Not to throw any shade on Christmas but THIS, is the “most wonderful time of the year…” Sing it with me.
Cool crisp air lends itself to sweaters, knee high boots, and sipping hot coffee as you listen to the geese sing their goodbye song and watch the leaves blow in the breeze.
I could go on, and on, and on, and on…. about how much I love fall, but I’m guessing that I might be preaching to the choir. It seems everyone I meet has a love affair with fall.
So to celebrate the changing of the season I’m sharing my top 5 design tips for creating an inviting and “fallalicious” front door.
Then, stay tuned to see a sneak peek of the before and after of my front door, and a quick update on the Farmhouse Project. I hope that it encourages and inspires you to embrace the change of season and to use it as an opportunity to fall in love with your home all over again this season.
TIP #1 – Grow Your Own Decor
Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. A packet of pumpkin seeds, or a few borrowed apples from the neighbors (if you are like me you can’t give away apples fast enough) and you can add the perfect fall touches to your front door. This tip works well on table centerpieces too.
Contrary to popular belief you don’t need a lot of room to grow pumpkins, gourds or squash. The guords will vine nicely up a trellis and let the pumpkins and squash spread over the lawn a bit, you only need a small plot to plant them.
Here are a few examples of stunning (and simple) decorating ideas with pumpkins.
The stone wall and lantern light fixture got me all wrapped up and dizzy…not to mention the little bling of gold pumpkins,and look at that! Pumpkins on the roof… ‘nough said.
Left: Found on MarthaStewart.com
Right: Found on KatyElliot.com
TIP #2 – Stick with Nature
Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. I think that statement is worth repeating. Obviously, because I just did. Fall is the perfect time to embrace the beauty of nature. You can create stunning decor and design elements by using, leaves, twigs, ripe small grains, sticks, branches, leaves and more leaves. Combine the colors and textures, use a versatile and transitional container (we will visit this again next season) and make a stunning arrangement to flank your front door.
Here are a few photos I found online that show the beauty of nature used to decorate front doors.
On left… White, Black and Burnt Red leaves….I’m swooning, and on the right, that is exactly what a door should say….even when it doesn’t say it.
Left: Found on DigsDigs.com
Right: Found on thistlewoodfarms.com
TIP #3 – MORE MUMS!
There is no denying the fact that when the mums begin to show up at the stores, fall is coming right behind. I’m a sucker for mums. I get giddy when I see them. Then I cry a little when they begin to dry up and die. So this year I went in search of perennial mums, so I can grow my own and have them scattered all over the property without reinvesting in them each year. Here is a great article helping you (and me) to understand if the mums you are buying are perennials.
TIP #4 – Create interest & balance with layers & height
Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. Ha! Just kidding. (Kind of felt like the movie Groundhog’s Day didn’t it?)
On the subject of height. When creating ground displays I always like to work with the “up to my waist” rule. Take into consideration the height of an area you are decorating. If the door is 7′ tall, I like to bring the ground decor to stand at least 3′ tall (right at about my waist) Or if you are a supermodel, your mid-thigh. You lucky duck.
If you place items only at your ankles and knees, your guests will feel like they are tripping over them and it will feel and look uncomfortable. You will be left with awkward dead space. So the larger (taller) the space, the higher you need to go with your display. Once you get your taller pieces in place, then you can work downwards and layer in smaller items to fill the area. Layering not only in height, but also in color, texture, and size. I need some soft items mixed in with the hards to keep a space feeling cozy. Think hard metal buckets with soft flowers, combined with the smooth surface of a pumpkin.
Tip #5 – Symmetry
I love symmetry and balance in design. It may be my OCD tendencies, but I also feel it is just darn good design to balance a room, and a display. Balance doesn’t have to be as obvious as in the gorgeous image below, but you need to be aware of your rights and lefts when creating a stunning front door display.
Found on SouthernLiving.com
Here is the sneak peek I promised you of the re-design of our courtyard door and the fun I had decorating it for fall. You can see all the tips I listed used here. There is still a light to be hung next to the door and a more landscaping to be done but I just couldn’t wait to clean up some of the construction mess and decorate.
This is the before.
Then how it looks today.
Hard to believe that is the same door. Design and decor is a glorious thing. I fall more and more in love with the process every day.
I hope you enjoyed these tips just as much as Jules is enjoying her new spot to welcome all our guests!
I would love to see your front doors. Share them with me on Instagram (@mariabosak) or in the comments below.