The Front Porch. It Confounds Me.

Garden Bench on Patio at Valentine Cottage via Cottage Magpie
Garden Bench on Patio at Valentine Cottage via Cottage Magpie
Front Entry at Valentine Cottage via Cottage Magpie
Front Entry at Valentine Cottage via Cottage Magpie

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.

THANK YOU.

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:

Ugly Front Porch at Pear Tree Cottage via Cottage Magpie
Ugly Front Porch at Pear Tree Cottage via Cottage Magpie

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.

Sightly Improved Front Porch at Pear Tree Cottage via Cottage Magpie
Sightly Improved Front Porch at Pear Tree Cottage via Cottage Magpie

Here's a slightly wider angle so you can really see it all.

Sightly Improved Front Porch Wider View via Cottage Magpie
Sightly Improved Front Porch Wider View via Cottage Magpie

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:

Valentine Cottage Original Listing Photo (Before) via Cottage Magpie
Valentine Cottage Original Listing Photo (Before) via Cottage Magpie

And this is what it looked like when I was done with it:

Valentine Cottage All Finished via Cottage Magpie
Valentine Cottage All Finished via Cottage Magpie

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?

Best,

~Angela :-)
~Angela :-)
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