Add Fall Style to Your Porch

Autumn is an especially popular time of year to do some porch decorating, as it instantly gets you into the rustic spirit of the season. While barrels of hay, dried cornstalks, and dried leaf garlands are classic decorative accents for front steps and porches, this year, try incorporating some new ideas into your fall porch décor for a sophisticated spin that will set you apart from your neighbors!

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Add some mood lighting and sculptural interest to your front stoop by mixing in decorative lanterns of various sizes into your harvest-themed arrangement. Vary the heights of the lanterns and group in odd numbers for an intriguing set-up. Fill your lanterns with battery-operated candles to ensure they stay glowing, no matter the weather.

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While orange and yellow will always be fall’s signature colors, this year try decorating with pumpkins and gourds in less typical hues, like white, green, and even gray. If you can’t find varieties in unusual colors, try painting some grocery store finds. Using various colors will give your porch an unexpected touch that most won’t have, or even think of. It’s ok to go the traditional route, but it’s also ok to veer off a little bit. The porch is yours, and your take on autumn can be whatever you want it to be!

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Take another unusual route with your urns and pots this season and fill them with unexpected plants and flowers. Check with your local nurseries for ideas on what is in-season and which less-often-seen varieties pair well together. The perfect plant can definitely bring in the feeling of fall while also making your yard look more appealing. Out with the old summer plants and in with the new!

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Lastly, you can add a festive wreath to your front door to get everyone in the mood for all that fall has to offer, which includes Thanksgiving! You can make your own wreath or purchase one at your local crafts store. Just make sure that it incorporates all of the other colors in your porch space. Bring in the fall and let the fun begin!

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How To Prepare Your Home For Fall

With each new season comes change. With the approach of fall, the leaves turn colors, the air turns crisp, and flips flops are exchanged for boots and scarves. There are football games on Saturdays, pumpkin lattes in the morning, and bonfires at night. Our temperatures haven’t changed yet, but surely they will soon! Temperatures, activities, and wardrobes aren’t the only things that need to change a bit for fall. Our homes also need to adjust and be prepared for the new season. It’s that time to change up some decor items and gather all back to school supplies. It’s also the time to prepare your home’s exterior and front landscaping for the impending cooler temperatures! If you are eager to embrace the new season, here are a few ways you can prepare your home for fall.

Bring out the blankets.

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You packed up your blankets and cozy throws for spring and summer, but it’s time to bring them back out. Keep a few blankets readily available for family and guests in a nearby basket or tuck them into a storage ottoman for quick access.

Heat up the hearth.

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Fall is perfect for sitting around the fireplace with the family. So before you light your first fire, be sure to freshen your hearth. Throw away your old hearth tools you’ve had for a decade and bring in new ones along with a new fire screen to complement it. It’s also important to have your chimney inspected before you use it again for the first time. Creosote buildup could start a fire in your chimney and could pose a danger to you and your family. Find a reputable company to inspect your chimney!

Spruce up your bedding.

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Those cool and crisp nights are around the corner, so it’s time to adjust your bedding. Add a duvet or a coverlet for extra warmth or a blanket to go over the sheets. A quilted coverlet is an excellent option because they have a cotton fill that provides the extra warmth needed on those cold nights. Additional accent pillows also offer something to snuggle up with.

Refresh your landscaping.

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Before it gets too cold, be sure to trim up your outdoor landscaping. Trim those shrubs and bushes around your front porch and along your front walkways to create a more inviting entrance. Now is the time to also do your fall plantings. It’s always a good idea to plant new trees and shrubs to keep your yard interesting. The weather is cool, and the soil is still warm enough for roots to thrive. You can also plant certain flowers, like pansies, to add additional color to your landscaping. If you have a garden, it’s time to plant your cool season vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and spinach, so they have enough time to mature before winter comes.

Prepare your doors and windows.

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With spring and part of summer, your windows and doors might have spent a good amount of time open letting the fresh warm air in. Before the cold sweeps in, be sure to check your doors and windows to make sure they are sealed properly to prevent cold air from creeping into your home. For windows, caulk and sealants are options for sealing and insulating. Weather-stripping your doors is a quick and easy way to prevent unnecessary drafts from entering.

We hope you found this helpful in order to prepare your home for the upcoming months! Stay cozy and stay warm!

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