My Front Porch Makeover + Outdoor Light Fixtures

Don't you love this time of year, when the weather warms up and we sweep away all of the dust and cobwebs of the cooler months. 

I have been doing a lot of refreshing outdoors this season.  A few weeks ago, I shared our BACK PATIO MAKEOVER and earlier this week I shared the NEW WINDOW SHUTTERS AND PLANTER BOXES we added to the exterior of our house.  The final step, in my outdoor refresh was a simple front porch makeover.  

Cape Cod-Country Cottage Home Exterior

When we moved in to this house, I was so focused on completing the interior and backyard landscaping that our front porch got completely neglected.  I put two well worn benches and a couple of potted plants out there and that was that.  

I always felt that his porch was calling for rocking chairs, but the other projects and expenses took priority.

 BEFORE WITH MY WEATHERED BENCHES

BEFORE WITH MY WEATHERED BENCHES

Until this spring...I finally ordered those rockers and a couple of tables, spruced up the potted plants and gave our front porch a little facelift.  

OUR CALIFORNIA PORCH

 AFTER

AFTER

I have to admit, I am a huge fan of rockers on a porch.  We have rocking chairs on every porch at our ranch in Montana, so it only seemed right to repeat the theme in California.  No one would ever call me inconsistent!

I got these particular chairs, tables and pads at Grandin Road, but I have used others in Montana that I like equally well.  I have linked a few of them below for you.

OUR MONTANA PORCHES

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To add a little color by the front door, I planted these galvanized pots with lavender topiaries encircled with few pink cosmos and some hanging nepeta.  The asymmetry of three pots, rather than two gives the front door a bit more of a casual look, which I think works better with the rocking chairs. I also added a new, fun door mat that I found at a local shop.  

 My flower studio porch also got cleaned up!

My flower studio porch also got cleaned up!

OUTDOOR LIGHTING

The final step in my outdoor refresh, was to clean all of my outdoor lighting...man was it a mess!  I cleaned the glass and wiped them all down and they looked (almost) new again. 

And on the topic of outdoor lighting, I've mentioned that we have a new guest cabin being built at our ranch and are working on a spec house in California, so I have been on the hunt for outdoor light fixtures for both projects. I spent several hours the other night scouring the internet for farmhouse style fixtures and came up with a ton of choices.  I need one style for a rustic cabin and one style for a modern farmhouse, so there are both mixed in below.  I would love to know what your favorites are, so leave a comment below and tell me which you would choose for each structure!  Appreciate your help!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week friends!!

Karen