Fall Porch Décor: Wreaths, Urns, Drapes and More Wreaths!




Tooling around the nabe on my bicycle, on a gorgeous fall day, I decided to take stock of how people are decorating their porches this season.

My neighbourhood is mostly Edwardian – square, detached homes with simple pitched or neoclassically inspired porches. 
Although not exactly known for being ornate, the proportions of Edwardian homes do give them a classic, distinguished air, which inspires their owners to decorate in the Restoration Hardware (on the high end) and shabby chic (on the lower end), traditions.

Of course, the most popular seasonal décor item in this vein is the wreath. Amidst the heritage trim colours of cobalt navy, deep cool greens and the entire spectrum of grey and mushroom tones, I noticed the seasonal oranges, reds, wines and warm leafy greens popping out in the many wreaths adorning people’s front doors.

The colours of the season are so inviting and the wreath is one of the easiest, non-committal ways to enjoy them – come end of season, you can just take it down or switch it up with a new one.

Here are some wreaths that caught my eye (photographed with consent, of course) – which do you prefer?
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The other popular fall touch is the festooned, decorative flower urn. Usually bursting with a brilliant bush of Hardy Mums, one thing I also noticed is the use of ornamental grasses. But really, flower urns are a great, contained way to bring a little drama to your porch – the more colour, height and texture, the better. Here are a two that I really liked:
 
Other people got even more creative, and I have to admit that I’m somewhat jealous of their commitment to decorating.

This covered porch makes use of a garland, which as a kid I used to love making out of brilliantly coloured leaves.  If crafting is not your style, Michaels has a dizzying selection for your buying pleasure.

                                  
Here, I suspect children were involved. This wreath of paper cut-out leaves is a great craft to keep kids occupied, and produces admirable results. The banister post is also a great detail to ornament with such things as dried corn clusters (pictured above.)
And finally, this draped porch inspires in me all kinds of great ideas (that I will never get around to). Draping outdoor fabric on porches such this one is a great way to create some privacy and make a dramatic statement. It’s also a décor element that lends itself well to seasonality – just replace those fall stripes with bamboo shades in the spring or white muslin in the summer.


What are some of your porch décor favourites of the season?
Related: Outdoor Decor Ideas, Holiday Decor for the Outdoors, Front Porch Fabulous

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