Southern Lady Magazine

Porches & Pumpkins: October 2016

Greet the season’s visitors with an entryway adorned in a plethora of pumpkins and other autumnal delights.


Step by Step

Drop by the local farmers’ market for an assortment of gourds—the more variety, the better! Then layer them on your porch steps alongside flowers in bold autumn hues like deep burgundy and vibrant purple. For an extra touch of hospitality, arrange a few blooms in a woven basket, and hang it on the door.

Bountiful Fall

For this look, channel a farmhouse feel with a dose of feminine flair. A wreath made from fall leaves sets the scene, and towering cornstalks give prominence to the small-space display. Fill in with stacked pumpkins, potted plants, and baskets filled with pinecones, saving a few cones to string over the doorway with burlap and grapevine cascading in dainty curls.

All in the Details

Get creative with signs of the season’s harvest, such as a wreath made from colored cornhusks. Use woven-look planters and hay bales as an easy way to incorporate levels. Or emphasize a clean black-and-white palette with sleek ebony lanterns on a whitewashed porch. A profusion of orange and green pumpkins along the entrance enhances the contrast and offers a festive October welcome.

Farm to Garden

Take advantage of the South’s delightfully mild autumn weather, and play up the last of the landscape’s verdant surrounds with subtle seasonal touches. Pumpkins that appear to have faded to pastel are the perfect complement to a lush green garden accented by creamy fall flora. Further the whimsical, fairytale ambiance by adding mini pumpkins like ‘Baby Boos’ to vines and branches elegantly espaliered along the door’s archway.

Get more seasonal decorating ideas in our 2016 Autumn in the South special issue.
From Southern Lady, October 2016