As i was watering my Fall Mums yesterday after getting the baby down for his nap, (I am still in my sweat pants) mind you, i just thought how have i not blogged in over a year, 18 months at least! I wanted to share my Fall entry decor and thought, I am so blogging this! Life gets busy and after our 3rd child was born life has been everything but a stand still. Many people told me to enjoy them while they are little you will never get that time back, so that is exactly what i have been doing. He will be 18 months next week and I have been itching to at least blog more when i have a chance. Decorating my home is my relaxation, my favorite thing to do, and the possibilities are always endless, so i know i need to get back to one of my passions. Enjoy, and I hope this sparks the creative waves you may have to create your favorite Fall Entry to your home.
Let’s start with the tall concrete planters on each side of the steps under the lighting fixtures. The planters are permanently there all year around. Raise your hand if you need low maintenance, have little to no time to maintain, and oh yes i almost forgot, you want it to look fabulous. LOL! That is why i chose these concrete planters that i found at a store called Trees n Trends. I found them at about $70.00 each with 20% off of them. I do want to add that this website is similar to Hobby Lobby in the fact that they have so much more in their stores compared to what categories are on their website. They were a grey chalky color and so i knew that as soon as i got them home i would use Rust-Oleum Black Gloss spray paint, along with another layer of clear gloss to protect it from being out in all the weather. Bright beautiful colored annuals and sweet potatoes vine plants would be gorgeous in these planters, however i knew i needed low maintenance, so i choose a boxwood for each of them from a local landscape company. I gave him the measurements of the planters and he advised which type of boxwood would be sufficient. I know what you are thinking, “they may need to be trimmed,” but i am letting them grow fuller and just a little taller so i can shape them for a more neat look. Each boxwood was $20.00 and i watered the first season of fall last year and after that roots are established and i only water them now about once every 2 weeks or so. The wood pallet Fall sign is hand made by my creative Mother-in-Law, Debby. She custom makes these if you are interested at Green Lady Designs via Facebook. I swear their is nothing that lady cannot do!
Next, is the small black square planters on each side of the entry way. I literally found these approx. 15in. in height concrete planters for $15.00 each in Aldi’s grocery store ad in a Sunday newspaper. I knew these would go quick so i bought them and more to place on the back deck. I used sandpaper to roughen up the existing texture and then sprayed the same Rust-Oleum Black Gloss i used on the tall planters so they would match. These 2 smaller planters is where i change out annual flower plants due to the season to keep some color going as you enter our home. I have been searching a while for durable concrete or heavy weight concrete planters like these, but if you have ever searched for these you know the price can very high.
On each side of the double doors i purchased two black urn planters from Big Lot’s for $30.00, drilled a hole in the bottom for drainage, placed rocks in the bottom to hold if wind were to be strong and try to cause them to turn over. As soon as I see them for sale i purchase 2 ferns which i normally find at Walmart for $10.00 each and i water them once a week, and they mound into these huge ferns with beautiful color of green to break up any colors i have on the door wreaths, and flowers. Ferns normally last until the cold so i keep them them out all through fall to show their green color and simplicity. Again, i know you are shaking your head thinking, “I don’t want to plant them every year,” well, you are in luck because i don’t! After i put the rocks in the urns i literally pop off the wire pieces used to hang it with from the store and leave it in the plastic bowl pot i bought them in, and just set them inside the urn. No Mess! No Stress!
My dream was to always have double doors as my front entry to my house, but little did i realize it becomes a whole lot more expensive due to needing two wreaths! One on each door. Many places sometimes only have one wreath of its kind, so when i found these 2 wreaths at Jo-Ann Fabrics on Sale for $15.00 each i totally grabbed both of them and knew it was exactly what i was looking for. I was drooling over one at a prior store for $80.00. This was for one wreath: debating on how i could justify spending $160.00 on my front door wreaths for just the Fall season. I know it would have caused a head shake from the hubs! 🙂
Last but not least we grabbed pumpkins that we will carve soon and other decorative combinations of pumpkin’s at a locally owned pumpkin patch called R&S Pumpkin patch. The Mum’s were purchased at a fundraiser to support local dancers from our local Dance Studio 84, the Amish grow Mum’s close to our home and we always pick up a few there, and one of my new places for decor ALDI’s!!! for $2.50 WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED!!!!
Thank you for letting me do what i love and talk about home decor and all the ways you can incorporate special buys, sales, and how to never underestimate what you may find at a grocery store you can use for your entry way! Two fist pumps for Aldi’s! Thanks for reading and please share this post with a friend! Leave any comments or questions you have below, we love to hear from you!