home design series | front porch

it’s time to dust off our rockers, grab an iced tea and sit a spell. ‘cuz my front porch is officially open for the summer. those april showers bring may flowers. so it’s that time of year to share a few front porch decor ideas for spring. many of you know the front and backyards had a recent design overhaul. it’s important to me to utilize every square inch of space inside and out when it comes to your home. there’s nothing better than lounging outside on a lazy saturday afternoon sipping a cold glass of sun tea. so today, i’m sharing the front yard. welcome to the home design series the front porch.

first stop is my local nursery Cofer’s, to load up on a few plants. there are three window boxes on our porch just waiting to be spruced up for spring. along with a planter and urn. and the front door needs a spring wreath. come along with me as i go plant shopping.

front porch decor for spring

front porch decor for spring

front porch decor for spring

home design series | front porch

last year the birds desperately tried to build a nest in my wreath! i can’t tell you how many times i opened the front door only to have mama bird fly in… this year i am vigilantly patrolling this particular zone.

come on in and sit a spell on my front porch! how cute is this summer-ready ootd? a opens in a new windowdark rinse denim shirt from opens in a new windowRalph Lauren goes with everything as it acts as a neutral. today, i pulled on a pair of opens in a new window preppy shorts from opens in a new windowJ.Crew complete with embroidered tennis rackets. i’m wearing a size 8. the length is 7″.  white mules  (old, similar opens in a new window here and opens in a new windowhere) from opens in a new windowJ.Crew are just the ticket with this outfit but a pair of opens in a new windowwhite sneakers would look adorable too. 

front porch life

my opens in a new windowgardening tools are toted back and forth from backyard to front with ease. love this  opens in a new windownine-piece set that has all the basics tucked inside pockets.  a pair of waterproof opens in a new windowgarden clogs are a must-have. when i’m finished slogging around in the mud i simply spray them down with a water hose.

front porch life

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front porch life

front porch life

front porch life

hydrangeas are one of my all-time favorite plants. there are several planted along the sidewalk to our front door.

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the opens in a new windowsolar lights along the walkway are from opens in a new windowWayfair.

two new dogwoods and one Japanese maple grace the front yard.

gardenias and azalaeas.

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a proper southern porch needs a rocker or two. maybe three since i have three boys. the opens in a new window green nantucket rocker was purchased from opens in a new windowGrandin Road. the bunnies are also from Grandin Road, as well as most of my outdoor decor, including the planters, wreath, and faux boxwood. this is my one-stop-shop for the cutest outdoor decor. ugh! the black rockers definitely need a coat of paint. add that to my honey-do list!

the outdoor pillows are from opens in a new windowWilliams Sonoma

the opens in a new window railing planters are from opens in a new windowHome Depot.

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a Boston fern always hangs on my front porch. this one will triple in size by the end of summer.

thanks for stopping by today! i hope you enjoyed the home design series the front porch edition.

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50 Comments

  1. Sue in Oz wrote:

    What a wonderful, welcoming front porch – even for birds 😉 I adore your painted rocking chairs. They are so comforting and evoke such great memories.

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • nothing better than a front porch big enough for rockers!

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  2. You have a beautiful home. Love all your new decorating and home decorating changes. Since I live in Minnesota will have to wait for 3 or 4 weeks yet to buy plants and potted flowers. I can hardly wait, but it is still getting down to 27 at night and high of 40’s this week. Enjoy your beautiful weather.

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • i used to live in the land of 10,000 lakes. mother’s day was always the sweet spot to start gardening. now that i’m down south it’s easter. but i sure do miss my peonies from my MN days!

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  3. Sharon Neely wrote:

    Hi Beth!
    Great post today. Such a fun and colorful porch. Who doesn’t love a great porch?! Love the bunnies, thanks for sharing where you purchased them.

    Sharon

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • there’s is nothing better than a porch on a hot summer day!

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  4. Love your yard.

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • it turned out well! can’t wait to share the backyard.

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  5. Andrea wrote:

    Love your outfit Beth! I will def. have to get a pair of those garden shoes. Being able to hose them down is fantastic and they look as if they have good foot support, which is hard to find in this sort of shoe.

    I think you have struck hair gold. I tried a Judy Dench/Jamie Lee Curtis hair cut when I was transitioning to grey, but my hair doesn’t work with that style. It’s perfect for you in that you have just the right amount of natural curl/body. I really like the wispy side swept bangs on you. Perfection 🥂

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • you will love these sloggers, andrea! so easy to take care of just like my hair!

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
      • Patti wrote:

        Although I LOVED living in the Midwest, I cant tell you how excited I am to be moving back to GA! Just found you last week – love your posts. And boy was I shocked to discover you live in Athens, GA! My hometown. I’ve really enjoyed taking advantage of the beautiful flowers I grew up loving. I can’t wait to get my front porch ready in our new home – and my back porches as well. Thank you for the inspiration.

        Posted 4.21.21 Reply
        • i hear ya! loved growing up in the Midwest but i’m loving all things Georgia especially Athens! lucky you
          to grow up here!

          Posted 4.21.21 Reply
  6. Eve wrote:

    It’s coming along beautifully! Always love your rabbits. I’ve just repainted my white porch with lilac and yellow accents in pots and chairs. Thinking what flowers to put in my pots.
    Love the outfit.

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • i think the rabbits are my favorite part of the porch! happy gardening!

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  7. Lauren wrote:

    Sloggers are the best garden and rain shoes!. I have some that are 15 years old….I can wash them out including giving the insole a good scrub, dry them out and put the insole back in place…and they come out just like new. You are showing the shoes…they also make clogs and boots. Their prints are fantastic and there is something for everyone

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • definitely a big fan of sloggers! thanks for sharing there are more than one type.

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  8. Tanni wrote:

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    Hi Beth

    I would like to say I would never think to put my denim with shorts. I looked at it a little bit until comfortable to say I like. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas. I wish my porch was as big as yours. Envious!

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • i’m so glad the combo grew on you! thanks for stopping by.

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  9. Judith Hume wrote:

    As always, beautifully done! Re the birds trying to build a nest in your wreath: one fall I was taking down my summer wreath when I felt a sharp pain in several places on both arms. I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what could be sharp on the wreath as I walked inside, still carrying it, and when I set it down on the floor I discovered the source of my pain: wasps had built a nest in the wreath, and now they were in my house! I’m not allergic, so no serious damage was done, and I managed to get them back outside, but I’m ever vigilant about my wreaths since that happened!

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • thank goodness you’re not allergic! but a wasp sting is quite painful. so thankful all turned out well.

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  10. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Lovely everything. Thanks so much for sharing your life with us! ~

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  11. Ximena Méndez Rodríguez wrote:

    Hola buenas tardes Beth, te sigo hace ya varios años, me encanta ver tu casa, es hermosa, tu jardin esta muy lindo. Gracias por mostrar parte de tu casa. Saludos desde Chile.

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • hola, Ximena! muchas gracias por pasar por mi casa. mi casa es su casa.

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
      • Jami v Vass wrote:

        Try putting a clear plastic plate in the open part of the wreath. It will keep the birds from building a nest and you can’t see the plate!

        Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  12. Barb wrote:

    Absolutely love your hair! Cute, fresh you look beautiful!💐

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • thanks, barb! i am loving the new ‘do’ too!

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  13. Love your front yard, is soo calm and peaceful!! beautiful combination of flowers, everything is pretty

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • and we all need a sanctuary to retreat to.

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  14. Nancy wrote:

    Your new hair do is fabulous!!!

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • thanks, nancy! and it’s so easy to take care of.

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  15. Est wrote:

    The new Do really is you! It’s fabulous! Just love it!

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • mr. style LOVED my hair this way! he’s smiling that i finally went back to it.

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  16. Pam wrote:

    Beth,
    What a beautiful, welcoming porch! I can almost taste the iced tea. Thank you sharing with us!

    Pam

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • wish you could stop by and enjoy an iced tea with me!

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  17. Lisa wrote:

    Love your decorating and your hair! You always look beautiful!😇

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • thanks, lisa! i am loving the new summer ‘do’!

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  18. Katherine wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    Your front porch really looks beautiful, as well as your garden. Give yourself a HUGE pat on the back. Your vision is so “right on,” it sure helps when your taste level is excellent, and you know how to spot things and put your pieces together to create a look. Everything looks so inviting, the rocking chairs create such a welcoming,
    cozy and safe feeling. Your entire property is gorgeous.

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • thanks, katherine! i am absolutely over the moon with front porches. how lucky am i have an inviting one to share an iced tea
      with friends and family.

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  19. GL Gardener wrote:

    Lovely post. It was in the low 40’s here today. No gardening yet.Probably in another 3-4 weeks(MICH). But I enjoyed seeing your green things. Is the wreath on your door a faux or real? Where did you get it?It looks great. You have a very nice landscape. Love the rockers. It is the chair everyone heads for. We are supposed to get frost here in the next 2 days. Right now I wish I were in Georgia!

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • the wreath is faux from GrandinRoad. what is not to love about a rocking chair on a front porch? it’s always the simple
      pleasures of life!

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  20. Char wrote:

    Oscar seems to relish the fresh new season, too! I understand what you mean about missing peonies. I’m a lifelong Minnesotan turned Arizonan. On an up note, we both get to experience new gardening techniques and varieties.

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • you are so right about new gardening techniques! and the desert has its own special charm.

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  21. Mary C wrote:

    How fun to see beautiful spring in Georgia. You have no idea how I’m longing for this to happen in Northern Wisconsin!!

    Posted 4.20.21 Reply
    • i remember my days up north and how fickle april could be! spring will be here before you know it!

      Posted 4.20.21 Reply
  22. Christi wrote:

    Your front porch is the epitome of Southern. Great job! We’ve had birds try to nest in our faux lemon leaf wreath. Drives our Calico crazy. A super large bow seems to deter them. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas!

    Posted 4.21.21 Reply
    • thanks for the suggestion! and thanks for being here.

      Posted 4.22.21 Reply
  23. Helen Smithers wrote:

    Hi Beth, Love your new garden and the porch chairs — also your spunky new hairstyle. Cheers, Helen

    Posted 4.22.21 Reply
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