Spring into Summer Porch Refresh

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Ideas and inspiration for adding spring decor elements to your porch that will carry through the whole summer. Features a door basket, sitting area accessories, and plants.

summer porch with rockers and blue accessories

No matter who you are, or where you live, there are times during the year when it’s definitely not pleasant to be outside. But when the weather cooperates, and the temps are comfortable, being outside is one of the great joys of life. Right now, here in Ohio, we’re experiencing some of that perfect weather. I took advantage of the nice days, and decorated a blue and white summer porch…and I truly enjoyed every minute.

hooked lemon and blue doormat

The Front Door

Every porch refresh I have ever planned has begun with the front door. I normally choose the door decor first, but this year I started with the doormat. The minute I saw it, I knew the blue background and sunny yellow lemons on the hooked doormat would be perfect.

sherwin williams distance front door with lemon basket

Using the doormat as inspiration, I put together the door basket, and added flowers and ivy to the planter boxes. Like most of you, sometimes the things I plan in my head don’t work out exactly like I think they will. Such is the case with the planters. The white begonias are beautiful, but there are white impatiens in there too, and they don’t have a single bloom on them. The ivy is a bit straggly, but I’m hoping in a month or two, everything will have filled in and bloomed. Fingers crossed!

blue doormat with lemons in front of door

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blue and white summer porch decor

The Sitting Area

Setting up our porch sitting area is always one of the highlights of my year, and this year is no different. This porch sitting area is simple and functional. Everything was very dirty, so it all got a good cleaning the day before the decorating began.

summer porch blue and white accessories

Porch Accessory Ideas

When it comes to porch accessories, the best advice I can give is to bring the inside out. Decorate your outdoor space like you would the inside of your home. Be practical of course, but let your own personal style shine through, and decorate with things you love.

summer porch with white rocker blue pillow planter with white flowers

Comfortable Seating

If room allows, comfortable seating is a lovely touch to add to any outdoor space. Rockers are the quintessential American porch accessory, and I love the charm they add to a plain space. Other ideas are a bistro set, porch swing, bench, or if you are short on space, a small stool.

summer porch with rockers pillows and plants

Soft Furnishings

If your porch area is covered, or has protection from the elements, adding pillows to your seating area is an easy and budget-friendly way to add color and personality. The blue and white pillows pictured above were purchased in early spring when I refreshed our living room decor. I found a set of 4 pillow covers in varying patterns. I simply bought two sets, and ended up with 4 sets of pillow covers for a very reasonable price.

white rockers on summer porch with blue pillows

Colorful Garden Stool

There are so many things to love about garden stools. Garden stools are a great way to change or update your decor, both inside and out. They are affordable, you can add a pop of color, and provide function at the same time. They are super easy to move around, and fit just about anywhere!


Lanterns are one of the best and most versatile decor accessories you can buy. They are available in a wide range of styles, and any price range. You can buy individual lanterns, or like the ones pictured above, you can purchase lanterns in sets. Fill them with candles, faux greenery, small pots, or any other natural element.

blue and white planter on garden stool 1

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I hope this has provided inspiration for updating your own outdoor space. Just remember, keep it simple, and follow your heart!

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  1. Jeanie Nichols says:

    I love your front porch, and your door basket is beautiful!!!

  2. Anne, I look forward to these Wednesday wish list every week.! Thanks so much!

  3. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Ann, your porch is so pretty! I love everything you have done. Blue and white always looks so nice and your lovely basket on your door and your beautiful hooked mat are beautiful. Your planters look so nice with your white flowers and ivy. You always do such a wonderful job with your porch. I’m sure your neighbors enjoy looking at it! Thanks for sharing, Ann. Have a great week.