Fall Porch & Patio, Cozy Edition

Fall Entertaining

Fall means camping for our family. Not only do we camp as a family, but both our kids are in Scouts and my husband and I have leadership rolls in their Troops. Now, never in a million years would I have thought I would become a camper, but it’s true. I’m a camper. So when Stylebook editor Madelyn tasked Coco Blanca and Red Barn Mercantile to each design a fall-inspired patio or porch I immediately thought of camping, and s’mores, and warm drinks, and curling up under a blanket in front of a fire.

If I were going to host a small gathering of friends on my patio here is what I’d do…

Fall Entertaining

When I think camping I think about the reds, browns, and greens of the autumn woods so that’s why I started with the Ranch Stripe indoor/outdoor rug.  I would then sprinkle in a few coordinating pillows on your outdoor seating.  Two of Dash & Albert’s Concord Red Indoor/Outdoor pillows accented with a whimsical wool hooked bear pillow would be a nice touch – and the closest I ever hope to get to a bear in the wild.

It’s going to be chilly outside so you are going to need an extra layer.  Cozy up with a wool blanket from our newest line – so new it’s not here yet, but will be soon! – Harlow Henry.  These gorgeous, 100 percent wool throws are woven in Ireland and are generous enough to share.

To add a little more fall color, pull out your favorite old galvanized minnow bucket, cast iron Dutch oven, or chipped crock and drop in a few mums, the signature plant of fall, and scatter them around your patio.  The oranges, golds, and reds mix beautifully with the changing leaves.

One of the things that I love about camping is a campfire cookout. Save the old hot dog stand by for the kids, this calls for grown-up cooking.  We just got in “The New Camp Cookbook” by Linda Ly.  I want to go camping just to make recipes like Tin Foil Seafood Boil or Dutch Oven Deep-Dish Soppressata and Fennel Pizza.  How impressed would your guests be if you pulled out one of these stunners for dinner?!

End the evening the good old fashioned way with s’mores and a warm drink. No camping trip is complete without them, right? Since this is a grown up party, up the ante with D.C.’s own Harper Macaw chocolate, available at our new store Penny Post, for your s’mores, and pour yourself a warm beverage in one of our tinware ceramic mugs.  Might I suggest Doc’s Dram from Dave Kaplan of Death & Co.  While I’m not skilled with the cocktails, this one certainly sounds tasty!

And there you have it – a lovely patio and a lovely autumn evening with loved ones. Happy camping!

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