It’s time for our last fall post in the Farmhouse Holiday Series, but we’ll be back again as the Christmas season gets underway!
Today, though, it’s all about the fall porch. I have to say that I really worked at gardening and our outdoor spaces last year. I found it rewarding and we enjoyed sitting on our deck for the first time in the almost 10 years we’ve lived here.
This year? Totally different story. It was hot and dry and I was really busy and our outdoor space was neglected. I would get about a D+ if I was being graded. And the + is only because I had some beautiful crab grass that thrived on just the right combination of drought and neglect.
Anyway, cooler temperatures sweeping into our county have coaxed me back outdoors to spruce up the space, so we could enjoy some al fresco meals and observe soccer practice in the back year.
I started by cleaning the crispy petunias out of the planters and replaced them with mums.
Our umbrella broke last year in a bad windstorm, so I replaced it with the same one from Joss & Main. Given that our porch isn’t covered, having an umbrella out there makes a huge difference in how inviting it is.
I also tidied up the potting bench and added a few fall elements. The back wall of our deck is always in the shade, hence the green mossy/algae stuff growing on the wood.
I mentioned the a couple of weeks ago that I wished they would make mini cinderella pumpkins in a soft orange. Well, wouldn’t you know it, but I found some at my local farm stand when I stopped in to pick up apples! They are actually a variety of baking squash, but it looks like a mini-cinderella to me!
I also picked up an ornamental cabbage and a gooseneck gourd. I don’t usually like them very much, but this one looked so much like a goose tucking his head under a wing that I couldn’t resist. The basket “vintage” planters are also from Joss & Main.
I stacked up my unused clay pots, but will remember to turn them over this year before the temperatures drop below freezing. I had a few break last winter, because I didn’t realize I needed to do that!
I actually found the bird’s nest on the ground while I was cleaning up the remnants of paper airplanes in our yard. The little nest is so artfully made.
Along the side rail, I added a couple of outdoor pillows to the vintage chairs. I like how the crewel work ties the blues and beiges together.
I have no idea what that green metal piece is really supposed to be, but isn’t it the perfect pumpkins stand?
The bench is THIS ONE from Joss & Main. I added a couple of pillows I already had to cozy it up a bit.
I love how it has a Swedish feel to it. I’m going to see how it weathers, but it may be getting painted to give it even more of a Swedish feel!
I cleaned up the herbs in my planters as well and added some small pumpkins in the holes where things “didn’t make it.” I love the fuzzy sage leaves against the soft orange.
And my little shadow was out there with me during the sprucing and the photographing. He’s learned we’re his family, so he’ll stay with us, even though our yard isn’t fenced in. It’s so nice that we can hang out on the deck with him and he’ll find a comfy spot and take a nap or we’ll play fetch with his squeaky ball.
If you’d like to check out some other beautiful fall porches, the links are below!
Disclosure: Joss & Main partnered with this Farmhouse Holiday Series installment and provided us each with product for our outdoor spaces.
And, to make it fun for our readers, Joss & Main is offering a $500 gift card giveaway on Instagram. If you’d like to enter to win, just use #designtheoutdoors on an Instagram post.