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Gourd-geous! Putting Together My Fall Porch

Use squash, pumpkins, gourds and kale to decorate your fall front porch!  Simple and pretty!

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Welcome to my Fall Porch!  Grab a pumpkin spice latte and come for a tour!

You might already know that I have this thing with decorating my front porch…I fill these pots with decorations on Valentines Day and Christmas.  It’s just so inspiring to switch it up for all the different seasons and holidays.  Each year I try to do things a little differently, depending on what I can find for decorations.  But fall is the best because decoration inspiration is everywhere…even in your grocery store!

I changed up these pots from what I put together last year, but I love them just as much.  This fall I’m loving kale, pumpkins, and gourds, so I put them all together and now my Fall Front Porch is ready to go!

Come take a look!

Fall Porch with Kale, Pumpkins and Gourds

To put together these fall containers I used 2 big black planters I had for my summer flowers.  I left the dirt in them so I didn’t have to fill up the entire pot, and just laid the pumpkins, gourds and kale on the top.  I love how everything looks together.  I mean, how pretty is kale?!  I just hope it can handle the frosts that are just around the corner!

Fall Porch with Kale, Pumpkins and Gourds

And the gourds! All fancy with their warty selves. You just have to love them…

Fall Porch with Kale, Pumpkins and Gourds

 I love how they look like cornucopias full of harvest goodness. With all the colours I used match my Cozy Fall Yarn Wreath that I hung on the front door.

Fall Porch with Kale, Pumpkins and Gourds

I love to decorate with pumpkins!  I bought quite a few because I like to have 1 per family member for pumpkin carving time at Halloween.  And I love their bright punch of orange.  I think they look great in these fall containers.

Fall Porch with Kale, Pumpkins and Gourds

Simple.  Inexpensive.  Gourd-geous!

More fall porch decor ideas:

Thanks for coming up to my door to have a look!

It’s great to have you here.


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    Brunette & Blessed
    September 28, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    I love these pillar type holders…gorg! Where are they from? what do you put in them during the other seasons?

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    September 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    I love the kale too! Looks gorgeous!


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    September 28, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Looks fab! Funny, I used Kale for the 1st time this year also. I love the look. Here is my post if you want to check it out:



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    Catie @ Catie's Corner
    September 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Jo-Anna, it is gourdeous!! I love what you did. = )

    I have a old, rusty metal bucket out front that I put some gourds and other greenery in last week. Yesterday morning I’m out the door to take my daughter to school, and one little green gourd is missing!! We think an animal must have taken it. Who else would? Weird, huh? So today or tomorrow I’m hitting Superstore to get some more and buy a few big pumpkins. Our store just got them.

    Have a great day!

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    September 28, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Very beautiful I would love to do something like that but it wouldn’t last 2 days with all the deer that around me. So glad I have your photos to enjoy

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    September 28, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Absolutely beautiful, Jo! The colours are breathtaking – so autumny, and so rich! I love your door – hmmmm, I think I’m going to paint ours a dark green – what do you think?

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    September 28, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    so simply and pretty! Love it!!!

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    September 28, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    So pretty! Oh, I love FALL 🙂

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    September 29, 2011 at 4:34 AM

    That is really gorgeous. Love those color combination. You really are artistic to put together something so simple, yet so beautiful. 🙂

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    September 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    that is gord-geous!! That kale is so pretty too. Love your style 🙂

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    Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas
    September 29, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    This is beautiful! That kale is HUGE!! The ones I found this year were smallish…I wanted the big ones!

    This is so pretty!

    Lou Cinda

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    Courtney ~ French Country Cottage
    September 30, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    So charming~ love your gourds and kale – they are lovely!

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    September 30, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    The Kale just tops it all off. I love it! Not sure kale would last more than a day in this South Ga heat! but it looks great on your porch- bravo!

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    Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper
    September 30, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    It looks great! I would love for you to link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.


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    house of earnest
    September 30, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    I LOVE the kale… I’ve been wanting to use some too, but where did you get it? Thanks!

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    The Davis Family Three
    October 1, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    Love this so much! Simply Beautiful…

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    October 2, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    I flipping love this! Your porch looks so good – love how you arranged the gourds in the planters!

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    October 2, 2011 at 6:05 AM

    So pretty! I love the kale.

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    October 2, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    So pretty! I think I need to find me some kale too…what a great touch. A trip to the city is in store, I believe! : )

    Just had to say “hi” to another fellow Canadian! Have a great weekend!

    evie @ brown paper packages

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    A Lived in Home
    October 2, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Those look so fabulous! Love all the bright colors! Come check me out- http://www.alivedinhome.blogspot.com

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    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    October 3, 2011 at 2:36 AM

    @house of earnest
    Hello house of earnest! I found my kale at Home Depot.

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    Laura@Corner House
    October 3, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    Very Pretty!

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    The Tablescaper
    October 3, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    Love your porch! It would be great to have you link this post to my weekly meme Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

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    Nicole Morell
    October 5, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Hello, and thank you for inspiring me to do something with my downtrodden front porch.

    Did you use some sort of potting mix in the planter? That is already sounding like a dumb question…but I need step-by-step help with gardening projects.


    (I posted your project here:

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    The Corson Cottage
    October 6, 2011 at 3:11 AM

    Hi Joanna! I found you through Sarah’s Fall outdoor link party. Your front porch looks great! I love that you used the cabage the color is so vibrant and fun. Hope you’ll visit The Corson Cottage sometime:) I’m your newest follower. Carrie

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    Michelle @ Sweet Something Design
    October 6, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    Looks fantastic! I love the planter you use, great job!

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    October 6, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    oh my goodness!! I love this!! The gourds, the twigs, the cabbage-all of it!

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    Fishtail Cottage
    October 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    adoring your porch Seeing your post is very inspirational. Would love it if you shared your post at my Outdoor linky party this week! It’s new! oxox, tracie

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    rachel@Acts of Life
    October 7, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    Hi, I just came across your blog on Show and Tell Friday. I like what how you used the kale, it looks so nice mixed in with the pumpkins and gourds. I wish it was a little more like fall here in the South. The kale would probably wilt. Hope you have a good weekend!
    A new follower,

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    Shabby chic Sandy
    October 7, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Love the arrangements–looks very inviting by the front door

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    Amy @MaisonDecor
    October 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Your planters look fantastic! I love the branches you added in the back of them.

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    Lucky Lass
    October 8, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Your pictures are beautiful! The color of the kale with the pumpkins and gourds looks great. Good job!

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    October 8, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    GOOOOOD Morning this Saturday- I wanted to let you know that your “Talent” was featured over on COM today. xo-winks-jen

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    July 10, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Hello! I know I am late to the party but just found your site via Pinterest. Your front entryway is gorgeous! I have been looking for square, black pots but they are either too tall or too small and all of them are too expensive. Can you tell me where you got yours from? Thanks so much, Jena

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    WhisperWood Cottage
    July 19, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Gourd-geous is right! Thanks for linking up to The “Autumn Décor” Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage! Please send me an email when you get a chance to add the party button! Thank you!

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    WhisperWood Cottage
    July 19, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Gourd-geous is right! Thanks for linking up to The “Autumn Décor” Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage! Please send me a quick email when you get a chance to add the party button to your post. Thanks so much!

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    September 23, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Love the touch of purple that the Kale adds! Such a nice touch!

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    Kim @ Plumberry Pie
    September 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    It is gourd-geous! Love the kale! been wanting to do that forever. This is the year! 😉

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