When the children climb aboard the school bus for the first time in the school year, it is a very special day a day of change. Not only am I doing the back to school dance, no matter how much my children hate this jig ~ I just cannot help myself, I have found that everything changes outside the home as well.
It is the onset of Autumn and it is always amazing to me how quickly this falls into place once the calendar page is flipped to September. The air is cooler in the mornings and the leaves have begun their descent to the ground. The days are shortening and our attention turns towards heartier foods, warmer blankets and decorating with colors that have more richness, warmth and deeper hues.
The first area my attention is always drawn to for decorating is the front porch. Not only does it welcome our guests, it also adds a touch of warmth and whimsy for myself and my family as we are entering our home.
Front porch and yard decorating has such a festive touch to it and is something the entire family can become involved in. If done with enough forethought, the autumn/harvest decor can move into Halloween and Halloween into Thanksgiving with just a few added and subtracted elements.
A few tips to get you started
Some of the most beautiful items I place first are the pumpkins, gourds and apples. I love to place all shapes, sizes and even those with more than a hint of green on them in clusters both on the porch and next to the walkway. If kept whole these items will last throughout the entire season if your climate is cool enough.
The colors you use should compliment the season. Take a look around and let mother nature show you her color wheel, what you will see are oranges, reds, golds and yellows, browns and dark greens. If you are sitting your scarecrow on your porch to greet your guests, consider dressing him/her in these autumnal hues.
Just a few more ideas
Empty your summer pots and replace them with fall mums, Create a wreathe from branches and leaves and hang it on your front door, Scatter dried leaves all over your porch floor ~ out of the walking path of course, Fill a basket or heavy iron pot with cinnamon scented pine cones, leaves, covered nuts and cinnamon sticks. Sprinkle cayenne pepper and mint to keep the animals out of them.
As the days go by I will post more tips and tricks to move you through this season and in to the next. In the mean time ~Happy Decorating!
You can find me at: Celebrating Home with Karie Engels