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DECK YOUR PASADENA PORCH

DECK YOUR PASADENA PORCH

Veggies Add Porch Pizzazz

In southern California we are usually dying to put our sweaters and boots on at this time of the year and still tend to despite the sunshine. Just don’t say that to any Canadian friends! Even if the weather is still hot and sunny, fall colors change the mood and signal a change of season. Many of the older homes in Pasadena have perfect porches for decorating. You don’t need to be an interior designer in Pasadena to add a little pizzazz.  With a little effort and inspiration your entrance space can take on a new life.

A CHAIR AND A BLANKET

That old rocking chair on the verandah always looks inviting. Add a chair and a cosy blanket that says - sit and stay a while. Turn your face to the sun.

PUMPKINS PAST HALLOWEEN

Pumpkins with scary faces and cut out cats scream Halloween. But pumpkins with no faces are the perfect porch pal. Layer them in different sizes and try some of the cream or white ones for a more sophisticated look. You can also spray paint them any color you like. How about gold?

BASKETS OF PINE CONES

Head out to the forests and collect a bag of pine cones. Put them in a basket by your front door and add a couple of scented ones from the craft stores to really set the scene.

LIGHTED LANTERNS

Most of the battery operated candles now have built in timers. Put a selection in hurricane lamps or lanterns as the perfect welcome home greeting. No more arriving home in the dark.

MUMS ARE A MUST

Nothing says fall quite like chrysanthemums. They are cheerful, colorful and long lasting.

WATERING CAN VASE

Use an old watering can as a vase; the old metal ones look great filled with florals and decorative branches. I have a pomegranate tree and pick some of the branches with the fruit still attached. The fruits hang gorgeously over the edge.

ADD SOME VEGGIES

Although they won’t last long, nothing says harvest like mixing in some colorful vegetables with pumpkins. Try purple cabbage, gourds, corn and cornstalks.

By Jane Noble