The Front Porch. It Confounds Me.
Wow. I have to say that first. Wow! You guys are amazing, and I'm deeply touched by how you all took so much time to contribute your thoughts and ideas to my little disaster area. I'm blown away.
So I decided to jump right in, and I decided to start with the front porch. Based on all the comments everyone had, it was clear to me that I needed to pick a small project to start with, and something that would make me happy. I knew that if I could walk up to a cute front porch every day, I'd feel better. (The living room is next.)
Unfortunately the porch above is the one from my old house. This is what I started with a few days ago:
GAH! That still scares me.
But I was so bolstered by all of your support and ideas, I just went out there and went to it. I:
Swapped the wicker chairs for two metal ones from the back porch
Stuck some evergreen prunings into the dirt in some of the pots to dress them up for winter (a no cost trick that should last for a few months)
Put away the hose
Swapped the copper birdhouse for a white lantern
Moved the wooden thing (actually a not-yet-used form for a step up to the front door)
Swapped the Halloween wreath out for a plain one (I'll do a holiday one later)
Weeded the flower bed in front of the porch area
Power washed the concrete, house and pots
And this is where it starts to go haywire...
Rearranged the pots
Rearranged the pots again
Rearranged the pots a third time
Rearranged the )(@*Q(#*&(*% post AGAIN
Lather, rinse, repeat. And have I mentioned they're HEAVY?
So. This is the best I have so far. It's way better, but I'm not in love. It just seems muddled, like there's no real focal point.
Here's a slightly wider angle so you can really see it all.
The thing is, I went into this project feeling really confident. I had loved what I did at my last house. See, this is what my last house looked like when I bought it:
And this is what it looked like when I was done with it:
I love that cute bench with the pots around it, right (close-up view at the top of the post). So I am trying to recreate a similar feel with the house I have now. But it's just not working. My house is really low and long and FLAT and what I'm calling a porch is really just an over-sized walkway.
SO. I have some ideas, but I'd love to get some of yours, too. All I have on my list so far is to try removing even more pots, and then maybe to get some more height going on. I have a matching pair of tuteurs I could try on either side of the window.
What do you think? And do you have a space that confounds you?