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How to Add Fall Flair to Your Front Door

Nov 11, 2019

by Jackie Buddie

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You’ve bundled up in your chunkiest knits, taken a scenic hayride, and gone on a pick-your-own adventure that culminated in a box of cider donuts and at least three homemade pies. Your transition to full-on fall fanatic is nearly complete: Now all that’s left to do is bring those autumnal vibes home with delightful door decor that looks just as warm and festive as you already feel inside.

Whether your personal aesthetic skews more “strategically placed basket of apples” or “overflowing horn of plenty,” we’ve gathered a fresh batch of porch picks to help you greet peak pumpkin season (and your houseguests) in your own unique style. Click play to see how we layer on tasteful rustic touches to create the ultimate fall-tastic entryway, then start planning your next toasty at-home get together.

A rustic front porch styled with fall porch picks from Etsy.
SHOP: Modern house number from The Woods Collective, $85; “Autumn Blessings” sign from Oconee Sign Shack, $49; wooden crate from Etsy, prices vary

Because the best seasonal refresh begins with a few upgraded basics, why not give your house number a modern-farmhouse facelift? Go big with a handcrafted wooden plaque inlaid with an elegant chevron pattern and fitted with notice-me-sized numerals to make your address stand out from the street. Speaking of updated signage, a custom-stained frame offsetting a sweet, hand-painted message is a simple yet effective way to share good-natured sentiments with visiting neighbors and leaf-peeping passersby. Create an inviting vignette by propping it up on a hay bale or two, and when the yearly Friendsgiving shindig rolls around, tease the bountiful feast that awaits by setting out appetizing crates of Honeycrisps.

A collage of fall porch decor items from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): “Thankful” welcome mat from Drift Design Co., $56; needle-felted pumpkins from p.s. felting, $78 for set of 3; candy corn-colored pom-pom garland from Sheep Farm Felt, $21 for 6 feet; dried flowers from The Blaithin Blair Shop, $16 for a 4-oz bunch

Giving thanks is always in good taste, and rolling out a beautifully scripted doormat expressing gratitude is a classy way to show you appreciate all the familiar faces who come knocking during the holidays. Complete the welcoming scene with an array of autumnal accents that add loads of cozy texture. Pretty pops of dried florals and grasses arranged into wicker baskets evoke a fresh-from-the-field feeling that will well-withstand the dropping temps (and that first magical frost!), while plush finishing touches—like a candy corn-colored pom-pom garland—up the overall charm-factor. Top it all off with a hand-felted pumpkin patch (complete with wispy, curly stems), which looks right at home whether perched on a bed of straw or incorporated into a cornucopia-themed mantlescape.

An autumn-inspired silk wreath from Wicked Petals Floral
SHOP: Autumn silk wreath from Wicked Petals Floral, $114

The centerpiece of any festive front door display? A showstopper wreath in golden harvest hues like cornflower and honey. Bursting with an artful assemblage of large silk magnolias, plump faux peonies, and sprigs of dried eucalyptus and baby’s breath, this made-to-order marvel is designed to maintain its lush splendor for years to come. Simply store in a cool, dry place until it’s time for its annual debut and then hang high as a symbol to all who are passing through that autumn has arrived.

Photographs by Paul Kim.

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    Kelly from CedarMillStudio said 26 days ago Featured

    Love all the fall décor! This looks so cozy and inviting! Thank you for sharing the ideas!

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