Well, now that fall is officially here, it’s time to decorate! Normally, I just toss a couple of mums on my front porch and call it a day, but Melessa easily persuaded me to up my game this year.
Our first stop: the city compost pile! Glamorous, I know. To be clear, Melessa is the creative genius here. I just help schlep stuff. And write stuff.
We found some great willowy sticks that Melessa wired together for a wreath, then she repurposed a faux berry vine that I usually use for my fall mantle décor. Love! (This now means I need to update my mantle…life is so hard.)
After we finished at the “dump,” as we like to call it, we headed to a couple of pretty sophisticated nurseries/garden centers. And we were completely unimpressed. Then we went to Home Depot and hit the jackpot! Life lesson: you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a great look.
I really do love yellow mums against our red brick, so Melessa suggested a monochromatic theme. We added variegated yellow mums and brown grasses to the leftover sweet potato vine from my summer arrangements, and added mini pumpkins to the planters. She also spray painted some sticks yellow for the planters.
Here’s my house before…
We finished the look with some amazing squash at the base of the planters. I almost wish they were fake, so I could use them every year! Then we rounded out the scene with some faux pumpkins on the sidewalk.
That reminds me: make sure you hit up the discount stores for their post-holiday sales. If you use a faux pumpkin outside, and you don’t plan on carving it, cut a small hole in the center, just big enough to stick rocks through to weight it down.
We already had the faux pumpkins, spray paint, dirt, and planters. So, the total cost for the whole porch was $80 (and almost $30 of that was on the three squash—they were a splurge). Not bad, considering that includes a wreath!
Speaking of wreaths, we just couldn’t resist giving you some more eye candy. Here are some of our favorite wreaths this year (click on the image):
Comment below and let us know what you think! We’d love to see photos of your fall décor as well. Brace yourself: Melessa’s porch is coming up soon! Here’s a little sneak peak…