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Outdoor Fall Decor

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:

P Allen Smith via Southern Living

A huge cluster of pumpkins and gourds with some ivy mixed in makes for an abundant harvest scene:

DIY Network
The Graceful Gardener

Pumpkins stacked in an urn with some fresh greens look festive:

Southern Living

Potted chrysanthemums and pumpkins are a winning combination for fall:

via Pinterest
via Pinterest


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Stonewall Farmhouse Instagram
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Kristy Wicks Instagram

This basket of fall foliage on the front door is welcoming:

Nora Murphy Country House
Nora Murphy Country House

Here is an effective use of bundled corn stalks for fall-themed outdoor decor (this is the back entrance of the home pictured above):

Nora Murphy Country House

Another example of corn stalks:

via Wartaku

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:

The Lily Pad Cottage

Potted lavender, purple cabbages, and white pumpkins can be used to create a beautiful, neutral combination:

Nora Murphy Country House

This simple and pretty orange-free entry does well with a little blue and white:

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Teryl Designs Instagram

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:

via Pretty Pink Tulips
via Pinterest
Southern Living
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Housepitality Designs Instagram

Even a back patio can benefit from a little fall attention:

Southern Living

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?

21 thoughts on “Outdoor Fall Decor

  1. I am soooo behind in this department. I have 1 white pumpkin and 1 ornamental cabbage. If I don’t get with it I’m going to miss this season all together 😦 I love the white pumpkins and purple mums!! #goals. All of these images make me want to sip apple cider!

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    1. Marcie, It is hard to get motivated for fall when it still feels like summer! The longer we wait the longer it will all last, and it is nice if the plants and pumpkins still look healthy for Thanksgiving. I always appreciate your thoughtful comments! Enjoy your day.💙


    1. The nice thing about fall decorating is that it doesn’t take much to feel festive and welcoming. A couple of pumpkins–maybe a mum or two–simple and pretty! Thanks so much for stopping by Kate! Enjoy your holiday!💙


  2. It is hard to get in the spirit of Fall while it is still so warm outside. Upper 80’s still here in Houston. But, we can’t wait on Mother Nature! Thanks for the inspiration!

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      1. Definitely 🎃 I am going to be that person on the housing estate that goes all out for any holidays! The one that some people will roll their eyes at but I won’t care as I’m sat among all my pumpkins 😉😂

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  3. So many pretty front doors! I love how with fall decor the possibilities are endless! Nora Murphy’s country home is one of my favorite inspirations…


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