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 just 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
And 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 just 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, which is where we spend the majority 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 the post, Our Year-Round Vermont Mountain Views.
How to Add Autumn Spirit to Your Front Porch
1. Choose a Color Pallet
To get started, I like to first choose a color pallet with which to work in. 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 to visit our local nursery and collect flowers and pumpkins within 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 the happy colorful spirits of autumn. The more the merrier!
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.
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.
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 table, side table, 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 an enormous amount of 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.
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 that I picked up earlier at our local nursery.
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 there are so many fancy and amazing fall planters 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 dreamed of having a gas fire pit coffee table on our porch forever. 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.
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 that gives 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 use the Tree Free Fire container as a stand-alone fire too. 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
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?
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!
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Thanks for joining me on the front porch today!
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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
This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each Fall home tour by clicking the links below.
The Tattered Pew // StoneGable // My Wee Abode
She Gave It a Go // Cottage In the Mitten // Simply2Moms
Midwest Life and Style // Willow Bloom Home Blog // Bricks n’ Blooms
Cottage On Bunker Hill // Peacock Ridge Farm // Open Doors Open Hearts
White Lilac Farmhouse // The Ponds Farmhouse // Eleanor Rose Home
Amy Sadler Designs // Shiplap and Shells // White Arrows Home
My Thrift Store Addiction // County Road 407 // Thistle Key Lane
Cloches and Lavender // My Family Thyme // tatertots & jello
Le Cultivateur // Southern Home and Hospitality // DIY Beautify
WM Design House // A Life Unfolding // Dabbling and Decorating
Rachel Harper says
Your porch looks amazing. I know you love it this time of year.
Thanks kindly Rachel!
I would love to know where your husband got his cap…
Lol, it’s a Kango hat. Here’s an affiliate link to them sold on Amazon. He’s thrilled you asked:)
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 … [email protected]
You are the second person to ask this question, LOL, he’s flattered!! Here is my affiliate link: https://bit.ly/3TL0n0M
I love your ideas and love Ella! We have two Berners and they are the sweetest.
Thanks so much, Lisa. Aren’t they the best dogs? Ella is our third Berner!
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.
Thank you kindly Tammy!
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
Thank you so much Cecilia I always enjoy our tours together!
Anne | Simply2Moms says
I love this outdoor area! Your porch is just beautiful. I’d hangout here all day if I could!
Someday Anne, someday!
Love your porch and the area around it is just beautiful. I could sit out here all day.
Thank you so much Marlene!
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
Thank you so much for all your kind words Cindy!
Wendy McMonigle says
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.
Thank you so much Wendy!
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!
Thanks so much, Stacy! We just bought our ski passes…
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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!
Cindy you are the sweetest. Happy Autumn!
Kate @ Southern Home and Hospitality says
The porch is stunning with all its color, Ann – I’d love to hang out there and enjoy that beautiful Vermont fall view! And your Ella just makes me smile. Happy Fall!
Thank you so much Kate!
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!
Thanks Julie, me too!
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!
Thanks for stopping by Jen!
Enjoy that porch view over the next few weeks!! I hope it’s a good foliage year!
Thanks kindly Jennifer!
Michelle | Thistle Key Lane says
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!
Thank you so much Michelle!
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!
Thank you so much Kim!
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!
Thank you so much Kelly!
Kim | Shiplap and Shells says
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!
Thanks so much Kim!
Kristin | White Arrows Home says
Everything is so beautiful Ann! What a perfect spot to watch the colors change.
Thank you Kristin, I love yours too!
Such gorgeous fall inspiration! I love your outdoor areas!!! Absolutely beautiful!!!!
Thanks so much, Emily!