Spring into Summer Porch Refresh

Spring into Summer Porch Refresh: easy touches of spring that will go right into summer. Ideas and inspiration for your outdoor space.

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 so today I’m sharing a Spring into Summer Porch Refresh.

Spring into Summer Porch Refresh | Easy touches of spring that will go right into summer. Ideas and inspiration for your outdoor space.

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.)

Spring into Summer Porch Refresh | Easy touches of spring that will go right into summer. Ideas and inspiration for your outdoor space.

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.

Spring into Summer Porch Refresh | Easy touches of spring that will go right into summer. Ideas and inspiration for your outdoor space.

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.

Spring into Summer Porch Refresh | Easy touches of spring that will go right into summer. Ideas and inspiration for your outdoor space.

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.

Spring into Summer Porch Refresh | Easy touches of spring that will go right into summer. Ideas and inspiration for your outdoor space.

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.

Spring into Summer Porch Refresh | Easy touches of spring that will go right into summer. Ideas and inspiration for your outdoor space.

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. This spring into summer porch refresh was finished. 

Spring into Summer Porch Refresh | Easy touches of spring that will go right into summer. Ideas and inspiration for your outdoor space.

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.

Spring into Summer Porch Refresh | Easy touches of spring that will go right into summer. Ideas and inspiration for your outdoor space. Featuring Kelly, the On Sutton Place blog dog!

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:

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  1. Susan Morris says:

    Anne, I loved your front porch ideas this spring and decided after seeing yours, mine needed “sprucing up”. So I copied your ideas with pillows from Pier 1, flowers in a blue Ball jar, flowers in porcelain pots, the old watering can, and I purchased the olive bucket and put a large fern in it. I have to say it adds so much charm to my entrance, and it makes me happy every time I see it. Thanks for your helpful and chatty blog. I feel like I am sitting across the kitchen table talking with you when I read your posts. I wouldn’t miss a posting! Susan

  2. Cecilia sprawls says:

    What color is that dark blue front door. Love it.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Cecilia…the color is Naval from Sherwin Williams in a satin finish. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Ann I always love how you change things up in your lovely home. Always happy, fresh colors! Very inviting. I am so very sorry about you Mom. That is such a tough thing to go through and only time can change the emptiness, but even then there is always a hole that is left behind. There will come a day when it won’t be the first thing you think of when you awake or when you put your head on the pillow. Then the sweet, lovely cherished moments and memories will come to the forefront. Just tough stuff and everyone has to go through it in their own way and time. Thank you for sharing your pretty porch!!

  4. Shirley@housepitality designs says:

    Have always enjoyed seeing you refresh your porch for each season…especially Spring! Beautiful Ann!

  5. I love your porch! Yellow and blue are always a cheerful combination. I love your fresh plants also. Thanks for sharing!

  6. just wanted to say I know I haven’t read any of your posts lately….we were in the process of moving from CO to AZ….no internet for a bit…and now we are finally in escrow for a new home…..so been busy….so it will be hit and miss…but I do enjoy your blog….

  7. Ann – I didn’t realize you have a schnauzer , we lost our Montana over a year ago and my heart still aches for her. Kelly is beautiful they are such special pups.
    Love the porch it is so special. Regarding the olive buckets I saw some at Target Friday, I think they were $17 a good size though not sure how they compare to yours.
    Have a wonderful week.

  8. Love your daisy pillows, Ann! The NEW logo looks fabulous too;) My mother has some of those old enamel pots, and they just look darling when you plant stuff in them! Thanks for sharing your “refresh” :)

  9. Beautiful! I love your porch and especially how you used the old enamelware. Awesome ideal! I have several old pieces just taking up cabinet space. I’m going to pull it out and do this with it. Also, loved that you didn’t have to buy a new door mat and that you had a stash of old ones. You’re the best Ann!!! I love your blog. Praying for happier days for you.

  10. Ann……….
    Your front porch looks lovely. I miss having one. This year it is the seasonal room with opening to a paver patio. I dislike having to store all those cushions and pretty accessories inside every night and days of inclement weather. I plan to work on an oriental garden to enjoy, however. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing all the great ideas and recipes.

  11. Ann, I’m so glad you’re feeling better! Your front porch is so welcoming – those pops of color are so pretty with your blue door. And Kelly is adorable! My little Mocha (also a Miniature Schnauzer) is 16 now!

  12. Oh Ann your porch redo would lift anyone’s spirit. I am so glad you felt like doing it..very good sign. I know the struggle..I have lost 2 sons and my husband of 66 years in the last 4 years….not easy, yet each day you must get up, get dressed and get going. Hours filled are the most helpful yet something will trigger a memory and tears fall. But you have your Father, and he needs you…a purpose to help you and him, for sure. I did notice you said “My Fathers garage” not “My parents garage”…you are moving forward. I am 89 so I am, as my children say. “a font of advice”. I hope you will forgive my intrusion. Your “blog” is charming and lovely to read each issue. It’s going to get better, I promise. Jere

  13. Charlotte says:

    I love the blue and yellow on your porch. Everything looks so pretty and fresh. Kelly is adorable.

  14. Love blue and yellow so much. I wish I had a porch. Sounds like a good project for my husband to extend our small stoop and make it into a real porch. I love your spring porch color and design. I’ve always loved your front door color. I just remarried three years ago and moved into my husband’s house. Am slowly making my mark without it seeming like I swept in and took over. Love the wreath, too. Beautiful start for a new season. Grief is a journey, not a destination. You will always miss your mother but it will get easier in time. It takes as long as it takes. Don’t feel like you need to rush through the process. Do things that bring you pleasure and focus on things that you are grateful for. Grief is the price we pay for loving well.

  15. Penny at the Comforts of Home says:

    Your porch looks so inviting! We have so much pollen on our porch right now. I am waiting another week or so before I decorate it.

  16. Marlene Stephenson says:

    It was well worth the wait, looks so wonderful, just the right place to set and take a break when you have been slaving away in the yard! Lol! You will always have your moments, I still do and my mom has been gone 18 yrs.

  17. Joan Shields says:

    I smiled when I read the part about your dad giving you a funny look when you asked for the watering can…my Daddy looked at me funny several years ago when I asked for his 4 qt. watering can. He gave it to me but with a look like what do you want that old thing for!! It was the start of a collection of watering cans, but that little one is my favorite. Enjoy your posts…thank you.

  18. Vanessa N. says:

    I love the flowers in the enamel ware, I have some of my husband’s grandmothers pieces and am inspired to use them in my outdoor décor.

  19. Nikki Gwin says:

    Yellow and Blue scream to me! I love those pillows!! In fact, your whole porch has me in a tizzy to get home and do some more to my own front porch!

  20. TwoPlusCute says:

    I am all about blue and yellow, especially for 2016 (I posted them as one of the main trends) and you mixed them perfectly.
    It’s indeed both spring and summer porch, the sunny blossoms of Forsythia, complimenting the pillow colors.


  21. Ann,
    I wished you lived closer to me. I think we would be best friends. When I look at your photos of your house and see the things you like…I see myself…..right down to your little Kelly. I have a little schnauzer myself…his name is Reggie. My husband often makes fun of me because I am constantly changing my front porch décor to reflect the season or holiday…it is my happy place. Love your posts!

  22. Laurie from Texas says:

    Your porch decor just makes my heart smile. Love the blue lantern and moss ball, and the yellow bursts of sunshine-y happiness. Great work, and I’m sure Kelly helped you greatly, too. :)

    Spring is, indeed, a time for renewal and my prayer for you is that you continue to feel like your old self once more.

  23. Those pillows are perfect! Your porch is very welcoming. Glad you are starting to feel more like yourself! ;)

  24. Lovely post Ann,

    I love Pier 1 as well so I am not surprised that you found some cool items for spring. Kelly is adorable!

  25. I feel so inspired! I pull out the same porch decorations, year after year, and they are losing steam. The watering can and diy pillow inserts are ideas that I can really use.

  26. Kathleen G says:

    Cheerful porch to relax in with your so serious Kelly:). I understand about the watering can, I have one my mom gave me in her gold painting stage in the 70s. She always had lilacs in it.
    Have a beautiful day Ann, Kathleen in Az

  27. Wow I so live the American porch.
    Something we don’t have so much here in the UK.
    I love the white and contrast very tasteful done

  28. I always enjoy your porch fluffs. Planting, fluffing, and a sunny day are all good therapy for you. I wish for you many more such days! Love your blog!

  29. Your porch is so pretty and cheerful! I really like the idea of a moss ball in the lantern. I have a lantern on my front porch- it only gets morning sun, but the candle a melty mess!
    And I’m so glad to hear that your ‘joyful self’ is re-emerging.
    Bless you

  30. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    Lovely! Kelly must be a great comfort as you work your way back.

    When I lost someone dear that I loved, I said, the joy had left my step and my heart was sad.
    My best description. Believe me, with time your fond memories will see you through.
    If we never loved,, we would never have a loss.

  31. Lynda Brandly says:

    Ann, your porch looks beautiful! I love the wreath that you made and I don’t think I would have been able to resist the pillows either! I’m glad you’re feeling better. I think Spring helps everything.
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  32. Allie Smith says:

    Makes me yearn for a similar porch as the colours and layout are so inspiring- unfortunately, in Scotland, we’re more concerned at keeping warm at this time of year, instead of sitting out and enjoying any all-too-brief interludes of sun! But at least the forsythia is blooming and the buds are opening on the rhododendrons and clematis.

  33. Oh what a tease! We are still having cold weather and snow flurries…but this weekend is expected to be in. The 60’s. Yipee! To play in the dirt, heavenly!

  34. Your porch always looks amazing, Ann. I love the flowers planted in enamelware.

    Our porches are a mess right now! On the front porch, I’m battling barn swallows that build mud nests. In the back we have a construction project going on.

    We are having a garden linky party on April 25th. We’d love for you to join us.

  35. Ann I love this!! All of my favorite colors! Especially the yellow!!!
    I can empathize how you are feeling about your Mom. It was hard for me too to feel like myself after she passed. Little by little you will feel better. Our Moms are always with us in our hearts!