This past weekend I was given the opportunity to help a friend decorate her front porch for Autumn. Lacey was very open minded about the entire project and basically gave me free reign on the decision making.
After she texted me a picture of the area that I would be decorating, I knew I wanted to incorporate some lighter tones to contrast with the dark entry doors. So when we made our way to the local garden center this past Saturday, I suggested picking out neutral colored pumpkins and white mums.
I also offered to piece together a wreath for each door. I was able to keep cost low for Lacey since the fall ribbon was 40% off at Hobby Lobby and all floral stems were 50% off that day too. Since I was working with a budget, I texted her pictures of each item along with the prices for approval. Then later that night I got to work and created the wreaths seen below.
Lacey had mentioned to me that she loved hydrangeas, so I selected stems that were similar to that beautiful flower. I also kept the rule of three in decorating in mind and chose two other stems to complete the look. One resembled an artichoke heart and the other was a simple green leaf stem to serve as the foundation.
On Sunday afternoon, Lacey helped me pull the entire space together. Since I wanted to evaluate the placement of each wreath, I waited until that day to make the burlap bows. To hang each wreath we used command strips to ensure a clean removal when Lacey is ready to take down her decorations.
While I was at Hobby Lobby, I also purchased the wooden baskets that serve as planters for each mum. Tip: When choosing mums, select the ones that have buds. They will last longer since they haven’t produced any flowers yet.
And then finally I added the pumpkins to the space – tilting some and placing others on their side for variation.
Working with a client was both exciting and challenging for me. Since every one has their own style and taste, I sometimes underestimate the ideas I have for others. Lacey was very sweet and encouraged my talents every step of the way. Overall I think she was pleased with the neutral palette I suggested.
Oh rustic neutrals, you make my heart happy. I had a blast creating this cute, welcoming space – but more than anything I enjoyed spending time with a dear friend at the same time. Thanks for the opportunity Lacey!
This was my first time photographing outside. As you can see I had a bit of trouble controlling the exposure. Since we pulled the space together right after lunch, the beaming sunlight sort of put a damper on all of the shots I captured.