Signs of Spring
How to Update Your Porch for Spring
Written & Styled by Stephanie Tallevast / Photography: Siobhan Egan / Florals: Everbloom Inc. / Accessories: Hope Farm Co., FLOY & Brown Dog Market at Cohen's Retreat / Location: Cohen's Retreat
Most of us fall under Mother Nature’s spell this time of year, daydreaming about being outside amongst the springtime splendor. It’s the perfect occasion to refresh our outdoor living spaces. And why not begin with a home’s most welcoming space, the front porch? Arranging a porch for the enjoyment of the inviting temperatures, the lazy downtime and some impromptu entertaining shouldn’t require excessive means or much time, just a lot of inspiration.
Begin with comfortable seating and interesting service tables. Sturdy pieces that are light enough to easily move for the sweeping away of springtime pollen are ideal. Remember to give every seat a place to put a drink or rest a book. A mix of vintage and new items adds interest and gives your furniture arrangement character. Shop resale and thrift stores for interesting items that keep your big box store purchases from looking too predictable.
Outdoor furniture can be livened with a vibrant paint color. An unexpected version of your chosen hue can be achieved using spray paints, especially specialty color spray paints available at art supply stores. Try a palette of a couple of offbeat colors set against blacks or neutrals. The prep and paint of seating and occasional pieces takes less than a day. Once applied, a quirky, bold color lends maximum impact.