Mums, repurposed salvage finds, white pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds, and cotton stems make this farmhouse style fall porch one to see!
Guess what? My begonias are still alive. I am not kidding you when I say that I thought they’d be dead and gone weeks ago. Possibly months ago. Maybe my black thumb for container plants is healing itself, I’m not sure. But… I have since transplanted them, to make room for these beauties!
Fall is at the top of my favorite seasons. Letting go of things, getting back to basics, focusing on the things that really matter without the extra fluff. Autumn in our house is all about purging the unnecessary, getting back to basics of routines, winding down, and being together. The kids love growing and picking pumpkins, going to the local patch, roasting marshmallows, and building their friendships around a campfire, or cocoa on the porch. A cozy farmhouse style fall porch is so easy to create, and it doesn’t have to break the budget. More on that later… for now, let’s get to the good stuff!
We go to the pumpkin patch down the road from our house, and grab all our fall staples… corn stalks, pumpkins, gourds, and mums. The kids always play with the goats, while I marinate for 45 minutes on what to get.
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The ferns I left, just because I’ve kept them alive all summer with weekly soaks, and I’m not giving up now. Those corn stalks still have the corn on… and you cannot beat corn stalks that are this big.
These little fancy pumpkins are my absolute favorite. They’re funky shaped and bumpy, and their colors are perfectly up my alley. The small ones are my kiddos favorites. If they could bring them all home, they would.
All my containers on the porch are salvaged things, for that cozy feel. An old magazine holder has my petunias, a daisy, and ivy. They’ll be swapped out when the weather turns cooler with more mums, and when that all goes south, out comes the logs and pine branches. My mom gave me the jug, crock, and mixing bowl, and they’re so beautiful, so I tend to keep them out on the porch to hold flowers until winter.
The ribbon ladder I made for the 4th of July got an update with some beautiful lace and plaid ribbons that coordinate with the ribbons on the wreath.
These little cuties!
I pulled the bench from the dining room – apparently we don’t actually ever sit in there, because no one even noticed it’s not there – grabbed some adorable waterproof pillows, popped them on all the seating, and deemed it ready for coffee mornings, cocoa evenings, and simplifying life.
So, I mentioned this was on a budget…
Mums and pumpkins can be so expensive, but these weren’t. My go-to places are local farms, not the big box stores. You’ll find a bigger and healthier selection and better prices if you shop local-to-you.
10 Pumpkins & gourds, 3 mums, 6 cornstalks: $40
Pillows: $30 for 6
Grapevine garland wreath: $7
I think that’s a pretty decent deal, considering I’ve spent $60 on mums and pumpkins before.
I have no doubt we’ll go back to the farm and gather some more random pumpkins when more are harvested, but for now, while my summer flowers are still holding strong, this is a perfect start!
I did mention autumn for us is about simplicity, right? That does not include pumpkins, I’ll hoard pumpkins on this farmhouse style fall porch.
My friends have ridiculously beautiful fall porches they’ve decorated too!
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