fall porch decorating ideas and inspiration

Fall porch decorating ideas and inspiration

There is something so welcoming and charming when a front porch is decorated, even just a little. To me, it’s like the first chapter of a book, the porch either builds anticipation to see inside the home, or not so much. I love seeing how others decorate, inside and outside of their home even if their style isn’t my style. This is only the second year that I really decorated our front porch. I know, I know, how can someone who loves decorating so much fail on the front porch scene? Well, better late than never is my answer~ This post is all about fall porch decorating ideas and inspiration. I have some very talented Instagram friends that have created lovely front porches, so I’ll be sharing those, as well as my second-ever front porch design.

I knew that I wanted some dried cornstalks. At this point, there weren’t any at Lowe’s, Walmart, or the local nurseries, but I lucked out when I checked Facebook Marketplace. I got six stalks for $2, I seriously couldn’t believe it, and we only had to drive twelve minutes away to get them! The farmer was incredibly nice and we discovered a little antique shop right down the road.



My next layer is tree stumps or risers. We had to cut down an old dead tree this summer. It had been dead a while and was precariously leaning toward Quinn’s bedroom window so it was time to go. The company did a great job cutting it down and they even cut several stumps for me at no extra charge. I have many ideas for these stumps, but the first is on the front porch. I don’t expect anyone to go get stumps, but the bigger idea to this layer of porch decorating is to have something to give height to some items as well as adding texture and interest. You can use anything you have that will withstand the outdoors, like crates, a wagon, a crock, planters, risers, stools, etc. Find something, anything, that will allow you to add items at varying heights. We also have three very tall oak trees in our front yard. We love the old growth trees, but when the wind blows we will find chunks of downed branches piercing our yard. I have been stacking and saving them up and love how they add some natural texture and interest to the porch design.



My next layer was adding pumpkins. I got all of these (except for three fake ones closest to the door) from Walmart. They had the best prices and I couldn’t believe the selection of heirloom colored pumpkins. After giving them a little bleach bath, I set them up on the porch making sure to spread out the various colors and sizes of pumpkins. I found I needed a few more to balance the design and then that layer was complete. I also extended some smaller ones into the flowerbeds to continue the look – my girls noticed right away and loved it.



With the pumpkins stacked and set up, I could easily see where there were natural places to add some mums and fall foliage. I got my mums from Walmart for $4.94 and didn’t expect too much from them, but I’m following Ari’s advice from True Style with Ari on mum care. You can check out her tips here! I have been taking off the dead flower heads and making sure not to over or under water them. For $5 a mum, they’re doing pretty well. I also found some very inexpensive plants from Lowe’s. I love the look of cabbage plants, I even considered putting in faux ones, but the real ones were too affordable and cute to pass up. Using real plants has always felt like such a big deal to me because I’m worried that they’ll die after I spend all this money and time on them. Well, I found the plastic planters at the Dollar store, and a large bag of soil was under $8. So, my overall investment wasn’t too much and I’m learning more about caring for plants in the process.



I wanted to add some lanterns or lighting of some kind, but I had to consider our irrigation system and the rain that will be coming this time of year. So, I picked up some 5/8 inch dowels from The Home Depot and some votive holders from the dollar store and crafted my own little lights. All I did was glue thumbtacks to the bottom of the votive holders and once dry they could be easily pushed into the top of the dowel. I cut the bottom end of the dowels at a 45 degree angle and hammered them into the flowerbed. I could have painted or stained the dowels, but the natural color was find to me. Then I placed LED tealights inside the votives and that’s it! Super simple and if it rains, I just pull the votive holder out, dump the water and put it back into the dowel. These aren’t permanent lighting fixtures for my porch, but they’re fun for this season and didn’t cost much at all to make. My youngest says that the lights are huge marshmallows – so there’s that.

I have already added a few fake spiders as we get closer to Halloween. That’s one of things I love about this fall porch design, I can add or remove layers to create different looks throughout the fall season.


The dried oak leaves blow in naturally – so I just go with it!

Fall porch decorating ideas and inspiration

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite fall porch decorating ideas and inspiration. You can click on the photo for more information about the designer. Be sure to follow them on Instagram for so much more decor and design inspiration.








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Thank you so much for checking out my fall porch decorating ideas and inspiration! No matter the size of your porch or budget, there are some simple ways to decorate your porch and create a welcoming entry to your home. I hope you’re inspired and thinking about your porch decor. Be sure to subscribe to the blog for just one email a week of DIY and decorating inspo!

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Happy fall, y’all. Do you love all the fall sayings, or have you had enough? Do you love PSL (pumpkin spice lattes) or hate them? Are you decorating for fall yet, even a few touches? Everyone is different, but I love all things fall and I am so excited to share my Easy Fall Decorating – Fall Home Tour 2021 with you. I really tried to stick with my rust and blush color scheme, but green snuck in too. I should have known, it is my favorite color and a great neutral. It works, but any of the fall colors will do. One of my new favorite color combinations for fall is royal blue and wheat. The colors look great together and it’s a nice transition from summer.

I don’t have a lot to say on this post, but I have a lot of photos to share! I will say that fall decorating is one of my top favorite times to decorate. The style really reflects the fall weather (as soon as we get it) and all the colors in nature as the leaves change and things begin to dry and prepare for the cold winter. Even the smells outside are amazing. If you want to add some fall touches without spending a dime, just remove any other seasonal decor, but keep your everyday things (baskets, pottery, vases, books, containers, nick knacks, and then bring in some nature. Branches, fallen leaves, wheat stems, and even dried up plants that you already have can help to decorate for the fall vibes that have begun outside. I clipped our hydrangeas after they changed color and they dried beautifully. Some small branches and leaves have also begun to fall outside and I’m gathering those up too.

Without further ado, here are the early fall photos of my home, as you know things change regularly, but I really hope my fall touches inspired you and get you in the mood to refresh your home a bit too. I will be preparing my office for a birthday party, and then onto Halloween for a dinner party I’ll be hosting. So there are a lot of changes coming, but I love the challenge of using what I have and creating different looks to work for each event. Stay tuned, be sure to subscribe to get more DIY and decorating inspiration and ideas!


Easy Fall Decorating – Fall Home Tour 2021

Easy Fall Decorating - Fall Home Tour 2021
I love the console table in the entry, but I think the minimal bench adds a simple coziness that you just don’t get with a table.

Easy Fall Decorating - Fall Home Tour 2021
Here are a bunch of my dried hydrangeas. Yes, they make a mess when bumped into, but that’s OK with me.

Easy Fall Decorating - Fall Home Tour 2021
Quinn added the owl. Adding a stuffy isn’t exactly my touch, but it made her so happy. These candlesticks will help create my Murder Mystery dinner party tablescape.

Easy Fall Decorating - Fall Home Tour 2021
The blog post for the DIY vintage man in the moon is here. He is so fun!

Easy Fall Decorating - Fall Home Tour 2021
I stumbled upon these beautiful heirloom pumpkins at a little nursery. I was in heaven looking at all the different types!

Easy Fall Decorating - Fall Home Tour 2021
We love this table, but it’s usually covered with a tablecloth. Love the warmth the wood tone when we can see it!

Easy Fall Decorating - Fall Home Tour 2021
I love gathering items on a tray or stand for the island – it makes it easier to move if I need to quickly.

Easy Fall Decorating - Fall Home Tour 2021

Easy Fall Decorating - Fall Home Tour 2021
A rare view from the family room.

Easy Fall Decorating - Fall Home Tour 2021
Do you like geodes? I love them, but just want this one neutral one – it works for so many seasons and looks.

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I adore these faux hops stems. You can get them online here.

Easy Fall Decorating - Fall Home Tour 2021
I gathered up all my black books to create a fun little display. We’ve been reading more in the evenings and books always feel cozy to me.

Easy Fall Decorating - Fall Home Tour 2021
I call this an in-progress shot for my floating shelves. I’m working on it!

Easy Fall Decorating - Fall Home Tour 2021


That’s a wrap for my fall home tour. I sincerely hope you found something to inspire your own decorating adventures! As you know, things change around my home often, so be sure to catch me on Instagram to see other fall shots that aren’t in the tour~ And if you enjoy seasonal decorating inspo, DIY projects, crafts, party designs, and more, be sure to subscribe to my one email a week – always happy mail.


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After finishing my Z Gallerie inspired DIY canvas painting, I thought it would be cool to use the dry brush painting method onto a faux fiddle leaf garland. It wasn’t cool, it was a big fail – it looked so bad and was not what I wanted at all. So, after a quick brainstorm, I went back to a simple, tried and true technique to save my Pottery Barn inspired DIY fall garland, and now I LOVE it! You can do this technique to any faux plant, and in whatever colors you need!

Pottery Barn Inspired DIY Fall Garland

This “simple” project was supposed to be fun, easy, and beautiful… and it is all those things, but it didn’t start out that way. I decided to add a little fall décor to our bedroom and wanted a large-leaf garland to add some fall colors and the element of nature. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for garland in all the right colors with the right vibe, I decided to makeover a bright green garland I found online. Seems easy enough, right? But if you’ve ever tried even one DIY project then you know that it usually doesn’t all go according to plan. And that’s OK because then we learn, grow, blah blah blah. But no, seriously, it isn’t fun when a DIY bombs, but in this case, I was able to revive my idea, and in the end, create something beautiful.

I searched high and low for a large fiddle leaf garland, and I was elated when I found this one on Etsy. The seller ships fast and it came in a box where it wasn’t squished – I highly recommend this Etsy shop. You may even have an old garland on-hand that needs new life, you can use any faux garland that you want. Before I started, I gave each leaf a light dusting using my blush chalk spray paint. I wanted to mute the bright green and create a rougher texture for the rest of the paint to stick to. You could you’re your garland with any color, but hold the can further away than normal and keep it even.

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The first technique I tried came from the dry brushing technique that worked well on my Z Gallerie inspired canvas wall art project. Watered down acrylic paint does not work and dry brushed acrylic paint also doesn’t work on garland. However, the cream acrylic paint did fade out the bright green leaves OK, but I didn’t want all the leaves the same color so I had to figure something out.

I considered adding more acrylic paint to the leaves, but when I remembered my left-over spray paint, I went that route. I ended up using a blush chalk spray paint, gold, and rose gold. If my light green leaves wouldn’t have looked good after my failed painting attempts, I would have picked up some mint chalk spray paint to add a soft green. I’m sure I couldn’t replicate this garland even if I tried, but I’m happy with my mistake. And in the future, I will just start with spray painting and save myself the mess and trouble of trying techniques that don’t work on faux plants.

I left my spray-painted garland outside for about 3 hours and that was long enough to air it out. I knew that this garland would be near our heads while we sleep so I wanted to make sure there wasn’t any leftover smell on it. I’m thinking this six-foot beauty will decorate our mantel next year, the front porch, or maybe the entryway… so many possibilities. I hope you enjoyed this post on my diy fail to something fabulous. If you’ve had a fail to fab project, please share in the comments below. Thank you!

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