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Create Stunning Fall Curb Appeal: Porch Makeover and Outdoor Upgrades for added Value

Ahhh Fall… just the mention of the word brings to mind: pumpkins, warm spices, football, apple picking, and of course, jewel-toned leaves and flowers. I adore this time of year and welcome the change of season with open arms by updating my curb appeal to reflect the cooler season. Just like our clothing choices change with each season, as do our spaces. There are endless ways to update your outdoor areas to add value whether you are getting ready to sell or just settling in.

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For those of you that are fortunate enough to have porches, this is great opportunity to pull out the flannel and plaid. For example, add cozy pillows and throws for your rocking chairs or porch swings to cozy up with. No porch? Pull in those fall patterns in with a fabulous wreath on the front door. Don’t love bright hues? Go for a mix of neutrals and burlap. Natural materials are at the forefront this time of year with all the beautiful seed heads beginning to form before the cold winter months. Speaking of seeds, update those tired summer planters too. Grasses are an affordable way to get a big bang for your buck and make a show stopping centerpiece. As the season progresses, the grasses will dry and offer winter interest as well. Ideas for blankets, Ideas for pillows, Ideas for wreaths

Remember that flowers are only one element that add curb appeal. I’ve seen dried corn stalks, large birch branches, calico corn and all colors of pumpkins and gourds, so don’t limit yourself to just flowers. Get creative, use what you like, and don’t be afraid to use varying height. That’s what draws your eye in! Stick to the thriller, filler, spiller rule: Something tall as the thrill, something medium height as the fill, and something the gently falls over the container as the spill. Ideas for branches, Ideas for Porch Decor, Ideas for Planters

Don’t want to plant? There are a rainbow of colored mums that will begin popping up at local retailers. Just drop them in a pot for an instant arrangement. Design tip: Place mums in odd numbered groups 1, 3’s and 5’s give a better visual impact unless you are going for perfect symmetry, the simply balance both sides to mirror one another. If you’ve got front planting beds, make sure to pull out summer annuals and freshen the mulch. Have a fire pit? You can apply these same design tips out there too. With nights getting earlier and cooler, you may want to add some outdoor string lights to add some sparkle. You will enjoy seeing the changes when you come home and so will your neighbors, friends and family. Have fun with it and Happy Fall Y’all!

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