Fall Front Porch

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in boxwoods, fall, front door, front porch, outdoors, thrift store, yard sale | 34 comments

It was a beautiful day for working on my fall front porch!

I went to my favorite local nursery and bought the mums, pumpkins, cabbages and pansies.

As I shopped, I remembered the days that my girls could not wait to go and get their pumpkins. . .

  For the past 12 years, I have visited scores of pumpkin patches.

Our preschool classes would go.

Our kindergarten and first grade classes would go.

My friends would get together and take a group of our kids.

Our church group would go.

I have a picture of my Anna Belle at her first pumpkin patch at the age of 3 weeks!

We visited every pumpkin patch in the county.

We crawled through hay mazes, played in troughs of corn, petted farm animals. . . (and then sanitized heavily!)

I would be buying 3 pumpkins on every visit, so my porch was full of pumpkins by the end of October!

I looked like I owned a pumpkin patch!

But, this year, there are no pumpkin patch field trips.

My girls are in the 2nd, 5th and 7th grades.

Those children do not go to pumpkin patches.

And, I am not sure if they are interested in getting a group of friends together and going.

Sigh.  They just grow up too fast!

So, I decided that after school, I was going to take my girls to pick out a few pumpkins.

They were not nearly as excited as they once would have been, but they still had fun.

My front porch is almost done.

I have a few finishing touches that I will add over the weekend.

I used thrift store baskets, boxes and buckets to hold the fall goodness.

I just found the large bushel basket at a yard sale for $4.

I have looked high and low for some more, but cannot find any?!

I was even willing to pay retail?!

I love that my boxwoods work year round!

I will show you more of my side porch in a few days.

I have started working on it with a couple of pillows.

You can see more about my owl tree here.

Or, my pumpkin wreath here.

I plan on adding a few more details to my scarecrow.

Then, I will show you how I made her.

I love the texture that the ornamental cabbages add.

And, the great ribbon from Hobby Lobby.

I found this giant star at a yard sale in the spring!

I got a set of 3 for $25.

This was the largest of the 3 stars.

I have used the middle one for some indoor fall decorations.

You can see it here.

I still have not found a home for the small one?

I will add the finishing touches this weekend.

Should be some more beautiful weather here in TN.

Oh, how I love fall.

Mamas, enjoy your pumpkin patch days!

They will be over before you know it!

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  1. So pretty! So Fall-y. So much attention to detail. Country Living should have asked you to style their cover. The crates are a great addition.

  2. Love it! So beautiful.

  3. I love your fall porch. So ka ute!

  4. Beautiful job Melissa, I love the pumpkin wreath you have on your door! Can I ask the color of your front door?

  5. Gorgeous plants, pumkins & wreath! I worked on my front yard decorations & my back porch today while my husband did our tag sale.

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Beautiful porch! I love all of your crates. Very cute!

  7. You have put so much thought to your porch…so many great little details…I too have three little ones 9,10,12 and yes they grow too fast…thank you so much for taking the time to link up and share at our HAPPY HOUR linky party…I appreciate it. I hope you have a great weekend and talk to you soon…xo

  8. It looks beautiful! Visiting from Six Sisters link party!

    -Fotini { http://glamorousbride.blogspot.com }

  9. Your front door/porch looks wonderful to usher in fall!! I love the mesh type ribbon you used.

  10. I love your fall porch! So cute!!

  11. Your porch has a definite fall look that is endearing and inviting. Seeing your bushel basket reminded me that I have one in my basement I should pull out and use!

  12. I’m sooo jealous of your porch! lol –just kidding it looks amazing! I agree with a previous poster who said you should be on the the front cover of some Country Living magazine.
    I love all of the crates and simple decor touches that add so much detail to everything. Thanks for the ideas on the boxwoods — I never thought about adding them to my porch decor. Simply amazing girl! Thank you so much for always sharing your wonderful creative projects at my weekly T.G.I.F. Link Party. Big Hugs!

  13. Your porch looks lovely. I wish I had your eye for decorating.
    I do hate to tell you, but you paid retail for that bushel basket. I buy them for $3.50 all the time.

    • I wish I could find some more of those baskets! I would gladly pay retail for them!

  14. Hi Melissa — me again…:)
    Featuring this fun and fabulous take on pumpkin decor as part of my Pick of the Patch features over at Craft Junkie Too today. I hope you can stop by to check it out and maybe grab the button code for your blog or blog post here. Thanks for linking up and sharing your creativity over at the T.G.I.F. Link Party at Craft Junkie Too.


  15. that looks great! i love the boxes, they just add such naturalness that makes it perfectly fall.

  16. Your porch is absolutely gorgeous!! There are so many beautiful things to look at! I just love it!!

  17. Wow, what a great front door and I love how you layered everything with the crates!

  18. You are a decorating machine! Your front porch looks great; really snazzy! Thank you for sharing your creative touch with Potpourri Friday!

  19. Wow, great fall front porch. Love the door and how you layered with the crates. Now I know what to do with mine! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  20. You have the best porch for fall! I love all the details and your wreath. Thank you for being a faithful “Cowgirl” and linking to the party each week. I always look forward to your posts.
    🙂 Samantha from Cowgirl Up Link Party

  21. Very nice. The crates are the special touch for me. I have a thing for old baskets and crates.

  22. so festive! i love the brass star!

  23. A very welcoming entry! Love the wood mixed with the other materials.

  24. Aaaah!! Lovely!!

  25. The porch looks inviting….so much charm. Love the mix of pumpkins and pine cones. I hear ya about the kids…my ‘baby’ is in college now, when she was just in 7th grade yesterday! lol

  26. I wish I could take my three sweet B’s trick or treating at your house…talk about photo opts EVERYWHERE! Love it! XO, Aimee

  27. Love your cute blog and all your fall decor!! I’m now following!! Cheers ~Deanna

  28. WOW! This is GREAT!!!! So Festive and welcoming:)

  29. Love how you decorated your porch! I need to find some plants that do well in full shade. I normally don’t decorate my front porch, but decided I would at least make an autumn wreath this year, and next year I will actually get plants for my planter! LOL!

    My son is in pre-school, so I really hope they do a trip to the pumpkin patch this year! My daughter is in 3rd grade, and they are thinking of doing one, too!! 🙂

    My recent post:
    Making an Autumn Wreath

  30. Oh it is just gorgeous! I’ll be featuring it tomorrow 🙂

  31. Loving your fall porch! Thanx for coming to the party!

  32. You said it, girl! The pumpkin patch days are gone before you know it. Your porch looks great–love all the elements!

  33. Very nice! Thank you for joining me at HSH!


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