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13 October, 2010

Lanterns and Pumpkins...My Fall Porch!

IMG_3700 We are sweltering here in Georgia, so last weekend I decorated my porch so I could at least pretend that fall has come! This year, I decided to use lanterns and pumpkins as my theme. I have fallen in love with lanterns because you can use them as accents in any season and they will fit right in!


my lanterns Here is my fall porch last year when I used a Pottery Barn inspired theme with them. (Click here to see more.) I found out a few important things…candles do not do well in the full sun on my little porch and candy corn does not make a good filler! lol Blowing rain turns it into a gooey mess that is almost impossible to remove!


page2 So this year I decided to use only things that will not melt in my lanterns and pumpkins seemed like the obvious choice! A trip to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in the north Georgia mountains gave me lots of wonderful varieties to choose from!


IMG_3695 I filled this lantern with some gorgeous little tiger striped pumpkins along with a white one. I really like the  way they look! Now if they will just hold up…I’ll keep you posted!


IMG_3680 Another lantern was filled with miniature Indian corn tied with some jute twine…love it! But something’s missing!


IMG_3696 It’s leaves! Now it’s starting to look like fall! Don’t laugh, but the ones I added are faux since we don’t have any…yet!


IMG_3697 Here’s how things look on the other side of my small porch…more of the same in different sizes. I seem to have bought mostly traditional orange pumpkins in spite of the selection at the pumpkin farm. It just contrasts better with my porch surface.


IMG_3692 Here’s my one little nod to Halloween!  I will pull it up on November first and leave the rest of the decorations. It’s just so much easier for me to decorate for fall and leave it up until Thanksgiving!


IMG_3691 Now for the wreath! I wanted a new one with more punch this year, so I decided to make it. I started with a $1.00 grapevine wreath from Goodwill and added a garland of leaves leftover from several years ago. Finally, I added two little swags that were half price at Michael’s and…voilĂ !


porch And finally…here it is! Do you think that Artie and Marty will count this as a vignette? I hope so! lol All I need is some nice, cool temperatures and I’ll believe fall has arrived!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my porch!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for the Fall Outdoor Spaces Party
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Artie at Color Outside the Lines for Vignette Fridays
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
See you next time! A la prochaine!

82 comments:

  1. It looks wonderful. I think I'll make a door wreath, too!

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  2. Debbie, ha ha, totally know what you mean about it being hot. What's up with that, last week, I took out all our winter clothes, it was actually chill in the morning, here in GA, then this week my kids want their shorts again. Oh well, back to your decore, it's beautiful. The lanterns are awesome, and I also love how they can change with the seasons. Yeay, candy and candles bad idea, thanks for learning that lesson for the rest of us. Everythign turned out great, and the fake leaves, hilarious. Trees here, are already changing colors, and dropping leaves, Gwinnett county!! I would love if you stop by, and link up to either of my parties. This is lovely, and I would love to have you. Thanks Bella :)

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  3. I think your fall decorations look fabulous! I especially like the wreath and the garland around your door. Hope the weather will cool down for you soon ;o)

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  4. I just love the lantern idea Debbie!
    Thanks for the ideas, it's looking very festive around your place!
    I wish you could see our front yard right now. The leaves are piled so thick it would make you giggle!
    We have a lot of raking to do!
    It's been warm here too but now it's going to be seasonable.
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  5. Looks great and very fallish. Our leaves have really started to fall. Love the lanterns.

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  6. I'm with you...GA is a bit slow with fall this year! I'm in NW GA and the leaves are just starting to turn...now if the weather would cool off, we could have a fire in the fireplace!
    Lovely porch...so festive!
    ♥'s
    Sherry

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  7. This looks beautiful Debbie. Maybe Mother Nature will take the hint :) I love the lanterns, and the pumpkins and Indian corn are beautiful fillers.
    It's been hot here too. It cooled off last week, but now we are right back in the 80's and 90's. Hope you have a great week. Hugs, Kat

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  8. I love your fall porch! Your wreath turned out great. I've got materials to make one but still have not had time to make it! Maybe I can get it made before it's time to put up a Christmas wreath!

    Donna

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  9. It's barely felt like fall where I live either, so I put stuff up just so I wouldn't miss the season.

    Love how you put the unexpected pumpkins in the lanterns. I think they show up much better than the candles and candy anyway.

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  10. Your porch is dressed beautifully for the season! Well done, very well done!

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  11. Living in the South, I have to fake Fall every year. YOur porch is lovely. Thanks for sharing it.

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  12. I love your holiday decor, very, very pretty. You have great taste. May I just offer a couple of ideas for you to help enhance what you already have.

    I think you need to vary the height of the items so they can all be seen better. I would elevate the things in a step pattern coming down from the door to the walk. I would elevate the topiaries and include a few dried or fake flowers or something else colorful in the topiaries to make them stand out. You might want to check at Michael's for their little bales of hay that were on sale in my neck of th woods for $5.99. They are great for lifting and elevating and add nice fall texture. Thanks for sharing your great taste with us.

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  13. Debbie, I love your porch. It is still hot here too. I wonder if it will ever cool off. Love the pumpkins and corn in the lanterns and the wreath and garland are beautiful. Such an inviting entry. Hope you have a super rest of the week. Hugs, Marty

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  14. It looks wonderful. I love the way you filled your lanterns. Very fall-like and festive....even if it is still hot outside. La

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  15. Love the lanterns!!! Soo pretty, and your door! Love it!

    Rumor has it that it is supposed to be cooling off....I HOPE that is true!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  16. I certainly call it a vignette Debbie, and I think you did a great job! In fact, I find it highly inspirational - which is never a surprise when I visit you! :)

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  17. looks fantastic. love the lantern look~

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  18. I think Fall has come to your house even if Mother Nature isn't cooperating. Love the colors! Sally

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  19. Hello there! First time visiting. I know what you mean about the heat. Your porch looks great! Love the pictures and the lanterns. I've been using popcorn kernels this year and LOVE the color. Just did a post on my blog using some. See what you think. I'm in Florida and it works great outside. Take care!

    Vicki at Rusty Rooster Vintage

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  20. Great idea with those lanterns! I feel your pain girl it stays hot here in Texas this time of year too. Thankfully this year it has been cooler but still no pretty fall leaves or chilly breezes to inspire so have to pretend and decorate anyway. I like to turn the ac down really cool and burn a pumpkin spice candle to help me get in the mood. lol.
    Debbie

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  21. BOOtiful!!! Anything Halloween is a treat for me.

    My Show n Tell is my newest Witch for my collection.

    The link is HERE I'd love to have you stop by for a visit.

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  22. If you want some leaves I certainly can send them to you! lol Yours are wonderful! I love the lanterns. A very fall welcome!!

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  23. Gorgeous! Right out of a PB Catalog!
    ~Tana

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  24. I love your lanterns! Why have I never thought to fill mine with seasonal decor like you did??? You never would know by looking at your porch that it was so hot there :) It was actually in the 80's last week here - crazy weather!

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  25. Your porch vignettes are really pretty! I love them!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  26. I love the lanterns; yes it has been hot here in MS - but we've had a little cool snap. I love the idea of not putting the candles and using the other things you used.
    Joining you at the party.
    Karen

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  27. Love your porch! This is the first day here in California that the weather is fallish, I am so beyond excited. :) Will decorate my own outside entry and patio this weekend, thanks for the inpsiration. xo Lidy

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  28. Love your pumpkins inside the lantern!! What a great idea!! I totally know what you mean about the candles in the lanterns outside... if you forget to bring them in before the sun comes out- oh boy... Thanks so much for joining Feathered Nest Friday! Love this idea!! :)

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  29. Hi Debbie, I have been looking for lanterns for my front porch and I love yours! The pumpkins and corn look fantastic in them. Great Fall decor.

    Next time you are in Seagrove not only visit Smiths but also Antiques on Holiday which is directly behind Smiths. Thanks for your visit and sweet comment.
    xoxo, Sherry

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  30. Wow, Debbie! Your porch is so pretty & inviting! Great idea using little pumpkins in your lanterns too. I've had very little decorating drive this year, but your ideas have just sparked a few ideas for me!
    Hugs, Diane

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  31. Debbie, your front entrance looks beautiful and says WELCOME! It all looks wonderful. I love to nibble on candy corn, but after your comment about the mess I wonder what it might be doing to my stomach. ;-)
    Maybe it won't seem so tempting anymore!
    Hope you get some cooler temps. Have to say we have enjoyed some nice days.
    The witches are in at HFTS. Come visit. ~ Sarah

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  32. Debbie,
    Your porch looks great. What a seasonal transformation!
    The wreath, the lanterns, the flowers. Love them all!

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  33. How colorful and inviting! Lovin' the pumpkins and corn in the lanterns! Wishing you some cooler weather:@)

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  34. looks super terrific. love how you filled your candle holders. I gotta dig my 2 out and do the same.

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  35. Hi Debbie...

    My friend, your entrance looks absolutely autumn delcious! I love the big lanterns...they look fabulous! I guess that I hadn't thought about it...but I suppose the candles and candy doesn't do well in the south this time of the year! Wishing you some cooler temps, my friend! But I will say...that from looking at your pretty porch...all dressed up in its fall finery...one would never guess that it was still very warm there! Anyway, this is just a fab combination...those awesome lanterns filled with autumn pretties, the pumpkins, and those beautiful yellow mums!!! Ohhh...and your wreath turned out sooo pretty as well! Thanks for sharing your pretties with us today, Debbie! This is gorgeous!!!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  36. Debbie, this is such an inviting fall look for your porch. I love the lanterns. At first glance, that corn gives the look of flames inside the lantern. Your wreath turned out sooo pretty, and I can't believe how inexpensively you made that. Thanks for linking your pretty Fall porch to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

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  37. So festive, love it!

    Sue @ Beach Bungalow
    xo

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  38. Just hopping over from Cindy's. What a wonderful blog! How comes I haven't seen it before? Very romantic! I LOVE YOUR CATS!!!! Claudia from FrenchCountry

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  39. I love your lanterns! Your entire porch is SO pretty~ I just love how you put it all together! The wreath you made is beautiful as well!

    We are working on our porch right now, so it is fun to see your completed fall porch! :) Now if mine looks half as pretty as yours, I will be doing well!

    I hope you have are having a great weekend. :)

    Blessings,
    Jenni
    {Beautiful Nest}

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  40. Debbie,

    Your porch looks great! I love your wreath-you did a wonderful job:)!

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  41. This is adorable! I love the decoration and I think I might steal this idea for our entrance.

    Chrissy

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  42. Debbie, I learned that candles melt outside, too. I had a battery operated one in my lantern and now it is quite strange looking. I like your idea of using corn and pumpkins as filler.
    Have a super week!

    Kim

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  43. Debbie, I love it! It looks so cute and so very fallish! I had to laugh about the candy corn, LOL! I can't have it out due to "visitors" that might sneak up and trick or treat me from the Mantazas River. ;-)

    I have been thinking of you a lot lately. I have a mother squirrel who is so much fun to watch, and she has the "squirreliest" bunch of teeangers you have ever seen. They provide endless hours of entertainment in our back yard. I have to watch my friend Maxi next door, she of the Baby Kitty persuasion, lest she decide she needs to take trophies. ;-)

    Love you...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  44. Even if it is hot there in GA, your decorations are beautiful! Come up here to Ohio...it's in the 40's in the morning and 60's in the afternoon. I think we'll have some frost before too long!

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  45. Hi Debbie, What a great porch! You and your creativity are just amazing. The next thing we know, PBarn is going to be following you to see what to put in their store next. Woohoo! Linda

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  46. Your porch and fall decorations are beautiful!! I love all the pumpkin varieties - I'd never seen the Tiger version before. Thanks for the inspiration!
    ~stopping by from Met Monday. :)

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  47. HI! Your porch looks great! I made my wreath on my door too. We are in Pa. so we actually are having beautiful Fall days. Fall is my favorite season, just HATE Winter:):) Love your lanterns, we collect them too! Hope it cools off a little for you! XO, Pinky

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  48. Gorgeous! I'm a plate addict too. My husband keeps asking why we need more dishes... Why Not? (-:

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  49. Debbie,
    Our warmer temps. have returned here, as well. Your porch is adorable! Hang in there cooler weather can't be far away!
    Fondly,
    Pat
    P.S. Maurice wants the AC turned back on! HA!

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  50. Looks so cozy and welcoming !!!!!!

    thanks for sharing,
    gena
    www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

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  51. Debbie,

    I am so so so happy I found your blog. I too am a plate addict and love home decor in general, and have just started my own blog. Yours is truly inspiring!
    Consider me your newest follower

    Jenny

    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  52. Hi Debbie, You've inspired me to get moving and decorate our front porch area. Your's looks so cute! I love the bright yellow mums against the black lanterns. Great Job ~Susie

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  53. Haha, those leaves are great! I would never have known. I know what you mean, 86 here in Dallas today, and my AC just came on - yuck! Well, it sure looks like fall on your pretty porch though!
    Cheers, Andrea

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  54. Your porch looks great! I love lanterns too. Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy your evening.
    Gail

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  55. Those lanterns look great! I'm going to have to "steal" your idea!!

    I'm hosting a link party so get your best cocktail recipe ready and dust off those glasses! Join the Happy Hour link party this Wednesday!!

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  56. Looks very inviting, Debbie. Love your fall decor...Christine

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  57. Loving your fall decor...like you I have trouble finding things that will stand the heat...I even have a covered porch but the temps here are still so high...nothing much stands up to the heat!!! At least we do have leaves...
    Love those lanterns!!!

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  58. Everything looks so beautiful! Come to Utah if you really want fall weather. The leaves are falling, the mornings are cool and crisp. Enjoy the beauty the you have surrounded yourself with.

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  59. I understand what you mean about decorating for fall only. I extends the pleasure and seems to be less work. All the children in our neighborhood have grown so we no longer have treat or treaters. Your porch is lovely and good choice in pumpkins. I have visited Burt's with my grandchildren. Have you visited "The Hardy Lights"?Don't know if they are still there.
    I am a new blogger, please stop by for a visit if time permits. Thanks, Ginger

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  60. Looks great. Love the decorations. And love the cat! Thanks for sharing.

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  61. You are always such an inspiration..an inspiration to try and keep things a bit more simple and uncluttered! HOW do you DO it? :)

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  62. Your porch looks amazing. I'm hoping to add some real pumpkins this coming weekend. It's been way too hot here in AZ -- they might implode or something!
    Carol

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  63. Hello Debbie,
    Your porch looks outstanding with all your fall lanterns. Thanks for coming to my party...hope you are having a fun time here:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  64. I love your fall decorations on your porch!! I love how you used the lanterns. You are very creative in how you use things. Nice job!!

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  65. Love your fall decor!!!
    Everything looks so great, I love your sense of style
    Thanks so much for commenting at my blog!
    I am also one of your followers - its always fun to see your updates. Would be honoured if you'd consider following mine, too
    Have a great night and thanks again for stopping by!
    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  66. HI there! I'm your newest follower!! I found you on the Tuesday Linky!!! I love finding new blogs and yours is lovely:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

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  67. Debbie Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment on my post about losing weight. Running after a baby is no joke, and you need to be in tip top shape. So I do hope that I can inspire you to do better, although it sounds like you got it mostly coverered already. Thanks again for stoping by, and make sure to check back often to see how I'm coming along. Bella :)

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  68. Debbie, I love your lanterns, both last year's look and this year's. I can't imagine trying to clean out gummy melted candy corn and candles. YUK What a mess. Live and learn, I guess. The miniature pumpkins and corn look so sweet in their little lanterns. And who cares if the leaves are faux? They can be saved for next year! Glad you came by for a visit. hugs, Sue

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  69. I think it looks wonderful and one would never guess it is still so hot there. I'm heading south in a few days...what to pack? A little of everything I think!

    We have the leaves falling in Illinois, but they aren't that pretty this year. I also still have my hibiscus blooming...so go figure. Mother Nature is very confused.

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  70. Please come advise me on my front door decor Debbie -- love your wreath. So seasonal. Thanks for stopping by. Jane F.

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  71. HI Debbie. It was good to see you again. I haven;t been on line and blogging much because of our moving one month ago. We still are not ready yet but will be getting there someday. LOL.
    I love your fall decorations, con't see they are not real.
    Have a good week.

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  72. I absolutley love your fall "vignette". So much so that I may just steal the idea...my poor porch is in need of some lovin' . Thank you for the inspiration!

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  73. Your porch is beautifully decorated and I love the pumpkins and corn you added to the lanterns. Your wreath is a show-stopper! It's really gorgeous.

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  74. Hey you crazy plate addict! How have you been? Your porch looks wonderful! I'm trying to catch up on your other beautiful projects. I've been on a blogging break of late...
    I'm hosting book club at my house next week and the book takes place in your favorite country, none other than France! So...I am glad that you still have your frenchy playlist, because I will have it softly playing in the background! Do you have any suggestions on EASY french appetizers or desserts? I'm making several quiches and will have a salad, but since you're the expert on all things french thought you might have some good ideas!

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  75. BEAUTIFUL entrance!! I gotta tell ya', I cringed when I first saw the candy corn. LOL Here, it would be covered with ants in no time at all. I wonder if we could find a garland of faux ones & take it apart???? Must keep an eye out for such a thing.

    I'm laughing at your fake leaves...I'll be happy to send you TONS of ours!!!! LOL

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  76. Deb this looks so festive and it looks like a house I want to see the inside of since the outside is sooo cute!! Kathysue

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  77. hi there. i just came across your blog & am hoping you will be interested in linking up to a new party for "outdoor fall decor" begining later this evening! hope to see you share a post! xoox, tracie

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  78. Love your front porch, Debbie! I linked to it today on my post on decorating with corn for fall.

    Somehow I missed that we are fellow Atlanta bloggers! :) Hoping to head to Burt's next week to pick up some fun pumpkins and make a stop at an apple orchard too.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie