The magical season of Autumn is on deck! Let me share with you how to bring the dynamic colors of this season onto your front porch in no time.

7 Ways to Add Autumn Spirit to Your Front Porch this Fall

First, a little tidbit

Don’t you love these pink Cosmos? Our neighbors planted these for us while we were in Maine this summer, so this little garden would bloom for us when returned to Vermont this fall! I’m not a gardener, so this was extra special, and I couldn’t adore them more.

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As a bonus, I’m joining over 30 fantastic home decor bloggers who are also sharing their Autumn decorating tips and tricks, hosted by my friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew.

If you are joining me today from Libbie over at A Life Unfolding welcome! Don’t you love Libbie’s shelf styling tips for fall?

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Autumn on our Vermont Front Porch

Autumn, It’s my favorite time of the year, how about you?

It’s also my favorite decorating season. Decorating our front porch, where we spend most of our time during the fall, is, well, simply the best!

Why do we spend the majority of our time on the porch in the fall? Because it overlooks the magnificent Green Mountains of Vermont. We feel like we are right in the heart of this fabulous season.

You may see more of these mountain views in Our Year-Round Vermont Mountain Views post.

Fire Pit with Mountain Views

How to Add Autumn Spirit to Your Front Porch

1. Choose a Color Pallet

To get started, I like first to choose a color pallet with which to work. This year, I chose the colors purple and orange.

These colors tend to stand out amidst all the other colors that show off around us in autumn. I love the pop of oranges against the dark wood color of our front porch, and the color purple pairs well with my favorite color, blue.

I then like visiting our local nursery and collecting flowers and pumpkins in this color scheme. Check out more of this year’s fun visit to our local nursery in the post, 24 Best Outrageous Scarecrows, It’s Fall in Vermont.

And boy, are the pumpkins expensive this year! Are they where you are, too?

Our neighbor usually grows his own pumpkin patch that provides pumpkins to our entire neighborhood. But this year, he went with wildflowers, and I’m really missing all those free pumpkins, LOL.

See more in this post from last year, Vermont Foliage Home Tour.


2. Add all the Autumn Flowers

Sunflowers are happy flowers. Whether you grow them yourself or pick them up at your local supermarket, they add all autumn’s happy, colorful spirits. The more the merrier!

You may also enjoy the Refreshing Weekend Junket Home to Vermont post with this year’s early sunflowers.

7 Ways to Add Autumn Spirit to Your Front Porch this Fall

A mixed bouquet of fall flowers in a simple mason jar.

This bouquet was a gift from the same neighbor’s flower garden that used to be a pumpkin patch.

You may also enjoy our Vermont Fall Foliage Home Tour from 2022.

7 Ways to Add Autumn Spirit to Your Front Porch this Fall

Enjoy this Fall & Halloween DIY Grazing Table with MacKenzie-Childs as well.

Hydrangeas aren’t only beautiful in the summer. Our limelight hydrangeas fade into gorgeous pink colors, and I love making bouquets and wreaths out of them in the fall with my little buddy, Ella.

Dog and Hydrangeas

See more of these limelight hydrangeas in the Summer into Fall: Limelight Hydrangeas, An Old Crate & Fresh Blooms post.

3. Apples

Go apple picking or pick up a bushel of your favorite apples at your local farmer’s market.

My favorite apples are Macintosh. What are yours?

Bowl of Apples

A bowl filled with apples on your front porch is inviting and, again, a key element to the spirit of autumn. Add a bowl of apples to a coffee, side, or dining table.

And although a wooden bowl or basket is more durable for the outdoors. For today, I couldn’t resist using this vintage green stoneware bowl that I found last year on Etsy.

Man with Apple

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7 Ways to Add Autumn Spirit to Your Front Porch this Fall

4. Cornstalks

Cornstalks add enormous coziness and Autumn spirit to any front porch.

Dog with Cornstalk

I picked up 5 bundles of cornstalks at our local nursery for just $7.95 a bunch and easily wired them onto our front porch beams.

They look fabulous from both the road and from our sitting view. And as we get closer to Halloween, I may add in some black crows or two. In my fall decor 2023, I’m using these Witches Altar Brooms with this black velvet ribbon tied into bows.

Front Porch and Garden

Check out the Wood Pellet Outdoor Heater: Why Big Timber Stove post if you are looking for something to warm up around this season!

7 Ways to Add Autumn Spirit to Your Front Porch this Fall

5. Add Curbside Appeal with Autumn Flower Containers

Last year, I found a couple of plastic urns; you may see more in the post, How to Easily Upcycle Plastic Urns. They work perfectly on our front porch with the purple Asters I picked up at our local nursery earlier.

I tend to keep our Autumn containers pretty simple, displaying one fall plant. It’s lower maintenance for me, as we can get high winds and harsh weather here living in the mountains of Vermont. But so many fancy and amazing fall planters are still to be found.

6. Tabletop Fire Pit

The cool, crisp air of autumn attracts us to our cozy fireplaces, stoves, and outdoor fire pits.

But a covered front porch can be a dangerous place for a fire. It can trap the fire’s smoke, fumes, and more. I have always dreamed of having a gas fire pit coffee table on our porch. Something we could sit around on a cold, misty, or rainy afternoon. But it wasn’t meant to be.


This past summer, I attended the Laudholm Nature Craft Fair with a girlfriend and discovered this stone fire rock made by Timberstone.

This is an awesome tabletop solution to add fire to your covered front porch space.

Timberstone Fire Pit rocks

The bottom of the rock does not heat up, allowing it to sit on almost any surface. There is an open hole in the rock where you add one Tree Free Fire container, giving you up to 4 hours of burning time.

7 Ways to Add Autumn Spirit to Your Front Porch this Fall
Here, you can see the stone fire pit burning in the background.

Oh, and we got new blue and white cushion covers for the new green wicker set. See the before in the post, How To Create An Inviting Front Porch with Wicker Furniture.

And guess what? If you don’t want or can’t find a fire rock like this one, you can also use the Tree Free Fire container as a stand-alone fire. They’d also be great for an evening on the beach in the summertime.

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I light ours every time we are on the porch now. I just love it!!

7. Spirit of Autumn Table Setting

Set the Table with Vintage Autumn Warmth

I’ve talked about our porch table here on the blog often. It’s an old vintage wallpaper table that I picked up while out “Thrifting with the Gals.” You may see more in the posts:

Having a porch table and being able to eat outdoors is a favorite of ours. And I mean breakfast, lunch, and dinner… Here’s a simple early autumn table setting that I put together to welcome you to our front porch today.

All vintage-inspired!

Set the Table with Vintage Autumn Warmth

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Thanks for joining me on the front porch today!

Red House Front Porch

I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Coastal Maine.

Be sure also to check out our Home in Vermont, where we spend winters enjoying the coziness of home in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

7 Ways to Add Autumn Spirit to Your Front Porch this Fall

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Next up on today’s “Best Fall Home Tour” is Emily from LeCultivateur. Emily has the most beautiful photography, and you’re going to be so inspired by her fall home tour.

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I am joining some of my blogging friends this week for the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will open their homes up for you to tour all week. You can visit each fall home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

Monday Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

The Tattered Pew // StoneGable // My Wee Abode

She Gave It a Go // Cottage In the Mitten // Simply2Moms

Tuesday’s Tours

Monday Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

Midwest Life and Style // Willow Bloom Home Blog // Bricks n’ Blooms

Cottage On Bunker Hill // Peacock Ridge Farm // Open Doors Open Hearts

Wednesday’s Tours

Wednesday Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

White Lilac Farmhouse // The Ponds Farmhouse // Eleanor Rose Home

Amy Sadler Designs // Shiplap and Shells // White Arrows Home

Thursday’s Tours

Thursday  Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

My Thrift Store Addiction // County Road 407 // Thistle Key Lane

Cloches and Lavender // My Family Thyme // tatertots & jello

Friday’s Tours

Friday Bloggers' Best Fall Collage

Le Cultivateur // Southern Home and Hospitality // DIY Beautify

WM Design House // A Life Unfolding // Dabbling and Decorating

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  1. Miche Ortega says:

    Ann, your porch is the epitome of cozy and all Fall-inspiring. I haven’t decorated with corn stalks in years, but they really do scream Fall. You have inspired me to purchase some for my front porch. Always so happy to see Ella. Thank you and Happy Fall!

    1. Awww I love that. I’m so glad you were inspired and thank you kindly for stopping by today!

  2. Such gorgeous fall inspiration! I love your outdoor areas!!! Absolutely beautiful!!!!

  3. Your porch is always so beautiful Ann, no matter what the season. I especially love all the gorgeous vintage dishes you use and the pretty flowers. And anytime I can get a glimpse of Ella, it’s a win. Beautiful job my friend. Happy Fall!

  4. Ann I am loving your outdoor spaces all decorated for Fall! I love how you always use so many fun colors! Thanks for all the tips and I’m hoping to come visit sometime and to sit at that lovely outdoor table of yours and enjoy those lovely views. In the meantime soak those up! Happy Fall my friend!

  5. You have the prettiest views and I’m sure they will just get prettier over the next month. I just love those dishes on your table. You are definitely ready for fall! So good to tour with you, friend!

  6. Ann, it’s always a delight to see the beautiful setting of your porch and surroundings that you get to admire every day. I feel like I can almost breath in the fresh crisp air. Your porch is stunning with your cozy seating and gorgeous tablescape! Pinning!

  7. Enjoy that porch view over the next few weeks!! I hope it’s a good foliage year!

  8. I enjoyed reading all of your tips, Ann, and your porch and outdoor spaces look so pretty all dressed up for fall! Happy to be on the tour with you this week. Pinned!

  9. I always love touring your seasonal homes, Ann. Those corn stalks are perfect for your porch, and I love the tabletop firepit! Haven’t priced pumpkins here yet, but now I’m skeered! LOL!

  10. Great ideas and all executed perfectly! To me, your porch is magazine worthy and where’d you find me every single fall day. And evening! SO glad I got to see it and hop with you this week. It truly is stunning. Love the rich colors and views. Happy Fall friend!

    1. Cindy you are the sweetest. Happy Autumn!

  11. the views from your porch are gorgeous! I love how you decorated it for fall and hope you have a wonderful autumn. Ski season is just around the corner!

    1. Thanks so much, Stacy! We just bought our ski passes…

  12. I adore your beautiful porch Ann. The colors you chose are so pretty with the blue and reds, and those hydrangeas are just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and your sweet dog Ella.

  13. Oh Ann, I want to come live next door to you! Vermont is so beautiful and your gardens have me in awe! I just love all your outdoor pretties and Ella is absolutely the cutest thing ever with her basket of freshly picked hydrangeas! YES, pumpkin prices are outrageous this year! Macintosh are my very favorite apples! I grew up in BC Canada and they grew there. Sadly, they aren’t available many places in the South. I always miss them so much in the Fall! So fun to hop with you today, thanks for all the beautiful inspiration! xx

    1. Thank you so much for all your kind words Cindy!

  14. Love your porch and the area around it is just beautiful. I could sit out here all day.

  15. Ann, your porch decor is so charming and I am swooning over your hydrangeas–pinned! It is a pleasure to tour with you again. Happy Fall! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thank you so much Cecilia I always enjoy our tours together!

  16. Ann, your porch and outdoor spaces are beautiful. I love all of your fall touches. Of course, Ella always steals the show. She is such a beautiful gal.

  17. I love your ideas and love Ella! We have two Berners and they are the sweetest.

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa. Aren’t they the best dogs? Ella is our third Berner!

      1. I would love to know where your husband got his cap…

        1. Lol, it’s a Kango hat. Here’s an affiliate link to them sold on Amazon. He’s thrilled you asked:)

    1. I would like to know where you can purchase a cap like your husband is wearing in the bowl of apples picture. Would love to get my husband one … thank you …