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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!!