Decorating with Cornstalks

by Chris on October 15, 2012

octobers.Is that the truth or what? I l-o-v-e October. Perhaps my favorite month? I’m sure it has a little something to do with my birthday and my anniversary (17 years, yo!), but it’s the combination of fall colors, warm clothing, and doughnuts. Yeah. I have a thing for doughnuts.

Something I’m kinda bummed about? I didn’t get any cornstalks for my porch this year. I know. What was I thinking, right? A program at our school sells beautiful bundles of them for only $5.00, and I skimped out this year. So what do I do? Look them up on the internet to make myself feel worse about it. Wanna join me?

One of my favorites. I love that her cornstalks aren’t brown yet. What a perfect color combo with the front door, eh?

fall porchSimply Gardening with Mallory

My favorite thing about cornstalks is that you just don’t need much more when you use them. They are such an impact with a low cost.

porch cornstalksJulie Ranee at Houzz

Again—it’s adorable, but it could literally just have the cornstalks. Love how these are so full!

cornstalks on porchBrightly Inspired

You don’t even have to decorate both sides of the porch. Choose a little corner like this one. How cute!

corner cornstalkSunny Side of the Porch

And this little vignette has me swooning. One little cornstalk bundle and some perfectly-colored pumpkins are all it takes. And an awesome urn. Oh, and an arrow sign….you know what I’m sayin’.

cornstalk white pumpkinssource

You know how I feel about yellow mums, so this one really stood out for me. I love the wood door as the backdrop. Rich, warm colors!

cornstalk and mums

The Catbird Seat

Here’s another beautiful door paired with them. Of course, the stone and ivy sure doesn’t hurt. Love that look.

cornstalksDIY Network

What’s not to like about this one? So much going on (planks, lanterns, adorable wheat-filled basket) that it just welcomes you right in.

rustic porch

I hope you enjoyed the little tour as much as I did! It’ll have to hold me off until I decorate the porch again next year. So…do you love Octobers as much as I do? Like me, is it because it’s my birthday month? Smile



Kim @ Plumberry Pie October 15, 2012 at 10:15 am

Hey Chris, your mention of cornstalks and yellow mums made me think of my friend’s outdoor fall decor. Thought you might like it…

Have a great week!

Chris October 15, 2012 at 11:34 pm

OH my word. How cute is that?? And that DOOR! Ugh. Swooning! Thanks for sharing, Kim!

Helen Valenzuela (aka ValenzMom) October 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I just loved all those pics you posted, Chris. I just love autumn in general – mostly because my birthday falls in November! I also checked out the cute photos that Kim linked to. I love the pumpkin with the cattails! No one sells corn stalk bunches here in TX, so I have to be content with hay bales. I also picked up half a dozen of these strange lime green balls that fell off of some trees at the park. They have bumps all over them and are about the size of a softball. They are quite heavy, too. Anyway, I have them in my display with my pumpkins and gourds because they are a pretty color and a strange texture.

Chris October 15, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Hay bales are pretty darn cute too, Helen! Corn is everywhere up here, so it’s weird to imagine a place that doesn’t have them all over. I love your use of resources! You and I think alike!

Helen Valenzuela (aka ValenzMom) October 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I found out what my strange lime green balls are – apparently they’re from a tree called an Osage-orange (Maclura pomifera) secondary names: bois-d’arc, bodark, hedge-apple. According to the Texas A&M Texas Native Trees website, the fruit is “A large, spherical, green fruit — actually an aggregate of many small seeds — ranging from 4″ to 5″ in diameter, resembling a green, wrinkled orange. Common names for the fruit are “horse apple” and “hedge apple.” Who would have guessed?

Jill Flory October 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Lovely homes and decor. I like October the years it stays nice and warm :) The chill we’ve been having doesn’t excite me much!

Heather Adams October 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Love October!! Unfortunately, up here in Alaska, we don’t get a very long one. Usually about 2 weeks of gorgeous color and maybe some sun. But I love the snuggly textures and thoughts of upcoming holidays. I also love that it is socially acceptable for hot chocolate again!!! Love you blog, by the way. You make me laugh out loud! :)

Chris October 15, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Oh man. 2 weeks? Not nearly long enough! Thank you for stopping by! I will continue to try and be funny. :)

Johanna B October 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm

October is my favorite month of the year. I love fall and Halloween and mums and pumpkins and and and….

Chris October 15, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Ha! I hear ya! “And and and…” :)

katie October 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Helen, I live in Texas, too! We grew up calling those green things “horse apples.” There are other names for those things, but I can’t think of any right off.

Chris, typically I’m more of a spring girl, but over the years I’ve come to appreciate fall more, and the decorating that goes with it. I love your blog and your projects, you are amazing. I’m practising your furniture painting method anticipating the time I finally get the holy grail of satin-smooth surfaces. I’ll send you a picture when I do!


Chris October 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Oh thank you, Katie! What nice things to say! The ONLY thing I don’t like about fall? That winter isn’t far behind. :( Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the painting!

Jodi from New Jersey October 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Yes! I love October and corn stalks and pumpkins and all of it! Such fun decorating options and none of the pressure of gift buying, cooking , etc. like Christmas has. I love this post, also, because I have a thing for front doors. It’s weird. I even have a door board on Pinterest. I think a front door makes a house . Thanks !

Chris October 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I couldn’t agree more, Jodi! I love front doors too! And yes–love decorating for fall ’cause you can actually enjoy it without the pressure of the holidays! I KNEW there was another reason I love fall! :)

jessica@fourgenerationsoneroof October 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Pretty round up pics! Happy belated birthday. I know what you mean, last October I didn’t get mine up either. I did this year though :) Oh well, get busy with Christmas decor, you will be early! ha

Chris October 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Thank you, Jessica! Pretty stuff, right? Christmas decor! Not long off now… :)

Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos October 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

What beautiful porches!!! Just gorgeous!
….and on a side note I have the same “welcome friends” hanging thats in the first picture!

Thanks for sharing the gorgeous Fall eye candy!


Chris October 15, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Ooh, it’s such a cute sign! Nice choice!

Shayna @ Brightly Inspired October 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Thanks for the feature Chris! Love your blog and all your lovely inspiration! ;)
Big Smiles,

Chris October 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm

You bet, Shayna! I just love the porch (and your blog)! So pretty! Thank you for stopping by!

Stephanie October 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I love October! I love the fall colors and…it’s my birthday month, too! October 20! And this year my husband is taking me away for the weekend! I can’t wait for Friday! (Happy belated Birthday!)

Susan October 19, 2012 at 2:05 am

My birthday is October 30th and I also loooove October!!!!

Barbara Grooms October 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Fall is my favorite season too. All the warm colors, the air smells crisp and clean. Thanks for the fall entrance photos. Very nice. Mom

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