I hit up a road-side stand that sells their pumpkins for super cheap. (It's in Hinkletown, right before the bridge, for you locals.) And another stand for field-grown mums
Even their "fancy" stacking pumpkins were cheap (only $1 each). I love mixing the non-traditional with the good ol' stand-by orange pumpkins. And really, you can't go wrong with cheery yellow mums. The swag/wreath thing I bought years ago and I think this might be the first year it's been in use. I didn't want anything to cover the window on the door, so this worked out perfectly. I simply taped it (there's a wire hanger on the back) right to the glass. For some added height, I borrowed those wooden baskets from my father-in-law and propped up the stacking pumpkins on them. The pumpkins wouldn't have looked right had they been directly on the floor. Height is a good thing. That's why I married Mitch. (he's 6'11" for those who don't know)
While we were at it, I asked Mitch if he could switch out the light. Our former one (the Ottava from IKEA) was pretty disgusting--filled up with dead bugs and such. You might recognize this one as being in the boys' room. (the one after the ceiling fan and the basket light...yes, I have a light fetish.) I really like how it looks out front.
But of course once you start working on something, you see 10 things that need fixed/updated. Take for example, the ceiling in our portico. It's so nasty. I would love to remove the ceiling, make it vaulted or arched (like this one), and possibly put some bead board up there. It would just be so charming. I also took all the shutters off the front of our house, so the siding is somewhat stained behind where they used to be hanging. And that's even after we power-washed it. So I'm going to have to break out the bleach or something to scrub the siding with.
Also, whoever wired the lighting out here, did a terrible job. (Can you believe an electrician actually lived in our house before us?) There's no electrical box up there. There's literally just wires hanging down from the ceiling. So, yeah, that's driving Mitch crazy and he's going to be making it right here soon (probably when we rip off the ceiling).
But anyway, I'm trying to ignore what needs to be done yet and just enjoy our little fall display. This little spruce-up cost me just under $20 and it adds that festiveness of the season to our little white rancher.
Yay for fall! What have you done to fall-ify your home? I'm excited to decorate every year now that we're making progress to the exterior of our home. You can see how we decorated our other door last year here.