Haeley Giambalvo of Design Improvised shows us how to create a colorful, inviting front porch … with just a few outdoor furniture pieces! If you dig her fresh take on a traditional porch, you can shop the entire look on her Welcoming Front Porch Idea Board.
I love how the first sign of spring brings a neighborhood to life; you see neighbors you haven’t seen for months out for a walk or tending to their front yard. Our neighborhood is what I call a “backyard neighborhood” – people primarily hang out in their backyards rather than in the front, but I love the idea of an inviting front porch where you can socialize with neighbors and invite them to join you for a glass of iced tea. Thanks to Hayneedle, we now have a front porch that neighbors can’t help but stop by to see and say hello!
Our entryway had been looking pretty bare since the holidays and wasn’t necessarily a welcoming view from the street. It needed some color and texture to brighten it up, and a better plan to maximize the space. Thanks to the addition of a compact bench and rocking chair on each side of the door we were able to squeeze quite a bit of functionality out of the porch. It’s amazing how adding a little seating makes your front porch that much more inviting.
I love how the bench nestles into the side of the porch to create a cozy nook. I chose a bright white, but the bench comes in a variety of fun colors. I paired it with some graphic Coral Coast pillows that add a nice punch of color that you can see from the street. My favorite part of the nook is the two wall frame planters that transformed the blank wall above the bench into a vertical flower garden!
On the opposite side of the bench, a Coral Coast rocking chair with a coordinating seat cushion and pillow rounds out the conversation space. A compact owl garden stool provides the perfect spot to set a cold drink.
Two bright green Belham Living planters now frame the entry – their tall height and curved lines make them stand out rather than getting lost next to the large door. Paired with a pretty spring wreath, oversized lanterns, and a fresh doormat, the front porch finally feels complete! Now, who wants to stop by and say hello?
—Haeley Giambalvo, Design Improvised
Photos by Candice Stringham of Handmade Mood.