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Decorating your porch: Bringing out your home’s personality

I’ve always thought the front exterior of your home is an extension of your family’s personality. Many homeowners spend so much time inside decorating that they forget about the outside.

I love to go for walks and check out my neighbours’ homes — what colour their front door is, how they decorated their porch, the selection of plants they have chosen.

Many want their home to look different from everyone else’s but may not know where to start. My goal with this column is to help you bring out some personality in decorating your front porch by sharing my process behind what I choose for my own home and why.

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Spring is finally here and now is the perfect time to decorate your front porch, entrance or patio!

In the beginning

Over the winter, I like to gather ideas that have caught my eye. It makes winter more bearable and it gets me excited for the next season.

Sue Pitchforth boots and flowers

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Here is an example of one of my favourite inspirational finds that I saw on Pinterest this past winter — rubber boots with yellow forsythia. What a simple, unique and fun idea.

Now, let’s begin the transformation.

Decorating your porch — step one

Sue Pitchforth

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The first thing I like to do is remove everything from the porch so I can see the space I am working with. I also give it a good sweep.

In my case, I have two staple pieces that I use all year — my antique pump and wooden vintage garden chair. These pieces are very special to me and they take centre stage. Using a chair or bench really grounds the space and seeing a chair on a porch is very welcoming.

Decorating your porch — step two

Sue Pitchforth outside decor

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Gather items you would like to use on your porch makeover. These could include:

  • A chair or bench
  • Cushion(s) for the chair or bench
  • Small table
  • Rug, welcome mat
  • Birdhouses
  • Small birds
  • Lanterns
  • Containers
  • Something for the front door
  • Faux flowers, birch logs, sticks

Bring everything together in one spot so you can begin to see how things will look.

Here’s a video with some more tips on my selections:

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MORE: How Sue decorated her porch last spring

Decorating your porch — step three

Sue Pitchforth door wreath

Once I have everything in one spot, I can begin pulling the porch together.

I start with the front door. I love hydrangeas and was lucky to find this while I was thrifting at the Mission Thrift Store. I added my own larger burlap bow to give it a bit more pizazz.

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What type of spring arrangement will you choose for your front door?

Lay the foundation

Sue Pitchforth door mats

Don’t forget to add a rug to your porch makeover. In my case, I added both a rug and my “Hello” welcome mat. I layered them, showcasing one of the trends we are seeing this spring.

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Add your cushion(s)

decorating your porch Sue Pitchforth

I love birds and when I found this cushion I knew it would be perfect for my porch! Every time I see it, it makes me smile. Adding a cushion that you love has a big effect on your porch decor, and on you!

Fill in with well-chosen accessories

decorating your porch Sue Pitchforth

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I love incorporating birdhouses of varying heights and styles to add interest to the space. Containers that hold birch logs, pussy willows, sticks and faux flowers are also a must.

Tip: I use faux flowers for my arrangements; they look good and last all season long.

Sue Pitchforth boots and flowers

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I was very excited to add the rubber boots filled with forsythia beside the chair, to the right of my door. This spot is perfect because it anchors the space and is very noticeable. What a simple, yet unique add-on to this year’s decorating.

At this point I usually step back and see how things are progressing. If I find something just isn’t right, I adjust and move things around until I like what I see. Sometimes it is nice to have a friend or family member help you with this.

Sue Pitchforth bird decoration

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I always like to add a touch of whimsy to my decorating. This spring, I’ve added a bird and her nest on top of my antique pump. It’s amazing how she puts a smile on my face every time I see her.

What touch of fun and whimsy will you add to your porch decor?

decorating your porch Sue Pitchforth

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The transformation is complete! I’ve used everything I gathered together to change my porch to springtime decor. I’m very happy with the end result and I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to bring some spring to your porch.

For more details on pulling things together, check out this video:

About the Author

Sue Pitchforth

Sue Pitchforth of Decor Therapy Plus is an international award-winning designer, TV personality and professional speaker. Her approach to design is refreshing, emphasizing budget-friendly options that yield luxurious results. Believing “home” is an expression of your life and personality, Sue says people usually have a lot of what they need, they just don’t know it. She is passionate about creating spaces where homeowners surround themselves with things they love that reflect who they are. Based in the capital and recently appointed Ottawa ambassador for the Canadian Association of Property Stylists, she is an industry leader offering her unique staging and design from a distance virtual services.

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