Fall Home Tour: The Porch & Kitchen

Welcome to the first installment of my fall home tour for 2015! If you came by way of Cozy Little House, I am thrilled you popped in for a visit. Be sure to head back over if you missed Brenda's tour. Today, I will be giving you a tour of our front porch and a rarely seen room on my blog...the kitchen!
I hope you enjoy your visit here today and do come back on Thursday, when I will share my second installment with the living room and dining room tours.

Let's get started...my husband and our two small children live in a tiny town just outside of Rochester, NY. The weather has been all over the place here lately, but just started to feel like fall. This is definitely my favorite time of year.

My style is eclectic with a subtle bohemian vibe. My fall decor is mainly brought in through natural touches this year.
I love to mix things up and rearrange all throughout the year. I kept things a little simpler this year on the front porch than I did last year - mainly because it is still early in the season! No doubt I will add to it and rearrange things over the next month as we really settle into autumn.
For now, I did go out and buy some mums and a new to me plant...Red Peacock Flowering Kale. I fell in love with the color. It goes beautifully with the orange pumpkins and rich, colorful mums. I kept some of my cacti out here (although with cooler weather coming they will soon be back inside) and filled in some details with small pumpkins, gourds, owl statues and a found deer skull.
I was so excited when I found a copper colored watering can at Christmas Tree Shops a few months back. It was perfect for our recently added landscaping that my husband did for me this summer when it was hot, hot, hot.
I am not really a traditional wreath person when it comes to fall (last year I put a macrame owl out here!), but this year, I wanted to change it up, so I gathered some nature from our yard and added some Indian corn to it. Simple and almost free.
The pillows are from Home Decorator's Collection. They are on the scratchy side so they make nice outdoor pillows when we have good weather. The Mexican falsa blanket is one of my most recent thrift store finds.
Now, it's time to head inside to the kitchen! I hardly ever share photos from our kitchen here on my blog since living in this home for the past five years. I have shared before pics and progress pics of our makeover, but the truth is, it is still a HUGE work in progress. We started painting the cabinets a couple of years ago and still haven't even finished. I would love new countertops, flooring, lighting, etc. This list could go on and on.

But, that being said, I am challenging myself to enjoy it right now, as is. Flaws and all. So I decided to decorate it a bit for fall and make myself happily share (some of) it here...just in case it might inspire some of you out there who also don't have a state of the art kitchen with all the latest trends. It doesn't mean it still can't be the heart of your home and worthy of looking at. So....here we go!
Just recently, we brought the old sewing table in here to act as a kitchen island for the time being. I have been decluttering a lot the past year and sold the old, chippy table we had here previously. I like the wood tone of this piece, but would ideally like something a little bigger. For now, I put a bouquet of branches my little boy Owen and I foraged from the yard.
My mom loaded us up with apples from her trees the last time we were down visiting, so there are plenty just waiting for me to make fall desserts with!
I rigged up my own lighting for my work area from an antique egg basket.
I do spend quite a bit of time in this room and always enjoy the view of our backyard. It is a fairly deep lot that backs up to the woods. We often see deer and other wildlife roaming about.
I hope you enjoyed your visit today touring my front porch and getting a little glimpse inside my kitchen! Now it's time to head on over to Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable to check out how she does fall.

Then be sure to visit the rest of the talented bloggers sharing their fall home tours today along with me!

Here is the line up for the rest of the week:

Tuesday


Wednesday


Thursday


Friday



And as I mentioned at the beginning, I am sharing the next part of my fall home tour on Thursday so make sure to come back to see how I am bringing fall into the living room and dining room!


Till next time...Happy Fall!
~Alice W.

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  1. love it! your porch is so inviting- last year's was a favorite, too! and i am not really a traditional wreath person either. i used to be but i realized it just isn't me. i don't have anything hanging now- with our screen doors they always feel in the way, so part of newer simpler decor... no wreath!

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  2. I just love it all! The porch is perfection and so welcoming for your guests. And the kitchen looks amazing and cozy and functional. Plus, your photography is amazing!!! So happy to be part of this fall home tour with you!

    :) Linda

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  3. Good morning Alice! What a lovely blog you have...and your fall decor is just gorgeous. Off to pin your pretty pictures!

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  4. Loved seeing your kitchen and porch Alice! I love your style!

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  5. Alice, everything looks beautiful right from the front door! I love the kitchen too it's SO pretty!

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  6. Enjoying all your touches of nature, Alice. Intriguing and warm, as always! Xo ~julie

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  7. Gorgeous! Love all your Fall decorating!

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  8. Hi Alice, visiting from the tour! Everything is lovely and charming and it was fun to see your kitchen! I especially love the basket fixture over your sink ;) Blessings, Cecilia

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  9. Hi Alice, visiting from the tour! Everything is lovely and charming and it was fun to see your kitchen! I especially love the basket fixture over your sink ;) Blessings, Cecilia

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  10. Your porch and kitchen look so pretty dressed for fall.

    Kathy

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  11. Your porch and kitchen look so pretty dressed for fall.

    Kathy

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  12. Your photography is wonderful! Love that you showed your kitchen! It lives real!

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  13. Your photography is wonderful! Love that you showed your kitchen! It lives real!

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  14. First, I LOVE your kitchen just as it is! And secondly, that photo of just the basket of apples is STUNNING! I made up a Pinterest board of our tour. And a lot of your pics just went on it!
    Brenda

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  15. Your home is lovely and "personal", and as always, your photos are "real"!! have a wonderful Fall Alice, I always look forward to what you're sharing!

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  16. I absolutely love all of it!! Its simple and beautiful!! I also noticed your coffee maker, but I couldn't see what brand it was!! Thanks for the beautiful pictures today!!!

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  17. Very inviting fall décor and nice to see your Real kitchen - I live on a decorating budget too so make do with a lot of what I have and paint. I Love the old sewing table as an island and the old apple bucket beneath it. Thoughts of apples being harvested and brought into the kitchen for processing into apple pies, apple sauce, dried apple rings to hang on the Xmas tree etc are the old fashioned real Fall "décor" of yesteryear - nice touch of reality!

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  18. OH so pretty, Alice! Your personal touches are beautiful...right down to the way you styled the Indian Corn. Your photography is really lovely! I love your kitchen...it inspires me to bring in more wood and natural elements!

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  19. Beautiful...

    Imaginative...

    Love all the white...

    Tessa

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  20. Everything looks fantastic, Alice. You have that perfect touch in keeping things simple and pretty. Your porch looks so festive and I love the natural touch in your kitchen...I can definitely see that it's the Heart of your home! The sewing table makes a great little island-love it!

    Happy Autumn (almost)!

    Jane x

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  21. Alice, everything looks beautiful! I love how you have incorporated so many natural elements, especially those apples. I know they are popular all year round, but seem to fit so nicely with fall weather and decor. I love how you've used them! Sometimes I think people forget about how versatile they are in decorating!

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  22. Beautiful Alice. Love all of your fall touches and I especially love your front porch. I have a small one too and I love to see how other people decorate theirs. Yours is perfect.

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  23. So cozy...and I love that you embrace the fact that your home is uniquely yours.

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  24. Gorgeous, Alice! I love your door adornment and I always enjoy seeing your kitchen!!

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  25. Alice,
    Good Afternoon and what an inspirational pleasure it is to visit you! Your home is exquisitely inviting, charming and decorated with such love, care and oh these natural elements. I would love to be sitting on your front porch right now, enjoying a crisp apple. Beautiful blog! I am beginning my pinning now:)
    Jemma

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  26. Your pictures are beautiful as usual! Thanks for inviting me into your home. I'll come back by Thursday.

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  27. So enjoyed the tour! Love your kitchen island, it's charming! Your photos are amazing!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  28. I just love the simplicity of your Fall decor! It's my favorite kind...branches, apples, cuttings from the yard and garden...beautiful!

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  29. Hi Alice! I didn't know you lived in Rochester. We were New Yawkers all our lives until last year. Of course, since I tauk like that you've probably figured out we were in the southern part of the state ;).

    I think your kitchen is so very pretty! The photo of the branches on the gorgeous sewing table is stunning! I used to have a table like that. It was my grandmothers. I got rid of it because I had no where to put it, but I kept her sewing machine.

    Your porch is so welcoming, and put together so nicely. I'll be back on Thursday to soak more in :).

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  30. I love your kitchen! It is very cozy and homey. I don't have a state of the art kitchen at all....still using the Amana fridge from the late 80's believe it or not, but adding Fall touches helps a lot! I love your style on the front porch too! Again, very homey! I live in a small town outside of Rochester, NY too! Mine is east of the city, Palmyra. Where is yours?

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  31. simply lovely alice, you are one of my favorites. :D

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  32. Love your front porch and you kitchen island is wonderful!!!!

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  33. Just popping by to say how much I love your kitchen. it is just adorable with the lovely island, decorated so perfectly for fall, and the open cupboards. It is so bright and inviting; the peak at your gorgeous pottery a real treat. Your window is perfect with the wide sill that hold some of your treasures. Oh, I wouldn't change a thing. I love your porch, too. I would certainly stop to take a second look. Happy Fall! Deb (Ontario, Canada)

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  34. I love your fall decor and I love your kitchen! Sometimes I get tired of seeing brand new state of the art kitchens because not everyone lives that way We added a new countertop and hardware to our doors and it instantly felt updated. We've had our cabinets for 24 years. I see nothing wrong with your kitchen and you should be proud to show it off because it's lovely!

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  35. You have the coolest kitchen island EVER! Love your photos. I'll stop by and check out the rest of your house on Thursday :)

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  36. Hi Alice, I newly following you by e-mail. Your photos are wonderful and your porch and kitchen look so special dressed for fall. Looking forward to coming back to see the rest..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  37. LOVE your front entrance and all the Fall touches you added...such a pretty kitchen too! Great tour!

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  38. Wow! Wow! Wow! You're place looks incredible. Absolutely beautiful and your photography is so good girl! I mean seriously, how do you get apples to show emotion? Stunning!

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  39. You did a beautiful job of bringing Fall to your home and your photography is amazing!

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  40. Your home evoked such a fall warmth. Love the porch and the mums.We are still so hot here that no mums yet.

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