When life hands you heat you and are craving fall…
….you have to adapt.
You have to get a little creative and roll with the weather.
When we lived in Kentucky and September arrived, I was shopping for pumpkins and cutting down corn stalks and rolling hay bales and borrowing someone’s wheelbarrow that looked like it came over on the Mayflower.
But in Texas?
The grocery stores still have giant displays of sunscreen.
What’s a front door to do?
My front door and I decided we’d go all transitional until the corn stalks and the leaves and the pumpkins show up.
Here are a few transitional fall porch decorating ideas for your door decor.
1. Buy a cute doormat
Nothing makes you and your front door feel better than a new fall front door mat that makes you smile.
I found this one at Anthropologie.
It is a little more than I would normally spend on a doormat, but it makes me smile every time I open the door.
This is the only thing I bought new—I repurposed everything else in the space by shopping the house.
2. Start with an urn
Or a planter.
Or a box.
Or anything you can put a plant in.
Put one on either side of the door.
I’ve had these urns for half a century. I bought them at Lowe’s years ago and they must be a best seller because they still have a version in stock. You can see them here. They were pricy, but I’ve used them over and over and over again and if you divide them by all the years I’ve had them, they are getting cheaper by the minute. I actually found these urns at Lowe’s that are cuter and less expensive, they’re just a little bit smaller.
Edited to add. The urns are 75% off at most Lowe’s. SERIOUSLY. A reader found the deal and it’s an amazing one.
3. Stick a plant in the urn
Preferably one you already had left over from summer.
This is a transitional porch, so it doesn’t have to be a fall plant. Any plant with leaves and a stem and general foliage will do.
Like these ferns.
They are approaching 80 and showing their age.
I keep trimming off all the brown stems and watering it and so far it’s held up really well in the Texas heat.
4. Put something in the urn or planter
I put these iron spheres.
We generally don’t let them in the house because they shed.
They are outdoor spheres.
Shop your house with new eyes. Do you have a sphere or a wood piece or architectural piece or something that might work in the plant in the urn? It doesn’t have to be fancy. Any piece with texture will work.
For example, if I didn’t have the spheres, I might have used these oversized driftwood pieces that I have.
Or a pumpkin might work too.
5. Layer in pumpkins
Shop your fall boxes for some fall pumpkins.
I bought these metal pumpkins last year at Hobby Lobby.
I was so happy to see them again this year.
You can find them online here.
(Total decorating aside: your pumpkins look so much cuter if you stagger their heights. Find something to put them on to make them have different heights. I used a couple of metal stands, but I’ve also used bricks or wood slices to give them a little height.)
6. Add a wreath
This is a magnolia wreath I bought years ago from Joss and Main.
It’s the perfect summer into fall wreath.
I found this similar wreath here over on Wayfair.
I kept it simple and tied the wreath to the brass door knocker with twine, but a pretty fall ribbon might introduce a little more fall to the space.
7. Add pillows
We have these matching porch swings on the porch.
I kept it simple with black and white outdoor pillows.
I thought about adding a pumpkin to the swing, but I knew someone would just swing it off.
That’s the back porch.
And the best part?
When it gets cooler I can keep the same basic design and add elements to it to make it look even more fall.
But for now?
It’s going all Donnie and Marie.
It’s a little bit summer and a little bit fall.
And a whole lot of rock and roll.
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