Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I'm Still Wearing Flip Flops, but my Front Porch is Dressed For Fall

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
What is your favorite season to decorate your front porch?

Mine is definitely fall.  Although when spring comes, I'm chomping at the bit to add some color to the porch after a long, bare winter. I just think my porch looks best dressed in autumn colors. 

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

For some reason, I always end up with more flowers in fall than I do in summer. 

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Oh, wait, I know why...

...it's because I'm  lazy.

I can just plop the mums into flower pots just as they are, rather than having to transplant them...and you get a lot more for your money than summer flowers. These mums were 3 for $10. Not bad, eh?

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Don't you just love this one (below)? It's as big as some of my shrubs. I got it at Costco, and I think it was $10.99. I took this photo the day I bought it, before the buds were open. I thought it was going to be red.

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

A week later, it's starting to open. Uh, not red.

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Oh well.

As soon as the caladiums bite the dust, which will be soon, I will move this giant mum into that pot.

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
  
I like to keep things basic...just mums and pumpkins. The jack-o-lantern above is the only fake one in the bunch, but it lights up, and looks good at night. 

Once it gets closer to Halloween, I'll add my big, light-up pumpkin/black cat thingy. The kids like it when they come trick-or-treating. Can you believe we get about 250 kids on Halloween? It's so much fun.

But for now, it's just the basics.

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 I love my red door, and it makes a great backdrop to the mums and pumpkins. 

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 When we first moved in, the door was hunter green, and I felt it made the house look sleepy. I was sitting on the soccer field one fall day and noticed this gorgeous red-leaf tree. It was an "Aha" moment -- I wanted my door to be that color.  Benjamin Moore's Heritage Red fit the bill. 

Halfway through my photo shoot, I had this idea to grab the lantern from my back deck to see if it looked better on the front porch.

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
 I'm not sure.  I think it might look a little too "pumpkin-y." 

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 What do you think? I'll have to think about it.


Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
The photo below was taken from inside, looking out the front door.

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

That's about all...for fall...y'all.

Fall Front Porch by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes










Before I sign off, I wanted to let you know that I am going to be a part of something very exciting on Wednesday evening, so be sure to come back and check it out. I was invited to collaborate with some other bloggers on a really fun project, so...

...get your pinning fingers ready! 






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38 comments:

  1. I think you're right: those autumn colours are just gorgeous with your front door!

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    1. Thanks, Magali, I think the best thing we ever did was to paint the door red!

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  2. Looks as if you painted your door JUST FOR AUTUMN! :) Everything looks lovely...the mums seem quite happy there :)

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    1. The mums are usually happy, Deb, but I have a habit of forgetting to water them. Then, they wish they were on someone else's porch!

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  3. I love the color of your front door (I know I've told you that before) and I think it's a perfect match for all the pretty fall colors. That mum is HUGE and BEAUTIFUL! We don't have a Costco's near us :( And to answer your question... No, there are not too many pumpkins. They really set the mood for Halloween :)

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    1. Thanks, Eileen. I am tempted to go to Costco and get another :) And thank you for the vote of keeping the lantern in the front! I look at the photos and like it; I look at it in real life, and I'm not so sure. Such an important decision ;)

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  4. Amy, I love your fall porch. Looks like you found some really nice mums.

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    1. Thanks, Kim. Believe it or not, the nicest mums were at the supermarket. Every time I went, I just had to come home with some. Good thing they are done selling them now!

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  5. Looks gorgeous, Amy! I love the little pumpkins in the lantern. We got our Mums 3/$10 too. Have I taken pictures? No. Have I painted my red front door yet since I have had the paint for 6 months? No. So... I am lazy too. lol You've inspired me but I still have to buy a piece of screen to keep the mosquitos out while painting. Love your Fall porch! Pinning. xo

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    1. Well, Claire, I've got a list a mile long of things I didn't do because I was too busy taking photos of my porch! You know, things, like make dinner, do the laundry. No biggie, right? The family will understand, I hope:) Thanks for pinning!

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  6. Gorgeous! I can't wait to see what you will be up to on Wednesday. We were still in flip-flops too until yesterday. The low this morning was 37. Yippee! Have a great week.

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    1. Hi Katie, I think today or tomorrow will be the last of the flip flop days. The weather is supposed to change by Wednesday. 37 degrees? Yikes, I'm not ready for that yet!

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  7. Great porch, love the orange planters with pumpkin faces on them. :) Saw you at Serenity Now.

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    1. Aren't those pumpkin planters great? They would be so easy to make, but I bought them over the last few years. Maybe I will make a few...Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Amy, your front porch is beautiful and the mums are stunning! Love the title of your post! :) Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning and sharing this week. Hope you had a happy weekend and have a great week!

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    1. Cindy, thank you! I think my flip flop days will end tomorrow with a cooler weather coming on Wednesday. Thanks so much for hosting the BOTW, and for pinning this!

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  9. I don't think it looks too pumpkin-y at all! I think it's gorgeous!!

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    1. That seems to be the consensus, Michelle. I like the way it looks in my photos, but in person, I'm just not sure! Such a monumental problem :) Have a great week!

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  10. You're always welcome at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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    1. Thank you! I finally posted something seasonal, so I thought I'd stop by!

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  11. Your front porch looks so beautiful. I can't believe the size of some of those mums!

    Cynthia

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    1. I know! And what a bargain from Costco! Wish I had gotten two.

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  12. Lovely! I love your door color...similar to mine. I decorate, take pictures and then change it up so I have to take more pictures....it has to be perfect, right?! Visiting from The Tablescaper.

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    1. Yes, AnnMarie, I do the same! Being a perfectionist takes its toll, sometimes! Thanks for visiting!

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  13. Amy, a very pretty presentation of the season's vibrant colours and textures on your front porch. Love the colour of our door and your autumnal array of brilliance complements it perfectly! Flip flops are still flaunting all their summery flair here on the island, with temps reaching the mid 80s this week, too! I say, wear 'em till your tootsies start to feel just a tad numb! ;-D

    Happy Tuesday!

    Poppy

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    1. Sorry, that should read, '...the colour of YOUR door', not that I wouldn't want MY door to be that rich, deep heritage red!

      Poppy

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    2. Today is the day -- no more flip flops, went right to boots. It got very chilly here, and I think it is here to stay. My caladium has had it, so I think I'll be re-potting that big mum today!

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  14. What a charming porch! Love all your plants and flowers. Beautiful

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    1. Thanks, Marina! Today marked a big change in the weather -- really chilly!

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  15. "Pumpkin-y" means good :) Stunning porch

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    1. Thanks, Mila! I like it in the photos -- just wasn't sure about it in "real life." I also really liked it on my back deck, so that was part of the problem. Thanks for visiting!

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  16. I love the mums and how your porch is decorated for fall and Halloween. I saw it on simple & sweet fridays party.
    Julie at julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Julie, thanks so much! Since I took the photos, the mums are all open - hope they stick around for awhile longer!

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  17. Your autumn front porch looks fantastic - the mums are fabulous and the pumpkins wonderful! I am so Delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  18. Hello Amy, your fall porch looks wonderful - so loving the mums! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks so much, Kathy! Thanks for hosting the party!

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  19. What a lovely porch! It’s so cozy and inviting. It also looks so much in tune with the autumn season with the orange flowers and pumpkin figures. Too bad you probably took it out during the winter. At least, there’s something to look forward to in the spring. Great job with the decorating!

    Lynn Williamson

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