You know those gorgeous front porches decorated for fall with cascading pumpkins and overflowing flower pots? (Maybe something like this?)
Yeah, if you came over to our house, you wouldn’t see one of those.
What you would see is my half-hearted attempt to bring life to our charming, yet totally dated front porch.
Let me pull back a little bit so you can see the whole thing:
I mean, how adorable is this house?!
I fell in love instantly with the cottage-y dormers and deep porch. The way the house is positioned on the lot means we usually enter through the back of the house, but guests do come to the front and this summer we spent a surprising amount of time sitting out on the porch.
There are some out-of-place details that need to be fixed … like the front door, the ornate (and oddly oversized) trim around the door, the light fixtures and rounded windows. The floor and steps need a new coat of paint and the posts are trimmed out awkwardly.
None of these things deterred us from buying the house, but here I am one year later and I’m itching to give the front of the house a makeover!
Until then, I’m making the most of it with fall flowers from my favorite local market:
Here’s a helpful hack – I bought a pre-made planter and just popped it right into my terra cotta pot.
I pulled out a couple of fall-toned pillows for the porch swing:
And added another pot of trailing greenery and deep red pansies between the rocking chairs.
This year, that’s the best I can do to add a hint of fall to the front porch. Maybe next year I’ll go all out with the pumpkins :)