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Decorating for Fall {Porch Decorating}

I finished my outdoor fall display the other day. While it was sad to say goodbye to my summer wave petunias and spikes, it was time to make the switch to fall.
I added the wooden apple basket this year. It was hanging out in our shed, so I grabbed it and put it to use. I love how it looks with the $6 mum from our orchard trip. Can you believe that massive thing cost only $6?! A mum that size goes for $10-$15 at the big box stores around here.
I added the big pumpkin, gourd, and tiny white pumpkin to fill in the space between the blue planter and yellow mum.
The massive cobalt blue planter has lived on our front porch for three years. And it’s not going anywhere soon because that sucker weighs at least 300 pounds. I love decorating it every season. I’m sure I’ll get tired of it one, but for now, it stays.
I went with the same kind of design as last fall because I do what I want liked that look. The taller pumpkin is sitting on top of some random pieces of scrap wood to give it some height. I finished off the planter display with a little, white mum and some gourds. 
I’m bummed I didn’t get a photo of the entire porch. The sun was setting when I took these photos, and it was glaring on our storm door. Maybe I’ll try to get a photo today and upload it.
The whole display cost under $25, which was a little more than I wanted to spend. But it is what it is. Here’s the breakdown of the costs.
pumpkins: $10 (Kroger)
mums: $10 (Anderson Orchard and Lowe’s)
gourds: $4.50 (Anderson Orchard)
cobalt blue planter: already had (Home Goods)
wooden apple basket: gifted
Are you decorating your front porch for fall?
What are your thoughts on bumpy gourds? They kind of creep me out.

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  1. Very pretty, Chelsea. I love all the different sized pumpkins. I gotta get my act in gear or I’ll miss fall decor completely.

  2. How charming. Good pumpkin to mum ratio. I need to get on the outdoor decorating. That’s my plan for the week-end…unless there is too much fun at the Hawkeye Homecoming festivities…so maybe the week-end after? 😛

  3. It looks great Chelsea!! The bumpy gourds are creepy & cute! I finally got my porch decorated last week! Posting pics on the blog tomorrow!

  4. Looks beautiful. I don’t have a front porch but I have a little garden under our kitchen window. We have a pumpkin wheel barrel and I like to fill it with baby pumpkins and gourds. I just bought some mums, white, purple and fuchsia. I have to plant them soon. We also have to get a couple of large pumpkins for the opposite side of our walkway.

  5. I love how you decorated. The colors are gorgeous. xo

  6. That’s a lotta bang for $25. I wasn’t thinking I would decorate my front door but now I’m thinking otherwise. I wish I knew where you lived so I could just go borrow your whole display and transport it to my door. That’s acceptable, right?

  7. Love you front porch. We just decorated ours over the weekend too {post to debut Thursday}! Anyway, your $6 mum is amazing. We paid $15 for ours from Home Depot because I fell in love with a little “welcome” sign that the it came with. I also love the pop of the orchard basket and the gords!! You are so dang crafty!

  8. Love, love, love it. And I like bumpy gourds. But then I’m a sucker for imperfect things.

  9. Love your porch!! I want to copy you and do the exact same thing! K?

  10. Looks great, Chelsea! I’m anxious to get our front porch done this weekend. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. Looks great! I am jealous that you can have outdoor plants this time of year.
    Bumpy gourds creep me out too, I think because they remind me of toads. I am not sure why my brain makes that connection but it does.

  12. Man, I really need to start decorating for Fall! OK, you have definitely motivated me to start this weekend 🙂 Looks great!

  13. Everything is so pretty! I found your blog via Pinterest while looking for a fall printable. I am a new follower! Thanks, Shelly from shellybailey.blogspot.com

  14. How pretty! I love all the different pumpkins and flowers!

  15. This looks gorgeous! For the first time in my life, my husband and I actually have a porch to decorate, so I’ve been trying to find some good inspiration. I love this! Thanks for sharing. New follower 🙂 Yay for being blog friends!

  16. Oh I love this! Really gets me in the mood for Fall (and I am not one to appreciate the weather getting colder!) Very lovely blog as well. Following now! Hope you’ll come by for a visit 🙂

  17. Your porch looks beautiful!! Love the funny gourds!! What a deal on the gorgeous mum!! I’m your newest follower, and I would love for you to stop by and follow me back!! All the best ~Deanna

  18. Your front porch is elegant and inviting. Puts you right in the mood for fall. Love it! This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. 🙂


  19. Love your fall decorations! I just found your blog and have really enjoyed reading! I have also done some fall decorating. You can check out my decor at mydoylelife.blogspot.com Happy Fall! 🙂

  20. love the colors and designs.i need all help i can get!!

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