My sweet friend, and colleague, Paula, from Sweet Pea brought 16 of us DIY home decorating bloggers together, so we can celebrate spring in style. I have to admit, if it wasn’t for these lovely ladies (see remaining 15 blogs below), I don’t think I would have had the energy to focus on my porch 😖. All of our lives have literally been turned upside down (we are on day 17 quarantine) by this scary global virus, but it’s desperate times like these that you just have to go on, be strong, and do the things you do best. For me, cooking for my family and decorating are at the top of that list, so here I am 💪🏻. I hope you enjoy my new “Porch Planters with Faux Ferns”…the decorated porch and planters really cheered me up.
Before I share the changes, I wanted to show you a BEFORE photo even though this was taken a few summers ago when we put wood steps over our beat up brick steps. This photo really shows how boring our porch can be. Geeze…hand me a pillow so I can take a nap.
Now look at our porch and tell me what stands out the most…or maybe nothing stands out 😆? Can you find the bunny’s tail?
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It’s so hard for me to pinpoint (after obsessing over it 😂) what stands out as the biggest change, but I will tell you my favorite by far is the rainbow mat. It’s just so cheerful and fun 🌈 . In addition the rainbow mat was a fantastic price.
Next…the white planters.
You know me…I am honest Abe. The planters were not cheap 😖, but I know they are a fantastic investment especially since they can stay out there year round. I can’t wait to put little Christmas trees, or even big pumpkins in them. Did I mention they are basically self watering, too.
Speaking of watering, I bet you’re wondering how my ferns are looking so healthy so early in the season- especially considering it gets into the 30’s at night here still. Well, I will tell you how…
My ferns are FAKE! Yep! Whatever way you want to say it, faux ferns, imitation ferns, artificial ferns, silk ferns, either way they are still FAKE! I am in shock at how real these fake ferns look. Just take a look at the difference between these faux ferns and the real deal pictured below.
Here’s the fake again…
What I really like about the fake ferns is that they don’t shed 👍🏻 , don’t need watering, and they can handle extreme temperatures if they have to. I mean, I don’t plan on keeping them out all winter, but when the temps drop, I don’t have to do a thing to these fronds-y friends. By the way, we filled each planter with soil, so when I want to plant seasonal flowers in here I can easily.
Between the ferns and the planters, and even the little rainbow mat, it really seems to “ground” the porch and add a modern dimension that was missing before. Oh, dear…let’s not forget the modern address numbers. Did you notice them yet? To be totally transparent, they took me a while to find. Then when I did finally find the size I wanted (4 inch), they only came in black, so I ended up spray painting these white so they would pop.
Hey, that reminds me. I still haven’t revealed our fabulous new house paint color. That is coming up soon. This bold dark color makes such a huge difference in the look of our home. Quite shocking to be honest because the white trim really pops now, and shows the true architectural charm.
Here’s a few more ideas for the door such as a simple canvas, or traditional wreath…
While I was busy working, these 2 rascals showed up to play with my thrift store bunny. Even though Spooky (the black cat) looks a little intoxicated, I assure you she was sober 😂.
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