I love the Fall! Maybe its the illusion that, after a busy summer, life will begin to slow down. But, who am I kidding? With all the school events and holidays, it probably speeds up! But, nonetheless, I love the colors and the crispness in the air. So, in honor of this beautiful time of year, I decided to decorate the front porch.
If you can believe it, my Dad tried to get rid of this old bench (formally known as his "chainsaw-cutting firewood" bench) until I protested and hauled it home to my house. I don't know if my husband saw the beauty in it...probably still doesn't, but oh well!
The shutters were on our original house...years and years ago...and I've kept them for use in decorating. These are actually the back side of them. I liked the multi-colored "white washed" effect.
The bandana bunting was made by cutting the corners from four different colors of bandanas. I then pressed the raw edge over about 1/2". Next, I simply tied them together, alternating the colors. Raffia was tied in a bow around each knot. Simple and fun!
The bench is made from two ladder-backed chairs fastened together. Wood strips were added to form one continuous seat. The cushion is a thrifted pillow sham.
The black and cream pillows were made from some thrifted corduroy fabric and buttons. I was lucky enough to score a whole bolt of fabric for just $5! The little gold pillow was in my stash. I just added some raffia and a red button.
This rustic chair sits next to the bench. It was a freebie. I like the patina so I haven't painted it. These pillows were just 50¢ each at a thrift store. I just added a button and a band of fabric.
An old tea kettle with pansies sits nearby.
I love the old paint on this wheelbarrow! I picked it up for a few bucks from a garage sale years ago. It holds a few treasures...
a duck decoy...
an old shovel head...
and, a very rusty metal suitcase!