Monday, October 5, 2015

Colorful Fall Decor

Happy Monday, friends! Today I'm sharing my colorful fall decor for my front porch. Fall in Alabama is tricky. You can start off the morning wearing scarves and boots and flannel but have the air conditioning blasting by lunch time. Over the weekend, we enjoyed some fall-like temps, but today, the sun is out and I was a sweaty mess putting out all my little pumpkins! Sometimes you gotta fake it till you make it.

I am not a huge seasonal decorator. We sometimes host a Halloween party for our college pals at our house, but this year someone else is hosting. I chose to go generic "fall decor" so I can leave it out until it's time to decorate for Christmas. Plus, I hate finding a home for all the leftover decorations when the seasons have passed. Storage is always an issue! For that reason, I prefer to use natural decor like flowers and gourds, then repurpose items from other places in the house. 

Most of our springtime flowers are still growing strong, so I added in a few affordable and colorful potted mums and good old pumpkins (mine were $2.88 at Aldi! Score!). 

I bought this crate at Wal-mart and stained it with Minwax Early American stain. When I bring it back inside, we can repurpose it to hold toys or extra blankets. 

I did have fun making this open frame wreath. I bought the frame on clearance at Hobby Lobby months ago, and gave it a coat of Krylon spray paint in the chalky white finish. I scuffed it up a little with fine grit sandpaper, and added the "Gather" banner made from jute twine and scrapbook paper. The scrapbook paper was covered with a layer of polyurethane to make it more suitable for the outdoors. The faux pinecones and acorns got a light coat of spray paint, and I stippled on bronze acrylic paint. Last, I made the flower from an awesome wood grain fabric and added that sweet little bird nest. I'm so tickled with how it turned out! Added bonus: I won't have to move it until Christmas time!!

I also whipped up this little painting to hang on our old painted louvre door. I was inspired by a print at Hobby Lobby, but I had fun personalizing it with our last name and fave color scheme. It's hard to tell in this photo, but the border is stained with the same Early American stain as our wood crate. This will be easy to later repurpose inside too! 

Seasonal decorating doesn't have to be overwhelming or expensive. Add your flowers, gourds, and a cozy blanket or throw, and you're good to go! 

I hope you've enjoyed our colorful front porch. Here's hoping it will soon truly feel like fall outside so we can enjoy it and not melt in this tropical Alabama heat! 

How do you decorate for fall? Is it still sweltering at your house?

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