Decorating your Front Porch

Sometimes it takes me a couple {or more} times, when I’m decorating, to really figure out what I want. I also like to change things up quite a bit, and especially from year to year. When Doug & I planted the window boxes and other annual flowers last week, I just wasn’t happy with the watering cans.

After sleeping in a bit last Sunday from my very late arrival on Saturday night from the Evo Conference {thanks again Apartment Guide}, I really wanted to spend the day with Doug and Casey. Nick was away at a Baseball Tournament and Andrew had to work. So, we headed out for breakfast and hit a few nurserys. I gathered a few more supplies around town and yesterday, Doug and I finished the Front Porch Decorating.

Let’s take a closer look…

The wicker chair came from the folks across the street, it has a broken leg in the back, so they had it out for the trash. Yes, I went trash pickin’! I added an antique quilt and old doll that I had. Set the ladder next to it and added a couple planters. The planter on the top has Rose Pink Nemesia and Royal Purple Lanai. I added a couple small candle holders for interest, and the planter on the bottom has Icicles {right} and I’m sorry I don’t know the plant on the left.

We had zinnias in the antique watering cans, and I just didn’t like them. So we changed them, and added Silver Falls {trailing} and a Dragon Wing Begonia. I’m much happier with them now.

Doug planted the zinnias in my galvanzied double bucket. I added an old chair in the middle of the landscaping, added a grapevine wreath and a lawn ornament.

We needed just a little something at the bottom of the steps, so we decided to plant up some hanging pots and display them on hooks.

I found the planters at Walmart, they were only $7. We added a Petunia that will trail, Bombay White Scaevola, Asparagus Fern and Tricolor Sage that will also trail. The key to saving money on planters, is to plant your own. And remember, the larger the planter, the more soil and plants you have to buy to fill it.

We sat the plants in to see how we wanted them, and Doug {the best helper in the world!} started planting.

I love how everything turned out, but one of my very favorite areas, doesn’t have flowers at all.

Last year I planted flowers in this wooden box, but since we got such a late start this year, the nurserys just didn’t have the selection left.

The wire basket filled with aqua mason jars came from the Living Room, and then I filled the holes with more aqua mason jars, a couple old bottles, and odds and ends I had in my stash.

As part of the landscaping that Doug did last year, he planted these DayLillies. Aren’t they gorgeous??

I will leave you will this beautiful yellow DayLilly! This picture was taken with the Point-N-Shoot camera that I use ALL the time for everything, including my food photos. It’s an older model, passed on to me from Amy Green over at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free, over a year ago.

I just love how the sun is peaking through the tree and casting a little shadow on the flower.

Gratitude Journal: I’m thankful today for the beautiful plants and flowers that God has given us to bring sunshine to our lives.

Have you decorated your front porch lately?

I’m linking to…Transformation Thursday, Show Me How, Show and Tell Friday, Weekend WrapUp Party, Saturday Night Special

Comments

  1. April says:

    You have such a gift for decorating, something I unfortunately WASN’T gifted with. Beautiful job. :)

  2. Nadine says:

    We don’t have a “front porch” – we have a covered entry. I have a small round table in there that I change up. There is a bear that sits and holds a “Welcome” sign. I have a terra cotta angel planter and fat cat candle holder. Last fall I bought a miniature hay bale and decorated it with autumn flower picks. It was cute. :)

  3. Kathleen says:

    You created such a lovely welcoming feeling.
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  4. cindy says:

    I love gerbera daisies, I probably would have replaced the zinnias with them. My mom loved zinnias and planted a ton every year. I like them just ok, but love gerbera daisies more.

  5. cindy says:

    OH and I paint my front porch with deck paint every year, stain and seal the back porch, too. Nothing like a fresh coat of paint!!
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  6. chris zima says:

    Liz, what an adorable porch! love it : )

  7. Ohhhh my, is this my kinda stuff or what. :) Why, some of those displays look as if they’re ready for me to simply pick up and take home! I’ll be right over. ;)

    Donna
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  8. Pam says:

    Very well done! I love the daylillies and the wooden box. What a welcoming front porch.

    Have a great day!
    Pam
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  9. Dave Morris says:

    Liz, great job. Let us know if you’d like us to feature your porch decorating project on our site!

    Dave

  10. Jenny says:

    I love the baskets on the shepherds crooks at the base of the stairs. How inviting.
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  11. I love the zinnas in the chair, but all your cottage touches are very nice! I decorated a small porch on the back of our house. We have a very small landing in the front of the house, but it’s not really big enough to decorate.
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  12. Sanghamitra says:

    What a beautiful post! I love the cottage touch here! So natural and fresh setting! Love those folwers:) Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  13. Shelia says:

    Your porch is so cute and all of your flowers are so pretty!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. I am visiting via Romantic Homes. What a wonderful project you completed!

    Have a happy weekend!
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  15. gena says:

    What a charming porch ! LOVE it – thanks for sharing !

    gena

  16. Karen says:

    Hi, your porch is lovely. love the mason jars and toolbox decor. Visiting From Show And Tell Friday

  17. Your porch is so sweet! I love all the touches – especially all the vintage/rustic things. I makes everything look so inviting!
    Stopping by from TT&J! :)
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  18. Looks awesome, just found your website through Donna’s site, Funky Junk Interiors :) I will be back often!!

  19. Elyse Ellis says:

    This is such good inspiration! We would love for you to share this at our link party and come enter our free digital scrapbooking software giveaway!

    Love,
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  20. Dana Carvin says:

    I love your ideas! Maybe I could email you pictures of my porch and you could suggest something for me. I have a front porch that is the legnth of my house and I LOVE it, but I am clueless on how to decorate it. Bravo to you on your beautiful front porch!

  21. Joani says:

    So pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Paula says:

    Your pictures are fabulous and I love what you have done here. Totally inspirational post. I would love it if you would share this fabulous post at our WIW linly party. Hope you can join us!

    Paula
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