Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Wannabe Fall Front Porch

Have you ever had something on a wish list that never came to fruition? 
One of my "must haves" when we bought this house was a front porch. 

Hermine Throw, Fall Display, Pumpkins

It just goes to show that "must haves" sometimes are not meant to be. 

I've drooled over pictures on the internet of big front porches. 
Pumpkins, corn stalks, throws and boots tumble all over the image in a veritable wonderland of fall splendor. 
My porch? Not so much. 

Hermine Throw, Fall porch display

I was trying to sleep one night when inspiration struck. 
That happens to me a lot. 

Jackolantern, Fall sign, mums,

I don't know where Bill went but I always do this kind of stuff when he isn't home. 
I shop when he isn't around. 
Shopping with a banker isn't all that productive.
That's all I'm going to say about that. 

Hermine Throw on a Bench with Hunter boots and a Jackolantern.

I decided to create the illusion of a front porch by removing one of my Dwarf Nandina. 
They aren't so dwarf anymore after 26 years.  

Hunter Rain Boots, Hermine Throw, Bittersweet, Mums, Lantern

There was an old park bench on the side of the yard creating an illusion of courtyard. 
Not so successfully, if I can be honest. 
 I laid some flagstones down and moved the bench around to the newly cleared area. 
 The stone foundation keeps the feet level and out of the dirt. 

Hermine Throw,Jackolantern, Fall Porch display

I had fun styling this! 
I  feel like I have a veritable porch wonderland of scarecrows, pumpkins, a throw stolen off of the couch, mums, and the rainboots that live in the hall closet. 

Hermine Throw

Bill thinks it's cute. 
He firmly declared that no one would sit on it. 

mums, pumpkin, Fall sign

pumpkin and scarecrow.

Scarecrow, mums, designer pumpkins

Who can sit on it?
I need room for my  boots, throws, pumpkins, scarecrows and mums!



  1. I love the "front porch" you created, Katie! It's such an inviting welcome to friends and family. Since when are charming benches meant to be sat on? :-)
    Mary Alice

  2. Katie, your front entry is very welcoming and inviting. I've had the same desire for a front porch and am always looking for creative ways to create the look as well. Blessings, Cecilia

  3. Great solution. Your new "porch" is perfect, especially all done up for fall.

  4. Gorgeous porch. I love Fall. I hope you'll come over to the party!
    Link up over here:
    Happy Fall!

  5. LOL Katie I get my best ideas in the middle of the night too. Love this so creative my friend. That front door is killer. Love your sweet fall vignette. Just shows where there is a will there is always a way to make things work. Great job.

  6. Great job! It looks beautiful and I'm sure you'll have fun with the area for all holidays, etc. I wish I got these exciting ideas in the middle of the night ~ I'm not sleeping anyway! :)


  7. You did a great job!!!

    Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

  8. Looks like a porch to me! I think you did a great job Katie!! I think that women should start designing homes. Men just don't seem to have a clue about the features we think are important. Looking forward to the tour next week!!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  9. I don't have much of a porch either, Katie. We have a Jswing driveway so I decorate the driveway.

    I love what you did outside your door. It's very welcoming. ;)

  10. Katie, what is a porch bench for anyway?!! Not for human consumption anyway. Just for pretties, and yours really does it up right. Very clever of you and you really have carved out a front porch to be proud of..Hope you are enjoying fall so far..Judy

  11. What a great idea! Doesn't it make you feel so brilliant when the solution hits you?? And so much fun to be had now that you have a spot to decorate. :) gwingal

  12. Toooooo cute!!! and the story was even cuter!!
    Blessings to you,