Cozy Fall Porch

If you’ve followed this blog for longer than a day, you probably already know that “cozy” doesn’t come easily in our house.

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The builders of our suburban cookie cutter subdivision somehow left that little feature out of the plan. We’ve come a long way in a year and a half, but our porch usually doesn’t get as much love as the inside.

This is how our porch looked a year ago:

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So I set out to cozify our porch over the weekend. (Yep. That’s totally a word.)

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We had our first cool, crisp day here in the Carolinas yesterday, so it felt so right to bust out some hot cider and warm throws. And it seemed like a great time to welcome fall with a giveaway too! Stay tuned for more details on that at the end of this post.

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I wish I could tell you that I curled up on our settee and read for hours, but motherhood calls most of the time around here. I’ve found myself wanting about 5 more of that plaid throw I picked up at Ikea.

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Robert and I found our wicker set for a bargain at our neighborhood thrift store last year, and I love the bit of Southern charm it adds to our little builder grade porch.

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My mother-in-law actually made these scrap wood pumpkins a few weeks ago. Aren’t they awesome!? That took major skills!

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I’ve stuck to mostly neutrals for the inside of our house, but I couldn’t resist a bit of orange out here. It’s normally my least favorite color, but there’s just something about fall that completely changes my perspective on it for a couple of months.

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In case you’re wondering, those pumpkins are most definitely fake. We’ll pick out the real deal ones in a few weeks for our pumpkin carving party that we have every year. We sit around a campfire in my in-laws’ backyard, play country music, sip cider from our favorite local orchard, and laugh all night long. We make it a contest to see who comes up with the most creative jack-0-lantern carving.

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I’ll be sharing more details later about those wooden shutters Robert and I built to add a bit of rustic around our door. No space is complete without a little bit of wood grain.

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And I’m so excited about this beautiful fall wreath that I was provided by Two Inspire You on Etsy. I love DIYing things, but I could have never made one like this.

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I love the wildness of it, if that even makes any sense.

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It definitely gives some much needed personality to our basic steel door.

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I get questions sometimes asking what paint color is on our front door, and I wish I had the answer. It was what our builder chose in our house’s package. All of the Doctor Who fans out there have deemed it Tardis blue.

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So now that the slight cool fall breeze is back for a little visit, I so hope I can make it out here for a morning read and a pumpkin spice latte.

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And read some Edgar Allan Poe for old times’ sake.

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But, honestly, I’ll probably put old Edgar away for some J.K. Rowling re-reads instead.

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Sorry, Edgar. It’s me, not you.

After teaching close to a thousand students collectively in literature classes, you start to build a love/hate relationship with some of the authors. (Although, Shakespeare will always have a part of my heart.)

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So about that happy little giveaway? I’ve teamed up with Two Inspire You to give away one of their gorgeous wreaths!

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I had such a hard time choosing just one for our porch. There are so many stunners in this Etsy shop! These were some of my favorites:

Two Inspire You

Floral Pumpkin Wreath

Pumpkins and Cream Berry Wreath

Olive Branch Wreath

Hydrangea Monogram Wreath

To enter, just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. (Eligible only to residents of the continental U.S.)

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So have y’all busted out the fall decor yet? Is the fall weather creeping in where you live? Even if it still feels like mid-summer, we can just pretend until it really arrives.

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168 Comments

  1. All the wreaths are beautiful. If I should win a surprise would we nice. Your porch is darling and nothing beats a good book. Happy Fall!

  2. I particularly like the floral pumpkin wreath but they are all beautiful!!! Your porch is absolutely darling! Definitely not “cookie cutter”! I wish you would come to New Mexico and style my porch!!! It’s lacking something and I don’t know what it is. Yours is perfect!!

    1. Totally agree! Probably more of a real word than “cozified”. Haha! Maybe we all need olive branch wreaths on our doors to bring peace into our chaotic homes sometimes. Think it’ll work? 😉

  3. Your porch looks so welcoming! I like the cottage berry wreath on Two Inspire You Etsy store. Thank you for having the giveaway!

  4. Hi ya Lauren. I love what you have done with your house. I think it looks cozy. I like the heart shaped wreath the best. They do have a lot of beautiful ones. In fact, I didn’t see one that I didn’t like. I was so impressed.

  5. My favorite wreath from Two Inspire You would be the Autumn Harvest Wreath – I love the fall leaves, the pumpkins, gourds & pinecones, not to mention all the great fall colors! Love your fall porch, Lauren, especially the scrap wood pumpkins!! Would love to see a tutorial on them… Great giveaway – hope I’m the lucky winner!
    Blessings,
    Lanita

  6. Love your wicker set (I have a crazy obsession for anything wicker)
    Love the Bittersweet wreath but its so hard to pick just one, they are all fantastic!

  7. Gorgeous porch! I wish ours was as big, but hopefully, next year we’ll be working on a new courtyard and entryway. Thanks for the opportunity for entering the giveaway! The wreaths are all stunning! 🙂

  8. Porch looks great! It was cooler here in TX this weekend, too, but took advantage to clean carpet, now wanting to do fall decorating before temps return to 97 this coming weekend! My favorite is the hydrangea wreath with the monogram inside.

    1. Thanks, Donna! I’m sure we’re in for another heat wave or two also. Texas is a TOTALLY different kind of heat from ours. Whew!

    1. Thanks! I’m a total early bird this year. Normally the fall decor doesn’t hit our porch until October. I think you’re good. 😉

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