The First Step: Chic Fall Arrangements for Your Doorstep

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth

Fall is a very nostalgic time of year for everyone I think.
The air and the sunlight have changed and it begs us to begin the preparation for winter. To me, October is the true beginning of fall.  My formative years were spent in Virginia, where the season arrives a little later than it does in New England.  The smell of the earth reminds me of my high school cross country practices and coming home to a warm meal in the oven.

I find celebrating the fall harvest a much lovelier concept for decorating my own home, than with faux cobwebs and possibly overdoing it on a scarecrow.  For me, fall is much more about fireplaces, plaid blankets , hot cider, and poetry on front porches.  I also loved having friends and family over and baking apple pies.  I loved hosting then, and still do.

 I thought I would showcase a few ways to make your home look more welcoming this Fall. 

The first step is your front step!


Coming Home: Country House
What is more harvest feeling than a country porch with a cherry red roof? Incorporate the changing leaves on the property into your wreath and showcase one or two sunflowers to give it an extra pop.  If you have a dogflower tree, they are usually blossoming red berries right now and give great texture to any arrangement.  Stagger a mum and pumpkin on your front step.


The Suburban Estate:
Oh, I hope you have a navy door. I want a navy door.  Use the branches from your oak tree as decoration in a beautiful planter.  It’s perfectly safe to trim some of your branches, farmers do this to apple trees to make some limbs grow stronger than others (my husband tells me). Find a similar planter here, at Williams Sonoma.  A simple hydrangea wreath is always a lovely statement.  Either of these can be used on their own paired with the pumpkin without fear of overdoing it.

The Oh-So-Chic City Dweller:
You have double doors. We are all jealous.  Ask your neighborhood florist to keep it sophisticated with two geometric wreaths. Since you usually have a green fern planter on your front step, have them make up an planted arrangement for your planter too- with mums.

The Second first step is the scent that greets those who are arriving. 

I’ve recently discovered the wonders of a stove top potpourri.  I tried this for a few parties we threw in Greenwich during the winter, and we got a lot of compliments.  Scented candles often get too strong for me, but I do like to enjoy a gentle fragrance.

Here’s a recipe I pulled from my Pinterest for a Fall potpourri.

- the peel of one orange
- one cut up apple
- 2 large cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon of cloves
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon of almond extract
- 1.5 cups of water plus plenty more for refill

Place all ingredients in a cooking pot and simmer throughout the day while adding a bit of water from time to time. Also, you can reuse this mix for three days and store it in the fridge overnight.