When people drive up to our home, I want it to be warm and welcoming.
Me and my design team, we were watering plants and looking at the front door with a critical eye.
OK, maybe they just like to sit there with their tongues hanging out, but I know in their hearts they agree with me. We are missing the boat; this front porch area could look amazing.
For the last month, I’ve been in a quandary. How do I make it say, “Wow, we’re so glad you came; come on in”? The cement steps are a little paint spattered and far from warm, an undersized outdoor chair doesn’t say sit down and stay awhile, and that doormat is way too small.
My first thought was an outside rug runner to add some color and life to the doorstep. But then, I started thinking…always a problem.
My assistants are good company but horrible decorators. They are wild beasts who bring me all kinds of weird things, and they love dirt. Just look at Cocoa’s mud-loving smile.
The dogs have taken to exploring this spring, and they come home looking like this. Leaving dog body prints all over the newly power-washed deck.
If I bought a colorful runner for the front porch, would it soon be black with mud? And if I bought an outdoor rug that all the reviewers wash down with a hose, would it look cheap rather than fun and welcoming? Would it be better just to buy two doormats to better fill the space?
I’ve been at a bit of a standstill for a few weeks now–shopping outdoor runners online and then holding back. Sometimes I can’t make a decision to save my life.
I haven’t let the porch totally languish. I decided a few pots and some bright blooms would add color and warmth. The pots were a screaming deal from Ikea, so I splurged at the local hardware store and bought a bunch of brightly colored shade plants to fill them.
With fuschias, azaleas, begonias, lobelia, and coleus, these pots are brimming with color.
I can’t wait till the lobelia is trailing down the sides of the pots. Now when I take a step back, it’s still lacking a little somethin’-somethin’.
Don’t worry I still have my crack design team working on the solution.
Maybe they’ll promise never to come in the front door again, to always wipe their paws, and to never dig holes in the flowerbeds on hot days so they can lay in the cool dirt. A girl can dream can’t she?
What do you think? Should I buy a runner? Add a slip cover or pillow to the chair? Paint the cement steps? Add more pots? Add some knick-knacks for color?
How does your front porch say welcome?