Sweet Tea and Summer Porches

“Must-have #125 on our home search… a front porch large enough to sit under”. Okay, I doubt I had 125 must-have items during our search for the perfect home, but having a front porch was important! It may not be a giant wrap-around farmhouse porch, but it suits the front of our home perfectly, and I made the most of every inch. With a petite bench, welcoming decor and seasonal touches, our front porch can easily transition from season to season with minimal effort.

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Our bench is the most versatile piece on the porch. I chose a petite high-back wood garden bench to fit into the small space we had to work with. The high-back is great for stacking pillows against, and is also really sturdy. This piece is from Wayfair, and is currently a close-out deal! There is not much left in stock, but Wayfair has tons of great bench options online, many on sale right now. As always with Wayfair, reading customer reviews is your best option to ensure you will be getting a quality product!

Link to bench: https://www.wayfair.com/outdoor/pdp/three-posts-brook-hollow-wooden-garden-bench-thps1363.html?&experiencetype=2&selectedvertical=2

Pillows truly give the bench color and texture! This is one of the ways I can easily transition the front porch from each season. For summer, I am embracing the natural greens and leaf print. The large tan tassel pillows were a GREAT find from Home Depot, and they were on sale! The large size allows them to stack behind. The adorable leaf pillows were part of a set from Wayfair. Inexpensive, and easy to wash.

Link to pillows:https://www.wayfair.com/decor-pillows/pdp/beachcrest-home-thirlby-palm-leaves-outdoor-throw-pillow-bcmh1001.html

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-Bay-Tan-Trellis-Square-Outdoor-Throw-Pillow-ZZ19-HD0113/306215692

Keeping with the green leafy trend, this charming magnolia wreath was the perfect touch for adding color to our front door. it is from Antique Farmhouse.

Link to wreath: https://www.antiquefarmhouse.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=wreath

Our topiary is the latest addition to our porch. This 60” tall lighted boxwood provides impact both day and night, and being that our front porch sits so far back from the road, it is very visible! Boxwoods are my favorite faux plant. The small-scale tight texture and bright green quality always allow it to feel authentic.

Link to topiary: https://www.athome.com/lighted-pyramid-boxwood-topiary-60-in./124110952.html

The final touch on our porch is a welcome sign that I crafted from an old cabinet door. I used the inset panel of the door to paint black inside, and scripted the words “Welcome”. Nothing fancy here, simply dollar store paint and a bow from the craft store!

Because the inside of our home has a more monochromatic and neutral feel, I wanted our outside spaces to be colorful, warm, and welcoming… starting with the entrance!

Now, I have nothing left to do but sit and wait for a sunset with some sweet tea in hand!