6 simple ways to transition your porch from summer to fall in no time and very little money! Getting my porch and doors ready for the season is one of my favorite things to do, and fall and is the season I love the most for this kind of decor. The colors, the pumpkins, and all the easy ways to transition to the autumn season are just too tempting not to jump in a little early. Even if you like all white mums and pumpkins and cabbage and kale, there’s something so wonderful about the fall plantings!
I’m so thrilled to be back again every Sunday with my besties Mary Ann and Cindy, to bring you our five favorite finds of the week. Mary Ann is in LA for a very exciting event, and Cindy posted a mini-tour of her new (historic) home on Instagram, so I’m thinking their five faves might have something to do with those things!
Is it too early to be thinking about your fall door? The answer is no if you ask me!
Our summer plants will most likely not make it through Tropical Storm Henri and so I may be buying mums earlier than ever this year!
A look back at our fall doors for a little inspiration
We painted our door Farrow & Ball India Yellow just for fall last year
Pumpkins, mums, some earthy wood elements and a door basket with dried hydrangeas for the side and back doors in the fall
Early fall plantings on our New Canaan Porch
Our California House with a Dutch Door
New Canaan House with a Black Door and Pumpkins
Mixing it up with galvanized planters, a dip-dyed stool and pumpkins
When in doubt paint it all black and add pumpkins and mums
A new door mat, a door bakset full of black pansies dresses up the side door that leads to the pantry
With shorter days, lighting is even more important, and fall is a great time to think about it before it’s just too cold to worry about installing outdoor lighting. Our New Canaan house had gorgeous copper lanterns that I get asked about all the time; unfortunately, I have no information, and they seem very old. I used something similar to these on our California house. The house was built in 1900. But, there are so many wonderful options for lighting that we’ve used on our New Canaan house in the back and the garage, and our current beach cottage.
A few more favorites that are all home related as we transtion from summer to fall
I have been following Jeanne of @collageoflife1 for years, way before Instagram was even a thing! She recently talked about this book, Curate – Inspiration for an Individual Home. It’s a beautiful book from stylist Lynda Gardener mixing a neutral palette with natural elements to make your home reflect your own personal style that tells your story. Jeanne says she’s never been able to put a name to her decorating style, she says 30 years of expat life will do that. “As you can see from this mudroom. everything goes, even the dog!” Make sure to check out Jeanne’s beautiful website, Collage of Life.
My friend Diane gave this to me after she found it and loved it. She knew I would as well. When I first got it, i thought I would fold it up and store it under my sink, but it looks so cool that I leave it on my counter all the time. It comes in white and black.
Planters for fall container gardens
I am helping a friend with a mini makeover of her patio and we both loved how these inexpensive planters from Walmart turned out with a coat of Behr Chalk Spray Paint. They look like these from Terrain for a fraction of the price! I can’t wait to show the full reveal before and after of how this patio turned out!
A pretty sidetable
I love a pretty side table that has an interesting shape and then of course there’s the material. Serena & Lily has a new wicker side table that would be perfect in a bedroom or a living room. I also love this one and also this one from Walmart that are meant for outdoors but are pretty enough to use indoors as well.