Fall offers so many decorating possibilities, and I love to change things up from year to year. This Thanksgiving season, I wanted to welcome our guests with front porch decor that captures that cozy feeling of fall, while blending seamlessly with the modern architecture of our home.
I was initially inspired by the texture and modern simplicity of the Twig and Puff Ball Wreaths. The modern shape of the puff balls combined with the natural element of the twigs was the perfect blend of styles and set the tone for the rest of my naturally modern porch decor.
The wreaths also provide a fresh fall color palette of yellow, orange, moss green, and plum, which coordinates nicely with the burlap Happy Thanksgiving garland that I hung above the doors. Our front doors are extra tall, so the standard over-the-door wreath hangers don’t work well for us.
Instead, I prefer to hang wreathes from ribbon, which also allows me to add another touch of color to the doors. I chose a pretty plum-purple ribbon that I looped around the wreaths and secured to the top edge of each door using flat-head thumb tacks.
The configuration of our porch has sometimes left me stumped when it comes to decorating for the seasons; we would bring home pumpkins from the pumpkin patch and they would look dwarfed by the two-story height of the porch. Additionally, my symmetry-loving self has always been drawn to gorgeous porches with tall planters or decor flanking either side of the front door, but our narrow porch and double doors don’t allow for that.
Over time, I’ve learned to get creative and find ways to add height and interest to our decor without making the porch feel too crowded. Enter my new favorite piece—the wooden tiered plant stand!
This plant stand looks perfect angled in front of our stationary second door, and the three shelves allow me to layer decor to balance the scale of smaller items, like the mini harvest grass stacks. I sat some of the grass stacks directly on the shelves, and others I placed on top of small, upside-down galvanized buckets inside two of my red lanterns.
Adding thee red lanterns to the otherwise soft color palette is an unexpected and modern touch that really brightens up the porch on cold, gray fall days.
My naturally modern porch decor called for some nature. Three live lemon cypress trees in burlap-wrapped pots appeal to the senses. They are soft and bright, with a lovely fragrance. And best of all, they are low-maintenance and will do well inside if the temperatures dip to low outside.
Since this porch design is all about cozy layers, what better way to add some coziness and warmth than with a plaid throw draped over the shelves of the tiered plant stand? I just love the way the blue grey complements the other colors on the porch, and the texture of the fringe adds texture.
I finished filling the plant stand shelves with a handful of white paper mache craft pumpkins that I already had at home. I chose these pumpkins rather than the traditional orange variety because they lend a more modern feel. I especially like how natural paper mache color ties in with the burlap of the garland and the cypress pots.
Finally, I scattered around some fabric fall leaves. These pretty leaves are brushed with gold for a touches modern glam—a perfect way to round out my naturally modern Thanksgiving porch decor.
We are now ready to welcome guests for Thanksgiving! Our our porch blends perfectly with the style of our home and sets the tone for cozy gatherings beyond the front doors.