The Face of the Home
The Entrance to Your Abode
The Family Hangout
The Picnic Patio
The Sweet Tea Lounge
How do YOU describe the front porch?
Today, I am sharing our front porch with you and plan to introduce you to these Stonecrest sponsors:
Awhile ago, I shared our front door paint color (Charleston GREEN!) and the instructions for the front door Fountain-in-a-Pot.
Now it is time to talk color and accessories!
Stonecrest Porch Color Story
You will notice that there are four main color threads through the space; A creamy white, a neutral grey/green, that good old Charleston Green and a nice bright chartreuse (like Looksi!). I had that leftover can of Charleston green and the chartreuse is called 'English Yellow' and came from a sample can of Annie Sloan chalk paint, snagged at this winter's Garden Bloggers Conference. One sample pot did a mirror and table with ease, and there is plenty left for more -- that stuff goes FAR.
My very favorite paint update on this porch is the pineapple welcome mirror. I already had the little gargoyle mirror surprise on the front door, but I wanted more bouncing of light in this space, so this old fashioned mirror got a punch of yellow and a place of impact on this stone wall.
I chose these colors because they blend well together, are classic and formal to fit the tone of the home, but still modern enough to keep the look fresh and best of all, they all blend well with the natural surroundings. Each season, I rotate a secondary color. For spring, it is the lavender of the wreaths on the door and various spring blooms.
For summer, red takes over with patriotic flags and buntings along with a red, white and blue morning glory. In fall, those mums take over with a chorus of orange, rust and auburn. Christmas looks like THIS.
Front Porch from the LEFT in Spring:
Front Porch from the RIGHT in Spring:
Have you been noticing the copper accents throughout the space? They are courtesy of AcuRite and there are some really cool functional tools (like weather stations and lightning detectors), but there are also really pretty items in the Outdoor Living and Decorator sections:
I chose the following:
BEAUTIFUL and functional Copper RainChains
Sun and Moon Thermometer (for sun...see below)
Why the two thermometers? One is in the shade and one gets direct sun and they get VERY different readings because of it.
Both make a difference, particularly in spring and fall when fragile plants need to be brought inside before a frost.
Once I had the color palette set, I started picking out my decorative plants. I used several chartreuse plants from Southern Living Plants and added in copious amounts of spring bulbs, planted in winter, to add inexpensive bursts of color. I also made my Costa Farms succulent planters (See the DIY HERE) and filled smaller pots with the leftovers. A couple $9.99 Sam's Club Palms also added a little green.
The last addition I want to share with you are all the pretty teak root accents. They are all courtesy of Teak Closeouts and they are one of my favorite accessories EVER. The weathered wood fits in so well with the stone walls and everything you put into the pots and planters is elevated beautifully.
|Note that gorgeous teak root star in the background!|
Last, but certainly not least was the actual seating on the front porch. I have been a lifelong fan of rocking chairs, particularly lined up along a country porch, so I still have my eyes peeled searching for the perfect . For now, the rocker seats from our patio set will work just fine!
Until then, keep digging, keep painting and keep dreaming of warmer days ahead!
|CHRISTMAS AT STONECREST|
|THANKSGIVING AT STONECREST|
|THE MASTER BEDROOM -- WHICH STILL NEEDS MUCH WORK!|
|All the "BEFORES"|