I can not be more excited that the warm weather is here! Over the last few weeks, it’s been hot. Spring skipped right over us this year, but after that brutal winter, who cares. As I’ve mentioned once or twice, we’ve been working hard on vamping up the outdoors for the warmer days ahead.
A lot of work has gone into the front of our home this year… curb appeal at it’s finest. The porch got quite a few updates. Here is this years Spring-right-into-Summer Front Porch…
I feel lucky to have so many spots around our homestead to chill + put our feet up (the patio / the deck), but the one spot (which is by far the smallest of all) our clan of 5 always seems to choose to relax is the front porch. Maybe it’s because the kids are often riding their bikes on the road or playing basketball in the driveway, but even when we’re playing a game of Uno, all of us pretty much always choose the front porch.
It certainly is quaint + cozy…
…with lots of color + texture.
Carpet @ chairs: $5 polypropylene mats from Five Below
Mat @ front door: Target – similar to this
Front Door color: Valspar Crushed Oregano in semi-gloss
A few upgrades from when we first moved in – enlarging the columns, adding the vertical pallet, installing the new front door – have all made a big impact to the entry of our home. psst, another fairly easy DIY project with a big impact look coming your way next week.
EASY DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECT
Dress up your house numbers…
Using a board from an old pallet, I brushed on a light coat of white paint. I installed the house numbers (that used to be attached to the house) on the board about 3/4 up from the bottom. Then I took jute cord and wrapped it around to create an interesting design. Simple & not a penny spent!
[The stone edging at the garden beds are a new addition this year. Check out the tutorial on creating the perfect border for your beds]
And pretty flowers do make a BIG difference. This porch looked far from how it does now only a few short weeks ago…
All of my flowers for this years porch came from Lowe’s. They always have such a great variety of flowers + plants!
Not much is new; most of the furniture and layers on this years Spring + Summer front porch we’ve had for years. With some little updates, it’s amazing how old can look new in a snap.
The side chairs are inexpensive teak bought about 8 years ago from the Christmas Tree store. I thought about getting rid of them many times, but last year I added new cushions + a few vibrant pillows from Lowe’s and all of a sudden, they looked great again.
The lutchens bench used to be stained, but then I got my hands on a can of turquoise spray paint and it took on a new life!
The vertical garden pallet is a DIY creation from a few years back and it’s still a show-stopper on the porch.
It is such a wonderful way to add height to a vertical space (and height = drama!). From herbs to succulents to vines, I’ve hung many different types of plants on this vertical pallet over the years! For this Spring season, I chose to plant Variegated Vinca Vines in the smaller pots and Fuchsia in the larger pots – they are both shade annuals.
Fuchsia is also what I chose for the hanging plant over the porch since this side of the house gets no sun.
Ferns are another great shade choice and I have that hanging from a tall hook next to the porch. It’s such a beautiful, hardy Summer staple.
Can you see why this spot is our favorite to spend those long dog days of Summer? Do you blame us?!
Lastly, I love seeing + sharing how our front facade has evolved over the years…
Crazy, right? All this TLC has been tackled with our own hands!
Thanks for taking the tour of our favorite Summer Space! And by the way, did you catch anything different about this years porch from years past – if you’ve been following along with me for over the years, you might have noticed. Well if not, I’ll give you a hint… we jazzed up the ugly foundation with new stone veneer. More on that + a tutorial on how we installed it coming up next week.
Cheers to a fantastic summer!
So tell me, are you more of a front porch sitter or a back deck lounger?
DISCLOSURE: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project. I was also compensated for my time to use the products. No one told me what to create, what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write. All opinions are 100% mine!