Autumn Comes to the Porch

I’ve been playing outside today, bringing a little fall to the porch.  During the summer it looks something like this


Because the porch is all white (for the most part) it’s a blank slate for anything you can dream up.  For the 4th of July, it looked like this. (4th of July porch can be viewed here: Porch Decorated For the 4th of July)



It was time to add a little fall  to the porch.





The wall to the right of the swing definitely needed something. So I stole the wreath from my fall decorated mantle in the family room.


Some how Halloween crept out onto the porch.  Love the title of this book. It’s not about what you think it’s about.


I couldn’t decide what to do with the hutch.  It started out with a faux leaf garland across the top, but I eventually removed it.  It just felt a little too busy.  (Hutch painting tutorial can be found here: Paint a Hutch for the Porch)



Swapped the summer china on the hutch for plates with more of an autumn feel.


The fall floral arrangement on the door is the same one I used last year for fall. The only thing I purchased for fall this year was a lantern from Old Time Pottery.



This shabby, old chair holds a sunny red geranium all summer. Old chairs make great plant stands.

Red Geranium on Shabby White Chair

For fall, it’s sporting a sunshine yellow Chrysanthemum.



If you could grow sunshine in the garden, I’m pretty sure this is how it would look.



A view yesterday as the sun began to go down.  I feel an attack of hot cocoa coming on, don’t you?  The only question is, one dollop of whipped cream, or two?


Happy Fall!  See you tomorrow for Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Michele/Ohio says

    Your porch looks beautiful and so welcoming! Love your fall colors and the choices you made for it.

    And, well, let's go for TWO helpings of all things sweet, thank you so much!

  2. Love all the little scapes. I need to work on my sunroom. Inspiring!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  3. Olive Cooper says

    The hutch just lends itself to fall. The pumpkin with ribbon is brilliant.

  4. Your Fall decor looks very pretty on the porch.

  5. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Very cozy and welcoming, Susan! I love all your hurricanes and candles. I seem to enjoy candles much more in the cooler weather.

  6. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Michele, thanks! You got it…definitely two scoops. 🙂

  7. Pamela Gordon says

    Your porch always looks so nice Susan. I like the fall touches you've added. Blessings, Pamela

  8. Fabiana ~ Ciao! Newport Beach says

    What a magnificent porch you have. What fun it must be to decorate! I love how you have captured the spirit of Autumn.

    Stop by for a visit real soon….


  9. Designs By Pinky says

    Susan, your porch looks fabulous all gussied up for Fall!!! I love the dishes on the hutch and the beribboned pumpkin deserves to be elevated to a place of importance:):) The sunflowers are SO pretty, I love that type! Our grocery never has good flowers:(:( See ya tomorrow for TT!!!! XO, Pinky

  10. This is so cozy! It makes me want to curl up with a good book! I love your hutch! It is all perfect!

  11. Aunt Kristin_Texas says

    Gorgeous and so cozy! I've always wanted a screened in porch.


  12. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says

    Your porch is always so pretty, no matter what you do to it. But it looks especially lovely with all the lanterns and that gorgeous mum.

  13. Tracy@GeneralSplendour says

    You are SO fortunate to have such a lovely space which lends itself so perfectly to transformations! LOVE the Autumn porch – how wonderful to fall asleep on your cozy swing. And TWO dollops of whip cream. At least!

  14. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Thanks so much y'all. Appreciate all those sweet comments!

  15. I love it when you take us out to the porch!!! Love your fall decor, really love the new lantern! Thanks for sharing the beauty with us!

  16. Phil and Darby Hawley says

    I've got to say, no matter what the season, your porch looks spectacular!

  17. I love the sunflowers and you are right–it is hard to be sad when you look at them! I also really love that coppery colored shiny pumpkin and the lanterns! It is all so pretty! Nice job!

  18. Blondie's Journal says

    Beautiful, Susan. I love that you mention where you have made not so great a good decision and then change it. We all do that…we love to arrange and rearrange!!

    Love the pumpkin with the ribbons…I have to try that! And your sunflowers are such a sweet touch!


  19. Alycia Nichols says

    Once scoop or two? Are you kiddin' me??!?!?!! The answer is ALWAYS two!!!! 🙂 You've made a beautiful and graceful transition into the season. I just love how spacious and inviting your porch is. I have been bugging my husband for a screened in for years…to no avail. I shall prevail, though…mark my words! 🙂

  20. Kathryn Ferguson Griffin says

    Oh Susan, it's just lovely! It looks so warm and inviting! Hope you're having a grand evening! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  21. What a happy place to nap 🙂

  22. Sell WoW Accounts says

    that looks really nice!
    i just wish we had a porch as beautiful as yours 🙂

  23. Everything is pretty, as always! But, I'm wondering, did the sunflowers end up in 3 vases (like in the last photo) or in the rooster? I'm thinking maybe in the 3 vases getting ready for a tablescape. And, maybe you have answered this previously in a post, but do you have real hardwoods on the porch, and if so, how do you protect them when it rains? Love the new lantern and the spooky looking book.

  24. Susan, your porch looks stunning any time of year. I think it's fun that you change things up for the seasons.
    Fall would be my favorite time to relax on "the porch".

  25. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Penny, lol I was wondering if someone was gonna notice that. I started out yesterday placing three faux sunflowers in three tall bottles. I liked the look but I really didn't want to use faux sunflowers. So I bought a sunflower bunch today that included 3 flowers. When I got them home, their stems were too fat to fit in the bottles. So I decided to use them in a vase and the only vase they looked good in was Mr. Rooster. I do want to use the clear bottles in a tablescape sometime…something like I did for THIS tablescape.
    About the flooring, it's pressure-treated, tongue and groove, KDAT pine flooring designed for porches. It's as thick as the hardwood flooring you have installed in homes…so it can be refinished lots of times if ever needed. KDAT means kiln dried after treatment…that's the process that removes most of the moisture out after it's pressured treated. It's both glued and nailed down and has 3 coats of poly on it. It sat with snow on it for three days once and weathered well. So, it's meant to take the abuse of the weather.

  26. Love your porch's summer look…I need a nap ;). All the white is so soothing.

  27. BTW, like the cross lantern, too.

  28. martinealison says

    Une atmosphère particulièrement soignée… Une citrouille en fête…
    je vous souhaite plein de bonnes choses…
    gros bisous

  29. Tombstone Livestock says

    ok, just have to ask, where do you store all the stuff you rotate on and off porch? Basement, Attic? Love the porch, but that's a lot of different pillows, dishes, candlesticks, cushions, etc. to keep track of season to season. Not only would I need a lot of storage to do that I would need a maid and staff just to help pack and unpack it all. And an inventory clerk to keep track of where it is stored, lol. Keep up the good work, love it all.

  30. I wish I were as imaginative and creative as you! Your porch is so welcoming. Love your sunflowers and those yellow Chrysanthemums just brightened up your porch all the more! I will be on the look out for old chairs. Just think, I used to give them away to the Salvation Army and Goodwill, never even thought of using them as plant holders. Talk about not having any imagination…I learned so much from following your blog. Thank you.
    Wishing you well,
    Nenette West

  31. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Tombstone, I do have a basement but store very little down there since I'm too lazy to go down to get it. The only pillows that are changed from spring to fall are the two on the swing…all the others are the same. For the 4th of July, those cushions are stored in the large linen closet in the upstairs hall. Two of pillows are the same ones you see on the swing in the summer, I just made covers for them.
    The upstairs family room has a lot of storage up under the eves…I actually showed that in a post once. That was one of the things we loved about this house…lots of storage. Oh, the lanterns are stored in the garage. I don't store anything in the attic…again, just too much trouble to try to get to it.

  32. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Nenette, thanks so much! You are so sweet…appreciate those kind words! 🙂

  33. Hi, Susan. Very pretty as always. After the beautiful summer colors this felt so calm and relaxing. You snuck the 3 sunflowers across the table in the last picture…I like that idea as well. And that yellow mum! Wow!

  34. Celindy Kellum says

    love it! but i HAVE TO KNOW: WHERE DID YOU FIND THE MERCURY GLASS PUMPKIN??? it is beautiful!

    thx for sharing your gift w/all of us!


  35. I feel the same way about sunflowers. You can't help but smile when you see them. Love the ones you found. Very different.

  36. J.Covington says

    Fabulous looking…having porch envy!

  37. Dear Susan I write with a translator …..
    so we can talk …..
    I wanted to make you my most sincere compliments, in English now:) for your
    creations …..
    I love your porch or patio …..
    It gives me a good feeling ….. and romantic:)
    I'm changing home for the fourth time ….. and the next I want to do
    wood …..
    Asper to realize this desire for a porch like yours …..
    Here in Italy there is the mentality of building these houses ….
    But I want to do it ….
    We hope to do it …..
    Congratulations for your blog!
    A big hugs

  38. Love it! I would love a space like this! I love the pumpkin on the urn like that- looks wonderful! I think I'll try mine on my champagne bucket! I wondered if anybody else noticed the sunflowers were different in the last picture (I see someone else commented)LOL and the garland is still on the hutch! (where's Waldo!)
    I love your lanterns! I also have one with the Fleur-de-lis metal design in the glass area! Hmm…seems we have much in common at times!!

  39. What a cozy area to read and savor hot chocolate in. Make that hot chocolate with two BIG dollops of whipped cream!

  40. Susan, your porch is TOTALLY fabulous wonderful and AMAZING! Love love the colors, the design elements and your amazing choice of flowers!

  41. Jessabells says

    Wow Susan I love love love your porch. I would never leave it if I had one like that. Beautiful, simply beautiful.


  42. laxsupermom says

    Your porch always looks so pretty, and I love how you change it up seasonally. Love the fall additions! Thanks for sharing.

  43. CalypsoInTheCountry says

    I could stare at the porch all day! I love all your fall touches. Have a great day!

  44. nikkisimone says

    Everything looks so beautiful as always – I'm a new "offcial" follower of yours and your blog has literally changed my life (for the better!). I especially love the little bells hanging off the mugs – I'm not sure if you've ever mentioned where you got them but I would love to know, thanks.

  45. Beautiful porch for fall! I love everything you selected! It is always exciting to come to BNOTP to see what you have been up to!

    Thank you for all the helpful links to things in your post! You ARE a teacher and very kind to offer information about how you do things. So helpful to me!

    From Virginia

  46. Lizz Clements says

    That's lovely! What a porch.

  47. Can I live on your porch?? Seriously it is beautiful and the white curtains draping it are charming.

  48. Lorraine@creativedaily says

    Always enjoy seeing your tablescapes and what is new "on the porch".

  49. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Nikki, thanks so much! I found those acorns at Hobby Lobby back in 2008. I first used them in THIS tablescape. Hobby Lobby is a great resource for seasonal decor.

  50. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Celindy, I think I found it at Marshalls. It's been a year or two ago, so hard to remember now. I wasn't able to find them there this year. Pottery Barn had some, but they were a good bit more expensive. Ummm, wonder if they have gone on sale?

  51. Visions of Virginia says

    I just want to relax out there and enjoy all the pretties!

  52. Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch says

    I do love how you can change everything out for different seasons or holidays. Looks lovely as always.

  53. Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR says

    Susan, this porch just shouts, "Welcome Fall!". Everything is just so beautifully done. I can't single out just one element that is my fave…it all looks so warm and inviting! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  54. ❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ says

    I'm in the mood to go shopping now…for a fall plate or two and maybe some chrysanthemums…I love that burst of yellow. Thanks for giving me a reason…or excuse to spend a little money. 😉

  55. citicasita says

    Oh my! I'm lovin' everything in your porch! So much to enjoy!
    Diddie @citicasita

  56. ~CC Catherine says

    Hey Susan! Lovely post! I miss your lovely white porch with all it's ambiance! All the varied pics do it justice! LOVELY! The fall certainly is blowing it's way in GA quickly, isn't it? Today is so chilly up here in B! Hope I get to make it to Sue's party…so I can see you and all the other blogging buds!

    Miss you!

  57. Koroneczka says

    Beautiful place!

  58. Oh, to have a porch in autumn! Oh, and I love your Halloween themed banner!

  59. The Quintessential Magpie says

    Looks great, Susan! Love your porch, and love you, too!



  60. Susan, your porch is absolutely lovely. It is poring down rain here, and our porch looks so dreary—–it was so nice to see yours. I love the white, and it is so much for to see what you do with it. thanks for sharing.
    Lu Ann

  61. What a beautiful porch! I love the decor – you did an awesome job! Inspiring! Hugs, GraceinAZ

  62. I have told you before how much I love porches and how just the name of your blog attracted me to venture there.

    Twice I have used scenes from your porch for my desktop (hope you don't mind)…one was of the swing in a former post and one from today with the light on and seeing the door decoration…love the change in your hutch plates, etc. for fall. It is tre inviting pour moi.

    Enjoy receiving your blog in my emails each day. Thanks a bushel.

    Sylvia Faye

  63. Shari @ says

    Oh….just the porch. You had me at the porch.

  64. Your porch is simply beautiful, Susan…Christine

  65. Violets Are Blue says

    It is always such a pleasure to visit with you and your porch. Cocoa and cocooning at home is very much needed now. Sunny, warm autumn days giving over to cool/cold nights is slowing turning the leaves. The garden slows down and so does the gardener! Thanks for another lovely post, Susan. Patty/BC

  66. Donna (My Mothers {favorite} Daughter) says

    Your porch looks dreamy! I am certain your porch should be added to the 7 wonders! Donna Tullis

  67. Cat & Cricket says

    Your porch is to die for!
    Have a fabulous weekend!

  68. I could sit on your porch and never leave. It's to die for!

  69. Wow is your porch gorgeous!! I just found your wonderful blog and I will be following as soon as I finish this post!!

  70. The Currin's from Jackson says

    You are always such an inspiration to me with your decorating, Susan! One holiday that I can't wait to see what you do is Christmas. I love Christmas! So, Fall, please hurry and pass us by and take Thanksgiving and the turkey with you as I want to begin decorating for Christmas.

  71. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Thanks! I am so with you! I can't wait to start decorating for Christmas! 🙂 I'm forcing myself to not do it now.

  72. Just found your blog a couple of days ago. Oh what I’ve been missing! There is so much to see here. So with your permission, I’ll just settle down on a corner of your porch and browse your site in complete contentment. Ahhhhhh!

  73. I love this beautiful Fall Porch and that swing is so awesome and i saw how you cover the chain in fabric… and that is a great ideal! i looove everything i saw and now it has put me in the move to go and decorate my home and country porch. Thanks so much and keep your wonderful ideal coming.

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