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Decorating for Fall – Outside Our House

Well hallelujah!! It’s beginning to feel a little like fall here!!  Summer will probably creep back in here in a week or so.  (She’s sneaky like that.) But it got me in the mood to get myself busy on the outside of our house, and I thought you would like to see all the “fall-ness” here.  Perhaps you can save any idea you might get from my overdose on pumpkins and mums for next year since you all are already decorated for the season. 🙂 As I mentioned in my list of things I love about fall, I do LOVE pumpkins and mums, and they are everywhere here.

I like to do the front steps seasonal, and normally I like a wreath or something on the front door.  But not this time.  The steps and the things by the door just seemed like so much, I felt like I needed to reign it in a little at the door.  Your thoughts?  I can be persuaded. 🙂

Here is a little closer look at the steps.

And here is the front door arrangement…still not sure if it needs a wreath or not.  I had picked up one at Hobby Lobby and thought the price tag said $29.99.  When I got to the cashier, it rang up as $229.99…that first digit kind of escaped both me and my husband (who had been coerced into going with me.)  Needless to say it went back on the rack.  I could have bought a whole door for that price.

I have a wicker planter in front of the big window on the porch.  It has boxwoods in it, but I added a few baby pumpkins for a touch of the season.

Do you remember that our house has 2 front entrances?  Well, here is the other one..the one everyone uses.

I did go for something on the door here.  This area isn’t quite as overdone as the big front steps.  In fact, to come in this door, you normally come up the steps by the garage, and there is no seasonal anything on them. 

Here is a better look at the plantings and pumpkin on this side of the porch.

I have also gone crazy with the mums and pumpkins on the back deck.  Maybe next year I need to think about growing my own pumpkins (or get my father-in-law to grow some…hmmm…good idea.)

Even the potting table couldn’t escape a touch of fall.

Here is the best place to sit and enjoy a meal or drink on a crisp, cool day.

And here is where I should be sitting after putting out all these pumpkins and mums!

I hope you liked the invasion of fall here.  Now it is time to get started on the inside.

until next time,

Linking up with the nesting party at The Inspired Room.

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brenda tetiva - October 31, 2015 - 10:30 am

I loved the hanging basket on the door and the potted plants on the steps. I’m going to do the same. Your front porch and deck are so welcoming. Can’t wait to see what you do for winter or X-Mas.
Thank you Brenda! I am glad you like the porch and deck. I am working on Thanksgiving, but Christmas ideas are running around in my head right now. 🙂

Veronica Layne - October 26, 2015 - 10:48 am

What house plan number is your home?

I don’t know about a number, but we started with Southern Living’s house plan called Lakeside Cottage.

michelle zaldumbide - September 8, 2015 - 12:50 pm


Your home is beautiful! Can you please tell me the name of the exterior paint color you used on your house? I am in the process of choosing a color to paint my cottage and I LOVE this colr…please let me know!

Thank you

A_Rae - March 6, 2015 - 8:53 pm

Do you know what house plan this is? Love it!
It is Southern Living’s Lakeside Cottage. We built the exterior according to the plans, but modified the interiors a good bit.
Thank you for the compliment on the house!

Sheila - October 20, 2013 - 1:12 pm

Hi Kelly – Love your beautiful house with its fall décor! I continue to enjoy each and every post. I thought you might be interested to know that I was browsing through facebook when I came to a entry by “Leading London”, a real estate agency in London, Ontario CA. My parents were natives to London so I am “friends” with “Leading London”. In today’s post “Leading London” has a link to “Talk of the House”, and tells the readers that your blog is a great place to get fall ideas! Pretty cool!!!

Looking forward to more “Talk of the House”,

Oh my goodness. That is amazing!! Thank you so much for letting me know Sheila. I wonder how in the world they ever found my little blog.
Glad you liked the fall decorating.

missy - October 17, 2012 - 8:55 pm

I wish you lived near me! We own a nursery and would love to have you as a customer!! LOL! If you have an area in your yard where you can disgard those pumkins at the end of the season, just throw them out and you will have a whole pumkpin field next year. That’s what we do at the nursery, just throw the unsold pumkins and gourds out back and next year we have a little garden! This year we are going to try to save a few of our more unusual pumpkins and gourds to see what comes up!
Missy – I would definitely be a good customer! One year we put our pumpkins in the compost pile, and the plants came up by the zillions! I know exactly what you mean. Unfortunately, if I put the pumpkins out in December, we get fully ripe pumpkins in August…not exactly the time of year I need them. 🙂 I will check with my farmer father in law to see what he thinks we should do. He has room to grow them. I wish your nursery was closer. All we have are Lowes and Home Depot – not that they are bad, but all of our local nurseries have pretty much closed up shop.


Shirley@Housepitality Designs - October 16, 2012 - 5:41 pm

Hopping over from the Nesting Party…your front porch is beautiful….I love all the things that you have done to make it so warm and inviting!!
Shirley – Hooray for the Nesting Party! So neat finding other bloggers out here. Thank you for reading and taking the time to leave such a kind comment. I love the monogrammed burlap you have on your fall front door!

Mary Alice Patterson - October 16, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Your front entrance all dressed up for Fall is so beautiful and welcoming! Can you ever go wrong with pumpkins and mums?
Mary Alice
Mary Alice – Thank you for dropping in to visit the blog and leaving your nice comments! You are so right. You can’t go wrong with easy pumpkins and mums to decorate for fall. I am so glad you liked the front porch. Please come back to visit again.

Garden, Home and Party - October 11, 2012 - 2:31 pm

I had to laugh, I’ve done the exact same thing (dropped a digit) when attempting to buying something.
I don’t really think you need a wreath. I think the mums and pumpkins made such a nice statement of “fall-ness” it really does look wonderful. The front of your house is very pretty and I really like the house color and trim.
I have the inside dressed and ready for fall but do not have a single pumpkin by the front door, I better get busy.
Karen – You and I just need to work together. I’ll get our home exteriors done, and you can do the interiors. Deal? Ha ha. Looks like the vote is for “no wreath,” and that is quite fine with me! Hope you had time to do a little inside decorating this weekend.


Paulette - October 11, 2012 - 1:36 pm

I am a Kelly wanna be! Your table settings inspired me to go home and do mine- once I got started, I realized I had settings for 26! My work was cut out for me, but I had the best time and stuck to a 20.00 budget. Check your email. I sent you pictures of my handiwork!
Paulette – You did great to do table settings for 26 and stay within your budget! Loved all your pics, and I am glad you were inspired.

Barbara (WA) - October 11, 2012 - 11:37 am

Maybe I have no taste (lol) but I don’t think anything looks overdone, just beautiful. I, too, love the basket on the “back” door. I cannot have pumpkins on the steps because of the raccoons who manage to destroy them in short order.
Barbara – You are so kind! I know what you mean about the animals destroying things. We don’t have many raccoons.(Thank goodness…they give our dog a heart attack!) but something was eating all the pansies out of the planters. My mom thought it was deer at first, but I really doubted that deer would walk across the back deck and eat from the lowest planter. Then one day I saw a chipmunk scurry across it. My husband put out some kind of pepper spray that deters them, and so far it has worked. I don’t think that would keep your raccoons away though!

Wanda - October 10, 2012 - 6:56 pm

A wreath for $229 must have touches of gold on it! Wow! Do you have a picture?

I like the front door just bare. Remember that ” rest your eyes” comment I made? I think that applies here as well.

Your porch is just so peaceful and inviting! May I come a share some pumpkin spice coffee?
Wanda – You are just so smart! That is exactly why the door needs to be bare. No touches of gold on the wreath. It was large (a full 36 inches) and had a pine base (which is what made me like it) with wired on brown gourds and pinecones (a real natural look for a fall wreath.) Even at 40% off it was out of my budget! I am glad you liked the porch, and yes, do come and share some pumpkin spice coffee with me! I could sure use a cup of it right now. 🙂


House Crazy Sarah - October 10, 2012 - 6:29 pm

Your house is so wonderful and cute Kelly! My mom’s house has 2 front doors as well – the only person who goes to the very front door is the mail man!
Sarah – Thank you for your sweet comments! I know all too well the “2 front doors” dilemma…seriously the mail man and the ups guy!

Cathy Norrie - October 10, 2012 - 4:01 pm

P.S. That is just the sweetest little hanging basket/planter that I have ever seen. I love that idea – must see if I can find one like it – one could use it for each season even for Christmas! Love it!

Cath – When I read “heavy frosts/snow” I wanted to move to Canada. I know people up north don’t love snow that much, but goodness knows I do (because we experience it so rarely.) Thank you for your sweet compliments. I agree with Bill – less is more (and I have a lot of MORE going on there on the steps now.) no wreath. Glad you liked the little basket. I bought it (and a couple of its twins) years ago when our house was on a Christmas tour for our city. They worked out beautifully with holly, cedar, and magnolia arrangements in them. Still working on the inside today…

Cathy Norrie - October 10, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Hi Kelly,

I love what you have done with everything… it is all perfect! Your front steps look almost like ours does (although the mums are not going to last long with the heavy frosts/snow that is coming our way soon!

Definitely no wreath on the front door. As my Bill always says (and is accurate in this case) “Less is more”. Beautiful!

Have fun with the inside decorating…

Take care

Judy - October 10, 2012 - 3:30 pm

it’s all beautiful kelly! i had to laugh when i read about your $(2)29.99 wreath! it seems like the prices have doubled on the wreaths at HL this year and even at 1/2 off, some of them are a bit overpriced….i would have loved to see your face (and your husbands) when it rang up $229.99!!!

i’ll have to try and get some pics of my porch…not nearly as festive and fallish as yours and i might add some mums but i’ve probably done all i’m going to do.

loving all your fall inspired posts…keep them coming!!
Judy – My look was of disbelief..and I said, “Can I see that price tag?” (thinking she had rung it up wrong – I mean, after all, it was Hobby Lobby – not Neiman Marcus!) My husband is so laid back it didn’t even faze him. 🙂 You did your daughter’s porch and mantle too, so you have been a busy girl with all things fall! So glad you are enjoying the fall posts…more are on the way.

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