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Decorating a Porch

I'm sure you've heard of the phrase "couch potato". But as the heat of summer dissipates, and the cool breezes of fall arrive, it's a great time of year to enjoy your porch more. So why not become a "porch potato" and fix up that space? It's a great place to eat - read a book - enjoy nature - get engrossed in conversation with your spouse or best friend.

The porch or balcony, whatever you have, is usually a smaller space, which makes it very easy to decorate. If space is limited, select a couple of matching outdoor chairs and place an end table between them. If you have more space, add a table and dining room chairs. You can get a wide variety of pillows now with fabrics made for outdoors, or covered in vinyl, that are colorful and charming to boot.

Chances are you've purchased more accessories since you last used them, so each time you bring them out, you're adding them to new items you've acquired. Because of this, your autumn decorating displays will never be the same as they've been in the past.

Be different and do the spectacular instead of the expected. This large scale iron charcoal "above the ground" fire pit adds warmth on cool nights. The palms and garden figurines add to the tropical look. Even the bamboo chairs continue the tropical theme and fountains are growing in popularity, not just inside the home but in the garden as well. Visit your local nursery for examples of the kind most suitable for outdoors.

No matter what space you have to work with, whether in the mountains, the city or the country, spread your decorating to these outer spaces: the porch, the balcony, the deck. On warmer days, you can open up your doors and magnify your space dramatically.

Look for foliage and branches in your garden that can be woven together into an attractive display. It doesn't have to be a typical wreath. Hang a spray of outdoor magic above your door and bring the outdoors inside for the fall. A little goes a long way, so don't go overboard. Make sure when you do something like this that you create decorations that are the right scale for the area where you wish to display them. All too often people hang up decorations that are either way too small or way too big for the space and then it doesn't feel right

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