It’s almost October (just one day away)! And October means PUMPKINS! Lots of pumpkins… and mums too! Fall is my favorite time of year and the weather here is so glorious! Blue skies and cooler temps are perfect for spending time on our fall patio and porch. I hope you will join me for a little tour of both!
It’s a fall tour, my friend!
Today I’m part of the Blogger’s Best Home Tour series hosted by Kelly at The Tattered Pew. Kelly is so kind and generous and talented and I’m so thrilled to be part of her tours!
If you are coming from THE PONDS HOUSE, welcome! Rachel is a new-to-me friend and I am so thrilled I have found her! I love her unique style! And I’m sure you will too!
Welcome, all! Ready for a fall porch and patio tour?
A FALL KITCHEN TOUR AND DECORATING IDEAS
Before we begin our patio tour I want to make sure you don’t miss a couple EARLY fall home tours here.
You might want to check out my Eary Fall Kitchen Tour. Not only is it a tour but a tour filled with ways to add a bit of the autumn season to your kitchen!
Can you believe, I did not use one pumpkin in my early fall tours?
Instead, I used pretty soft organics like my limelight hydrangeas and green and white gourds. I have tons of limelight all over our home this year. It was a banner year for these pretty hydrangeas!
Come on over for a visit to see lots of ideas for decorating your kitchen with a light fall touch!
A FALL HOUSE TOUR AND NEW STYLE
And make sure you stop by and see this year’s Early Fall House Tour. Again not a pumpkin to be had! But like the kitchen lots of pretty organic fall elements and lots of decorating ideas.
I must say, I was really surprised how easy it was to decorate without a pumpkin! And I’m a pumpkin lover!!!!
My style has been changing a bit, moving away from Farmhouse even though I still love it. But I am getting more comfortable with our Tanglewood House and I think a pretty Transitional Style suits it a bit better.
And fall suits this house too! Less layering, less stuff, and a more curated look. Come see how our home has been changing and our fall home tour!
WELCOME TO MY FALL PORCH
Let’s get this fall party started!
As neutral as the inside of our home is, the outside of our home is drenched in pretty, saturated fall color!
Decorating a small front porch, just like a small patio, has its challenges! Each year I like to do something a little different however there is only so much space on the porch and so much you can do!
A SEASONAL WELCOME
So, our fall front porch is all about using different colors and small changes, like a new wreath from year to year!
I made this super easy leaf wreath late in the season last year so it did not hang on our front door except for a photoshoot.
That’s why I brought it out this fall to enjoy!
A wreath should be able to be seen from the road in front of our homes. A wreath is the first welcome friends and family get! So make it a big happy welcome!
This is a wreath ANYONE can make! If you are not crafty this is the wreath for YOU! It’s that easy!
Make sure you see FABULOUS FALL LEAF WREATH.
THE CUTEST DOORMAT
I used the same doormat and rug as I did last year. The doormat is just so cute!!!!
Do you layer a rug under your doormat?
I love this rug because when it gets dirty I throw it in the washer with Oxyclean and it comes out clean!
Layering a rug under a cute fall doormat makes your front porch all the prettier!
LITTLE WHITE PUMPKINS- SIGH!
This year I added a smattering of white baby boo pumpkins to our front porch.
The ledge above the front door is a perfect pumpkin perch!
I get my pumpkins down the road at a local Amish greenhouse where they are picked right out of the field. Many of my pumpkins have great stems and a little bit of dirt comes home with them too!
Last fall the tall planter was filled with pretty fall blooms. But last Christmas we planted a golden false Cyprus in the planter and it must be love where it is planted! It has grown so much and filled out the planter so well. I have an affinity for what I call “frilly plants”. And this is a frilly plant!
To add a nod to fall I tucked another baby boo in the corner of the planter. And a trio of boos sit at the base of the planter!
I’m sure my little grandbabies will have them all rearranged when they come to visit us this weekend. They are the joy of my life much like their parents!
Since grandbabies, our lives are so much more messy and wonderful and exhausting!
A LITTLE OFF TOPIC STORY
We have two four-year-olds, one three-year-old, a one-year-old, and a new little one coming in early December. And God willing another little one He will bring us via adoption very soon!
We took all of them camping this weekend. And they all fished for the first time except the one-year-old.
On Sunday my very smart three-year-old grandson, Alexander, was sitting on my lap facing me and I was cuddling him and singing to him and kissing his sweet head. He looked up at me with those big blue eyes and said in a little birdie voice, “Gigi you are nice like Mommy”! I just wanted to melt and cry and laugh!
I never knew it was possible to love someone as much as I love my children! But it is! And I do!
BACK TO OUR FALL PORCH AND PATIO TOUR
Thanks for indulging me!
Okay, back to the fall porch and patio tour…
MY FAVORITE BENCH
The bench on the left side of our fall front porch gets tons of use… by the UPS or Amazon or Fed Ex guys! This is also a nice spot to have my first cup of coffee in the morning.
If you come by early enough you will see me out here in my pajamas with a Yeti of coffee and pumpkin spice creamer!
This year I made my own Pumpkin Spice Creamer with real pumpkin! It’s so delicious! You should give it a try!
I added a little lantern to the bench. Right now it has a real candle in it but I’ll switch that out with a battery-operated one!
I love to have a little soft glow on the porch when the days start getting shorter. Maybe I’ll replace the lantern with a carved pumpkin closer to Halloween.
Oh, I love fall! How about you?
Let’s head down the walk to the patio in the back of our home.
WELCOME TO OUR FALL PATIO
I’m excited to start our fall patio tour!
The back of our home is sunny so taking pictures is always challenging! I took the back patio pictures over a couple of days. Some in the am and some in those beautiful golden hours of the evening. The best time to take pics is on overcast days. The weather here has been beautiful!!!!!
A SAD BUT TRUE TALE
And while I was taking the fall patio images my Nikon camera stopped working! So I took the bulk of the pictures with my iPhone.
The images are not as good as I would like them to be. Sorry!
OUR LITTLE PATIO LIVING ROOM
Let’s head down the hill to the patio…
There is a little sitting wall on either side of our patio. It’s a great place for planters and pots of seasonal flowers and plants.
Our patio is small. It’s just the right size for an outdoor living room.
And now is the most perfect time of the year to use it. Our fall patio gets lots of use!
Bobby and I often eat dinner on the patio or have a cup of coffee in the morning here too! It’s just so peaceful!
PUMPKINS ON THE PATIO
I think I saved up all my love of decorating with pumpkins and unleashed it on the fall patio!
All of the pumpkins in and around our home came from one fruitful trip to that Amish greenhouse!
This fall I chose mostly white pumpkins but I found some interesting and bumpy peachy/orange pumpkins too! I think the bumpy varieties are called “knuckleheads”!
How funny and appropriate!
White baby boo pumpkins are my favorite. I think they are just so darling! So my fall patio is littered with them!
The large blue and white bowl holding white pumpkins to its brim was from a vintage shop ages and ages ago! I used it inside my home but I think it looks nice on the patio.
Isn’t it a great place on the fall porch to corral a gaggle of little white pumpkins? I like to use things meant for indoor spaces outdoors and vice versa!
I love to move things around in my home! It’s the best way to get a fresh look! I think it also helps to curate a home’s look. It’s important not to let things sit in one place for too long!
You might like to read HOW TO CREATE A CURATED HOME.
Also, 6 BRILLIANT WAYS TO SHOP YOUR HOUSE is a must-read!
As these little pumpkins get a bit yellow (since they are out in the sun and sun and real pumpkins don’t get along) I’ll paint them as long as they are still firm.
There are a few tips that will really help keep pumpkins fresh longer. You might like to read about them. See 8 TIPS FOR KEEPING PUMPKINS FRESH LONGER.
Near one of the planters, I stacked a couple pumpkins. I do this every year and never get tired of seeing a pretty stack of pumpkins!
I have such an easy way to fill the fall planters around our home every year. It had one of those huge AH-HA moments.
If you want beautiful fall planters but don’t want to spend a lot of time or $$$ planting them you should read DESIGNER FALL PLANTERS DONE THE EASY WAY!
I used lots of mums for this patio tour!! They just looks so so pretty this year! Some years I love mums and other years not so much. This is a mum-loving year!
I try to buy mums whose blooms are partially open. I planted these mums less than a week ago and they have opened up quite a bit. If they are in the sun they bloom pretty fast!
Mums like water and get droopy quickly. So most of my larger planters are self-watering.
I love to spend a little bit of time several times a week deadheading the spent mum blooms. This keeps my plants healthy and looking nice.
Mums don’t last forever so I will replace the ones that are worse for wear!
My favorite planters are blue and white chinoiserie fishbowl I’ve had for decades. This year a pretty deep yellow mum is planted in each of them.
I love mums in this chic planter!
THANK YOU FOR VISITING!
Well, my friends, I would love to stay and chat all day but I have a menu to get ready for tomorrow! Did you know I post a menu with around 30 scrumptious recipes each week? Stop back tomorrow to see what’s ON THE MENU!
I hope you have enjoyed my fall porch and patio tour! I’m so glad you come for a visit!
Now I’ll scoot you along to Noting Grace. Jenn and Trent have moved into a 35-year-old home and made it new again. Better than new! It is beautiful! Enjoy your time with them.