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Slow Decorating Plan: The Porch

Hello my dears! Happy mid-week! Do you remember my post on slow decorating? Well, true to my word, I have been hard at work beginning the process of pulling together a slow decorating plan for each space in my own home. Today we will start right at the front of the house, with my porch, which needs some serious TLC.

My inspiration for this space comes from combining elements of the fresh, modern color and prints of the image on the left (from Domino Magazine May ’07) with the quirky, cottagey space at right (from Real Simple). Like many of you, I cannot simply go out and buy everything my heart desires all at once – but with a good (and fairly realistic…) plan, I am sure that over time I can create a space I love for my family that really feels like us.


Phase I. Paint porch floor, and give door a classy makeover. Inspired by this door, I am planning to paint our cheap paneled doors using three shades of paint to give it a luxe look. The colors above are (clockwise from left) Sisal, Urban Dweller, and Beehive, all from C2 Paints. On the porch floor above is Coastal Beige from Behr. I fell hard for this adorable fox door knocker from Anthropologie, so that’s on my must-buy list. I should mention I haven’t tested these colors yet, so I may end up using others!

Phase II. Add planters, rugs, and new house numbers. I like the shape of the square wood planters from Target, and the fact that we can customize them with paint down the road if we get bored with the plain wood. The large outdoor rugs (ideally we would get two) are the Catamaran Stripe in Sprout/Ivory from Dash & Albert. The rope knot doormat from Brook Farm General Store is cute but subtle, so it doesn’t compete with the bold striped rugs. The HouseArt house numbers in Terra Rust are kind of pricey, so I am still on the lookout for other options, but we do really like these.

Phase III. Add pillows and other accessories. So far I have my eye on one budget pillow, the Cabana Geometric pillow from Pier 1, and one splurgey one, the Sunshine Cosmos pillow from Hable Construction that I love, love, love. Plus I would like to add more plantings in aged-looking containers, like the Andalous Urn from Terrain.

Not even making the list is new porch furniture and lighting, because just the three “phases” above may realistically be all we are able to accomplish in the next few years. So…that’s all for now! What do you guys think?

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  • Emily Wignall March 6, 2013, 4:40 pm

    Darling! Can’t wait to see the project slowly come along. It inspires me to actually make a plan for my own front step…it’s been in my head awhile, but it will more likely happen if I actually put it into words and pictures!
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  • Cyndi March 6, 2013, 5:55 pm

    I love your ideas, and starting at the front door is key. It sets the mood and expectation for what’s inside!
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  • Suzi (The Pillow Studio) March 8, 2013, 9:54 am

    I love the green and yellow combination for the front porch– they are a cheerful and welcoming. And, so smart to have both a budget pillow and splurge! Can’t wait to see the finished “room”.
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  • Inge March 10, 2013, 4:39 pm

    I really really love this idea of slow decorating. Should try this too… And can I say that I want to live on your porch??? :-) That looks so romantic and cute, I want to have a porch too… :-)
    Holly’s Blog Boss e-course is just wonderful, how many great blogs I’ve encountered already, your blog is one of my other 10 favorites. It looks romantic, cute and it’s got great content. You have a new fan!!!!
    Inge x
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    • Lolalina March 10, 2013, 6:02 pm

      I am so happy to hear that, Inge! I’m having a great time in Holly’s class, too :) xo

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