Neutral Fall Porch

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In the blogging world I’m always last to share a Fall porch. The weather in Houston is still very warm this time of the year and it just takes me a while to get into the mood to decorate. Sweating while putting out pumpkins will do that to you. But, we have had some unusually nice temperatures this past week so I decided to purchase some pumpkins and get into the spirit. Here is this years’ neutral fall porch!

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neutral fall porch


For as long as I can remember, I had wanted to include cornstalks in my fall porches. One year I found some, but immediately put them back when I realized how much they were asking for them. This year I spotted cornstalks at Lowes for $12 a bunch. Home with me they came! I would have loved to let the stalks fan out more, but kept them tied up so they wouldn’t interfere with our video doorbell.

dried grass fall wreath with cornstalk

Pumpkins + Lanterns

Pumpkins were kept neutral as I do for most years. I found these pretty striped green ones that I added to help tie the green potted plants in with the dried wreath and cornstalks. The lanterns feel nice and welcoming, and they added that medium height I needed to transition from the tall cornstalks to the pumpkins down low.

simple fall porch

Potted Plants

These three pots are out on the porch year round. The only ones that get changed out with the seasons are the two small terra-cotta ones. The grasses work so well for Fall, and mums always make an appearance this time of the year.

fall potted porch plants

Doormat + Rug

This is my same DIY Stenciled Doormat I’ve had out for a while now. You can check out the tutorial for that here. And no, you don’t need a stencil cutting machine for this tutorial! It’s a perfect doormat year round. I still love it paired with this neutral striped outdoor rug.

porch pumpkins and cornstalk
DIY fall doormat

DIY Dried Oat Wreath

I had a vision of a very simple but full dried grass wreath in my mind. As is usually the case, I couldn’t find what I was envisioning at a price I was willing to spend. This wreath was made using a grapevine wreath form and four bundles of dried oats. I spent under $60, but looking at their website the dried fall florals should have been 40% off. Oh well, probably not worth going back and having them change my receipt. You can see a short video on how I put it together on my Instagram highlights here.

DIY dried grass wreath
minimal fall wreath

So, there you have it! You can check out more Fall inspiration from the archives here.


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  1. Cassie Bustamante Avatar

    love your porch, shelley! i think you did fall perfectly for your home- it’s so you!!!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thanks! I just love this time of the year!

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