Happy Tuesday to you! Can you believe we’re just a short few days away from October? Where does the time go? I know I’ve said it before, but fall truly is my favorite season. Each spring the daffodils make me doubt and I start to think, maybe, just maybe spring is my new favorite; but then fall arrives and I’m assured once again that it’s definitely my number one and the season that owns my heart. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in New England, where autumn blazes gloriously like nowhere else I’ve ever seen; or maybe it’s the pumpkins, crisp air, and coziness as well as all of the family activities. Whatever it is, the season pulls me into its comfort each year and I feel my happiest and live to enjoy it before winter closes in. Fall is the perfect time of year to spend time outdoors, and our porch is one of my favorite places to do just that, whether it’s reading in the hammock, or enjoying a meal with the family. Today I am going to share with you part 2 of my fall home tour: vintage style porch.
For the past few years I’ve had a turquoise bench sitting in this nook by our main entry, but then a good friend offered to give me the top two trunks you see here. I had found the larger one for $1 at the auction and decided to stack the trio in the nook instead. I love the darker colors they bring to this space, perfect for the season. I opened up the top trunk and added a couple of mums from Costco. Fortunately, I shot all of these photos before Squeakers the chicken decided to sit on most of the mums.
One Saturday before Emmy’s soccer game, she and I hit a local orchard and found a couple of white and orange pumpkins for this space. She and I collected chicken feathers from the yard (no chickens were harmed or plucked in the making of this blog post!), and used some string to tie feathers to the pumpkins for a simple fall touch.
Another new addition to the front side of the porch is a large metal vintage industrial bin on legs. I purchased it at the Lucketts Spring Market a few years ago, and we’ve used it as a planter. However, it’s been located too close to the chickens who hop in and trample, so it’s sadly sat empty this year. We moved it to the porch under our double window, and I’ve filled it with more Costco mums that h ave since been squished a little bit by Squeakers, but not terribly. 😉
The rusty patina of this piece brings in the perfect warm reds and oranges for the season. We’ll be planting the mums in a few weeks, so I’ll have to come up with a plan b for this planter, because I really love how it looks here.
Of course, my favorite place on the porch is always our hammock. (And if you love this hammock, it’s on sale for $50 off!!! We love ours and I highly recommend.) We’ve had a bit of a warm spell here, so I haven’t yet brought out the blankets, but usually I leave a Mexican blanket on the hammock so I can curl up and read.
With the warm weather, we’ve been enjoying plenty of meals outside on the porch still. I have an antique library table that we use as a dining table, a mix of vintage chairs in blue and green, and an old dresser I painted blue as a small server. For now, as you can see, several of our houseplants remain outside where they thrive.
I’ve kept the table simple and earthy with a vintage Mexican serape in a golden yellow, and a few terra cotta pots with plants. (Apparently, the green chair wasn’t all the way unfolded when I shot this, so pardon its wonky appearance!)
The last area of our porch is our side entry, but we actually use this one as our main entry, as do houseguests. It features a small sitting area as well with a love seat and pair of chairs we purchased from target a couple of years ago.
I found the owl painting several years ago, and bring it out just for this season. The love seat is a little blah, so I added some brightly colored outdoor pillows as well as a Mexican blanket for texture and pattern.
The cobalt blue planters were found at Costco a couple of years ago, and once filled with dirt are nearly impossible to move, so instead I just change them up each season. I added a variety of heirloom and cinderella pumpkins found at a local farm stand.
We also were in need of a new doormat, as I had a very summery tropical looking one that read “aloha” and it just didn’t quite work with the pumpkins and mums. Emmy and I found this “Hello Goodbye” door mat at Target, and I loved that it was simple enough to use any season…. a little more versatile!
To the left of the entry on our brick, I hung a vintage macrame owl Emmy found while we were shopping at a local antique mall one day. I actually plan to bring it to Sweet Clover for our October sale, but I thought I would just enjoy it temporarily until that time comes.
Beyond the seating area just behind the porch is our herb garden and the gate which leads to our backyard and chicken coop. Oh, and that teeny little dark line on the porch was a fuzzy caterpillar; as a child those black and brown fuzzy ones were my favorites!
Last fall, I planted a couple of mums along the fence that runs next to the coop. As you can see, those mums came back and are thriving more than ever! I am certain it has a direct correlation with their placement… easy access chicken manure. Our climbing rose is also a little out of control and reaching for the skies.
Because of the success of these mums, I plan to plan the ones that are on the porch now along the fence that runs directly perpendicular to this, and am hoping the fertilization of that soil will be just as high quality.
Since we are coming to a close of the fall porch tour and talking about the coop, I thought I’d share a couple of the chickens who don’t get as much screen play as Squeakers (because she’s the one with that star quality!) Mowgli is a Swedish flower, and she has only just recently become less timid, and now greets me and ventures out of the fence. She’s a sweet and friendly girl, but she has to get to know you first.
Our trampoline is located in the fenced area the chickens mainly stay in, so naturally, sometimes they take their turns with that, though typically just to walk the outside perimeter. Patches seen below is a star and here she looks like she’s just waiting to take her turn.
Thank you so much for stopping by today to check out our fall porch! I will be back soon with the last part of our fall tour. If you missed my living room fall tour, be sure to check it out here.
Below you can shop a collection of items I’ve found for you including some similar vintage finds.