How to Decorate Outdoor Spaces (Spring Front Porch)
I don't care what anyone says about Christmas; Spring trumps it by far in my opinion. With Spring comes light and warmth and new life. During Christmas we celebrate Jesus arrival into the world which is indeed a wonderful thing, but when put into the perspective of the fact that the King left his glorious, beautiful, incomprehensibly perfect throne in heaven to come to our dingy, sin rotten world, it makes you wonder if what we really should rejoice over is His exit from here to return home. But, more beautiful, is the fact that not only did Jesus get to come out of this cold, dark world, but because of His death and resurrection, we do to! The transition from winter to spring is the perfect analogy of this. Now that you know why I love spring so much, I hope that you will enjoy seeing what I've done to decorate for it. Our home faces a busy highway and is seen by many who drive by. If you know me, you'll know that I love to be the center of attention and noticed, and therefore, would like my house to have the same qualities. So, that means bright colors and big statements while decorating, and what a better time for that than Spring? Along with showing off our spring front porch, I'm going to give some pointers on how to decorate outdoor spaces.
Whenever I'm decorating an outdoor space I like to consider height first. The sky is literally the limit, so why not draw the eye upward as much as you can. To accomplish this on our front porch I rescued this old ladder from my parents burn pile (gasp!). I love the ladder for the rustic element it brings, but also because it represents the outdoor work that we get to do when the sun finally comes out.
Another element of height is this funny pillar thing. A man gave it to me at a garage sale for free saying he'll do anything to get it out of his house. I think it used to be a lamp. Anyway, I like the architecture it gives.
Now we need to fill in the space under those higher objects and the floor. This adorable little chair was another burn pile rescue and is graced with a cute pastel colored pitcher which makes the perfect vase.
Wondering about that metal crate? My dear, sweet husband brought it home from work for me. I think he's starting to get my style: old and rescued. A couple of logs that were not used in the fire this winter are paired with some boxwood branches for color and texture.
On the other side of the door I added more colorful flowers and boxwood inside this cool galvanized tub. I'm sure I'll find plenty of uses for that in the garden this summer, but for now it can rest easy and welcome our guests.
The metal tub was too short to just leave on the floor, so I tipped this basket over to give it more height. Coincidently, the basket ties the wood from the ladder and chair in nicely.
Stepping back you might notice the groupings of three. Always decorate in odd numbers; it's more appealing to look at. Now we have a lovely little set up that has height, color, character, and balance!
Oh, and I cannot forget that pretty little thing gracing our bright blue door! I made the burlap wreath there and am just a little bit proud of it (maybe I'll leave it up all year :). To see the full tutorial on how to make one just like it, click on over here.
Now I have to confess something: The weather was just about as un-spring like as it can get when I was taking these pictures. Here's proof of how cold it was:
And, what was baby Jordan doing all this time? The sweet little guy cashed out on the living room floor, which gave me the perfect chance to get outside and take pictures in peace. I can hardly stand how adorable he is!