Friday, October 18, 2013

Embracing Autumn

"Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus 
Our front door and porch have had a Fall face lift this week!  My goal was to make a warm and welcoming entrance without spending a fortune.  All of the Fall decorations on display at stores can be enticing yet pricey.  I used a lot of items I already had.  Overall I spent $16.00 on this project.  Let me know what you think!
Before:  Front Door blends in with siding
 After:  Making a statement with our curb appeal!  No way to miss the front door now!

Inspiration Door Color  Credit:
Paint was FREE for this project - I mixed 2 free samples of Valspar Fireside with some red I already had to darken the color. Thanks for putting free sample coupons in my design magazines, Lowes!  For a smooth finish I used a small foam roller and a detail brush to cut-in around the hardware and oval window trim.  I am very happy with how the new door color looks with the bricks and with the existing brass door details  It adds the punch of color I was after!  
Yes, there is a dresser on our porch!  I was looking for a way to display some Fall decorations and this dresser waiting for a makeover seems to work just fine.  The ivory color didn't have enough contrast against the light grey siding so I put a table runner on it.  This table will hold a big basket full of candy for trick-or-treaters!   
For this pumpkin potted mum project I cut out the top of a medium size pumpkin and took out the seeds and slime.  Set the potted mum inside and am hoping for a few weeks of Fall festiveness!

The orange Mums and pumpkins were purchased with a Groupon deal at English Gardens - $13.00 for $25.00 in merchandise.  The three yellow mum plants were also bought at English Gardens when they them on sale for $1.00 each!  I will plant all of these hardy mums in the ground before the frost comes so we can enjoy them every Fall. 
More photos from our yard this Fall:
Red and Blue on the back deck.  This is 3 small $1.00 mum plants combined with creeping Jenny trailing over the side, which is leftover from summer.  It is a perennial and will sleep through the winter and return in the Spring.  I will plant these hardy red mums in the ground before frost and they will return next year too!   
Hydrangea, Autumn Joy Sedum, and Hosta 
Cana and Autumn Joy Sedum 
Turtlehead Plant and a Barrel overflowing with Geraniums & creeping Jenny  
This my friends is the LARGEST marigold plant I have ever seen!  This was seeded by my preschool age twins last Spring and given to me as a Mother's Day present.  I am going to try to save seeds from this plant and have several of them to grow next year.  This plant is almost as tall as my Kindergartners!  Here is a picture from a few weeks ago.  The plant is taller and blooming more now. 
The girls took care of this plant and their extra watering efforts  definitely paid off!
Burning Bush, Wine Berry Bush, Limelight Hydrangea, Cana, Butterfly Bush, Barberry bushes, and Pink Cranesbill Geraniums.  This is the area where the huge pine tree fell down.  See link here. 
When I brought new mum plants home a few of the branches full of blooms broke off.  Instead of tossing them I put them in a vase and have enjoyed them in my kitchen window for several days.  They look so pretty combined with the loaded crabapple tree and the yellow leaf walnut tree in the background.
“Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.” -William Cullen Bryant
Fall has arrived! Behold the changing leaves, and enjoy the crisp breeze. Let your eyes take in the bursts of color. Transformation afoot and hope is in the air.  Be still and savor the sound of the rustling leaves, the scent of the crisp autumn air, and the abundant beauty among us.         
Blessings on your day!


  1. Last year I did the mum plant in pumpkins but I also put large bows around them. In a few weeks most stores will have there mums marked way down. I buy them trim them down and plant. They come up every fall. Love your front porch.

    1. Hi Tracy! I like the idea of tying a bow around them or I thought a garland of Fall berries would look nice around the top rim of the pumpkin or at the base. Regarding hardy mums: I have read that if you cut them back in late June/early to a few inches tall, they will have a nicer shape once they bloom because instead of toppling over they will have shorter and stronger stems! Thanks for commenting!