Why do front doors and fall decorations seem to get all the glory? It’s September and I’m ready for a fall farmhouse side entry refresh!
Experiencing each season is one of the things I love most about living in Ohio. I’m ready for the transition when fall comes around. It helps to have nature echo my sentiment. I dream of all the apple and pumpkin recipes I can bake up when the leaves change colors and the cornfields take on a harvest gold hue. Our sunflowers look especially beautiful right now!
All of our outside projects start coming back to an indoor focus. However, I’m tackling a few more outside DIYs before the snow flies. In Ohio, that may be as early as next month!
What’s Going On With Our Porch
Normally, my focus would be on a front doorway entry focal point. However, we’re in the process of having a front porch put on. Last night, I helped Matt pour concrete down some tubes. Let me tell you how much fun that was on a Friday night! I was hoping the porch would be done by now. Unfortunately, we ran into some foundation issues that derailed that project. We had to hunt down the best people for the job and then get in line since that is one project we can’t fix on our own,
When restoring and remodeling a house that’s over 120 years old, you can’t get too discouraged by setbacks. They’re bound to happen and we’ve learned to take them in stride. Although our house exterior doesn’t look great right now, it will soon. In the meantime, I’m focusing on what I can do now to pretty up our side entry.
When I started my blog, one of my first posts was adding some charm to this exact same space with spring and summer decor. You can see that post here.
For this fall farmhouse side entry refresh, I kept it simple. As someone with a background in design, I am not a decorator who needs to fill every inch of space. Where some add more, I like to take away. Less is more is my design and decorating mantra.
My Decorating Process
Starting with the door, I removed the hanging basket I use in place of a wreath. A basket is just more fitting to our old farmhouse. Next, I put the spring and summer floral stems in it that were still in good shape in storage. The sun-faded ribbon that I had wrapped around it got thrown away.
I played around with a few different fall-themed ribbons I had on hand and decided on the bottom one. After trying a few different wrap styles, I crafted it in a classic bow around the top of the basket. Next, I added in some classic and nature-inspired stems I bought at Michael’s, arranging them until I was happy with it. You can see some of the floral stems at Michael’s here, If you can believe it, the fall decor supply there was already nearly wiped out a few weeks ago. Everyone else in our area must have had fall decorating on the brain, too!
After checking out a few fall doormats, I stuck with the classic welcome mat I already had. Honestly, I just liked the simple welcome message best. Next, I added a few mums I got from a local greenhouse. Since the brick on this part of our house is dark, I decided on pale-colored mums that will pop against that darker exterior when they fully bloom. The pumpkins are from an 11-year-old down the street who grew them from seeds. He had been taking care of them all summer. How cute is that? I would give his parents an A+ for encouraging him to take a shot at gardening!
Fall Farmhouse Side Entry Reveal
Here’s how our final farmhouse fall side entry looks now. It’s simple and classic. I can easily add a few more carved pumpkins or a few Halloween items next month and it won’t look overdone.
The entire little project only took about ten minutes of my time, which was about all I could spend on it.
Check out the short video!
How do you like to decorate for fall? I’d love to hear more about your style and traditions.