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.
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.
Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tour 2022
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
See more of these limelight hydrangeas in the Summer into Fall: Limelight Hydrangeas, An Old Crate & Fresh Blooms post.
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?
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.
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Cornstalks add enormous coziness and Autumn spirit to any front porch.
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.
Check out the Wood Pellet Outdoor Heater: Why Big Timber Stove post if you are looking for something to warm up around this season!
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 is an awesome tabletop solution to add fire to your covered front porch space.
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.
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!!
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:
- My Favorite Second-Hand Table
- How to Refinish a Wood Table in Less Than 1 Hour
- How to Style a Table in October Blue
- Is Autumn a Season for Vintage?
- Sunroom Home Office Inspiration: Triple Purposed with Craft Space
- Set the Table with Vintage Autumn Warmth
- Simple Vintage Americana Porch Table Ideas
- Outdoor Fall Porch Table for Two with Mountain Views
- Johnson Brothers Autumn’s Delight Fall Porch Table Setting
- Ski Lodge Inspired Christmas Decor
- Fall Dessert Table with A Pecan Pie Surprise
- Picturesque Table Setting with Autumn Mountain Views
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.
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Thanks for joining me on the front porch today!
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.
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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.
Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours
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.