The Front Porch is ready for fall
I believe your entryway should welcome you home and make you happy every time you walk up those steps! It’s why I make changes every season. Because it’s always about the little things. . . There’s no denying that fall has arrived in New England. The leaves are starting to turn and while we are weeks away from the peak color season, it felt time to decorate the outdoors. I generally do it a little too early and the pumpkins don’t last until Halloween. This year I was a little more patient. I bought most of the pumpkins at Trader Joe’s. They have a great selection and at the best price. I found the black pansies at Terrain along with the small evergreens that I’ll use during the holidays. And by that I mean November 1st. The thing about decorating even at the end of September with mums and pumpkins…I’m ready to move on once Halloween is over. Anyone else or do you wait until after Thanksgiving?
The ribbed galvanized metal planters are from Rejuvenation. I get a lot of questions asking if they have drainage holes. They do not. I use liners inside planters so that when I water the pants, the water drains inside the planter and not on the porch. If I had these planters on the pea gravel by the side door all the time…then yes, I could add a drainage hole and it would drain into the pea gravel. But I move these planters around and will eventually use them all on the porch again. I use bricks, upside down bowls, all sorts of things to give the liner a little height inside the planter.
Emtek Door Hardware in Matte Black
We used Emtek throughout our house for door hardware and in our kitchen and bathrooms. It is available at most building supply stores and they have a dealer search on their website. We love Emtek for the quality, style and affordability. The dip-dyed stool was a last minute addition. I have the stools from Serena & Lily all over the house. We use them in bathrooms, in bedrooms next to a chair as a small side table or to hold a plant. They are perfect to hold your cup of coffee…or a stack of pumpkins.
The Side door
When we first bought this house, the side area along the driveway was in terrible shape. It’s actually the exterior door to the basement. I saw it as an opportunity to make it look like a welcoming entryway. The first thing we did was clear the weeds and put down pea gravel. We painted the small cement pad using Sherwin Williams Porch & Floor Enamel. We made a simple bench that I talked about in this post. The Industrial Guard Sconce is from Barn Light Electric. We add seasonal plants to make it a focal point as you pull into the driveway. Every time I see it, it brings me joy! Isn’t that how you want to feel when you pull into the driveway?
you’ll want to make this apple crumble!
apple crumble (gluten free + vegan)
I made this with stone fruit all summer and now that it’s almost October, I’ve switched to honeycrisp apples.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- one large honeycrisp apple, peeled, cored and cut into small dice
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
for the oat topping
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, (solid, not melted)
- Heat oven to 350º
- Combine the apple with the cinnamon, nutmeg, flour and sugar and toss to coat the fruit
- Pour into individual ramekins (I use small Lodge skillets) In a separate bowl, combine the flours, oats and sugar. With a fork work in the coconut oil until it is crumbly.
- Cover the fruit evenly and bake for about 20 minutes if you are making them as individual servings. Watch closely and if they start to get too brown on top, cover loosely with foil.
I make a small recipe that makes only 4 individual (small) servings. This recipe could easily be doubled or even tripled.
New Canaan Porch
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