This post was sponsored by Lowe’s as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Last weekend Jordan and I went on an early evening date to Lowe’s to grab some decor for our front porch to get ready for the fall season. It was so beautifully ordinary and normal, it felt right and just like autumn. Slow, beautiful, and natural. We didn’t mean to, but we spent hours roaming through Lowe’s and talking. Tell me we aren’t the only ones that can wander around that store forever? Taking care to find the right shade of mums, to peruse through all the fun fall decor, and check out snow blowers, because that’s apparently every man’s dream?
While our two-year-old enjoys a good Lowe’s trip as much as the rest of us, it was special to not have to keep an eye out for her. (She always finds her way back to the shower and faucet section for some odd reason) It felt like the Saturdays of days ago when you could spend hours on this sort of thing. Afterward, we grabbed dinner and were home in time to enjoy the rest of the evening after the little one was in bed.
I mean, if you’re in the market for date ideas, this was one of my favorites to date.
And I am so thankful for such a fun, relaxing, yet productive date night because now I have this beautifully decorated front porch to show for it.
My reason for wanting such a welcoming front porch is twofold.
One, we’re sticking around home and waiting for baby number two, so all the nesting is going on. The homier the better. I want to make our home inviting as we welcome in family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday.
And two, after mostly giving up on summer decor, I have been dreaming about sprucing up our little front porch for Autumn. Our house is very shady, and it gets so hot and buggy here that it’s impossible to grow anything but hostas and impatiens. It gave me the freedom to pick up all the mums, which are everyone’s favorite for a reason.
While I love the fall colors of mums, I went with white as a starting off point.
create a modern & simple fall front porch decor
1 | start with a few key elements – don’t overwhelm your space with too much variety
2 | repetition – Once you pick some items, repeat them throughout the space
3 | use natural elements – especially for fall, that’s why we headed to Lowe’s instead of the craft store, try to use real when possible
4 | simple color palate – keep the items neutral when possible & thoughtfully add in other colors
3 | add texture – a great way to add visual interest
4 | go timeless – modern style is all about creating that classic, forever in style look. when picking a simple fall wreath, look for elements of nature (because nature never goes out of style ;))
extra tip: take a photo of your space. Before we headed to Lowe’s I took a photo of our front porch with my phone to use as a reference. It came in handy when I was curious about how many steps we had.
a real-life pumpkin topiary
Jordan really wanted to pick up this whiskey barrel at Lowe’s and I wasn’t sure how it would work, but I’m glad we did. Definitely, check out your local Lowe’s, I was surprised to find this there and it was pretty cheap! It makes the perfect spot to gather baby pumpkins and this sweet, welcoming, ceramic jack-o-lantern. I can’t imagine this space without this rustic element now, it adds so much.
Ruby telling me all about her pumpkin family, “mama pumpkin, baby pumpkin, PAPA pumpkin (to the jack-o-lantern)”
helping or destroying? always the real question.
There’s something about creating a home that’s inviting and welcoming. Switching up the decor for the seasons helps me to fall in love with our space again and admire it in a new way, despite the imperfections.
I am looking forward to capturing some photos of Ruby in her Halloween costume right here at the end of this month. To sitting on the wicker couch and passing out candy with our pumpkin flickering in the night. To welcoming in friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. And then, to welcome in our second baby girl.
We’re glad you’re here, Autumn.
We were able to gather everything we needed for our front porch at our local Lowe’s and it was so incredibly simple. They have everything from flowers to led candles and batteries for your jack-o-lantern. Oh, and a hook for the wreath as well! You can shop what we purchased in the photo below: