Here's a sampling of the latest and greatest looks in outdoor decor and accessories for fall 2009.
1 Front door fixings
Install a coordinating handset, doorknocker and interesting address numbers to give your front door a "finished" feel that welcomes guests with style. Hardware like this makes up the "diamond earrings" of your front door according to Elaine Griffin, leading New York designer and author, speaking for Lowes home improvement stores. $7 per number for brushed nickel address numbers, $15 for doorknocker, $109 for brushed nickel handset, Lowes; lowes.ca.
2 A rockin' rocking chair
A nostalgic treasure for any front porch, a rocking chair sets the tone for leisurely evenings when you can take in a cool autumn evening breeze and sip on a mug of hot chocolate from the comfort of your relaxing seat. This bright yellow rocking chair livens up your porch and will contrast nicely with most house exteriors. $230, Pier 1 Imports; pier1.ca.
3 Backyard beauty
Extend your season of outdoor entertaining by heating up chilly autumn nights with a functional and fashionable fire pit. This copper bowl beauty was handcrafted in Turkey and features solid iron legs. $199, Restoration Hardware; restorationhardware.com.
4 Welcome mat
A wonderful welcome mat does more than scrub off debris from dirty soles before guests step into your home; it also grounds your front door decor, drawing your eyes down, and defines the entryway into your home. Autumn stripe $30 US Crate and Barrel; crateandbarrel.com.
5 Outdoor pillows
Adding new cushions to your backyard patio or front porch furniture is an impressive and inexpensive way to freshen up your outdoor decor. These 24" square rust- and espresso-coloured cushions offer cool style in fall-favourite hues. They're made of soft, weather-resistant poly canvas with lofty poly fill. $15 US, West Elm; westelm.com.