This post was sponsored by Joss & Main. Today is week 4 for the Farmhouse Holiday Series and I’m excited to share with you our cute fall front porch.
If you missed the previous weeks you can check them out here:
So, as I said, today is all about the front porch. It took me a bit to figure out how to like this space again, because I’ve been desperately wanting to paint our exterior, beef up the columns (and add one), and add some window boxes. I even was tempted to try to paint the entire front of the house this past weekend, but my husband told me that would be completely insane and convinced me otherwise. 😉 So, I made do with what I had and while my front porch isn’t WOW or AMAZING, it is definitely cuter than it was before!
To give you a refresher, here is what it looked like this past summer, right after I built and installed new Craftsman-style shutters. The shutters and door color is Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore.
So normally our front porch gets some pretty harsh light when it isn’t cloudy, so I had to wait until the light wasn’t casting crazy shadows, but still had that autumn warmth.
For the entrance, I added a grain wreath, some pumpkin topiaries, and placed old wooden chair on one side, since that spot is large enough not to be ignored, but small enough that it can easily get overwhelmed. The wooden number sign with planter and the sunburst cedar door mat are both things I made this past year too.
I also switched out my sconce wall light— I love the simple, classic design and the pretty black contrast.
I love these vintage inspired baskets– they are so lovely with hydrangeas, but the larger ones I filled with cabbages and mums.
That preserved grain wreath with the deep teal ribbon has given me all the heart eyes…
I tried keeping with a similar palette as I did indoors, but I feel like outside you can go a little more bold, so I added in a touch of burgundy, orangey-rust, and deep teal.
When I first started decorating the porch, I started out keeping things pretty neutral with not much color. It was nice but something wasn’t quite making me happy but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then I asked my family what they thought. Both my oldest, Owen, and Bruno said that they really liked it and it felt very ‘fall’ but it needed more color. I love that they both knew their opinions were valued and were honest with me. And of course they were right.
In the spring and summer I had a little bistro set out here, but this bench is such a welcome change– I added a vintage stool that I am using as a little table and it surprised me how homey it looks now! The Dash & Albert rug is a classic pattern and color and one I can use throughout the year.
This year I was smart with the plant shopping and went to a nursery a couple weeks ago and bought all my mums and cabbages early. FYI for all you locals to St Louis, I found the best selection and prices at Wiethop Nursery. For all my mums I paid $3.75 each (1 gal) and the large cabbages were about $5. The 1 gal size at other places were double or triple that price!
I used to shy away from corn stalks, because I thought they were a little too “country bumpkin” but I’m sorry, I’m totally converted! I love how they look against our shutters!
So that is our cute front porch! I’m glad this post gave me to push I needed to make this spot something I like again.
Want to give your front porch a makeover for fall? Joss & Main is giving away a $500 shopping spree to one lucky winner! Just share your fall front porch on Instagram with #designtheoutdoors to enter!
Pillows and throws – HomeGoods
Black planter urns – Lowes
White metal drum stool – World Market
Chippy chair & table – vintage
Here are the rest of the lovely front porches from the series– check them out!