I’ve always enjoyed making the most out of what I have in my surroundings for decorating around our home. This is especially true when the seasons change and I’m looking to make the front porch warm and welcoming. This year my sunflower patch brought me so much joy that I wanted to make sure to use lots of the dried up flowers.

I’ve also really loved the decorative corn that Byron planted and decided to gather up a bunch of the beautiful cobs. I cut off a bunch of the plant tops too.

When I’m decorating for the season, I like to treat the elements just as I do for a photo shoot where I’d have a prop table or two, full of props. In this instance, I just lined up the elements. It’s a really nice way to go about it because then I can clearly see exactly what I have to work with and keeps things nice and organized. This year, I really wanted to keep it simple, and not use many elements. Just sunflowers, corn, and a few pumpkins or squash.

I took some simple twine and tied a bunch of the sunflowers together, then pulled them into a circle and tied it off, making a wreath, which I hung on the front door. I love how cheery it is and the fact that it was free!

I placed the bit of corn tops and the largest sunflower heads in a bushel basket and placed them on a little farm table next to the front door, along with a squash.

Next, I filled an old galvanized tub with the corn. Isn’t that corn the most beautiful thing ever?

And that’s it. Later in the month, the boys will carve pumpkins and place them on the porch wherever they’d like.


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.