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Fall Back Porch & Choosing the Best Capsule Decor

Why, yes. Our front porch is still decorated for summer and our back porch is decorated for fall. #dontjudgeme

Listen, if you live with the wacky fall weather of the South where it’s 98 degrees one minute and 40 degrees exactly 24 hours later, you get it.

I’ve finally accepted fall over here (2 weeks after Labor Day is apparently late in Blogger World). Don’t expect me to go all orange on everything this year though. It ain’t happenin’.

Because I am still on my quest to be more purposeful in what I buy for our home.

If I can stretch out the use of our pillows, throw blankets, and 90% of our decor into the winter and spring months, I’ll feel like a winner.

Fall Back Porch | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

Fall Back Porch | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

So this season, I tried to be on the lookout for items that would do exactly that as a sort of “capsule wardrobe” for our home. To last well beyond November!

I picked up a few things from Walmart with that purpose in mind, all with super low price tags because I totally get that when it comes to paying your mortgage and buying home decor, the mortgage kind of wins out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope this helps y’all in some way to not only buy decor that is “budget friendly” in the first place but also decor that will have a long life in your home so that you don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel every three months when a new season rolls around.

Our neutral fall back porch capsule:

1. Reversible Gray Plaid/Check Throw Pillows

These would look so pretty on into the post-Christmas months and on into spring. And they’re plaid on one side, buffalo check on the other so you can get two different looks out of them.

Fall Back Porch | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

2. Cream Knit Throw Blanket

This blanket is definitely coming inside to our living room because it is way too soft and cozy to stay on our back porch all the time. It’s definitely staying out for Christmas and winter after the fall season is over because it’s just begging me to curl up by the fire with a book.

Fall Back Porch | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

3. White Knit Lumbar Pillow

Another goodie that will last into winter. It’s soooo soft.

Fall Back Porch | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

4. Aqua Trimmed Throw Pillow

To be honest, I wish the insert for this pillow was a little more full. But I do love the color of the cover, and it will be great for spring/summer next year. Thankfully, I always keep feather inserts on hand so I plan on swapping out the one it came with.

Fall Back Porch | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

5. Brown and Gray Throw Blanket

This blanket is destined to be repurposed as a Thanksgiving-y tablecloth later. (I love using plaid throw blankets at tablecloths and scarves as table runners.)

6. Copper Votive Holder

The single piece of copper I got all year… I’m a sucker for it. But the copper I do already have has lasted me for years and works perfectly with all of my regular neutral decor to add a fall vibe in a classic way.

BUT the great thing about copper: It adds warm orange-y hues without being specific to fall, so you can really still get away with using it in other seasons too.

Fall Back Porch | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

7. Black Striped Table Runner

Just a great, simple runner that will work all year round. It would be so cute dressed up all spooky for Halloween though.

Fall Back Porch | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

8. Whitewashed Candle Holders

I like using these types of candle holders anywhere – dining tables, buffet tops, coffee tables, dressers, wherever needs a little glow and texture.

Fall Back Porch | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

Fall Back Porch | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

9. Faux White Pumpkin

I stuck this little cutie pumpkin on top of a couple of real ones from the grocery store. Is it weird that I prefer the “ugly” bumpy, misshapen pumpkins? The uglier they are, the more charming they are.

Fall Back Porch | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

Add some string lights and lanterns and ta da! Instant cozy fall porch.

Fall Back Porch at Night | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

Fall Back Porch at Night | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

Once the weather cools down in a month (give or take), we’ll haul our fire pit table we used last fall back up here too.

Fall Back Porch at Night | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

Fall Back Porch at Night | How to style your outdoor spaces for autumn using capsule decor items that will last throughout the seasons and get the most bang for your buck.

Maybe that helps? I’m kind of new-ish on this decor capsule idea, but several of you requested it on my Instagram Stories, and I gotta say. I LOVE this new direction to simplify, decrease decor storage space, and stretch your dollar.

If you want to know about any of the sources we used on this porch, you can find them all here:

Are you into the “capsule” idea? Got any fall decor must-haves that you always incorporate in your home?

Maybe the weather will eventually take a hint.

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  1. Ok, first of all, the way those strings lights look turned on in the last few photos is absolutely stunning! I totally need some of those! I am totally on board for the idea of capsule decor items that are neutral and can be used for different seasons by just changing put small things like flowers, pumpkins, acorns, pine cones, branches, stones, shells, or whatever natural (or faux natural) elements suit the season, brilliant! That ivory lumbar pillow is gorgeous, and the little pom poms can totally pass for snowballs into the winter. We are in Oklahoma where we can have very hot weather into September, so get it! Of course, fall doesnโ€™t technically being until later September anyway, but since itโ€™s my favorite season, I like to enjoy it as long as possible. I also agree that the bumpy textured pumpkins are more charming!

  2. I love this!! You’ve inspired me to use a more neutral fall decorating scheme this year and I’m super excited about it. I took a look at those plaid pillows and they come in black which is great because I use a black buffalo check table runner for fall/Christmas/winter and those will be perfect to tie that in on our couch. Having a completely open main level is great, but I always feel like something on my table has to match something in my living area.

  3. Hi Lauren. This is so beautiful!! Love your mixture of color and elements. Question.. Are the hanging string lights stocked with glass bulbs or nobreak bulbs? I have acorns firing on my patio so much that we need to wear crash helments just to sit outdoors. So I’m all fingers-crossed that your beautiful lights are nobreak. Thanks so much for the help.