Curb Appeal: Fall Decorating 101

Before I gush all about my fall decorating plans, I have some exciting news to share: I am now APPENDIX FREE!!!  That’s right: that pesky organ which has been causing me quite a bit of distress over the past few months has finally been removed.  Hooray.  If you’re looking for me post-surgery, I’ll be sitting here on the couch watching Fixer Upper.

Now that fall is officially in full swing (can you believe some nighttime temperatures here in New Jersey have already fallen below freezing?), I thought it was about time to share some of my favorite fall decorating strategies.  I really got into the front porch decorating this  fall, especially because we have our handy dandy plant stand in place.  Earlier this summer, I bought the plant stand for $2 at a garage sale, determined to make the best use of it during fall and winter decorating.  I mean, it has three shelves!  Plenty of space for satisfying my Pinterest crafting cravings.

After a heartbreaking attempt to snag a piece of broken fence wood to decorate for fall (it wouldn’t fit in my trunk), this plant stand was the next best thing.  So, to begin my decorating plan, I began searching the house high and low for anything fall-related.

Here’s what I came up with: multiple lanterns (white, red, AND yellow – I’m quite a lantern collector), some fake fall flowers, a homemade fall wreath from a few years ago, pinecones, a few flowerpots in fall-themed colors, and my K&D door decoration, which fit in with the fall inspiration quite well.  Dan and I also bought a few small pumpkins and gourds from our annual trip to Riamede Farm to brighten things up.  I tried to focus mostly on yellows, oranges, and reds for this color scheme – all of these complement the navy plant stand pretty well.  I have no doubt that you’ll be able to find a few of these items hiding in the back of your closet, and if not, you can find almost all of them at your local neighborhood Michaels or Target for pretty affordable prices.

After evaluating the complete pile of goodies, I decided to start with the top shelf.  I incorporated this cute white lantern (generously donated to my ever-growing lantern collection by my brother) from Urban Outfitters.  I also took some fake flowers I had taking up space in my craft bins, cut the stems short, and stuffed them in the top of the lantern.  This way, I added a nice pop of color without having to spray paint or change the color of the lantern.  I was also quite happy to get those fake flowers out of my closet because they are a cat-eating hazard (why do cats love fake flowers and stems so much?).  I also repurposed our K&D frame which previously hung on our front door, added in a roped lantern from Target a few years ago and filled it with pinecones.  I topped this shelf off with a fun yellow gourd that we picked up at Riamede Farm last week.

On the second shelf, I again repurposed a previously homemade fall wreath, which was simply decorated with the same fake flowers that I stuck in the lantern, a few fake pumpkins, and a bird.  I paired the wreath with a square-shaped lantern from a backyard patio set, since it created a really nice shape contrast with the round wreath and flower pot. I threw in a few additional gourds to add some more texture and interest. I just love gourds – they are so funky!

Last, but certainly not least, I took the yellow lantern that previously sat on our front porch looking lonely (with a very melted electric candle inside of it) and filled it with some fake pinecones from the Christmas Tree Shops.  I’m pretty sure that pinecone decor will last me through the winter months as well, so I love their multi-seasonal appeal.  I feel like this plant stand has given my lantern new life!

Here’s the full picture, one last time.  I really love how the plant stand complements the bench and pillows as well.  It’s taken our porch right from summer into fall with just a few easy accent pieces.  Cheers to fall fabulousness!


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