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Decorating the Front of the House for Fall

It’s here!  It’s here!  The time of year has finally arrived for the front door Fall-ification.  Sometimes I jump the gun on this and my neighbor, Tammy, comes outside shaking her head at me.  This year I waited.  Ok, I didn’t really mean to wait.  I was just forced to wait because my brother-in-law had our ladder and my fall boxes were up high in the garage.
I didn’t do anything different this year.  I keep thinking I’d like to add something “Better Homes and Gardens-ish” but every year I put up the same decor. I still love it though.
My Boo and Eek pillows are back.  They have held up pretty well for the past 3 or 4 years.  I painted this burlap with fabric paint and embroidered the boo and eek fabric scraps.  Just a few weeks ago I noticed that they actually sell burlap fabric that looks exactly like this now!  I guess I was ahead of my time.

My front benches have seen better days.  They have been refinished more times than I can count and the seats are finally starting to break.  It kind of makes me sad to see them go.  I bought these in 2000, when I finished my Masters program. I think part or all of the set was given to me as a gift when I graduated.  I still feel a sense of accomplishment when I look at them, but they really are looking pretty shabby.  The chairs I have always pictured in the front of my house are white Adirondacks.  They just look so cottage-like and cute.  I can’t decide if I need two chairs, a table, and a two seater bench, or if I should just get 3 or 4 chairs.  I would love opinions!!!  Either way, the hydrangeas need to be cut back a bit.

I’m kind of thinking I would prefer the same set up with the two chairs and a bench, but maybe it’s just because I’m stuck in my ways.
My hubby bought me a few mums for my birthday and I always love the way they add a fall-feel to the front of the house.

One thing that is missing from the front porch this year is our built-in bench.  Unfortunately, it has rotted out and looks like it was starting to take the support beam with it.  Rather than replacing it with another bench, which we never actually sit on, I’m thinking we’ll just continue with the railing.  It will still have a finished look and be much less expensive.

The rails were not there when we bought the house.  We added those on because the great-grandmas on both sides needed a little help getting up the stairs.

Ultimately, I think it would be cool to put a deck off of that side.  It would be so fun to put my Adirondack chairs there, surrounded by pots of flowers.  I don’t think there is any way of convincing my hubby that a deck would be a good idea.  I guess I’ll just have to stick with spindles. 
Happy fall decorating!

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  • Courtney@Golden Boys and Me
    October 2, 2014

    I love the classic look of your front doors with the wreaths and garland! A front deck would be awesome, but I think you are achieving the same charm with your benches/chairs. I think I would prefer 3 or 4 chairs. Not that a 2 seater bench would be a bad idea, but I like the way single chairs look in front of a house. Have a great week, Becca!