a day in the life | a look at my porch refresh

it’s hard to believe fall is here in full force.  temperatures have dropped here in Athens.   we’re hovering about 60 right now with a high of about 70.  before you know it, we’ll be in holiday mode:  Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  and then—you said it—2020 will be over!  thankfully, right?  it’s been a tough year, no doubt.  but if we continue to keep our eyes to the sky and our hands intertwined with the ones we love, we’ll be fine. that being said, we’re refreshed and refocused here at style at a certain age.  and we’re really excited for today’s post.   over the past year or so, i’ve been giving you a periodic look at my home through a series we call a day in the life.  today, i’m delighted to show you my southern porch refresh for fall.

keep it preppy

today’s OOTD is a super simple, preppy fall classic:  opens in a new windowa sweater and opens in a new windowjeans. yup, that easy.  but is there really anything better when temps start to drop?  i’ve kept it neutral today:  beige slim ankle jeans and a opens in a new windowmock neck sweater (old) over a opens in a new windowperfect shirt from opens in a new windowJ.Crew.  i’m loving these opens in a new windowVince slip-on sneakers from opens in a new windowNordstrom—so comfortable in and out of the house.

it’s easy to take the basic idea of this outfit and mix and match to your mood.  feel like adding a color pop?  swap the neutral shirt out for a red, orange, or yellow?  want to mix some patterns?  go bold with your sweater choice.  hard to really go wrong when you establish a classic base to work with like this one.  

opens in a new windowsimilar mockneck sweater | opens in a new windowshoulder button sweater | opens in a new windowbeach sweater | opens in a new windowslim ankle jeans | opens in a new windowperfect shirt | opens in a new windowsneakers | opens in a new windowadirondack hanging basket 


southern porch refresh for fall

we spent the weekend refreshing my porch.  we swapped out the rocker pillows and blanket, breathing fresh life of the crisp autumn air into my porch rockers.

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i’m loving this opens in a new windowadirondack basket from opens in a new windowBallard Designs.  

and of course, it was time to swap out the flowers in my planters and window boxes.  i just love the assortment of colors. what do you think? the planters look like they’re Mackenzie Childs but they are from Grandin Road. every year i add one more planter to the porch as they add a touch of whimsey. 

and how fun are these heirloom pumpkins?  first time i’ve ever purchased them.  they were just so fun, i couldn’t resist.

a day in the life

i hope you enjoyed a glimpse of my front porch refresh update.  in case you’re new to the blog or missed some of our entries into a day in the life series, make sure to check all of them out below. 



  1. Just a beautiful porch!

    Posted 9.21.20
  2. Sangita M wrote:

    Love your front porch. So inviting! Especially love the hanging basket!!
    Happy Monday!

    Posted 9.21.20
  3. Sheri wrote:

    I love your porch! I would stay out there all day and all evening!! So beautiful and comfortable! Your outfit is perfect, too!

    Posted 9.21.20
  4. Heidi Danas wrote:

    Enjoyed admiring your front porch update!

    Posted 9.21.20
  5. Kathleen McDermott wrote:

    Charming, cheerful and inviting!

    Posted 9.21.20
  6. Kathleen McDermott wrote:

    So beguiled by your porch, I forgot to mention your outfit. Perfect. The ruffle neckline of the sweater is adorable. Love the slipons – just found a similar pair on clearance at Marshalls! Luck of the Irish!

    Posted 9.21.20
  7. Eve wrote:

    I love the new colors. I looked for the rabbits. They are one of my favorite things on your porch. That throw has such wonderful fall colors. Everything is just beautiful.
    Your sneakers look almost metallic and not just regular tan. It could be my iPad.

    Posted 9.21.20
  8. Great fall colors on you….love the spicy tan of your sweater and shoe! You look so pretty. And your lovely porch with autumn palette is just dreamy! Thank you for sharing!

    Posted 9.21.20
  9. Bonnie Schulte wrote:

    Love your porch, love your outfit, and I really love your hair style. Beautiful as always!

    Posted 9.21.20
  10. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Loving everything today! Seeing Oscar is a sweet surprise! Fall. Favorite time of year all of my life. Your porch is so inviting. You look marvelous. Thank you again for all you do!~

    Posted 9.21.20
  11. Brenda Dribin wrote:

    Love the sweater your are wearing in the pictures. Is it no longer available? The links appear to be for different sweaters and I LOVE the one you are wearing!

    Always appreciate your blog!

    Posted 9.22.20

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