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Outdoor Patio Hacks for Fall (Even if You Have Black Thumbs)

posted: 09/08/16
by: Katie Morton
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    Rustic Wagon Bouquet

    With vibrant, blooming flowers, summer is a gardener’s paradise. But with the season winding down, it’s time to look to the creations that lie ahead—and now is the perfect time to start to take advantage of fall’s natural elements for stunning patio decor. Mums look lush and are easy to keep alive! Their late growing season means that they’re the perfect fall patio flower. Mums look lovely cascading down steps or arranged in gorgeous pottery. Use whatever vessel strikes your fancy to display your fall blooms. The vintage patina of this rust-red wagon is a perfect pairing with crimson mums.

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    Ladder of Pumpkins

    Come October, everybody has pumpkins displayed on the front patio. But, what about taking it up a (literal) notch? Pumpkins perched on a wooden ladder add an architectural element to the most common of fall decor. The blog, A Spotted Pony used a simple ladder and fresh orange pumpkins to create a beautiful patio display.

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    Cozy Plaid Blankets

    If you’re lucky enough to have a covered patio, then you probably enjoy sitting outside on a crisp fall evening. Plaid blankets, draped over a bench or chair, add to the decor and provide a great way to stay warm.

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    Al Fresco Fall Dining

    Just because temperatures have fallen doesn’t mean you need to move the family dinners inside. A simple picnic table, burlap place settings, and decorative pine flower boxes let you enjoy beautiful, outdoor meals long after Labor Day.

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    Sweet Apple Wreath

    A wreath made from crisp green apples, whether real or faux, add a touch of grace to your exterior door. To up the apple appeal (pun intended!), grace the patio steps and flank the doorways with overflowing baskets of these fall stunners.

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    Pumpkin House Number Display

    This patio hack is both adorable and practical. Use painted pumpkin topiaries to creatively display your house number. Seasonal flowers brimming from a small burlap bag are a whimsical replacement for the typical door wreath.

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    Outdoor Game Room

    Who says your backyard patio is only for seating? Check out blogger, Heathered Nest’s inspired take on a three-season, outdoor game room. Checkered curtains, repurposed tin can lights, and tall cornstalks all turn up the charm of this patio.

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    Little Red Truck

    This vintage toy and pumpkin vignette would be adorable on a patio side table or on the step of a small patio. For larger patio spaces, a red child’s wagon filled with pumpkins would be picture perfect.

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    White on White

    Traditional fall colors are rich and vibrant, but who says you have to stick to only reds, yellows and oranges? A tone-on-tone pastel palette is elegant and serene. Find white large pumpkins at your farmers’ market to recreate this designer-inspired look.

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    More Is More

    The theme here is abundance! Mother Nature is a formidable sculptor. Just look at how effortlessly artistic these natural elements look arranged on this patio entry. Fluffy mums, hay bales, brass candle lanterns, and hand-painted signs add up to a show-stopping front patio.

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    Creative Lighting

    Sparkly white lights make anything look magical. A replica wagon wheel becomes a DIY lamp with the addition of a few strands of lights. A small wooden ladder or wire mesh baskets would be equally stunning wrapped in fairy lights. Fall’s the time to take your decor cues from the world around you. The beauty of fall’s color palette and rustic design elements inspire natural ways to make your patio as gorgeous as the seasonal foliage.