St. Louis, Mo.-based blogger Erin Hankins builds design looks on How to Nest for Less — for arguably more style. Here, she updates her own nest for a warmer season with a front porch makeover that opens the space and makes it entirely inviting. Shop the look on our Styleboard.
As the days grow longer and the sun becomes warmer, we find ourselves spending more time outdoors in the beautiful spring weather. To take advantage of our outdoor space, we decided to add some major curb appeal to our home with a front porch makeover.
We often find ourselves sitting on the porch watching our daughter riding her bike, drawing with sidewalk chalk, or playing catch with her friends in the yard. We wanted to create a comfortable yet functional space where we could sit and watch her play for hours on end.
A perfect front porch starts with a comfortable place to sit and relax. Search for furniture with beautiful lines, rich colors, and comfortable seating. These Belham Living adirondack chairs are crafted from durable acacia wood with an oil finish, ready to stand up to the outdoor elements. When shopping for outdoor furniture, also consider a garden stool that can double as an end table, a perfect place to set your cool drink on a hot day.
Add color and texture to your front porch with outdoor pillows, rugs, and throws. Hayneedle has plenty of options to fit your décor, including solids, stripes, and patterns in various sizes. Mix and match to find your sense of style.
Nothing says spring like beautiful greenery in full bloom. Choose a stylish planter to showcase your favorite flowers or plants. Think in different sizes, too: small planters near your sitting area and a pair of larger planters to flank your front door. And the best way to welcome your guests is with a bright and beautiful wreath on your door.
With the warmer weather, you might find yourself sitting on your front porch until the sun goes down. Think about lighting up the night with some metal lanterns with battery-operated LED candles. Other lighting options from Hayneedle include string lights, wall lights, tiki torches, landscape lighting, and outdoor lamps.
Making it Work
To get started on your dream front porch, try choosing a few key pieces first, such as seating, then accessorize. Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles, colors, and patterns. And with the help of furniture, textiles, greenery, and lighting, you can achieve a perfectly welcoming space for your home, no matter the size.
–Erin Hankins, How to Nest for Less