We are still working on our outdoor to-do list. Our front porch has been definitely neglected.
This is what we started with:
We have since added a DIY Painted Rug and some potted flowers (that I never blogged about). Yikes. Here are a few pictures of those:
I feel like we are actually getting somewhere by adding the rug and the pots, but the area feels too bare. I would love to have boxwood topiaries flanking the doors. After checking with two local nurseries, I have vetoed fresh ones. Apparently they need at least a little bit of sunlight to live and because we face north (with a huge overhang) there is no direct sunlight on the porch area. Well, my next thought was to get fake ones. Do you know how much those things are? Crazy expensive. Well, the cheapest indoor/outdoor topiaries I could find ran about $250 (for 2). I don't want to work that in to any budget at the moment. So, that leads me to focus on the brick wall.
I spotted these on Pinterest:
Isn't that wreath gorgeous? I love it. Unfortunately, it was sold and I couldn't find the shop online still.
I can't tell what the wood part is made of, but I think you could make this out of wood shims, paint sticks or even twigs. I really like how mid-century this one feels, but I would leave the bird off.
These wreaths had me thinking about putting a wreath on my front porch, then I remembered that I had a large twiggy wreath in our basement. Perfect.
I thought a little more and remembered that somewhere in blog land I ran across a blog that used fresh boxwood clippings in decorating. I can't remember where I saw that and I hate that, but that's life.
So, I grabbed my clippers and just started clipping.
Five minutes later, I had this:
I tucked the pieces in with the branches. They can easily be removed once they are starting to look bad.
For ten minutes of my time and for zero dollars, I would say this is a pretty good little project. I definitely need to style the area, but I'm waiting on a great Craigslist/Garage Sale find. I'm hoping to find a cute/modern little bench. Wish me luck.
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