When autumn’s slow and dazzling dance to winter begins, give your porch or entry a seasonal makeover with these simple ideas.


Baskets filled with dry botanicals on wooden french doors

Make the most of an imposing French door entry with two antique flat-sided hanging baskets. Fill them with dry botanical arrangements made up of branches and grasses gathered nearby.


Crates and orange and white pumpkins and flowering yellow and burgandy Mums

A couple of old crates and a straw bale create a multi-level display of fresh and faux elements. Throw in a few decorated pumpkins for extra whimsy. For inspiration, check out these ideas.


Hydrangeas and white pumpkins

Opt for a subtle color palette and add a bit of sophistication with a simple assemblage of white pumpkins and hydrangeas in a vintage watering can. Tuck in some moss and an abandoned bird’s nest and you’ll never miss the fall classic reds and oranges.


Wheelbarrow with straw, boston fern, flowering mums and punkin inside

A fab fall display doesn’t get much easier than this. Roll up a weather-beaten wheelbarrow, fill it artfully with straw, foliage, mums, and pumpkins and you’re there.


Pumpkins, gourds, and mums on and around straw bale

Add plenty of natural elements to a seasonal grouping such as pumpkins and gourds, heaps of straw, and containers full of planted mums. Keep the look interesting with textural and colorful supports like straw bales, stoneware crocks, and vintage painted tables.


Flowering yellow Mums in olive basket

Vivid mums jazz up any display with their fall fireworks. Placed in time-worn olive baskets, bushel baskets, crates, or urns, the long-lasting flowers look wonderful flanking a doorway, filling gaps between assembled elements, or creating vibrant focal points.


pumpkins, wreath, lantern, and flowering mums

When using dried stalks and straw, add fresh elements, like pumpkins, gourds, and potted mums, as well as a wreath and lantern to enliven the scene with color, texture, and shape.


Mums in bushel basket on table surrounded by pumpkins of different colors

Let the luscious colors of fall guide your porch decor. You don’t have to spend a lot to get a harvest atmosphere. Raid your belongings first for accents, then look around at the natural bounty of your surroundings.


Red Screened doors and corn stalks

Flank a doorway with corn stalks and you’ve immediately created a sense of drama. Add matching mums in aged crates and a multi-level pumpkin display and you’ve got an inviting entry that can’t be ignored.


Red Screen door detail that reads Bond Bread It's Honestly Good

We picked up these old screen doors from a former general store in Maine. They add charm and vintage character to a plain porch entry.


Rocker and fall wreath with flowering mums and dried corn stalks

If you’ve got a front porch, there’s no better place to sit and watch the world (or just your neighbors) pass by. So make seating a priority in your fall planning. Nothing beats an old-fashioned rocker, flanked by flowers, corn stalks, and topped with a colorful wreath.


blanket and pillows on bench

Pillows made from old wool blankets enliven and soften a vintage bench. Gourds and straw in a wood trug make a rustic centerpiece on the small table.


Sofa made of straw bales covered in a quilt with a throw pillow

Make a sofa with inexpensive bales of straw. If you’re placing it against a wall, you can make do with four bales: one flat for seating, another propped up on a couple of sturdy crates for the back, and two side-on for the sofa arms. If you want it freestanding, use a fifth bale in place of crates to support the back.

Fall can be cool and warm fabrics dress things up a bit while softening the rough textured straw. Use vintage blankets, old linens, and rustic burlaps. Inexpensive flour sack towels work well, too.


Feed sack pillow in blue, white and orange

Give the straw bale seating a cozy makeover with the addition of seed sacks turned cushions. The vintage sacks fit over standard bed pillows for a quick, comfy, and colorful facelift.


Mini pumpkin on vintage scale

Bring in a vintage item or two as conversation pieces and to add a bit of decorative character. This old kitchen scale acts as a pedestal for a pretty mini pumpkin.


White Adirondack chair on porch with decorated table and various colored pumpkins

Warm up a table with a vintage blanket and add a kick-back-comfy Adirondack chair. A pegboard for outerwear by the front door makes a perfect spot for visitors to pop their scarves and hats. See more fall decorating and entertaining ideas from this pretty porch here.


Pumpkin on white pillar with wheat, lantern, white deck chair and plaid wool blanket

Old house parts bring instant character and an aged patina to an entry. Here, we topped a salvaged porch post with a decorative pumpkin in a bed of straw. Instant focal point!


Pile of wool blankets in red, white and green with a pumpkin on top.

If you’re porch-sitting in the autumn evenings, you can probably count on a chill in the air. Stay toasty with vintage or new wool blankets in fall hues. A chunky pumpkin-weight keeps folded blankets orderly until they’re needed.


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