Hey guys! It’s finally starting to feel like fall here in my neck of the woods. The weather has cooled down to where it’s comfortably warm during the day and a little chilly at night – in other words, weather the way weather should be. It sure beats the heck out of the 100+ degree temps we had all summer.
To celebrate Fall (or what I like to call It’s About Effing Time It Cooled Off Around Here), I’m excited to join 21 super-talented bloggers for the Fall Porches and Patios Tour hosted by Amber at Follow The Yellow Brick Home. If you’re coming from Thistle Key Lane, I’m sure you enjoyed Michelle’s gorgeously decorated front porch!
If you were to come visit, you’d drive up the driveway on the side our house. There you’d see these steps up onto our wraparound porch that leads to our front door. I like to decorate this area along with my rocking chair as it’s the first thing guests see when they drive up.
I didn’t initially plan to use only neutral colors here – it just kinda worked out that way. When I went to get mums at my local nursery, the only mums they had that were blooming were the white ones. The mums in the usual fall colors still had tight little buds, so I knew it would be at least a good week until they started blooming. I had a tight window of opportunity to set everything up and photograph as the guys who lease our farm were planning on harvesting the almonds in the next few days. That meant I needed to get things set up and photographed before there was an inch of dust all over everything from the harvest.
Think I’m kidding about the dust? I wish I was:
Anyhoos, I knew this man-made dust storm was on the horizon, so I got the white mums and decided to work around them neutral color-wise. Fortunately it wasn’t hard at all to find neutral-colored pumpkins as we have quite a few pumpkin varieties grown locally. And since I know some of you will ask – yes, all the pumpkins I used on the porch are real; yes, they are naturally those colors; and no, I didn’t paint any of them. You can get seeds for the green and white pumpkins from most of the big seed companies.
Aren’t those pale yellow pumpkins the bomb? I bought them from a lady selling pumpkins at one of our local flea markets. Like an idiot I didn’t think to ask her what kind they were. They could possibly be an unplanned (but gorgeous) cross breed as a result of cross pollination the year before. I’m going to save the seeds and see if I can get lucky and grow some of the same color next year.
I decided to mix in some vintage milk cans and hurricane lanterns just for kicks. I like living on the edge that way.
I hope you enjoyed my neutral farmhouse fall porch as much as I enjoyed putting it together! Although it didn’t initially go as planned (but nothing ever does), it actually turned out better than what I expected. It might have been because I didn’t throw it all together, photograph and write up the blog post the day before the tour was scheduled to go live like I usually do, but who knows for sure?
Next up on the tour is The Crowned Goat! You’re gonna love CoCo’s beautiful take on fall front porch styling!
Here’s the complete tour lineup:
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my porch and enjoy the rest of the tour!
Rocking chair link is sponsored by Wikibuy.