After conning my husband into building me a full-sized outdoor sofa (see upcoming post for the project details), I was anxious to decorate my screen porch for Fall. I wanted to create an autumnal oasis where I could stretch out with my coffee and enjoy the cooler weather from the vantage point of said sofa.
I’ve designed the porch with the same black, cream, and yellow color scheme that I have used in my interior spaces. Because of all the black in my design, adding orange pumpkins and leaves to the decor tends to make my Fall decorating look too much like Halloween. Also, I have to confess that unless orange is combined with its complementary color, blue, I am not much of a fan. So, it’s white pumpkins and yellow sunflowers for me.
When it comes to seasonal decorating, it’s easy to get carried away and overdo. Since the screen porch is all about the view of the backyard, I didn’t want to overshadow that view with too much stuff. To this end, I concentrated my decorating efforts on the baker’s rack. I purchased the shelving unit years ago for much needed additional storage and display space in the kitchen of our old house. It used to have a verdigris finish. When we moved to our current home, I didn’t need in the kitchen, so I painted it black and installed it on the porch.
I began by adding a faux magnolia leaf garland that I studded with sunflowers to the top of the baker’s rack.
On the top shelf, I arranged a black and white jug filled with cotton boll stems, a small black and white decorative pottery piece, and a cement bird nestled amongst some fall foliage under a glass cloche.
On the second shelf, I lined up three DIY black and white doodle pumpkins that my youngest child and I made. It was surprisingly difficult to find the size of white faux pumpkins I wanted for this project, so I bought orange ones and painted them white. After the paint dried, we just used black Sharpie markers to create the graphic designs.
The center glass shelf holds several stacked items. There is a white pierced stacked pumpkin lantern, a bronze pile of pigs, and a wooden planter I created by placing two wooden boxes on top of each other. I filled the planter with strawflower decorative balls and sprigs of dried yellow yarrow.
The next shelf down holds a basket of mercury glass acorns and some pine cones from my yard. This is flanked by a pair of white crackle ceramic pumpkins. The bottom rack contains two bronze Japanese Koi lanterns and a black and white Italian bowl filled with cotton boll ornaments.
In the corner of the porch, I added more touches of yellow fall decor with a planter of mums, and a vintage galvanized watering can, filled with a bouquet of real sunflowers.
The tray on the coffee table also got a fall makeover. A candle in a hurricane lamp is adorned with an arrangement consisting of a pumpkin, pine cones, magnolia leaves, and a couple of sunflowers.
The black painted wicker furniture is brightened with white and yellow cushions. And to round out the fall decor, an antique oil lamp, a vase of yellow zinnias, and another white pumpkin are displayed on an old tobacco table that belonged to my grandfather.
After all this blogging, I am pooped.
I think I will stretch out on my new sofa, have a cup of coffee and a cookie and wait for the leaves to change in my backyard.
Happy Fall Y’all!
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