road.
I like this porch a lot with one exception. Why are those silver spheres hanging from jute twine so plain? They need something.
It’s too late now, but if I could take a time machine back, I’d add leaves and bows to the top of them.
2014 front porch
More mums. More cornstalks. More garland. But we have a new element on this porch. See those metal spheres. I still have them, but they are rusted and old now and I love them.
I also love the basket with the flowers on the front door.
You may see that again on next year’s porch.
2014 back porch
Look at those cute pumpkins on the ladder. I forgot I ever decorated like that.
And the chair back and the plate on the door in place of a wreath?
Brilliant idea, KariAnne.
Trend alert: Apparently my back porches are more fun and less serious than my front door porches.
2013 front porch
Look at those lanterns.
How could I have forgotten that idea? I hung them on chains on either side of the door and made a monogrammed doormat, too. I also tucked dried hydrangeas into a ready-made garland to make it look more custom.
And I love the pumpkin topiaries on a wreath—another idea I forgot about.
I just needed to go back in time to my old porches for tons of fall decorating ideas.
Before we vote I had to show you this picture I found of the twinnies from all those years ago at the farmhouse.
The cutest cowgirls ever.
Now—back to the task at hand.
10 years of porches.
10 years of decorating.
10 years of changing porch style.
What do we think?
Which one is your favorite? I have my favorite, but I can’t wait to see which you all pick.
Comment below with the year and either front or back porch and I’ll choose TEN comments by random draw and send ten winners a little package with the book and a bonus gift.
Edited to add: This giveaway is now closed and all winners have been notified.
PS If you want to order a copy of my latest book, 10-Minute Decorating Ideas you can see it here.
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