ITS OCTOBER, WHICH MEANS FALL-- (but here in South FL it's still feeling a lot & I mean A LOT like Summer) But that is not stopping me from doing all of the fun activities that come with October! Everything that I am wearing and just about everything I am talking about in today's post is LINKED so you know where to get it :)
As you saw on my IG, we headed out to the Pumpkin Patch this weekend and I wore booties and a pullover sweater while my boyfriend (of 7 years) whose name is Ray J, looked at me like I was insane for dressing like this in 85 degree weather, but hey.... ITS FALL AND I AM GOING TO PRETEND LIKE WE ACTUALLY HAVE SEASONS HERE. (He wasn't pleased with the fact that I had him wear a long sleeve flannel either--which came off about 2 minutes in to the pumpkin patch).
Anyways....the point in this blog story is to let you guys in on some design tips on 5 affordable and super easy items you MUST BUY for Fall in order to make your front entry way looking like it jumped off of Pinterest and on to your front porch.
So....let's get started!
DESIGN TIP #1: BUY OR MAKE A WREATH.
Wreaths literally make the whole fall vibe come to life. Your plain front door just isn't doing it and is BEGGING to be dressed for the occasion. SO whether you go to your local Home Goods and buy this wreath for $19.99 each or you make one yourself following along with someones Pinterest Tutorial (This one is a really good one and also fun for the little ones!), then #1 is complete and your front porch already looks like a million bucks. CURB APPEAL IS EVERYTHING PEOPLE.
Click the link below for an awesome DIY tutorial on one of my favorite wreaths!
DESIGN TIP #2: FALL COLORED FLOWERS
Adding flowers to your front door decor has got to be the easiest part of decorating your front porch. Stop by your local Home Depot or Lowes and pick up a few of these awesome flowers pots. The big yellow one is $20, the medium hot pink one is $12, and the little white one is just $7. These flowers make such a stunning and bold statement, and all you did was put them in your cart, transport them in to your trunk, and place them on your front steps. VOILA! Your already 2 steps closer to the perfect fall front door decor.
DESIGN TIP #3: SWITCH OUT YOUR DOOR MAT
Yes, that's right. Go buy a new door mat that matches the season! That doesn't mean you have to throw away your current one (unless it's hideous; this gives you a reason to do so). But seriously, Target, Home Goods, Pier 1, or even Hobby Lobby has got the CUTEST front door mats right now for fall. Mine says "Home Sweet Home" and its from Target. It's super important to make your guests feel warm and welcomed as they walk up to your front door for Thanksgiving.
DESIGN TIP #4: LIGHTS
If you don't have a front porch light, or you do but its not the brightest or cutest, add some more lights! There are tons of lighting options to explore, but my absolute favorite way to better illuminate an outside area is to add large outdoor lanterns to the ground, with battery operated candles inside. This is both safe, efficient, and looks amazing! You can buy some really cute outdoor Lanterns at Target or if you want to splurge a bit more: Pottery Barn's lanterns are to-die-for.
DESIGN TIP #5: PUMPKIN EVERYTHING
Tis' the season for pumpkins. Especially if you have little ones, then you should definitely be displaying their beautifully hand carved pumpkins on the porch for everyone to see! (pumpkins are another great way to illuminate the porch with battery operated candles inside!). Since we are only about 2 weeks away from Halloween, pumpkins on the porch will look great, but once Halloween comes to an end, say good bye to the pumpkins. One, because they start to rot and that's just gross, and #2, because we're getting in to November so it's time to put those scary faced pumpkins away.
Have you completed these 5 design tips and decorated your porch accordingly? Snap a pic and send it to me! I love to just stare at gorgeous front porches (as weird as that sounds). I bet your man comes home and tells you the porch looks like, and I quote, "One of those pictures that you see on that website your always on." -- It's called Pinterest babe.
HAPPY FALL Y'ALL!