Creating Cozy Fall Vibes on the Back Porch

Decorating with seasonal Fall vibes on the back patio with pumpkins, mums, a fall wreath, cozy throws, a firepit and more!

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Hello friend and welcome to this month's Pinterest Challenge. Fall is in full swing now and we've been enjoying all the cozy vibes this season brings! Thanks to Cindy at County Road 407 for choosing each month's theme. I'm sure you enjoyed her tips for decorating a Fall porch without using mums!

I'm Cindy too and I love decorating my home for all the seasons! Mr DIY and I are brand new empty nesters, and I've been crafting and decorating up a storm to keep myself busy! We recently moved from Texas to a rental home in Mississippi and it's been so fun to add my special touch to this home. Here are a few of the projects I've been working on:

Today it's all about porches and patios decorated for Fall, and I can't wait to show you ours!

Cozy Vibes on the Back Patio

This is a Pinterest Challenge, which means that Cindy has chosen an image from Pinterest and our challenge is to create a similar look using our own items. It's so fun to see how different each team member's images are! I hope you're inspired to see how you can choose a few similar elements to decorate your porch or patio for fall too!

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Our inspiration this month comes from Rachel and Kevin Quenzer of Sugar Maple Farmhouse. They've decorated such a welcoming and festive fall front porch, with several cozy seating areas and vignettes.

Here are the elements I used on my fall porch

  • rug
  • chairs with pillows
  • pumpkins
  • mums
  • black accents
  • the colors of Fall

Our back patio is the area I chose to decorate. Unlike our previous home, we don't have a front porch at our rental. But we have a nice, big patio in the backyard! It's all brick and stone so the vibe is different than the cottage feel of the inspo image (and our previous front porch!) but it's still easy to make it cozy and inviting.

Start with a blank slate

Even though we've only lived in this home for 3 months, the back patio needed a good cleaning (and purging) to make it ready for fall gatherings! You can watch this short video to see the BEFORE and to see Mr DIY and I tackle this project.

We found this beautiful terracotta colored rug at Aldi on clearance (see similar HERE), and I knew it would be the perfect layer for our back patio. It's easy to sweep (or hose off if needed) and adds some fall color. Millie is always willing to pose prettily for treats ❤

Comfy outdoor seating is so important if you want to be able to linger outside, and we brought these faux wicker chairs with us from our last home. They're from Lowes but I can't find a link. What I especially like about them is the built in seat cushion, which is very comfortable! I added some fall pillows to cozy them up.

When I was decorating our patio for fall, the real pumpkins weren't available anywhere yet. I brought some of my decorative faux pumpkins outside for these pictures, and will probably switch them out with real pumpkins now that they're readily available!

We were lucky to hit the mum jackpot at Home Depot and added two white mums to our patio. As I'm typing this, the flowers have already died but Mr DIY and I spent a few minutes deadheading each one, and I think we're going to get another show of blooms, as there are flower buds!

Mums are tricky in the south because they need a lot of water in our hot weather.

The inspiration image shows black accents and I added some of my own with these inexpensive Walmart lanterns, and some small side tables. Mr DIY's smoker fits right in lol!

Something else we added to our patio is this wood burning steel firepit. It's been so fun to have a few fires already and I know we'll use this a lot as the weather cools down! Now is a great time to get good deals on outdoor firepits, gazebos, patio furniture and more! Make sure to use my coupon code DIYBEAUTIFY to save 13% on anything at

The kids are looking forward to coming home for s'mores under the stars! We enjoy sitting out here in the evening and chatting with a cup of something yummy!

The solar patio lights we added are great once the sun goes down!

Finally, I cozied up our patio with a basket of throws, and a DIY fall wreath. The inspo picture has a sign hanging on the house. My faux terracotta wreath is made with peat pots that I got on clearance and was super cheap to make! Let me know if you'd like a tutorial for it.

All those warm fall colors add to the coziness we created on our patio!

Be sure to visit Kristin's porch next, she always has such great outdoor decor!

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  1. Cindy,
    Your porch is so charming. I love your wreath with the peat pots. It's prefect here. Great Tour

  2. HI Cindy, I love the white pumpkins along the window. There are a ton of video ads placed right in the middle... fyi.

  3. Cindy, What a beautiful porch you have! II bet you just love using that firepit. The cutest accessory is your little pup!

  4. I had no idea you could get rugs (or decor) at Aldi. We don't have one close to us but I'm looking one up today! Love the colors and how inviting your patio is so I can see why y'all love sitting out there and chatting. Thanks for joining us this month!

    1. Thank you! I didn't really know either, until I saw piles of them on clearance!

  5. I love your patio, what a wonderful place to sit, visit and relax. The firepit is a great idea, it will be perfect when the weather cools down. I love how you've added such fun vignettes, pillows and throws to create such a cozy inviting space.

    1. Thanks so much Marty! We're looking forward to spending lots of time out here!

  6. I think the empty nesters have it made in the shade. 😉 Love all the pretty fall touches in your cozy outdoor space including the awesome fire pit! Save some marshmallows for me!

    1. Haha, yeah we whine a lot but we have it pretty good lol! C'mon by, there's a chill in the air tonight!

  7. AnnMarie | Simply2MomsSeptember 27, 2022 at 6:37 PM

    I love this space that you've created in your home, so beautiful and welcoming! I would love to be able to spend time somewhere such as this this fall!

  8. Cindy, your back patio is lovely! It looks great with the new firepit and all the lovely fall accents you've placed about. <3 Your sweet pup is precious, too!! Thank you for more amazing ideas!

    Happy fall hugs,
    Barb :)

  9. Cindy, you got your patio ready for fall in such a short time. That fire pit will certainly be welcomed on chilly nights. Love the idea of a basket of throws for cuddling.

    1. Thank you Carol, I'm a huge fan of chilly mornings and evenings!

  10. What a wonderful space to enjoy with your hubs! Love how the pretty rug sets everything off and gives your feet something soft:)


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