Friday, October 14, 2011

Feature Friday: Front Porch

I love fall.  So much.  But I think this year is the first that I can actually say that fall is my favorite season.  I usually like springtime and summer but lately it seems that winter lasts through spring and I just end up getting frustrated with the cold and windy weather.  Besides the yummy food, tons of festivities, and mild temperatures, fall is my favorite to decorate.  That's why this post is about our front porch.

You know that I try to make or upcycle most of my decor, so here is the breakdown of the costs -- and I do this to help those of you who think decorating costs a lot.  It doesn't have to but you do have to work with what you have.  

door wreath - FREE - made with stuff I already had
pumpkins - $10 from neighbor
rug - FREE - painted it
yellow chair - $5 thrift store find plus $4 for paint
bench - $10 garage sale find plus free paint
pillows - FREE - came with a rocking chair that I bought at a garage sale (I have some outdoor pillows that I would like better but I can't find them -- pretty sure they're still packed in the garage from the move)
iron hanging thing - FREE - my friend gave it to me when she moved (I'll give it back when she is ready)
pot - FREE - previous owners of our old house left it there
weed stalk - FREE - picked from side of road

What do you think for $29?  You can all do something like this (to your taste) inexpensively with things you already have, right?

I realize that the rug doesn't exactly match the decor but I had three options of free paint and turquoise was the only one that went with the rug.  I tried to tie the decor in by tying a turquoise string around the weed stalk.  I would like to add more pops of turquoise to bring it all together but for now, I'm good.  That's a staging tip, by the way.  When something doesn't go because of color and it's the only thing you can use (i.e. ugly gold counter top) bring in that color with your decor so it looks like it goes.

Linking up at the great Linky parties found at the bottom of the blog.  They are where I find most of my inspiration!  Check them out!



  1. Wonderful front porch, very welcoming.

  2. Love the simplicity of the porch. Very welcoming..

  3. Love it!! I am your newest GFC follower. I hope that you can head over to and follow me too. You have a great blog! Keep up the great work. Thanks, Erin

    Also, Debs Dealz and I are hosting a month long Boo Hop. I hope that you can hop over and link up.

  4. Your porch is very inviting and I think the turquoise pops with all the oranges and reds!

  5. Your porch looks really puts mine to shame! I love the wreath, I might have a go at making one, Ive got a willow frame from last christmas! Very inspiring, thanks x

  6. Oh, so very welcoming! I love how well it all flows together! Great job making everything beautiful!

  7. I love the porch & the piano! I'm your newest follower. I have a new blog called Love Of Homes. I'd love it if you visit & follow along!

  8. Hi Kelli! I saw all of your posts on Meet Me Mondays. What a great blog you have! I am now your newest follower; and I would love for you to follow me, too! Blessings to you!

  9. Fantastic fall post!Your porch turned out great and gorgeous colours. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  10. Your porch looks amazing! I love the turquoise mat in there, it adds to it beautifully.
    Hugs, Cindy

  11. I love it! Wish I had a front porch...
    I especially like the decorative iron thingy.

  12. I think you are amazing. :) Wonder what I have around here that I could pull together. Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up to Motivated Monday here at BeColorful. Have a great week.

  13. The porch and both inviting and festive! I like the Turquoise...that color and orange work together.

    Thanks for linking up to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation.

  14. So cute! I think the turquoise makes a nice contrast. Its all so cozy looking!

  15. Your porch looks beautiful, so colorful and pulled together. The turquoise is a wonderful contrast. Well done!

  16. Thanks so much for linking up to Made With Love @ Sew Chatty! LOVE your porch! I featured you on the FB page!

  17. oh my this is so welcoming.
    Would luv for my readers to follow this, inviting you to link at

  18. I love it! Thanks for sharing!
    amber @

  19. Hi! I am a new follower from the Boo Hop!:-)

    I LOVE your front porch! You made it so warm and inviting and very Autumn-y! So pretty!

    Please feel free to stop by my blog, and follow if you wish at

  20. More great ideas, and thanks for sharing, Kelli-- you did so much without even $30--rock it!
    Suzanne in NW IL

  21. Oooo, I love that turquoise and orange! Very pretty.

    I'd love for you to link up to my pumpkin party:

    "Pumpkinspiration Party!

  22. What pretty (and so pennywise) touches you created!

    Thank you so much for linking up this week!

  23. I love your front porch - I wish we had so much space!

  24. beautiful porch! Love the little chalkboard in the middle of the wreath!

  25. Can you please come decorate my front porch? Looks gorgeous!

  26. i think the rug is a perfect offsetting color!

  27. I LOVE everything but I really really REALLLLLYYYYYYYY love that rug. I HAVE to do this AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Thank you for inspiring me!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  28. Ooooooh! This is beautiful! And I like the turquoise with it...nice pop of color. Great job! Thanks for linking to OAM!

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