Hello Spring! I don’t think I’ve ever been so glad to finally get a nice day in my life. Unlike any other season, spring brings a sense of renewal. A fresh start. Sprouts are popping up from the ground, buds are forming on bushes and the grass is green. No leaves on the trees yet but I know they are coming. Today I’m sharing a Spring into Summer Porch Refresh. I explained in last year’s Easy Spring Porch Refresh how I do this for each season. This spring I wanted something that would work now but go into summer without much trouble…but I sorely needed inspiration. A little retail therapy was just the thing. I used the pillows I found as a jumping off point and after that, everything else fell into place. (All sources will be listed at the end.)
If you missed it, here is the DIY Summer Garden Wreath Tutorial. That was the first step in my refresh. The next step, finding something for the olive buckets, was a challenge because it’s been so cold. After quite a bit of searching, I found these bridal veil planters at a local nursery. No blooms yet but hopefully very soon they will be bursting with tiny white flowers. I almost always buy a new doormat, but I couldn’t find one that was perfect, so I decided to use one I had in my stash. (Yes…I really do have a stash of doormats.) It has blue and yellow, and wasn’t too faded so it worked just fine.
There is nothing happier than yellow daisies and when I saw these pillows at Pier 1, I knew they were the right choice. As a rule, I don’t ever buy pillows. I make my own pillow covers and have the inserts on hand.
Odd as it was, I didn’t hesitate for a second when I saw these. It helped that I had a 20% off coupon with me but honestly, I think I would have bought them without it. I just love them.
I have a love affair going with lanterns. I think they are one of the best and most versatile decor accessories you can buy. You can find them to go with any style and they can be switched up seasonally. So…when I was wandering around Pier 1 carrying my pillows, I spied this blue lantern. Needless to say it came home along with the pillows.
A boxwood ball in the lantern, a couple of fresh sprigs of forsythia in a ball jar, along with an old obelisk finished the sitting area.
I planted flowers in some old enamelware and sat them next to my grandmother’s watering can. It’s been sitting in my dad’s garage for as long as I can remember and I’ve been eyeing it for a few years. When I asked if I could have it, my dad looked at me sort of funny…but I think he’s starting to get used to the fact that I just like old things. He gave it to me without hesitation and even smiled, which made me smile too.
While I was working outside, planting and fluffing, I sort of felt like my old self. I was beginning to wonder if that person was gone, but realized she is still there. She just has to find a way to slip back inside the person I’ve become since my mom died. We’re working on getting together a little more often…so things are looking up.
Kelly, of course, was the biggest help and even sat still long enough for me to snap a picture. (Isn’t she serious?) Here are some handy sources and helpful links:
Click the image below to see seasonal ideas for decorating with lanterns.
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