Winter is finally giving way to warmer weather, so it’s time to start doing some Spring cleaning around here.
My pitiful front porch has been sitting here since the day after Christmas looking all sad and dejected. I never really removed all my Christmas decor. I just took down the dead evergreen wreaths and left the rest sitting out there in the cold.
But finally, this weekend, I got around to making the porch presentable for the Spring and Summer months ahead. Here is what it looks like now!
So many of y’all have asked me for more instructional videos about how to decorate your houses, so I made this little video to show you guys how simple this porch facelift was.
Watch this video to see the prettiness progression:
If I had not been taking photos, this porch update would have taken me about 30 minutes or less.
The secret to a pretty porch? It’s all about layering in varying heights of colors and textures.
How to freshen up your porch for Spring:
- Start with a clean slate. Remove anything that is not going to stay and sweep up the floor.
- Have a few base pieces of furniture that never leave your porch and decorate around them.
- Put down a amazing rug that you absolutely love.
- Layer in pillows and pretty (but durable) fabrics to soften things up.
- Add your favorite plants and greenery. This is the key to a beautiful porch. Keeping them alive all summer is the hard part.
- Add a few other decorations like the Moravian multi-point star and the weathered metal finial ( I have no idea what this was used for originally but it looks like a giant chess piece and I have used it in my decor for many years.)
- Vary the heights of decor and greenery by using unique plant stands or wooden crates.
- You can never have too many white buckets.
- My best tip for easily decorating your home is to have a few key pieces that you absolutely LOVE that you can rotate in and out of different vignettes around your house.
If you’ve been a long-time reader of this blog, then you have seen most of these items used in other ways in my home for many years. I DO NOT go out and buy new decorate-y things all the time. When it comes time to freshen up areas of my home, I shop my house (or actually my garage where I store a lot of my decor items.)
I found the black wrought iron bench a few years ago at a local antique store. It’s a great anchor piece for my porch so it stays all year round and I just decorate around it. Take my 2016 Spring Home Tour to read more about the bench.
The only new things I bought in this photo were the purple flowers and violas (which I bought off the garden clearance rack at Lowes for $3 each.) and the Boston fern. Everything else came from inside my house.
I found this little ceramic luminary at a local thrift store for $2.00 and thought it was super cute, so it came home with me.
The daffodils came from my yard. They are blooming their little heads off already.
My biggest splurge for this porch post were these pretty outdoor pillows that I found at Lowes. I love the bright colors of these pillows. The seat cushion is just an old body pillow stuffed inside my favorite french grain sack.
I am in the process of painting and updating my screened-in back porch, and these pillows will eventually make their way back there to go on a swinging bed that will be delivered soon! I will give y’all a full reveal of that fun project once I get it all ready to go. In the meantime, these pillows give you a sneak peek at the color scheme. Stay tuned…
I hope you can take some these tips and run with them to decorate your own front porch!
While you’re here, be sure to go visit my blog friends who have also got some gorgeous ideas on how you can decorate your home for Spring! This GIANT Spring Blog Hop will give you all the ideas you need and more. My friends are so talented, each click is like getting a free magazine so go pin away and enjoy! 🙂
Monday – Living Rooms
Tuesday – Dining Room
Wednesday – Kitchen
Thursday – Porch/Entryway