Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall Front Porch at the New House

The landscaping is in (except for the new maple we're waiting for) and I had time to run by the pumpkin market for a few mums and pumpkins. It's not a huge display, but just enough to make it feel like "home". It's pretty sparse compared to year's past, but all my concrete urns are still hiding out in storage. I also still have to figure out what will fit on the small front porch. I will probably just paint one of my wooden benches the charcoal gray like the door and new shutters. I need some little something out here, but I don't want to clutter up the small space. We still have to repaint the outside lanterns, they have a pretty tired finish that needs spiffing up.

If you missed the before shots of the sad shutters and front door, you can see how the new Benjamin Moore paint, Iron Mountain, really enhances the brick and railing, and pulls it all together.


As our contractor so aptly put it. 
"The shutters and door are beyond "distressed, this is "neglect". 

New paint and newly built much better.

I had a few Fallish silk florals that I stashed in my basket, then grabbed some wide bright orange ribbon. It helps dress up the porch a little, give some Fall color, and it also keeps someone from being able to see inside, when you're standing at the door. Sorry, I don't like people peeking inside....eck. (I just used one of the large "Command" hooks for this basket)

Hubbs carted over my concrete bench for the rocked area... What do you call this space between the walkway and the garage? This is a popular landscape feature around here. Anyway, I'm hoping to plant some lillies and a few perennials out there when I get time. The boxwood shrubs are baby size, but will grow fast. Now you can see the rock accent areas under the windows, instead of ugly dead shrubbery. yay!

Just imagine that there are lanterns, my concrete squirrels, and a few watering cans... but since we haven't moved in yet, I didn't want to have too much out here.

I found this big concrete container at Lowe's, I hope to use it for seasonal flowers, maybe adding some perennial ivy, next Spring. I'd like to add more to the porch and stairs, but probably will have to wait for Christmas. 

We're just so happy to have all this cleaned up and replanted.
 It was such a mess with dead plants and shrubs. 

OK, that's the extent of my Outdoor Fall Decor, 
not much, but better than nothing...

joining in on these parties:

Treasure Hunt at From My Front Porch to Yours
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest at French Country Cottage
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style



  1. You new house is coming together so nicely. The outside now looks nice and crisp! I love the colors you chose.

  2. I love the color you painted the door and shutters. I really like the little seating area you have created, so serene!

  3. Looking luvly! New shutters and new colour really makes it!

  4. Your new house looks so nice, Debra! I love it that you painted your door and shutters. I know exactly how it is to have a neglected house! The one we bought was so stuck in the 80s and we're trying to turn it around. I'm just worn out! :) Love your fall touches too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  5. Everything looks lovely! I love how you can have formal balance on your steps...I am always attracted to it, but have to do my porch decorating off to one side, so people can get in the door. The mums and pumpkins look so welcoming!

  6. Love the color you planted the door and shutters - looks terrific. Why do people neglect their homes? Everything is coming together nicely.
    Have a great weekend.

  7. Thanks for sharing the porch and other improvements you have made to your new home, Debra! Can't wait to see what else is in store for this lucky home that has you for its new owner! I saw your post over at The Charm of Home.

  8. Each project marked off your list means you're getting there. I know you'll be so excited to be moved in by the holidays!

  9. Love the color. Your porch looks great!


  10. Your new home is really starting to take on some lovely personality, Debra. It's so nice to get these things done before you move in.
    Mary Alice

  11. You knew home is transforming in front of our eyes. Brenda's right, each project is check off the list. Let's face it, we always have a list of thing/projects to do, sometimes they are REALLY long and others short. I do think painting the front door/shutters made a huge difference! The seating area looks very inviting!

  12. So pretty Debra. I love that you painted the shutters and the front door. It looks so nice. Your new home is really coming together nicely. I am so happy for you.

  13. Everything is looking so nice, Debra! The door and shutters are beautiful now, such a pretty color! Love the Fall touches too.

  14. Yay, you got your pumpkins and your mums!... your porch looks beautiful Debra, I love your door and that pretty Fall arrangement... and the area off your walkway is so nice, I really LOVE that bench!... nothing like pumpkins and mums to say "welcome"!... xoxo... Julie Marie

  15. I love your front porch...and the rocked area looks great minus the shrubs...I had a very similar porch area in a former house.....I called your rocked area, my courtyard....we put a fountain there and loved the sound of the running water as we approached the front door...and could also hear it in the the refurbished door and the new is all coming together so beautifully!

  16. Everything looks great Debra!! I love the shape of your shutters.

  17. I think this looks just beautiful, Debra. You do what you can with what you have. Every year will be different! So glad you are in your new place! :)

    Jane xx

  18. It looks just as lovely as I knew it would!

    Love you. Miss you.
    Me. :-)

  19. No fall decor here with 90 degree days on the beach.

    But, I love how things are coming together at your new place.

  20. I think your new home is looking really nice with it's Fall decor:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

  21. Hi Debra,
    I love the basket you made for your front door! Best of luck in your new home...I can't wait to see more photos as you go along.

  22. What a lovely little porch! I love the basket on your front door and the little bench, but paint is definitely what created such a huge change, beautiful color!

  23. Love the color on your porch and shutters, Debra! Your basket on the door is gorgeous! Looks like you are settling in to your new home!...hugs...Debbie

  24. Your home is lovely, I stop by frequently and I am so glad to see you are doing well.

  25. Love the new landscaping and your home is so pretty.

  26. It looks pretty Debra and makes your entry very welcoming! I like the concrete bench. Might be fun to plant a bit of moss around the base.

  27. It looks wonderful Debra! I love your basket on the door.

  28. What a beautiful house Debra! It looks fantastic! So happy for you. Downsizing looks fun!


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