Each season, I slowly transition our front porch and exterior for the months ahead. From swapping my planters, winterizing, tending to our garden, and thinking ahead, I enjoy making these seasonal changes. It’s fun to switch things up and celebrate the autumn months. This year, I kept the styling simple, elegant, and used items that could easily transition into the harvest season- and even the holidays ahead. My goal was to create a front porch vignette that felt elegant, textural, warm, and inviting. Click through for a fun little tour of our front porch decorated for autumn this year!
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Obviously, pumpkins are the easiest way to decorate and commemorate autumn. They’re nature’s sculptural works for your porch, they come in so many different shapes & sizes, and they immediately add color and interest that is representative of the fall season. I stocked up on lots of pumpkins of varying shapes. I’m partial to the gourd and cinderella style pumpkins. After searching many local spots for the best priced pumpkins (I wanted quite a few this year which can add up), I ended up grabbing these from my local Walmart early in the season.
While I was there grabbing pumpkins, I also snagged a couple harvest wheat wreaths for our front doors. These were $9 in the store, but I wasn’t able to find them online. I’ll link a similar one later in the post, but definitely check out the in-store selection for the best deals! These were right up front with the Halloween decor. For more of their wreaths and garlands, check out this section online.
I love the texture the minimal wreaths add to our french doors, and these can be used into the harvest and Thanksgiving season. They nicely bridge the gap between Halloween and holiday decorating, so I’ll leave these up until my Christmas wreaths comes out.
Last month I added mums to my front porch planters, and they’ve already bloomed once. I deadheaded them, and I think they’re about to bloom again! This is the first time that has happened for me, so I’m looking forward to enjoying florals once last time before winter and snow arrives.
In terms of color, I kept things pretty monochromatic and neutral this year- with a few exceptions of burnt orange colored pumpkins. After having just finished my fringe tablecloth, I wanted our front porch to seamlessly blend with our entryway upon opening the doors.
When thinking of our entryway being a continuation of our exterior, I repeated simple white taper candles in my vintage candelabra. Sometimes you only need one or two threads of consistency to create a cohesive look, indoors and out.
Given our porch is rather large (with lots of negative space) and difficult to fill, I opted to create a pathway to our front doors, lined with the pumpkins and candles. This helped to create a nice focal point, better balance, and it helped me stick to a tight budget. I didn’t want to spend too much this year. I think it feels abundant, intentional, and visually pleasing without costing a fortune.
If you’d like to recreate the look or see some of the things I saved for the porch from Walmart, I’ll link them below for you! It was really an affordable vignette.
Click directly on my finds to be redirected to the source, or use the numbered links below the collage to shop…
01: wheat wreath // 02: pillar candles // 03: large hurricane // 04: wreath hook // 05: large pillar candle // 06: glass votive candles // 07: tapered candles // 08: pair of mums // 09: glass vase // 10: cylindrical vase // 11: monogrammed doormat // 12: pumpkins // 13: candelabra
My favorite things are definitely the pillar candles, hurricanes, and votives. They’re budget-friendly, festive, and can be used over and over again. I’m telling you- they add instance ambiance and are the easiest to style for parties or special occasions. I use them often!
During the evening hours, the front porch looks even more magical. Of course I don’t light the candles every night, but they’re fun for weekends, hosting & entertaining, or Halloween. They really create a dramatic and inviting entrance.
I’m big on buying seasonal decor that has longevity and can be used for multiple holidays or parties. The candles do exactly that! Simple ivory or white votives, tapered candles, or pillar candles can be used over and over again, any time of the year for any occasion or holiday. They’re a smart, timeless buy!
I also invested in inexpensive glass hurricanes or cylindrical vases that can be used to contain the candles. It adds an extra layer of elegance, safety, and I use these year round as well. They’re my not-so-secret party trick! Candles look more romantic when set inside glass. They’re glow is illuminated and they feel a bit more upscale.
Are you getting the nostalgic, warm, and inviting aesthetic? I hope so! Styling the porch really put me in a festive mood! I’m happy I took the time to do it… especially since we’re hosting a few friends this Halloween. Did you decorate your front porch or entry for fall? I always enjoy it! Here’s to a great autumn week ahead.