Wwelcome friends! Can you believe it’s time for all that is comfy? Fall is a great season to enjoy our homes, so I’m excited to be on a tour with a wonderful group of bloggers to inspire me for the season! You will find links to each blogger at the end of the article. Today, I’m sharing a simple “get ready for fall” project that we recently completed on our front porch (in our current home). It doesn’t evolve from a single pumpkin yet, but it’s still so much better, I’m delighted with the result!
If you’re new here, I hope you’ll join us on The Inspired Room blog and Instagram for our 14th Annual Fall Nesting Series! (I’m especially excited for fall this year because we’re moving to a cute little house on an island! Ahhh! It’s gonna be such a cozy place to snuggle up by the fire place, can’t wait to show it to you. !).
I find the weeks between the last hot summer days and the cooler fall days to be a great time to adjust to a few last minute home projects to get ready for the seasons to come! It’s fun to add pumpkins or decoration, sure, but I don’t usually do that until October.
It’s a great month to clean, refresh, paint, and take care of any other outdoor projects that we would probably dread doing on a cold day! (It might seem too early to hang Christmas lights if your summer flowers still bloom like mine, but it’s okay. Do it anyway! Your December self will thank you for thinking about the future. )
The changes to our exterior have been like old‘gives a mouse a cookie situation. Over the past few years we’ve painted our exterior, installed a new dutch door, added a fun lantern for seasonal decor and this summer we’ve repainted our door in a fun shade of blue. In addition, we have added our rabbit door knocker to give our entryway even more personality!
It was so much fun to see our house evolving (slowly) with each season. As the waterfall approached (and our home went up for sale!), I knew it was finally time to cross one last exterior project off our list, paint the concrete on our porch and steps! Has the boy ever made a difference! The porch looks so much cooler, love it! We’ve been wanting to get started on this project for YEARS, so we’re so happy we finally got on board, just in time.
Look at the difference above! If you wanted to paint a porch, now is the perfect time to incorporate it. You will be glad you did. And as an added bonus, a fresh coat of paint on a porch will be so inviting during the holidays, besides setting the stage for all of your fall and winter decor to be at its best!
The paint we used is Benjamin Moore Floor and Patio Paint in Ozark Shadows (the same color as the interior of our Dutch door). The exterior of our door is painted Blue Suede Shoes by Benjamin Moore, and the brick is Reserved White by Sherwin Williams. You can find more paint colors in our house listed here.
Once we finished painting the porch, I was very excited to put some fall flowers in my lantern! My lantern was a fun and simple way to decorate for the seasons. (My exact lantern is out of stock but click HERE for a similar lantern that could be hung on a lantern hook!
Every week or two in all seasons, I try to update the lantern in some way, whether it’s with new flowers from our garden, some greenery, or any type of seasonal decor. This time I used fake flowers because I wanted them to stay beautiful for the next couple of months as we list our house and sell.
And in case you were wondering, for simplicity and cost efficiency we decided to keep this black porch post and turn it into a trellis for a vine! It was a simple idea, and so many people have stopped to say how smart it was! And it was so easy too! We just put a pot in front, plant a vine and train the vine to climb! Every makeover project doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated, find ways to use what you have!
What fall projects or decors are you working on or looking forward to in your home?
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