Holidays

Fall Front Porch Decor

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week! It’s been sunny and cool and much less humid than usual – it gets this Texas girl extra excited about Fall!

I love the traditional colors of Fall – reds, oranges, golds, browns….I think they’re part of what makes Fall feel so warm. I usually stick to these colors and natural elements when I’m working on my Fall decor, especially when it comes to decorating outdoors and on the front porch. There’s just something about seeing stacks of pumpkins and gourds and rows of mums that pumps me full of adrenaline. I just love it all!

My front door is pretty much the same every year. I always start with a leaf garland and Autumn wreath. This wreath was very quick and easy to make. I bought a grapevine wreath and some Fall picks from Hobby Lobby (all 40-50% off) and just stuck them in-between the vines and rearranged until I got the look I was going for.

Last summer, I painted our front door black and frosted the window panes and it made me love having these decorations out there even more. It just made it look so much better.

I think deep down inside, I’m really a country girl. I appreciate rustic, country, pumpkin patch looks.

I gave the pumpkin on the right a little bit of height by flipping over an apple basket for it to sit on.

I bought the mums for $1.38 each at Home Depot. Once it’s time to take down the Fall decorations, I’m going to plant them in my flower beds to see how they’ll do. I didn’t want to spend any unnecessary money on flower pots that will only get used for a couple of months, but I couldn’t leave them as is. I found some left over burlap scraps and ribbon and just created a little sack for them to sit in. It’s definitely an homage to rustic and pumpkin patch, and was free. Win, win!

I found a wooden crate at Michael’s on sale for $9.99 to add a little extra character, interest, and height. I can reuse it once we’ve moved on from Fall. I’m thinking maybe staining it and adding some casters to hold blankets? We’ll see! I love this huge, orange and grey gourd. It was fun to add something different to sit with my typical orange pumpkins.

This guy might look familiar to you. I, of course, had to make my own. I like to change what it says or add little doodles depending on the time of year. I don’t know that I will ever grow old of chalk boards — they’re just too dang cute!

I’m so happy with how it turned out and I had a blast pulling it all together. Have y’all started decorating for Fall yet? Do you go all out at your house? Let me know what you’re up to! I just can’t get enough. It’s a disease. Haha!

I’m also linking up at:

Somewhat Simple

Love and Laundry

The Thriftiness Miss

Autumn Table Settings

It’s not officially Autumn until Saturday, but I’m already in full-fledged “celebrate fall because it’s not 115 degrees outside anymore and pumpkin spice lattes are out anyway” mode. And I love it! Now, we don’t really get a full Autumn here in Texas…so I like to go all out and bring it all indoors.

Autumn Table Settings at Like a Saturday

I’m starting with the table in our breakfast nook. It’s a small, round, 4-seater table and is the focal point when looking from the living room to the kitchen. It’s the perfect space for a beautiful centerpiece. I like to mess around and change things up every now and then, so I have a “high” and “low” option…and who knows, I might come up with something else before Thanksgiving rolls around.

Autumn Table Settings | Like a Saturday

To start, I used a stemmed hurricane vase (a wedding leftover) and filled it with small river rocks to hold up the branches, and then scattered a few tiny pinecones and acorns on top.

Autumn Table Settings | Like a Saturday

I bought both faux autumn branches and dried oak branches. Having just a touch of real mixed in with the fake will give you a more natural look. I love this centerpiece. It’s like an explosion of Fall color !

Autumn Table Settings | Like a Saturday

Autumn Table Settings | Like a Saturday

My second “low” option was even easier to pull together. I stuck our large, wooden salad bowl in the center of the table and simply filled it with an assortment of small gourds found at the grocery store.

Autumn Table Settings | Like a Saturday

This is the easiest way to bring Autumn colors and textures into your decor, and the wooden bowl adds a rustic element. You just have to play around and rearrange the little pumpkins and gourds until they sit the way you like.

Autumn Table Settings | Like a Saturday

Autumn Table Settings | Like a Saturday

Autumn Table Settings | Like a Saturday

We don’t have a dining room, so I like to bring a little elegance into our breakfast nook. I found these gold chargers at Goodwill for $3 total, and the bronze woven placemats were a $6 find at Ross last year. I layered my white “shabby chic” Target plates with my jade colored, Japanese china tea plates. These are very special to me. They belong to a tea set that belonged to my grandmother’s grandmother. She and a few of her girlfriends all bought the same set, and took turns hosting each other for tea every week. I love this story, idea, and the sentimental value these dishes hold.

Autumn Table Settings | Like a Saturday

Autumn Table Settings | Like a Saturday

The napkin rings are just something I made fairly quickly by stringing beads onto floral wire and randomly twisting here and there.

Autumn Table Settings | Like a Saturday

Hopefully that will give you a little inspiration to get started on your own Fall decor. It doesn’t need to be fussy or expensive. You can usually shop your own house and find a few things while you’re doing your weekly grocery shopping to create a warm, cozy Autumn look in your home.

Autumn Table Settings | Like a Saturday

Later this week I’ll be sharing my Fall porch and some ideas for decorating outside. Have a great day!!

 

 

 

 


Fall Linky Parties and 31 Day Challenge

Happy Monday to you all! Did you have a nice, restful weekend? We got a good amount of rain, so it was a great weekend to cozy up at home, light my pumpkin spice candle and watch some good football! I also went on a Parenthood binge and worked on a few projects for the Fall. That show is addicting! Probably because it’s made by the same folks who gifted us with Friday Night Lights. I still miss the Taylor family.

Anywho! I just wanted to pop in and say “hello” and let y’all know about a couple of things that will be going on around these parts in the coming weeks.

You’ve probably gathered that I’m semi-obsessed with Fall. Is anyone in blogland not? I’m excited to be participating in the “It’s Fall, Y’all” link parties this week and next, hosted by The Lettered Cottage, Southern Hospitality, Centsational Girl, and Thrifty Decor Chick. I think that’s a pretty good group to link up with. :) So get your eyes ready to feast on some Autumn eye candy!

Next up! In October, I am equally excited and terrified to be taking part of The Nester’s 31 Day Challenge. 31 days of  straight bloggin’! I have a whole bag full of tips and tricks to help you have a more enjoyable, stress-free holiday season this year. Can you picture yourself on December 15th blissfully cuddled up on the couch with a cup up hot chocolate and Christmas music serenading you in the background? I’m for real you guys! You can totally do it! :)

Have a wonderful Monday! I’ll be back tomorrow morning with a few Fall tablescape ideas for you.