I also wanted to share some official home tours of our current house. Starting with the front porch. I have done seasonal tours and I’m not quite sure I want to call this one a seasonal tour, although this post may say otherwise. But we’ve been here a little over a year so I wanted to give an update of what things look like (decorating/organizing wise since we are renting and cannot do remodels). I don’t think I’ve given a full view of the porch before. Last time, I did a Fall tour but held back on showing the full front. Sometimes it takes me a while to build up courage to show full areas around the house.
When I think about porch decorating these are the basic essentials that come to mind. Of course, things can be taken off the list and others can be added but I think these are some of the basics to get an inviting, pretty and comfortable look.
- comfy chairs
- cushions/throw pillows
- small table
- small outdoor or indoor/outdoor rug
- small mat
- planters (varying sizes)
- pretty flowers and plants
- door wreath
- Optional: Additional decor and lighting such as porch signs and the use of lanterns
My porch decorating skills are not perfect but I think the porch looks good enough. On this tour, you may notice a lot of imperfections, but I do my best to make it look pretty and comfortable otherwise. You may note things like porch walls and light switches that need a good cleaning, small parts of the door frame that has chipped off, uneven bushes that needs a little trimming, rose bushes with brown spots, a couple cob-webs here and there (I’m always cleaning off those things) and other imperfections around here. Yikes, I had not realized there were so many imperfections until I wrote them out!
Note: I do clean and scrub our porch walls all the time but I think it needs a good paint job. By the way, don’t look at our porch plants too hard. I took the photos a couple days after we returned from a week-long’s vacation! So the plants had dried and needed watering to help them spring up again. And while we were gone, my husband scheduled someone to come out and mow the lawn plus trim the bushes a day before we came back. He usually does it himself but will have someone come over if he feels he won’t get around to it at a point. That thing grows fast! The lawn got mowed but bushes did not get cut. I guess there was some miss-communication. So my husband pulled out weeds and cut the bushes a bit a day or two after we got back. And I took some quick photos before they started growing back again. Anyways, Welcome! Hope you enjoy the tour:)
I shared the tutorial for this lovely DIY wreath here. I just love the gorgeous colors, how they pop and how the wreath ties the porch together.
Somehow, the the padding on the bottom of these single chair legs got worn out. As a result, the legs have gotten a bit weathered and they are marking the walls with rust. I ordered some padding for them but they did not fit. I need to get the correct size of chair pads and I think I need to look into a small outdoor rug, too. So many things to think about!
Despite all the imperfections mentioned above, the porch is long enough and it is just a perfect spot to hang out! Especially in the early morning and early evening when the sun is not too hot. The kids will play there and I usually will sit and watch them (sometimes with a cup of coffee in the morning).
Wicker Chair Set: At Home Stores
Small Wicker Table: At Home Stores
Round End Table: Walmart
Chair Cushions: At Home Stores
Tropical Pillows: At Home Stores
Blue Pillow – Thrifted
White, Purple, Silver cans: IKEA
Clay Planters/Plants: Home Depot
Lantern/Mat/: At Home Stores
Grapevine Wreath/Apple Blossoms: At Home Stores
I’ve linked some similar items below.
Thanks for viewing the front porch. I’m planning to share at least two more rooms for this tour. You can see more rooms here or by clicking on the home tour tab which I’ve recently added.