Hello friends, and welcome to our Cottage Porch! If you're coming by from the Fall Home Tour and new to Opulent Cottage, let me introduce myself! I'm Andrea, wife of 28 years to Maurie and mom of 21 years to our daughter Abby. We live in a tiny cottage built in 1926, in the midst of the largest concentration of Tudor Revival cottages in the US (you can read more here). Living just 1.5 miles north of downtown Dallas, we are true city dwellers. Maurie and I were both born in the midwest, but now we love being Texans.
I also LOVE decorating for fall! After our scorching summers here in North Texas, we truly welcome fall with open arms. The arrival of cooler mornings and nights, pumpkins and mums, and the promise of fall-colored trees has me giddy with anticipation.
One of our very favorite places to enjoy the change of seasons is on our front porch. Welcoming front porches are a common architectural feature in our neighborhood, and we have continued the tradition of front porch sitting as a way of life.
Some cozy throws are ready for chilly evenings, and cheerful pillows brighten our bench with fall colors.
This beautiful wreath of dried florals is still as lovely as ever after several years! I pack it away carefully each year to preserve it and it has been in every room of the house! I attached it to a twig wreath this year to give it a little more heft.
A lucky yard sale score, this vintage metal stand has a new bright color. I used my very favorite paint, Rustoleum 2X Ultra Cover, which has never let me down. A quick couple of coats was all it took to take this from black to this gorgeous color, which is Marigold.
And of course, since this is Texas, we have hibiscus flowers along with fall leaves, lol.
The potting bench that we *roadside rescued* is home to an ever-changing display of plants and decor. (You can see a previous fall display here.) I love looking out my kitchen window to see a pretty vignette, and maybe a visiting cat or two :)
A few faux fall leaves are standing in until the real ones make their appearance, which in North Texas can sometimes be almost Christmastime.
All I need to do is light some candles and this area is company-ready, or maybe date-night ready, also! These yummy candles are a new favorite, and instantly bring the aura of fall.
Of course it was only a matter of time before one of our neighborhood kitties came to check out the fall decor.
I'm sure he's thinking that we put this rug there just for him :)
As a last look, here is my view from inside our kitchen.
I hope you are inspired to add a bit of fall color to your own front porch! Have you decorated for fall yet this year, do tell!! If you are looking for more fall goodness, you can go here, and here, to find a collection of my favorite posts from past seasons. You can also read about this year's Fall Living Room here.
Shop this look:
Birch Votive Holders / Burt's Bees Soy Candle / Vintage Style Lantern (similar) Red Polka Dot Bowls (on sale for $8.47!) Vintage Floral Tole Tray (Etsy search) Plaid throw blanket similar here & here / Orange Pillow (similar) / White Wood Bench Dried Florals Wreath (similar)
Thank you so much for coming by, and I hope you have a chance to visit the other amazing blogs on the tour, also!
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Share Your Style at Northern Nesting
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