Fall Porch Inspiration and a New Favorite

While I sit on my front porch thinking about how blessed I am

to be able to enjoy the mild weather,

I am thinking ahead on how I would like to decorate my porch for Fall this year.

I definitely need to keep it simple, yet festive and inviting this year.

So today, I thought I would just present some Fall Porch inspiration

and a new favorite of mine.

Fall Porch 2016-Housepitalty Designs

These images are from my Fall porch last year.

Fall Porch 2016-Housepitality Designs

Last year, I added cobalt blue to the porch in the form of fountains and planters.

Cobalt Blue Fountains-Planters-Pumpkin Topiary-Housepitality Designs

A trip to my favorite garden center yielded beautiful mums that are actually grown there.

I will be making a trip there as soon as the mums come out of the greenhouse.

I have actually seen some mums recently at the grocery store!

Fall Porch 2016-Mums-topiary-Housepitality Designs

My ivy topiary actually looked a little sad there … something got to it,

but I nursed it back to health and it looks pretty today.

I placed dried hydrangeas (I had a bumper crop last year) on the grapevine wreaths

among some silk flowers I had on hand in shades of orange.

Hydrangrea wreath-Fall Porch 2016-Housepitality Designs

Fall Porch 2016-Housepitality Designs

Before the cobalt blue fountains and planters, I had a vintage wagon

and a weathered vintage door in that corner of the porch.

Fall Porch-Vintage Wagon-Vintage Weathered Door-Housepitality Designs

Mums, pumpkins and stalks of Fall corn fill the wagon.

Fall Porch-Mums-Pumpkins-Vintage Wagon-Housepitality Designs

The wreaths that year consisted of cotton bolls and Fall silk florals.

Fall Porch-Fall Wreaths-Housepitality Designs

Fall Porch-Housepitality Designs

So stay tuned to see what I do to the Front Porch for Fall this year.

In the meantime, I want to show you my new favorite thing.

Actually, my new favorite yogurt!

It is called OUI … have you heard of it? It so reminds me of the yogurt

we ladies enjoyed in France on our memorable trip and saved the glass containers

to bring home with us. (Note: this is NOT a sponsored post … just wanted to share!)

OUI French Yogurt-Housepitality Designs

I continue to pray for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Today I seemed to feel a bit unsettled when I was thinking about how I wanted to

decorate my porch. I was thinking about decorating my home,

while others are fighting to save their homes and their lives?

I know we all seem to reflect in times like these.

I guess all we can do is pray and think about how we can help, as they certainly need our help.

I wish you a most blessed day.

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  1. I love the color combo of orange and cobalt blue. Your porch last year was lovely.
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  2. I love the wagon and the weathered door. Can’t wait to see what you do this year. I agree that what is happening with the hurricane puts things in perspective. We are so fortunate to have our homes at this time when so many have lost theirs.

  3. I get so many wonderful and useful ideas from your blog! It’s so hard for me to get into the spirit for fall decorating, but all the prettiness you create gives me a little push. We’re still dealing with the aftermath of flooding here in the Kansas City area which includes a flooded basement. (Such a mess, but nothing compared to what folks in Texas and Louisiana are enduring!) Maybe doing something like fall decorating will take my mind off the mess downstairs. I hope so!

    I haven’t seen Oui here. I’ll give it a whirl if/when I do. Have a great week!
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  4. I know what you mean. A very heartbreaking situation to even further remind us to count our blessings.

    Please remind me where you get your mums. I know you told me before, but I can’t remember. I have been getting mine at the farmer’s market for years, but yours are always stunning.
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  5. I LOVE your porch in the Fall EVERY year! Go to redcross.org to donate. That is the best way to help, if you want. Gotta go, have a beautiful day!
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  6. Shirley, your entry is so beautiful! The mums, the Pumkins, they all make it look so welcoming, but it’s your personal touch that creates the cared for, gorgeous “welcome to our home” look. I haven’t seen mums here yet either, but then it’s been hot. Joining you in prayer for our Texas neighbors, xo Lidy
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  7. Love the pics you shared of your porch. The colors are lovely. The situation that the people of Houston and surrounding areas are in weighs heavy on my heart these past few days. So heartbreaking.

  8. Definitely feeling inspired after seeing this. Our weather has been so fall like too I am anxious to get started on our porch. Can’t wait to see what you do this year!
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  9. Shirley, your porch always looks beautiful, but your fall decorations are my favorite! You have the golden touch.

    Yes, you’re right: thinking about the folks in Houston really puts things in perspective, doesn’t it? One of my dearest friends had to be evacuated from her beautiful home. It will be awhile before she is even able to survey the damage, much less get started with cleanup. I am grateful she is safe, but now to recover from the devastation will be a long haul.
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  10. i know how you feel. it’s so sad. i had to turn the tv off. same sad news over and over. i have not heard of that yogurt. i will have to look for it next time I am shopping.

  11. So beautiful – I love your blue pots! It’s so heartbreaking to see what is happening and think of all the people and animals and wildlife affected by this tragedy. xo
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  12. Your front porch is always magazine worthy! LOVE that corner with the old door and wagon. gorgeous for every season!

  13. I love your porch decorated for Fall! I decorated my porch yesterday in the traditional colors this year. It is So sad to see the devastation of flooded homes and hear loss of life. We have got a lot to be thankful for here.

  14. SHERRY MYERS says

    Just viewing your fall porches reminds me of how blessed we really are. Today’s slow rain on the NC coast is reminding me too, of how thankful we all should be for life. May we desire to be Good Samaritans. Thank you, Shirley. Your blog brings me joy.

  15. I loved last year’s porch and can’t wait to see what you do this Fall! You are so right about the flooding in Texas. So devastating. They need our prayers and support for sure.

  16. Your porch is wonderful – love everything. I have 2 favorites, your hydrangea wreaths and the wagon. I had a similar wagon that belonged to my dad and I had to part wit it when we moved. Yours gave me wonderful memories.

    I too, am heart sick for the people in Texas and along the coast. It is all so tragic, at this point we can only offer our prayers.

    Have a great week and enjoy your cooler weather !
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  17. Your porch ideas are lovely, Shirley…I too am looking forward to Fall. And yes, prayers for those in Houston and the coast..praying all remain safe.
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  18. Shirley your Front Porch for Autumn through Fall is lovely. Shirley , the blue pot water feature; did you make it ? If so would you mind sharing how you made . thank you!

  19. Those of us in Texas thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers concerning the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

    Shirley thank you for your lovely website.

  20. Okay, I need to find that yogurt. It was so fun packing those little jars to bring home. I am sure your porch will be lovely all fallified soon.
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  21. Your pictures do inspire inspiration for fall. Your porch is so lovely and you decorate your home with a welcoming hospitality. Yes, we are indeed very blessed.
    I join you in prayer for all those in Texas. Yes, I feel so helpless but the Bible says, the fervent prayers of a righteous man availeth much so I’ll keep praying and give financially where I know it is needed.
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  22. I love it all, but my favorite is the vintage wagon vignette. It just speaks to me!

  23. Shirley, you always have the most beautiful porches! I enjoyed seeing these from the past and look forward to your autumn porches this year! I will have to try the yogurt, thanks for sharing!
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  24. Beautiful porch! I love looking at front porch decor, even though I don’t have one of my own! Thank you for sharing yours!

  25. So pretty Shirley. I love those front door wreaths.
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  26. I always look seeing your porch, past and present! Your weathered door and pumpkin-filled wagon are among my favorite porch vignettes!
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  27. Becky Jackson says

    Just found you on Instagram and now I’m so enjoying your blog! I love your decorating style! It’s so warm and welcoming and every little space is special! This is something I am constantly trying to achieve! Looking forward to reading and being inspired more! Blessings to you~

  28. Great idea! I love flower gardening so I have a plan to make Hang a fall bouquet on the front door. I will make it in upcoming fall.

  29. Hello Shirley, your fall flowers are so lovely. Your entry is so cute. The colors and flowers used are so lovely. You have shared a really nice idea. I always stay tuned with you. Thanks and keep sharing.
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