I'm embarrassed to say that my front porch looked like this until about two weeks ago:
That's right. Two weeks ago was the first week of March. And that is an old Christmas wreath and a sled (you know, for all our snow...).
Hey, at least I took the ribbon and decorations off the wreath for the winter.
And that the pot next to the sled? It sports a dead primrose from last fall and another one only half-alive.
It's amazing what you don't see when you don't want to...
Needless to say, our entry needed a major spruce up, but with a "cottage mentality" of simple, beautiful, and within a budget. Here are the three easy steps I took to go from embarrassed to happy about our outside entry:
1. Decorated. I ditched the evergreen (umm...everbrown?) wreath and replace it with a twig wreath with spring colored seed picks (which I can remove for other seasons). With a 40% off coupon, it was less than $10 and I'll be able to use it for the rest of the year with simple seasonal changes (or just leave it, if I want).
2. Refreshed Planters. It's easy to spend a lot of money on planters trying to get them to look like magazine pictures. You're probably not surprised that I find simpler is better- both on my pocketbook and my time.
I first removed the dead primrose and trimmed the other one. Then for spring color I bought a .99 pansy and for future summer color, a $2.99 fuchsia that will bloom all the way until the first frosts, plus add some height to the planter.
I'll probably replace the primrose and pansy with impatiens for summer and fall (easy to get in 6-packs for less than .50 each), since this is a north-facing porch. Geraniums, alyssum, and lobelia are some choices for sun, with grasses and salvias for height.
And I say this so emphatically because I don't do it nearly enough- it's really easy to forget about the outside of our homes, and I'm as guilty as the next person (who doesn't do this regularly...I'm sure there must be some out there who do).
I added a chippy chair I keep for the porch and a welcome sign on the brick ledge and called it good.
Actually, called it great compared to the old brown/green wreath. The cost? Fourteen dollars and twenty minutes of my time.
This I can do.
What about you- how do you spruce up your outside entries?