Because it has been such a warm fall in Chicago, most people here haven’t yet changed their outdoor decorations to reflect the season. I expect that, with the arrival of chillier weather, local residents will soon begin to add some fall touches to the outside of their homes.
Here are some inspiration photos that I found for fall decorating outdoors.
There are so many wonderful varieties of pumpkins and gourds that it’s easy to put together appealing assortments. They can be arranged in baskets, on hay bales, and in urns flanking the front door and placed randomly on the floor and the stairs at the front entry:
A huge cluster of pumpkins and gourds with some ivy mixed in makes for an abundant harvest scene:
Pumpkins stacked in an urn with some fresh greens look festive:
Potted chrysanthemums and pumpkins are a winning combination for fall:
This basket of fall foliage on the front door is welcoming:
Here is an effective use of bundled corn stalks for fall-themed outdoor decor (this is the back entrance of the home pictured above):
Another example of corn stalks:
If you would prefer not to use orange in your decor, don’t worry–there are alternatives. Purple mums, purple hydrangeas, and white and green pumpkins can look festive:
Potted lavender, purple cabbages, and white pumpkins can be used to create a beautiful, neutral combination:
This simple and pretty orange-free entry does well with a little blue and white:
If you are lucky enough to have window boxes at your home and are looking for ideas on how to fill them, consider these lovely ones ready for fall:
Even a back patio can benefit from a little fall attention:
Here are a few fall planters that I noticed in my Chicago neighborhood this week (all of them feature ornamental cabbage/kale, mums, and something tall to give the arrangement height):
Houses decorated for fall are a welcoming and cheerful sight!
What do you like to do when decorating the outside of your home this time of year?