As this porch from Nick Olsen proves, you don’t have to leave all your best design ideas inside. Instead, the designer gave this porch a homey appeal with a rug, ample seating, and two matching table lamps. The finishing touch? Subtly seasonal accents.

“In lieu of the standard pumpkins, gourds, and hay bales, this fall I prefer to decorate porches with all manner of tole objects: flowers, topiaries, urns, Moravian stars,” Olsen explains. “They don’t wilt, and their patina becomes even lovelier as they’re exposed to the elements.”

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