Fall Decor / Trail House Reno

Atypical Southern Fall Front Porch

When planning my fall decorations for the front porch, I decided to use our own yard as inspiration.  We have three beautiful magnolia trees that are essential for any southern yard. While the dark green leaves are a welcome constant in the winter, a lovely oversized Japanese maple tree stands just off to the side.  As the fall progresses, the leaves will turn a stunning crimson color. Those trees were all the inspiration I needed to create a fall front porch with an atypical color scheme but with decidedly southern sensibilites.

I really wanted to use some unexpected colors this season.  The addition of the crepe myrtle trees to the large black planters echo the purple hues of the maple tree. Once it is time to decorate for Christmas, these trees will be planted In the back yard, extending their use and beauty long past the fall!

I used ivory pumpkins to break up the red brick of the steps and was very happy to find the perfect wreaths too! You can see magnolia leaves in the wreaths, once again tying in our existing foliage.  Those whites, purples, and greens all have such a fresh, lively feeling!

When we zoom out, you can see that gorgeous maple just turning red at the tips.

The lanterns amidst the pumpkins not only bring balance to the stairs  up by the door, the candle inside also brings in another pop of ivory.

I hope this unconventional approach to fall is inspirational to you. I look forward to enjoying the milder temperatures during the day and brisk nights. Aren’t you?


  • Laura Nuss
    September 23, 2017 at 8:32 am

    So pretty Leslie! Love your porch! laura

    • Leslie
      September 25, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Thanks! We love it to and are so proud of it. The porch ceratianly didn’t look like this when we bought the house.

  • Kathryn
    September 23, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Really? I’ve never seen red crepe myrtle trees like that.
    What is the name of it? Love the fall front porch!

  • Bonny Van
    September 25, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Love it!! It’s only 1,000 degrees in Baton Rouge so it’s nice to see some trees actually transitioning to fall! Happy fall, y’all!!!!!

    • Leslie
      September 25, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Thank you Bonny! It’s still pretty warm here too. Happy Fall!

  • Loretta Gibbens
    September 25, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Love the look & tucker too!!

  • DMB Solutions
    October 2, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Very gorgeous porch! Hope to have this in my home.

  • ASL Limited or Mike Quinn
    October 2, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I’m very delighted with those fully decorated porch of every house. That’s remarkable!

  • […] For my fall decorating, like most any holiday I try to incorporate most of my existing decor and work with the color scheme. As I shared last post, I started on the porch with purples, ivory pumpkins and mums to coordinate with the front of the house. The magnolia leaves of the wreaths echo the magnolia trees in the front of our house.  You can read more about the porch here.  […]


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