April 2014

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spring wreaths

I love decorating the front porch. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it’s such a small space that I’m not overwhelmed at the thought of pulling it together! Plus it feels so happy and inviting to me when I come home and see a pretty space.

The porch has been largely neglected since we moved to the Florida house. I did put out a Christmas wreath and a Valentine’s wreath, but that was it.

The worst part was this dinky little rug in front of the big double front doors:

I didn’t do anything about the rug for a couple of different reasons. 1. I didn’t want to spend big bucks on a rug that was more to scale and 2. I really just didn’t know where to start or even what kind of color scheme I wanted.

The catalyst to the transformation was the white bench that I painted last week:

And then Target had a sale on outdoor rugs.  I managed to get this 4 x 5 navy blue and white chevron rug for around $12 (The rug was on a 20% off sale for $22 and I had a $10 gift card.) Hubby was a little surprised as I have stubbornly avoided chevron anything for a very long time. Maybe I have been brainwashed, because I well remember how I did not get the whole chevron craze. And to be honest, I went in Target looking for a yellow rug. But this navy blue chevron just called my name!

And when I paired it with the white bench, I knew I was onto something!

The next step was to add some flowers. I went to Lowes and decided on an already arranged bowl of annuals because, well, flowers are not really my thing.  While I was there, I saw the cutest turquoise pillow with a navy blue bird on it. I knew it would be perfect with the rug and the almost turquoise color of the front doors. But it wasn’t on sale. And it was $13.98. So, of course, I didn’t buy it.

For the whole next week I thought about how cute that pillow would look on the bench. Finally, I justified buying it by giving my husband a haircut instead of sending him to the barber.  The next chance I got I stopped in Lowes with the three little kids in tow. We searched all over the garden section but couldn’t find the turquoise pillow with the blue bird. We found green ones and we found red ones and even navy blue ones. The closest thing they had to the bird pillow was a turquoise one with a blue frog. I stood there staring at it thinking about how it still tied the colors together and how my husband loves and sort of collects frogs. I debated for as long as I was able given that a 9 year old, a 5 year old and a 3 year old were with me and wondering why on earth I kept standing there staring at a frog pillow!! Finally, I decided to buy it.

But sometimes I can have OCD tendencies. (Those of you who know me better not be laughing!) And I still thought the bird would be perfect even though the frog would do. Guess what my super sweet husband did. Yes, he did. He traipsed around to two additional Lowes until he found a turquoise pillow with a navy blue bird.

I’ll show you both in a minute. I found a yellow pillow on sale at Jo Ann that co-ordinated beautifully and threw together a couple of spring wreaths. (Tutorial for the wreaths to follow next week.)

spring wreaths

After much rambling, here is the spring porch:

A close up of the vignette with the white painted bench:

Now, what do you think? Frog or bird?

  • FROG
  • BIRD

Which one would you choose? Let me know in the comments!

It’s so much fun to get the house decked out for spring! Have you done any spring decorating at your house?



Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll be back on Monday with an update to this week’s plans and a new plan for the new week.