By Lydia Geisel

Published on October 6, 2018

There’s something about fall that just speaks to the senses. Maybe it’s the delicate crunch you hear when you step on a fallen leaf or maybe it’s the scent you take in when a cool and unexpected breeze comes your way—either way, once autumn hits, we’re ready to soak it all in.

While we tend to imagine the typical scope of autumnal activities occurring in the kitchen (think roasting pumpkin seeds or stirring spiked cider), the real truth is that your best fall life is waiting for you on your own doorstep.

In celebration of the changing season, we scoured Instagram for the dreamiest fall al fresco scenes we could find. And, boy, does the internet love a foliage-covered porch. Read on for the autumn-approved stoops we’re in awe of right now, plus a few fresh ideas for decorating your own outdoor space this season.

 

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Honestly, raking is so overrated. In its blissful, burnt orange state, this idyllic cottage looks like something straight out of a storybook. Playing off the verticality of the surrounding sky-high trees, we love how the simple pair of corn stalks by the stairs lets the exterior do most of the talking.

 

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Whether you have a palatial wrap-around porch or a tiny city stoop, fall doesn’t’ discriminate. Creating an almost eerie, yet elevated entrance, the fallen branches that line the railing up to the front door extend slightly spooky vibes, while a mix up of tiny hay bales and an assortment of muted, multicolor pumpkins give this townhouse serious sidewalk appeal.

 

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The fiery hues of fallen leaves look best when compared against a pop of white and perfect symmetry. Complemented by a series of hunter green shutters and golden yellow mums, from a decorating perspective, this sweet home does more with less.

 

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For all our farmhouse-loving, fall-obsessed followers out there, this charming New England abode is for you. Swimming in a sea of happy yellows and rusty reds, what a dream it would be to snag a seat in that rocking chair just before dusk. Although we tend to favor a more lenient pumpkin arrangement, with a single pumpkin strategically placed in the center of each post, this Vermont retreat makes a case for being extra precise.

 

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This picture-perfect, pumpkin-colored porch quite stunningly sums up everything we love about the color orange. While it’s always fun when your exterior matches your seasonal decor, the real secret to this punchy display is that it looks and feels natural. Instead of crafting a contrived arrangement of perfectly aligned pumpkins, here, a scattered mix of all shapes and sizes lends a more casual tone.

 

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Trailed by browning ivy and other former greens, this wild and whimsical London townhouse is crawling with autumnal splendor. Leaving just enough room for the front door and second-floor windows to shine through, here, shades of amber and apricot organically frame the structure. Oh, and that darling picnic table? That’s just a sweet, al fresco bonus.

 

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Aptly-dubbed White Cottage Farm, design and lifestyle blogger Liz Marie’s Grand Rapids home never disappoints when it comes to exterior decorating ideas—especially once autumn hits. Going full force on the front porch, her display looks so dreamy because it looks complete. Rather than half-committing to a few pumpkins here and there, Marie opted for a vibrant, fuller arrangement that incorporated mums and fresh kale.

 

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Want to really wow this year’s trick-or-treaters? Bring together all the quintessential makings of a cozy fall front stoop. Hay bales and corn stalks are a fine place to start—just don’t forget the scarecrow to keep the ghouls and goblins away.

 

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