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  • Writer's pictureDianne Miley

Fall Front Porch

"Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before." Joel 2:23

Fall is finally here! While temperatures remain at 90 degrees here in South Carolina, pumpkins and mums and all things autumn are appearing on doorsteps and porches.

Stores have had these items for weeks - but few of us were ready to decorate for fall. Until now. It's official. We're facing down October.

I love blues, greens, purple and white. Hence, I chose white and purple chrysanthemums.

This year an abundance of pale-toned pumpkins and squash are in style, so I chose small ivory pumpkins, green and beige squashes, and two baby boo orange pumpkins for a nod to tradition.

Okay, confession time. Actually, I asked hubby if we had any ivory spray paint for those baby boos. He was adamant that those pumpkins should remain orange!

"Natural" was the buzzword he chose, knowing that would dissuade me.

So we have a hint of orange. (Hubby loves tradition, by the way - and orange pumpkins.)

A basket gathers the pumpkins for a bigger impact. I filled the basket with crumpled newspaper and mashed it down, mounding the back higher for dimension.

Then I laid sheet moss over the paper and tucked it in. See the hint of green beneath the pumpkins? Use any natural element you have on hand - straw, pebbles or even mulch.

Easy peasy and no need to purchase pumpkins that no one sees in the bottom of your basket!

Using the decorating "Rule of Three", I paired the basket of pumpkins with a pot of mums and placed a stray white pumpkin down front.

Since the flower pot and the basket were close to the same size, elevating the flowers on a stone provided the height needed for an eye-catching arrangement.

Also try using small bales of straw, a wooden crates, or metal boxes for risers. Get creative! An old wagon, rustic wheelbarrow or antique tricycle can provide interest as well as height.

Use what you have! We had extra stones from a recent fire pit be shared soon!

I love sitting on the front porch and listening to the fountain while reading a book.

Mornings are a bit cooler, so I added a chunky white throw while sipping my cup of tea.

How do you enjoy your fall front porch?

"And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor,

for these are gifts from God."

Ecclesiastes 3:13


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