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A good mark of hospitality is the graciousness with which you greet all who come to your door.  And there is no welcome like the welcome we show the bright colors and crisp temperatures of autumn when they finally arrive.  With arms thrown open wide, we invite autumn to our porches, to don a festive corsage, to sit a spell amongst the pumpkins, to hang from our front doors and bid us cheery hello, to exchange scarecrow grins, to sip cider and spiced tea and bathe us in golden light.  And she obliges.  Gracious guest and gracious host put summer to rest and look with anticipation to new things to come.

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Welcome to A Southern Discourse’s 2nd annual Bundle of Porches You Love! Last year, I had so much fun touring the country side and meeting wonderful southern ladies who were decking out their porches and entryways for fall that I just knew I would have to do it again this year when the air turned cool.  And you ladies did not disappoint; this year’s fall porches are just gorgeous!  So, dear reader, grab a cuppa your favorite brew and spend some time with this year’s 7 gracious autumn hostesses.


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This old world gem off of Highland Avenue in Jackson, TN, gives us an entryway that is southern all the way.  Still warm enough for ferns?  Yes ma’am, not to mention all of the other gorgeous foliage in this vignette!  I love looks that just let the season speak for itself.


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Kaitlyn Bryant, also of Jackson, TN, was not short on charm when she dressed her porch this fall!  Lively colors, baskets of blooms, and a giant bouquet of pampas and other natural grasses wave at all who pass by.  Kaitlyn’s porch is just about as cute as it gets!


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Jennifer Hannis of Henderson, TN, evokes all things fall with her entryway.  Pumpkin stacks in shades of orange, a wreath of colorful leaves, a rustic lantern, cornstalks, and sunny yellow mums are all the perfect touches for the autumn season!


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img_6751These 3 Texas ladies have done more than just two-stepped their ways into the Southern Discourse heart, their porches and entryways really go all out with mums, gourds, and sweet potato vine aplenty!  Each entry has its own style and symmetry, but one thing is for sure- these gals have a keen eye for proportion, size, and arrangement.


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SONY DSCAs always, it’s time to finish up with the Southern Discourse porch.  The look for this year’s porch was definitely ‘country living’ inspired.  Turquoise, yellow, and red were my go-to colors, but it was the signs that turned out to be the most fun.  I made the tall welcome sign from some old fence boards that I trimmed down and fastened together.  The smaller sign is chalkboard I picked up from the wedding aisle at my hobby store.  I wrote on it before hot gluing it onto a small dowel rod to make my own floral pick.  A bit of whimsy to welcome all my guests!


Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,  for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.     Hebrews 13:2
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