Remember when I posted this picture of my front porch?
I was SO ALL ABOUT IT.
We painted our porch gray and I wanted to go with a new look for this year, so I took the elevator to the neutral floor. I mixed white pumpkins from Trader Joe’s with faux white pumpkins and scattered in a little eucalyptus.
The eucalyptus was real.
I bought it at Trader Joe’s when I bought the pumpkins. Eucalyptus at Trader Joe’s is NOT expensive at all. It’s $2.99/small bundle and to create this look on the porch I needed about 7 bundles.
And that sounds like a bargain, right?
Only $21.00 for florals to create a beautiful neutral look for your front porch for fall.
Please only look for a minute and then look away.
You might not want to be friends with someone who had this on their front porch for TWO WEEKS.
All that beautiful eucalyptus that looked so pretty in all the pictures?
It turned into a hot mess in a hot minute due to all the hot temperatures we had in Texas.
I tried to act like it looked pretty dried up like this—like I was going for a vintage—kind of faded look. Every time I walked past it to get the mail I would avert my eyes and look away. Until one day I brushed up against it and it crackled off onto the porch floor.
Dismal and distressing and heartrending with a side of lamentable on top.
I came up with a brilliant idea.
I’m not really sure where it came from? My brain? A show? Another blog? A coffee-induced vision?
What about faux eucalyptus?
Just between us, I wasn’t even sure pretty, cute, real-looking eucalyptus was even a thing? I still haven’t recovered from the pitiful faux eucalyptus circa 1990 that I’ve seen at every yard sale since 2001.
But this is 2019.
There are miracles friends. Beautiful wonderful things that you can google and order online and they show up at your house in a matter of days. Like this incredible, amazing, super real-looking silver dollar eucalyptus that I found at Pottery Barn. In full transparency—it is a little bit more expensive than the Trader Joe’s version. But here’s the thing. It was on sale and I got free shipping and it will last from this fall to the next fall to the next and the next after that.
And that’s how I explained it to my husband. That actually, if you add up all the fresh eucalyptus I was going to buy—this faux eucalyptus is actually cheaper.
See the brilliance of my math?
You can see the Pottery Barn version here.
Here are the same urns with the new faux eucalyptus.
Doesn’t it look super similar?
And almost real?
A couple of quick points:
1. This is a covered porch, I’m not sure how well it would hold up out in the winter and fall elements.
2. I think the key to buying faux winter stems is reading the reviews and making sure the close-up photos look as real as possible.
3. The leaves of this eucalyptus look so much better from the front. I need to turn a few of these around to make it look even more real.
4. I had another brilliant idea that I should shop for some more winter stems online—especially ones that can go from Christmas to winter. Here are some of my favorites linked below.
5. In totally amazing news—our football team is playing the last seven minutes of one of the best football games I have ever seen today at 1:00. The game got called for lightning last night. We are the underdogs and we only need one more touchdown to win. Wester will be there cheering in her new letterman jacket because it went from 91 degrees yesterday to 51 degrees today.
I can’t decide which I’m more excited about.
Or the eucalyptus. 🙂
PS In the super affordable news department. I did find this garland marked down from $90 to $33.60 over on Magnolia if you need a Thanksgiving Day simple centerpiece.
You can see it here.
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