It’s our first fall on the farm!!! As I type those words I still can’t believe we’re here. Ladies & Gentleman, it’s been a journey. And today it’s all-kindsa-fun to share our fall porch with YOU! Plus, I’m joining a bunch of sweet friends on a fall blog hop. You’ll find the links to their amazing blogs at the end of this post, and let me assure you, YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THEM. These girls are incredible.
A successful porch-decorating session should start with planning, right? Oops. Guess I’m not doing it right then. 😉 I’m not much of a planner, but I do have overall goals for the outcome. This year I felt a bit overwhelmed. One of my favorite things about this place is that we have TWO porches to decorate, and since porch-decor is my FAVORITE, you’d think that would be a good thing?? But still. Could I do it justice?
Back to the goals. All I knew is that I was after 3 qualities: I wanted it to feel inviting, cheerful, and NOT like an explosion of the craft store on my porch. Ha, ha! My favorite place to start, as always, is at a local pumpkin farm. I mean, the experience itself is half the fun!
This year, Lindsay Heiser, of Heiser Farms, invited my friend Anne (of Pedal Home Interiors) and me out to her farm to pick ALL the things! We grabbed our hubbies and headed out to their beautiful place…and oh my, WHAT A TREAT!
(Here I am with Anne & Lindsay…we had a wild ride!)
Lindsay took us for a crazy ride through the corn maze (and we got lost, but she won’t admit it! hahaha), and then out to pick corn stalks, and all kinds of BEAUTIFUL pumpkins! I was in hog heaven. Every minute of it.
We thanked Lindsay and were on our way. Once we arrived home, Ryan & I unloaded the truck onto the back porch, and there it sat, in all of its glory! I mean, how can you go wrong with such pretty things from nature?!
This year I started with the front porch, since it’s smaller. It seemed less daunting to tackle. 😉
All of my go-to fall basics are here…pumpkins, corn stalks, a straw bale, mums, and a few cozy comfort items! In case you’re wondering about the less-glamorous part of farm life (critters & creatures), I sprayed the straw & corn stalks with some peppermint oil to discourage mice, and *knock on wood*, we haven’t had an issue. These items have been out there for almost a month, and everything is still intact! 🙂
The cozy throw is a vintage find from a few years ago (it usually makes an appearance on our fall porch every year!), the orange pillow is one that I stenciled myself, and you can find the “harvest blessings” pillow here.
On to the back porch!
Once I got started it was nothing but fun. Adding all of these brilliant fall colors to the back porch gave me a whole new love for our home!
HOWEVER. I needed some kind of a focal point/statement piece. I went through our storage area looking for the perfect thing, and nothing was ringing that bell, friends. WHY ME WHY ME WHY DON’T I HAVE THE PERFECT STATEMENT PIECE??????? Ha, ha! Sounds silly, but I was actually mad at myself for not planning this out better.
AND THEN. Ahhh ha!!! Wait a second! Lightbulb moment.
I had ordered this black & white “background” sign from my girls at Details 2 Enjoy (meant for INSIDE). WHAT IF I used it to back a “fallish” word and become the focal point? The more I thought about it, the more I hurried to grab my keys and run to the craft store to find the word (“harvest” is from Michael’s, and I just slapped some golden yellow craft paint on it!). Badda bing…problem solved.
Gahhhhh….yes. Popping off the white house? Yes. I love it when an idea “locks in” and it turns out how you’d hoped!
This leads me to a question I’ve heard a few times this year. “Is your porch visible from the road? Why would you go to all this trouble?”
Answer: Nope. The porch decorating…or inviting/cheerful/welcoming look I’m hoping to create isn’t for the people driving past the farm, on a country road at 50 mph. It’s for MY OWN FAMILY, loved ones, and cherished friends who come to visit. That’s what really matters, isn’t it? Our porches are the first impression people have when they arrive at our homes. It’s a worthy place to receive a little attention. 🙂
A few impactful pillows dressed up our old wood bench. You can find the mustard plaid one here, and the “harvest + blessings” pillow here!
I guess the BEST part about porch-decorating is this: It’s YOUR porch. YOU get to decide the feel you’re after, the first impression you want to give, and how you want to show YOUR personality out there. Take a look around your garage, your basement, or the back of that one closet. You might have something just waiting to be featured this autumn!
And just for fun, a few pumpkins made it out to our little gazebo, because HEY. Our guests see THAT before they even see the porch! 🙂
It’s been so much fun having you here on the farm today. And NOW, I can’t wait for you to visit with my friends! Don’t miss out on a single one!
Gratefully Vintage ¦ Pine & Prospect Home ¦ The Picket Fences ¦ Julie Warnock Interiors ¦ Little Vintage Nest
Proverbs 31 Girl ¦ Mindfully Gray ¦ Joyfully Rooted ¦ Yellow Prairie Interiors
Our Signature Swag ¦ Texas Sized Home
Another HUGE thank you to Lindsay at Heiser Farms for a wonderful farm-fresh experience!
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Andrea - What a beautiful fall porch!! Love your home! It was so much fun doing this hop with you, Janna! 🙂
yellowprairieint - Thank you, Andrea! So excited to hop over to your blog right now!! 🙂
Jenny - Absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE everything!!!
yellowprairieint - Thanks Jenny!!💛
Tracy - Janna, girl I am in love with your home! I’m moving in!! And the way you decorated your porches is stunning! You are so uber talented my friend!!
yellowprairieint - Thank you Tracy!💛
Allison Lundeen - Oh you know I loved reading all about this. And my favorite part is that you do it all FOR YOUR FAMILY! Cause that’s why we decorate right?!? I”m with ya country girl:):) Love you!
yellowprairieint - Love you girl!
Lauren - Gahhh! Love the pops of color you added to your fall space and how you made it your own. The sign with the word cut out is probably my favorite part. What a creative idea!
yellowprairieint - Thank you Lauren!
Penny Rey Johnson - Your decorating on your porch is such a joy! Love the bold colors and textures by adding the throws and pillows!
Thank you for giving all of us a look at what can be done!
yellowprairieint - Aww thank you Penny!!!💛💛💛
Tiffany - Janna, girlie you are just so full of talent! And your farmhouse is just so bright, cheerful and definitely welcoming! I had the best time blog hopping with you and all the other sweet girls!
yellowprairieint - Thank you sweet friend!💛
Megan Hinds - OMG! I love how you decorated your porches!! The sign is a real scroll stopper. Get it girrrrl!
yellowprairieint - 😂😂Thanks Megan!😘
Kellie - Janna, What a fun day you had! This was such a fun post to read and your photos are so beautiful. I would so love to visit your farmhouse. It looks so pretty and welcoming! It was so much fun to do this bloggers tour with you too!
yellowprairieint - Aww thank you Kellie! Yes, come visit!😘
Jamie - Your house is a DREAM!! I love the way you’ve styled it for fall! Your green door is my favorite!
yellowprairieint - Thank you sweet Jamie!
Jennifer - Your home is absolutely gorgeous! And I am in love with the laundry room. Wondering what kind of sink you have in there, and where I might be able to purchase a similar one? Thanks so much for sharing! – Jennifer
yellowprairieint - Hi Jennifer! You can find the sink here!