Welcome to autumn in New England!
Today I’m thrilled to be joining a fun group of bloggers to share our fall front porches.
My family lives in a quiet little town in Massachusetts, about halfway between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.
Seven years ago we bought a standard colonial “project house” that needed lots of typical 30-year old updates, and we’ve been slowly working on it since the day we moved in.
One of the big things on our house bucket list was having the house painted and we finally did that this year. After years of debating the new color, at the last minute I decided on the classic New England white with black shutters and we love it!
My decorating philosophy is to make the most of what you’ve got. Don’t wait for the day that your corner of the world is totally renovated/redecorated/bigger/better/more beautiful to love your home and your life because WHO KNOWS what the next day will bring!
I’m learning to have not only patience for renovating, but also a greater sense of gratitude and enjoyment of the process with each passing year.
The crumbling cast concrete front steps are original to our house and their wrought iron railings were rusting out at their base – I was thrilled when one of them literally fell right out into the bushes, and the other came out with just a little coaxing :). We planned to clad the concrete in bluestone and stone veneer like this post from This Old House.
It turns out our crumbling steps have also pulled away from the house and sunk a bit, so we’re going to replace them altogether and while we’re at it, make the steps wider.
In preparation for the new, wider steps, we recently pulled out and relocated some shrubs, and now the front of our house looks pretty desolate. The sad, crumbling old steps were just begging for a pop of color and a bit of cheer this fall!
And thankfully, Mother Nature came to the rescue with her most glorious autumn shades.
Ever since my friend @sixtyfifthavenue Instastoried about her gorgeous fall planters I’ve been slightly obsessed with finding some mini-kale plants. They are the perfect compliment to mums and wild and crazy ornamental grasses in fall planters. I love the curly edges and how the water droplets cling to them!
I emulated the look of a large and spendy Frontgate-style coir mat with two Target mats that I duct-taped together on the bottom. The pattern doesn’t match up perfectly, but it’s close enough for me!
Our front door hardware was so worn out and sad when we moved here, so long ago I painted it with brushed nickel spray paint until the day we replaced the door…….seven years later……..we’re still rocking the same door and spray painted hardware.
I just gave it a fresh coat of black spray paint and I love how it all kind of disappears now!
And these bright colors are pretty good at distracting the eye!
I’m so glad you stopped by our humble abode for a fall front “porch” visit!
While you’re here check out the pea stone patio and stone-veneered fire pit I built in the back yard…….
or come on in and chat for a while!
Don’t miss all these beautiful fall porches too!
Special thanks to Dawn at Creative Cain Cabin for putting together this fun fall porch tour, and happy week ahead to all!
Iron egg and dark urns – local nursery
Whale’s tail door knocker (painted black)