Living in New England
Living in New England has so many wonderful advantages and right now we’re at the peak of it’s greatness! I’m talking Fall, people… yes again. As an October baby, I just can’t get enough of this season. I want to do it all, the apple and pumpkin picking, the scarf-jacket-and-boots-wearing, and the decorating! You saw how I cozied up our home in my last post and now I’m bringing you outside. It has been the perfect porch-sitting weather! Not too hot, not too cold and no humidity! Let’s take a look at our classic New England Fall porch, shall we?
How it started
One of the many reasons I feel in love with our New England Cape is how much charm is packed into its small frame. I love that it’s white with black shutters, the sprawling deck on the front and the hill it sits atop. We have so much privacy here and truly it’s the best setting to enjoy some outdoor living. Last Fall we had just moved in and our budget was super tight. This year, I wanted to amp up our front door a bit and was lucky enough to work with Raymour and Flanigan again to get some beautiful new outdoor seating. I hope you guys love this as much as I do and that you gather some ideas and inspiration to bring to your own house.
I was so inspired at the nurseries this year, I saw pumpkin topiaries like this one and all kinds of beautiful specialty pumpkins… I just had to have them!
What makes it “classic”?
Because our home is white with black shutters, I wanted to embrace that and up the drama by adding some tall black urns to flank the front door. They’re intended to stay out year-round so I can seasonally swap out the flowers. For Fall, we went with cabbages, heuchera and Sky Pencils. My hope is the evergreens will last throughout the seasons and I can keep swapping out the plants around them. Their purpose, besides adding a welcoming touch was to bring color, height and symmetry. Symmetrical designs tend to be more formal and for our entry way, I thought that would be appropriate. I kept the plantings and the style approachable so it still felt like us, but really liked how the ‘formality’ upped our front door game ;). Aside from our entry are two timeless rocking chairs. What is more classic than a rocker?
Living outdoors in the Fall
Upgrading our porch had much to do with the first impression of our home, but it was also so we could enjoy more time out here. Having these new comfortable spots to hang out has encouraged us to linger outdoors longer and there’s nothing wrong with that! That’s where these pieces from Raymour and Flanagan come in. Whether we’re lounging around and having coffee and reading, or we’re entertaining friends, these benches have been proving to be the perfect choice for us. I went ahead an invested in some cushions for extended time outside and Greg’s mom generously made us the outdoor pillows.
Next up are these beautiful gray rockers! They’re my husband’s favorite. I find him out here often at the beginning and end of the day, overlooking the yard and unwinding. It’s great to see him relax out here because I know how much he appreciates the land.
Let’s talk about all the gorgeousness that is this rug for a moment! It’s not only beautiful for it’s color and liveliness, but its quality as well! It’s so soft and cushy under bare feet, a huge improvement from the cold bare boards of the deck. The rug truly makes it feel as though we have extended our living space. I don’t mind sitting right on it if we have a ton of people over too.
Having all this seating has inspired me to have people over more often before we get cooped up indoors for good. I love having two benches with a coffee table because it’s the perfect arrangement for conversation and eating. The table gives me plenty of room to layout snacks and lanterns or candles in the evening. I like the surprising features about these pieces too. First, the shelf on the bottom of the table provides a great spot for extra blankets or dishes that are empty and ready to go back inside (when I don’t feel like going right away). Second are the built-in arm rest/side tables in the benches! When we’re entertaining and the table is chockfull of food and things, people can use the built in surfaces in the bench to rest their drinks, etc. So cool.
Setting up for a Fall Party
We decided to embrace the season and new colorful decor by creating an apple-themed menu. An Apple Cider Bar complete with cinnamon and honey sticks, orange wedges and extra apples. Freshly made apple-cider donuts from a local orchard (someone hold me back!), caramel apples and homemade pumpkin dip (recipe to come soon) added fun and festive touches too. We’re a snacking bunch around here, so the more variety the better!
Are you ready to decorate your porch yet? Or maybe you’d love to spruce things up a bit? All of Raymour’s outdoor furniture is on major sale right now–lucky you! If you have some of their pieces or are going to get some–use the hashtag #myrfstyle and they could feature you! I’d love to see how you decorate your homes inside and out for Fall so tag me in your photos on Instagram or share on my Facebook page!
I have partnered with Raymour & Flanigan and received product in exchange for this post. All expressed opinions are 100% my own.
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