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Best Ideas for Decorating a Porch for Fall

Fall has arrived on the porch and I’m so excited to be joining the 2021 Harvest Home Blog Tour hosted by Kristi at French Creek Farmhouse. You are in for so much inspiration. Be sure to check out all links at the end of this post.

My Best Ideas for Decorating a Porch for Fall revolve around my front porch seating area and front doors. I updated a few pieces and added a few new items but for the most part, I shop at home for items to move from one place to another. Now even old decor feels fresh and new.

I hope you will be inspired by these simple ideas for porch decorating.

Decorating a Porch for Fall

The inspiration for our seating area came from these gorgeous sizzling shed leaves garland, shedding leaves stem and candle ring wreath from Piper Classics. When I received them, I immediately knew that I wanted a subdued fall porch.

Top 3 Tips for Fall Porch Decorating

  • Shop at Home First – Items in a new location can feel fresh and new.
  • Shop Thrift Stores for items that you don’t mind getting damaged.
  • Add a few new items that inspire you.

Moving things around

When I begin to decorate the front porch for fall, I start by taking an inventory of what I already have that will work with my vision. I always shop at home before I venture online or to the stores.

Previously, I made a garland using gathered grapevine and twinkle lights for the porch swing. This year I added the shedding leaves garland to the existing grapevine for this fall design.

The garland is perfect for decorating the porch and drawing attention to the porch swing.

Something about these subdued colors reminded me of this old wooden crate and vintage pottery jug, which I pulled from inside the house. Once I had them arranged, the rest just fell into place.

The combination of blues and rust in the outdoor rug work well with the front porches soft, neutral colors for fall.

One of my favorite finds is this thrifted hurricane candle holder. It is perfect to showcase this beautiful candle ring as a focal point on the side table. The combination of fall leaves and soft candle light add the perfect glow to the front porch decorated for fall.

I added the pottery crock to the inside of the wooden crate and filled it with the stems from Piper Classics. The vintage pottery jug anchors the other side of the crate.

Finally, adding a few faux pumpkins fills in the remaining space.

The crate lid serves as a tray for additional decor display.

Crate Decorating Tip

If you have a deep box or crate, you can use risers, books or candleholders, within the box to bring items up to eye level.

The seat cushions and pillows are all repeats from previous years but rearranged for a fresh look.

I love the cozy feel of this gathering spot. Our evening views are enhanced by the subdued landscape lighting from AQ Lighting.

Ideas for Decorating a Porch Cabinet for Fall

Another favorite area to decorate is our rustic vintage cabinet. This doorless find is filled with garden terra cotta pots, baskets and outdoor copper pieces. These warm colors add to the fall feel.

A small thrift store wreath is combined with a foraged grapevine wreath to add some drama above the cabinet. See FREE Fall Decorating Ideas here.

One of my best tips for adding decor to your porch cabinets and tables is to shop thrift stores. Items left outdoors can be easily damaged, therefore you want to use inexpensive items and thrift stores are a great resource. See Best Thrift Store Decor Ideas for more tips.

A thrifted candle holder and DIY grapevine wreath hold one of Antique Candle Companies fall scents, Pumpkin Spice.

Decorating The Front Porch Doors

In addition to our seating area, I couldn’t resist updating the area around our front doors.

I have used these shutters here for several seasons, however this year I decided to turn them around and paint the backside with graphite chalk paint by Annie Sloan.

The new color completely changes the feel of the porch! If you’re not familiar with chalk paint, you might like this post – How to Use Chalk Paint.

For this update, I placed the newly painted shutters inside vintage, galvanized tubs and filled them with faux fall fern stems.

In addition, the new color makes the front door hardware really stand out.

Updated Front Porch Decor

Continuing the reuse and repurpose theme, the wreaths are also repeat decor from Floral Treasures. I’ve used these wreaths for 3 seasons now and they still look great. The new graphite backdrop really makes them pop and makes them feel fresh and new.

The rug is from Boutique Rugs and you can use code: PONDS60 for a 60% discount.

A DIY Sign and vintage jug help to anchor the area beside the door. You can see last years Fall Porch here.

I got so many questions about our address sign so I recently shared How to Make an Address Sign tutorial.

Another must have on my porch, is cozy throw blankets and cushions on the rocker’s. They help to create an inviting atmosphere that says “come on over and sit a spell”.

Using a combination of vintage decor, thrift store finds and new items helps to create a unique, cozy feel around the front doors.

I also love to decorate the DIY Greenhouse for Fall and you can see the 2020 Fall Tour here.

Finally, my favorite time of day is evening, just as the lights come on but it’s not completely dark. Fall is in the air and sitting here watching the sun sink behind the mountain is a favorite evening past time.

Grab a blanket and join me.

2021 Harvest Home Blog Tour


I’m thrilled to be joining in today as 30 talented bloggers bring you the best of all things home! Please continue along this inspiring Harvest Home tour, and visit the other participants in each of the following categories.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my Decorating Ideas for a Fall Porch! Refer back to the tour schedule at the beginning of this post for more inspiration inside and out for fall.

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Sunday 12th of September 2021

I just love your rug! Would you share the source please?

Sunday 12th of September 2021

Debi, All the links are on the blog post. For future reference, when you see a highlighted area, just click on it and it will take you to additional information or a link to a product. Here's my link.


Saturday 11th of September 2021

Beautiful but how do you deal with the insects and cobwebs?

Sunday 12th of September 2021

Ruth, I spray my porch a few times each season. You can see those tips here. Scroll down for information about the bugs. I appreciate you for stopping by.


Friday 10th of September 2021

Your porch is so pretty! I love the classic pumpkins and leaves. I feel inspired to start on my front porch now.

Sunday 12th of September 2021

Elaine, I'm so glad you liked this post. Thanks for your sweet compliments.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Friday 10th of September 2021

You have the most beautiful porch no matter what season it is Rachel. I would love to feature your post on my Saltwater Sounds this weekend.

Sunday 12th of September 2021

Kim, Thanks so much for doing this.


Thursday 9th of September 2021

I love all the layers you've incorporated on your porches, Rachel, they're gorgeous! Every detail from the flowers to the farmhouse signs to the pillows on the couches makes me want to snuggle up and get ready for the season. Loved and pinned, CoCo

Sunday 12th of September 2021

CoCo, I'm so glad you liked this. Thanks so much for stopping by.