Fall Front Porch, Foyer & Free Printable


Now that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away (!) I decided to give our front porch and foyer a welcoming Fall makeover for our guests.

With the help of some flea market finds, I was able to decorate both spaces for very little money. It’s starting to feel very festive around here! Starting with the front porch…

The planter boxes I made last week really help to anchor the space (and help hide the eyesore hose!). Best idea ever.

To the left of the door you’ll find my $5 chair, $2 crate and $2 bundle of corn along with pumpkins and gourds. Very harvest-y, don’t you think?

These mums are so colorful & pretty. I’m really hoping they last until at least Thanksgiving.

I didn’t want it to be too busy, so on the right side of the door I placed more flea market finds—a barrel with mums and a crate, along with some wood I rescued from the rainstorm that rolled through yesterday. Hopefully they will dry out here in time to use this winter.

To the left of the porch is a bench that came with the house, so I made it more inviting with a flea market plaid throw and a couple pillows. The rusty milk jug (another flea find) holds dry grass stalks clipped from my parent’s yard. Don’t be jealous of our 70’s textured gold window.

Susie was very curious about this photo shoot and came outside to sniff out the new display.

She’s usually terrified of anyone/anything new, including outdoor environments, but I think she’s been getting jealous of her sister (who’s a part time outdoor cat) so I’ve been opening the door and letting her out to explore a little bit each day (under my supervision).

It takes her a minute to build up the courage to step outside…

But once she’s there, she’s rolling around on the ground and taking in all the sights, smells and sounds. Sometimes I wonder if she resents me for not letting her run free but I’m too scared to let go… there’s cars and foxes and mountain lions out there and I couldn’t forgive myself if anything happened to her. Am I being an overprotective cat parent? Sigh…

Moving along… now that the door is open, let’s take a look at the foyer.

This arrangement didn’t change much… umbrella, rain boots and a basket…

But I tucked plaid flannel into the top of the boots and filled the basket with cinnamon scented pinecones (that has to be the best smell to walk into… heavenly).

And of course the shelf was switched up.

I thought it would be helpful for guests to have the wifi info as they walk in, in a central location, rather than having them search through the hall closet to find the small writing on the modem. It’s also much prettier this way, don’t you think?


The frame is a $3 5×7″ from Walmart that I fancied up with some crochet lace from Joann. A bit of double sided tape and a few minutes was all it took. Love the romantic touch it adds!

I also filled a dollar store vase with river rocks and stuck a votive in it for a little nature inspired ambiance.

I can’t get enough of these berries. They’re on every other bush and tree in this town in shades of vibrant orange and red… so perfect for fall (and winter, too).

 
Opposite the shelf wall is our closet door. I dressed it up with these hanging metal pinecones I found in my parents garage.
A boxwood wreath + bow adorn the inside of each door—I’m not quite ready to decorate for Christmas yet but these versatile pieces are great for the transition into the holidays.

And there you have it… we’re (almost) ready for Thanksgiving! The only thing left is our dining table, which I’ll tackle next week. I’m road tripping to Ikea this afternoon (woo hoo!) to grab some last minute decor and then our fall decorating will be complete… just in time for Christmas 😉

Anyone else hosting family this year? Getting tired of having to repeat your wifi network/password to everyone? How about a free printable?

It’s blank so you can add your info, and it’s sized to it fit nicely in any 5×7″ frame. These work great in guest rooms as well.

Just head over to my Facebook page to download! (You may have to click Continue or OK to be redirected).

Tune in next week for a list of my absolute favorite things this year, along with the reveal of our Thanksgiving table. Happy weekend!



22 thoughts on “Fall Front Porch, Foyer & Free Printable

  1. I just love your home!! I'm thinking of attempting the beams you have done on your ceiling this weekend. I live in a '64 Ranch Home in Dublin CA. I'm worried that the 'look' isn't what you'd expect from the outside of our house, but it is true to the inside and the way I've decorated. I'm curious, I have standard 8' ceilings, do you think the beams will make it look 'lower'? My husband is a bit worried about that.

    Thank you! Adrienne

  2. I really appreciate your reply/insight. Hopefully I can share a picture afterwards, I've been wanting to do something like this for awhile but never found such an awesome DIY option. Thanks again!!
    -Adrienne

  3. I love all of your rustic touches and how you're totally hands on with building/DIY. It's really inspiring to someone like me who is timid when it comes to power tools. Can't wait to see what you do next!

  4. Love all the flea market finds Jenna!! They really bring a warmth and welcoming aspect to the entry of your home and budget friendly! I love the chair and crate with the pumpkins and gourds. So pretty!!

  5. I just can't get enough of your blog, Jenna! Everything you do decor-wise makes me swoon. Love love love it!

    And you're not at ALL being a too overbearing cat mamma. I have two fully indoor cats and they do just great inside! (I just couldn't live with myself if anything happened to them by alowing them to go outside) As long as you have places for them to call their own (beds, shelves, appropriate scratching areas, enough littler boxes, etc) cats can thrive indoors and live long and very happy lives! Better and safer for them, as well as the local wildlife. I actually just ordered a book called Catification, about how to make your home more cat-friendly, while keeping design and asthetics in mind. I don't want to look like a crazy cat lady (and neither does my husband!), but we DO want our little furbabies to have all the appropriate stimulation and accommodations that these little felines need.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who has cats and wants to accommodate their indoor needs without covering their entire house in baige carpeting. ;D

  6. I just love your home, Jenna. You basically just blow me away with your style and presentation. I can just feel the coziness right through cyberspace!!

  7. Jenna, thank you so much for the lovely template! This is one of those things on my to-do list! What typeface is your network name and password?

  8. I don't think you're being over protective at all.. Kitty's can't protect themselves from cars or wildlife that would harm them! They might want to go outside but they don't know the dangers…

  9. Your decorating is spot on for the fall and transition into winter holidays. Very cute and I was happy to see that it was economical as well. As to your question about letting your cat go outdoors. NEVER. If a cat sees something that gets their attention, they are gone. Even under your watchful eye, there would be nothing you could do but watch in horror. Please keep your furbabies indoors…they can be happy just looking out the window or door, but you will never have to worry about their safety, or if they are laying injured somewhere. Please.

  10. Love your porch and foyer updates for Fall!! You have been finding the best flea market items! I'm really jealous of your economical finds!

    Thank you for the printable as well, I've been wanting to put something out for guests and this is perfect!

  11. Just thought I'd come back and report that I installed the faux beams this weekend!! Your tutorial was perfect, and it went so smoothly. I've gotten some great compliments already, neighbors wandering in and seriously not able to comprehend how we all of a sudden have these gorgeous beams up, I think they thought they were solid beams (at first glance :))! I'd send you a pic, but no idea how to do that. Thanks again! – Adrienne

  12. The only way I would suggest letting your furbabies outdoors is on a harness and leash (ease into this slowly and with lots of treats), OR the best option: build a catio! (an open-air, outdoor area enclosed with chickenwire or animal fencing where cats can enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of the outdoors from a place of complete safety.)

  13. you are not being an overprotective cat parent. i could never let my cats be outdoor cats, but i think they would be very interested. so we compromised…and i bought a stroller, which i stuff them in one at a time, and we walk around the neighborhood bringing laughs and cheer. seriously. it's mildly embarrassing, not gonna lie, but people laugh out loud when they discover i'm parading around with a cat in a pet stroller.

  14. We have 2 cats, one is over a year old and only weighs 2.5 lbs she's very tiny and is only allowed outside in the dog crate, which she puts up with. The other cat is about 12 weeks old and weighs about 6 lbs, not counting his winter coat, and he is allowed out during daylight hours where he loves to hunt down field mice. We live on the back end of 360 acres, so he has lots of hunting but doesn't stray far from the house. We also have a large coyote population so that's why he's not allowed out after dark. He goes out with our dogs in the mornings and usually stays out until almost dark depending on the temp. He's always waiting on the front door step. We live in an old farm house that we are working on updating, like adding insulation to the walls, but I love all of your decorating, how it looks lived in and not a page out of a magazine.

  15. Hi! This is adorable but I don’t see the download to the printable. I searched here and your FB page…am I being obtuse? Thanks!

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