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Give your Front Porch a Fall Facelift
Welcome visitors with fall style
Happy to be featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Sunday “Embracing Autumn—Fall under the season’s spell.” Here are some pictures and excerpts from Alison Sherwood’s article, “Give your Front Porch a Fall Facelift” to which we contributed.
“Fall is the best time to show nature’s bounty,” said Deb Fowler, florist and owner of The Flower Lady Inc., in Wauwatosa. “In floral design, this is the best time to rock all the textural items you have.”
Natural botanical porch design in three steps
If you're overwhelmed by the task of decorating your front porch for fall, try this method from florist Deb Fowler for keeping things simple and unified.
STEP ONE: Choose one material for all containers: Wood, metal, woven fibers, ceramic, clay
STEP TWO: Choose three to four items, each from a different category below:
Harvest bounty: pumpkins, gourds, squash, corn, berries
Linear elements: twigs, branches, vines, dried grasses, dried corn stalks, rose hips, driftwood
Geometric elements: Spheres, hexagons, triangles, arrows, cubes, orbs
Plants: mums, begonias, succulents, green shrubs, ornamental cabbages, ferns, dried flowers like hydrangeas
Natural items: rocks, pine cones, vine Orbs, leaves
Candles: any shape or size
STEP THREE: Using various shapes, sizes or types of containers made from your chosen material, combine in various ways your chosen three or four items, in mass groupings or on their own.
Behind the scenes photos:
Deb Fowler grouped decorative lanterns, succulents and driftwood on her porch for the photo-shoot.
Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photographer and multimedia picture editor, frames a shot.
“Choose three to four items, each from a different category…” ferns, driftwood branches, birch logs bundled in twine.
Deb’s dog, Poppy, greets the crew at the front door.