Fall should always start at the front porch! Inspired by the color sage green and white (of course), I’ve decorated the outdoor entry of this 100+ year old home – welcome to this cozy Fall Front Porch, in all its charm!
I have decided I may have missed my calling in life. I’m putting out a new advertisement . . .
Old home? Will decorate!
Nothing can truly replicate the charm and character of old homes – however much we try. I’ve sat the last 5 months admiring my neighbors old home from our rental house, wishing and dreaming I could get my hands on just a tiny piece of it.
Since my mama taught us to always go after what we wanted – I’ve got a story to tell. It may make you feel awkward and uncomfortable for me (judging by my husbands response to my story), but no worries – definitely a happy ending!
Once upon a bloggy blogging day, an exciting email came my way . . .
It was an email from a dear friend, Krista, from The Happy Housie. She hosts and organizes some killer blog hops, where she gathers incredible talent on the world wide web, to share all sorts of inspiring seasonal content with each other and our readers. Since I can’t resist a good blog hop, I signed up for the Fall Front Porch series (among others).
(See all the front porch goodies below.)
Well, when it came down to it, I was feeling less then inspired by our rental front porch. Oh, how this home lacks in character. (insert sad face)
But that old home across the way . . . I knew how dreamy it would look with pumpkins spilling down those old cracking stairs.
One minor problem – I had no idea who lived there. My kids had caught a few glimpses of a lady, but I had yet to see her surface. Alas, bound by determination and desire, I marched on over to her charming porch, knocked on the door . . . knocked again . . . and again . . . and . . .
Finally, a little lady slowly opened her door, leaving the screen shut.
Here I go . . .
“Hi! My name is Cami. I live just right over there.” I said.
“Yes.” She said, seeming to recognize me.
“I have kind of a strange question for you.” – At this point I began to question my motives – “Would you mind if I decorated your porch and took pictures?”
Totally normal request for a neighbor you just met, right???
Thankfully, it didn’t take long after this question to realize she had a delightful sense of humor, and she slowly began to open that screen door and come out to talk with me. I went on to try to explain that I was a blogger, and liked to decorate and share, and even though she had no idea what I was talking about she amused me with laughter and her consent.
I was delighted!
She did try to apologize over the chippy paint in the windows, and the siding that needed to be washed, and probably began to really wonder at me when I insisted the paint and dirt was absolutely perfect.
How even more delighted I was after she began to tell me the history of the 1905 home, and how she long admired it as a little girl growing up just down the road. With the original plumbing, and no electricity upstairs, she had loved the home for years but found she couldn’t keep up with the repairs as she grew older.
Perhaps my curiosity over her home surfaced her own courage to ask me something that she undoubtably had been wondering herself.
She said, “Now, I know you are in a rental home and I see families move in and out. I thought it was really strange when you guys painted the garage. And what is that wall with a fireplace, or something on it???”
We had such a good laugh at my strange and curious actions, and I realized how unusual a bloggers life must be to those who live with 100 year old plumbing 😉
As the story continues, I had a hay day sprucing up this charming porch with my daughters and even more fun capturing the character of years gone by. She so perfectly left out her old broom and worn down door mat – obviously knowing I had a thing for old stuff.
In the end, I did so much more than decorate a porch for Fall.
I had made a friend.
I did however give her fair warning . . . sometimes Christmas decor happens before Halloween, and I might be needing a charming little porch to decorate. 😉
Let’s dive into a few details about the decor I used! It felt so natural for me to let the space do the talking, and this space was calling for neutrals and simplicity.
I mean, how awkward would an over-the-top, glamorous wreath from the craft store have looked on this old chippy door? No – I opted to clip some branches from a sage brush and make a rustic and all natural sage wreath. It smells so good!
I happily found some sage green heirloom pumpkins and mixed them with white pumpkins.
I rummaged through our furniture storage and pulled out rustic pieces my husband had made – a bench and table made from wood scraps.
I imagined this old farmhouse kept warm on chopped wood, so I placed an easy to grab stash right by the door.
Then I headed to the nursery to see what kind of Fall plants they had. To my delight, the plants were heavily marked down for the season and I snagged some flowering cabbage plants and vine-y licorice plants to fill her old windows. The small crates came from Walmart.
It was my brilliant 12 year old daughters idea to place her sage green knitted sweater on the porch railing. She is good at leaving her clothes all over the place, but it’s totally acceptable when it tells a story of a warm Fall day and a chilly Fall evening on the steps of a Farmhouse porch.
Perhaps my favorite part of this home is the old chippy paint garage.
She stopped using it when the doors would no longer swing open during a particularly cold winter. Heaven forbid anyone ever have a notion to paint this perfection.
I may not be able to closely admire this decor in my everyday, but the joy I felt in meeting someone new, jumping way out of my comfort zone and creating a charming scene on a charming old porch was worth every second.
Now if she would just let me peek inside her kitchen . . .
Be sure to check out all these lovely Fall front porch decorating ideas. You will not be short on inspiration today! Thank you so much for reading my story! Now who here has an old home for me to play with?????
Today I’m excited to be joining a group of 25 bloggers who are also sharing their fall porch tours today! Hop around to take in all this stunning inspiration…