Since the very beginning of my homeowner days, my favorite thing to do has been switching the porch decor from season to season. At our first house, the porch was smaller but there was still enough room for me to put a chair and pots. I always had a wreath on the door there too. (No surprise I’m sure!) The planning process is almost as fun as the doing process. This spring has been no different.
Sometimes it’s a challenge to make the same old space look new and refreshed. What I have found works the best is to update the same five elements on my porch each season. I keep the foundation but give it a different look by switching out the easy stuff. (Source links are at the end of the post.)
First thing is always the wreath on the door. I did this a few weeks ago and shared it HERE. Next are the planters that flank the door. The planters themselves didn’t change…just what is in them. I went to Lowe’s and was delighted when I saw their nursery section was open and stocked. When I spotted the ferns, my decision was made. I left them in their plastic pots and just set them in the tubs. If we get any more cold weather, I can lift them out and bring them inside. To see how I assembled the inside of the tubs visit my post from last fall, DIY Galvanized Wash Tub Planters.
After that I shop for a new doormat. Sometimes I can find them for just a few dollars at a discount store and other times I pay a little more online. This blue and green mat just might be my favorite one yet. A doormat is the perfect place to add color. I know it’s tempting to go with the neutral coir mat you can find anywhere…but live a little dangerously and go bold!
Now it’s time to move to the sitting area. Here I try to add some softness with fabric. Sometimes I add a throw along with the pillows but this time I went with pillows only. I had the fabric in my stash and sewed the covers myself. If you don’t sew, inexpensive pillow covers or outdoor pillows are easy to find. Craft stores like Hobby Lobby are starting to carry ready-made pillow covers that are super inexpensive.
Last is adding something to the table top. My favorite things to use are natural elements. Fresh flowers, plants or in this case, pussy willow branches. I scored the beautiful viola plant on my trip to Lowe’s. I couldn’t decide if I liked it better beside the rocker or on the table. In the end it landed on the table.
You don’t always have to re-invent the wheel and truth be told, most of us can’t afford to anyway. By investing in a neutral foundation, adding seasonal colors and accessories is easy. It took a little time but I finally got Kelly to stand still long enough for me to snap her picture. She was as happy to be outside as I was!
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P.S. I have been keeping a close eye on my group Pinterest board “How Does Your Garden Grow?” and it’s pretty amazing. The pinners are doing an excellent job. There is a great mix of tutorials plus eye candy to give you inspiration and ideas. Check us out and follow along!