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The Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall

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.

DIY Outdoor Sofa on The Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall
DIY Outdoor 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.

Baker's Rack on The Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall
Baker’s Rack

I began by adding a faux magnolia leaf garland that I studded with sunflowers to the top of the baker’s rack.

Decorative items displayed on a bakers rack for a Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall

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.

Autumnal vignette inside a glass cloche --Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall

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.

Black and white doodle pumpkins coordinate with the black and white decor on The Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall
Black and white doodle pumpkins coordinate with the black and white porch decor.

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.

Pumpkin lantern, pigs in a pile and dried arrangement are part of the decor on The Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall

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.

Bottom shelves of fall bakers rack display on The Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall
Bottom shelves of fall bakers rack display

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.

Fall sunflower display on The Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall

Vintage galvanized sprinkling can filled with sunflowers on The Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall
Sunflowers are so cheery that they always make me smile.

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.

Fall sunflower arrangement with coffee and a cookie are displayed on the tray that sits on top of the wicker coffee table on The Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall
Fall sunflower arrangement is presented on the tray atop the wicker coffee table.

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.

Wicker furniture on The Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall
The black wicker furniture suite I purchased from Martha Stewart for Kmart 20 years ago used to be white.
I love these sweet outdoor embroidered bee pillows I got from Ballard Designs several years ago.
The Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall complete with my new DIY Outdoor Sofa.
The Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall complete with my new DIY Outdoor Sofa.

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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20 thoughts on “The Screen Porch Decked Out For Fall

    1. Thanks for your kind comment. I am looking forward to Fall as well. However, here in the South, it may be a while before we actually have sweater weather.

  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE !!! My porch is so dull. This is my style and exactly the inspiration I need. I enjoy contributing to ‘Share my Style’. Thanks for the opportunity to get my projects out into the world as I move forward on my blogging journey.

    1. Thanks so much Laura. I am so pleased that my porch post was inspiring to you. That is what it’s all about. I wish you much luck with your own blog.

    1. Thanks so much. I agree with you, I was totally surprised and impressed by my husband’s previously undiscovered handyman skills!

  2. Your porch looks so welcoming Lisa, the perfect spot to relax and take in the changing seasons. Black and white is such a lovely backdrop to add hints of colors. That outdoor sofa is WOW!!!!! I can’t wait to see the tut and I’m loving the doodle pumpkins you and your daughter made. Did you have to seal them with anything afterwards?

    1. Thanks so much, Michelle. I did not seal the pumpkins with anything. We just doodled on the spray painted pumpkins with permanent Sharpie marker.

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