I’ll be honest. I used to not love Summer. It still isn’t my FAVORITE season but I appreciate the longer days and the laid back fun that comes along with Summer. This past week was Summer Solstice, the longest day of daylight in the whole year! And being efficient like I am, I decided to spend it dreaming up the ways I could spruce up my front porch entry. It’s kind of a mess!
For starters it can become a catch all for lawn care items, which just isn’t cute. We have a small-ish house. No garage. No basement. And only a small backyard that we had just gotten renovated by landscape drainage services Hinsdale. So being short on space and honestly, just being lazy and not walking things around to the shed when we’re finished with them causes the front porch to collect garden tools, watering cans, etc. So first things first, I cleaned the porch off so I could sit and dream about what I want it to look like with a clear head.
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The not-so-great: The door is painted a muddy brown (by previous owners and we’ve never gotten around to tackling it!). The mailbox is 2 different metal finishes and hangs crooked, ha! We only have one small overhead porch light and the seating that is currently there is really too big for the space. We don’t have any house numbers up except for the little stickers on the mailbox.
The spruce-it-up-a-girl-can-dream plan: A high-contrast front porch that is welcoming and clean. It has a modern vibe with some classic touches like the door knocker and house numbers. The greenery adds life to the space which is always welcomed on the front porch!
The Door: A flat-black, freshly painted door for starters! I love colorful doors on other people’s homes but it’s just not for me. I used to want a red or blue door when I was younger, dreaming about being a homeowner but as I’ve grown into my style that’s just not my jam. So flat black it is! simple and also a matte black similar to the door. Exactly what I like! I also LOVE this simple circle knocker . It’s not shiny but still a nice muted antique brass, it really compliments that black door! Same goes for this antique brass kick plate.
The House Numbers: Again, love the black and simple design of these house numbers. They would look great mounted to some reclaimed, stained wood to really make the numbers pop!
The Mailbox: Super simple, wall-mounted matte black mailbox. Not too gaudy, it just hangs pretty and does it’s job without calling too much attention to itself. Perfect!
The White Planters: How pretty are these Basilia Steel planters?! Love the simplicity and modern lines. Works great with my love of high contrast black and white.
The Welcome Doormat: HELLO YOU LOVELY PEOPLE! Isn’t that how you want to be greeted when you visit someone’s house? So sweet I just had to include it!
The Seating: I love love love these simple black armchairs. They make a modern statement but they’re small enough to fit on my medium sized front porch!
The Lighting: How sleek is this light? I really adore the way it has that little bit of gold peeking out from the inner part. Of course, the matte black finish fits right in here! This wall-mount light is perfect for the space.
The Pillows: Because no space would be complete without pillows!! Love this frond pillow and this black and white geometric pillow. Just to add a little texture and little softness to an otherwise hard surfaced space.
What do you think about my front entry design plans and the use of my extra daylight on this Summer Solstice? Maybe by NEXT year’s Summer Solstice I can actually execute this plan? Until, a girl can dream!! What did you do with your extra daylight? I’d love to hear all about it! Comment below and let me know 🙂