What’s the first thing people notice when they come to your home? We spend so much time making the inside of our homes—the foyer, living room, dining room—look festive during the holiday season that we neglect one of the most important areas of the home—outside! As guests arrive for Thanksgiving dinner, give them a feast for the eyes before they even come inside.

Thanksgiving porch make over.


Here are 5 simple yet sophisticated ideas that we incorporated to really transform the curb appeal of the home for the season, taking it from boring to beautiful.

Hang a Thanksgiving wreath.
Hang a wreath.

You may put out a wreath every year for Christmas, or even have one that you keep up year round. This year, adorn your door with a festive, fall-inspired wreath—we used this lovely Giving Thanks Wreath. Hanging a wreath is an easy and elegant way to really make the spirit of fall come alive.

Put out a seasonal doormat.
Use a seasonal door mat.

Believe it or not, guests almost always take notice of the doormat before entering your home. There is such a wide array of doormats; choose one that is reflective of your family’s personality–understated and classic, cute and colorful, sleek and modern or rustic and outdoorsy. Put out something with a fall or Thanksgiving flare, and personalize it to convey a downhome welcome.

Add mums.
Add mums to your porch.

Chrysanthemums are known for being the official flower of fall. They come in an array of autumn colors—orange, yellow and red—and add a splendid seasonal ambience to the outside of your home. Place two fresh, flourishing fall bouquets inside sizable decorative vases and arrange them on both sides of the front door, like we did here. Visitors can admire these blooming beauties while waiting at the door, and reflect on all the natural beauty this time of year has to offer.

Add gourds.
Add gourds.

There is nothing that brings the earthy feel of fall to the home more than placing an array of gourds on your front porch. We like the idea of choosing pumpkins and squashes in various shapes, sizes and colors to create more interesting curb appeal. Place them near the door; and if you have steps or a walkway leading up to your front door, place a few gourds off to the side along the path. There is no limit to the amount of gourds you can set outside—prop smaller ones up against larger ones for a rustic look.

It’s all in the details.
Add details you have around your home.

It’s often the little things that make the biggest impact on your home décor. Add festive fall finishing touches to your front porch that really take it that extra mile. We’ve included a rustic basket filled to the brim with fall leaves, haystacks, a lantern, faux tree stumps and even a cute owl. Get creative–look for any knickknacks you might have at your home, and consider how they might translate outdoors. Use any natural items you may already have, like cornhusks, wood logs, branches or berries. Also, repurpose any old vases or planters you may already own.

The porch after the make over.

The idea behind amplifying your curb appeal for fall, is using rustic, natural items reflective of the season. The outside of your home is important when decorating during this time of year, as it sets the tone for what’s to come inside. Give visitors a warmhearted welcome on Thanksgiving, or any other fine fall day, by putting a little extra effort into the exterior.