Porches and patios are getting ready to be covered in warm autumn colors and greet all things pumpkin season in just a few days. Today it is all about inspiration and 8 tips for decorating your outdoor areas for fall.
Pile on the pumpkins
The best accessory for indoors and outdoors for autumn? Pumpkins of course. And the more the merrier! I love to pile the pumpkins on the steps, on the decks and anywhere I can get away with adding a few (or a few dozen).
Tip: Use several size and shapes of pumpkins to create a charming look. From small baby boo’s to large traditional and squatty flat pumpkins too.
Add a pop of color
One of my favorite ways to deck the halls for autumn is to bring in a rich warm pop of color. For this styling by the barn, I kept the pumpkins neutral- but brought in a colorful maple tree and wreath.
Tip: Use rich golden yellows, burgundy, shades of red, amber and orange and olive to bring a warm feeling for fall.
Set a Wreath on a chair
For a unique look- why not set a wreath on a chair on the porch? Grapevine wreaths are not just for hanging on the door or above the mantel- they look beautiful wherever you place them.
Tip: A vintage chair on the porch is a perfect place for stacking pumpkins or setting a wreath for a charming welcome.
Stack in two or more
Find a few pumpkins that are flat enough to stack on on top of the other- and create interest on your steps. I love to use the heirloom variety and tuck a couple stacks here and there among larger and smaller pumpkins.
Place your chairs around a fire pit
A fire to warm up by is not on the agenda currently since it hot yet- but it won’t be long before we are sitting outside and enjoying the crisp air and cozy fire in the evening. A simple way to get ready for those autumn nights by the fire is to set up your fire pit area now.
Tip: Place your chairs around the fire pit to create a spot to sit and visit with friends and family. Fill a basket with throws to grab as needed and stack some firewood nearby so you can easily add to the fire.
Add autumn blooms
Especially for early autumn decor, bring in some of those blooming beauties and mingle them with your pumpkins for a beautiful look. These purple blooms are allium- but you can use any type of flower and color that inspires you.
Bring on the twinkle
Those twinkling trees aren’t just for Christmas – we enjoy the ambiance they bring all year long. And for autumn- I like to add some more colorful trees in as well to bring out that rosy glow.
Cabbages & Lanterns
This porch is probably my most favorite autumn porch – those brown cinderella pumpkins, charming lanterns and potted cabbages on the steps were such a pretty look.
Tip: Mix in potted cabbages and add a warm glow with lanterns to give pumpkin covered porches a storybook charm kind of look.
Fill a planter
I also filled these metal urns with clipped foliage and placed a pumpkin on the top. For this look- I used eucalyptus but you can use any clipped foliage from your yard- or even a potted plant if you prefer. If you are concerned about the weight of a pumpkin on the plants- simply swap a real one with a faux lightweight pumpkin.
Get the Look
Autumn Wreath | Autumn LED Tree | Lanterns | Orange Berry Wreath | Faux Cabbage | Adirondack Chairs | Fire Pit | Potted Maple Tree | Plaid Throw | Faux Orange Pumpkins | Faux White Pumpkins | Faux Eucalyptus Greens
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Side note on the fire- My daughter and her fiancé were evacuated from South Lake Tahoe last night because of the Caldor Fire. They have moved into the cottage with their pets -and as much stuff as they could fit into their cars. They are safe and sound thankfully – and I will regroup and get back to work once everything is settled down a bit here. It breaks my heart to see the devastation the fire is causing. Tahoe is a very special place for me- praying for the firefighters and everyone in the fires path.
Stay tuned for this years autumn porch and patio- happy Monday all.