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How to Style a Small Porch for Summer

Decorating a small porch for summer

Summer is in full bloom, and after a long Victoria Day Weekend spent in the great outdoors, I can finally sit back and enjoy my tiny porch. 

Having a small porch doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style.  Even the smallest stoop can use a few pots of bright summer blooms.

Having a small porch doesn't mean you have to scrimp on style

Ever since I made this flower basket for the front door earlier this spring, I knew exactly how I wanted my porch to look this summer. 

As luck would have it my mom’s church held a fund raiser earlier in May selling flats of geraniums, so I picked up a flat of coral and salmon colours. 

Adding style to a small porch

I hit the garden centre for a few more annuals and I love the lime green of the potato vine and how well they fill out and trail down the front of the pots and window boxes.

I also picked up a dainty little white annual, the name of which I have no idea.  Somewhat random, but pretty just the same.

Adding a touch of summer to a small porch

I headed out to the shed and found some clay pots.  I painted them with some chalk paint, smudging and blending to make them look a bit aged.   I also found some metal buckets, as well as an old wicker basket that is meant to be a hanging. 

I brushed vinegar onto the metal buckets in hopes they will develop a more worn patina with being out in the weather.

Adding a touch of summer to a small porch

I like the look of mixed pots and containers.  I don’t like things to look too formal.  And, it gives me the opportunity to move things around as the season evolves. 

The little bistro chair is one of a pair that my friend Leslie gave to me when she was going to chuck them out!  A fluffy pillow with a lime green pillow case found in the linen closet makes it a comfy perch! 

A small porch doesn't mean you have to skimp on style

Bright and colorful style for a small porch

The tiny table I “inherited” from my old office at work that also was going into the trash if I hadn’t rescued it.

Add in a Boston fern and a pot of lavender (which will go into the garden soon) and I have a peaceful place to sit and read or just enjoy the fresh air. 

Adding summer style to a small porch

I had enough geraniums and potato vine to fill my window boxes too. 

Although it seems like an odd colour combination, I think the salmon/coral/lime green combo actually looks pretty good against our little red cottage!

Adding a touch of summer to a small porch

While you might be lusting over photo’s on Pinterest of gorgeous sprawling front porches with rocking chairs and room to spread out when in reality you have a small porch with barely enough room for a single chair, (oh wait, maybe that is just me!), I think I spent about $40 for all the plants on the porch and in the window boxes. Since I change it with the seasons, low cost curb appeal is a must! You can see my tiny Autumn Porch decor here!

A small porch gets big curb appeal with a few potted plants

See, having a small porch does come with it’s benefits. Small porch equals small price tag!

Until next time….

Red Cottage Chronicles


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  1. so beautiful!! hopefully next yr I can do something as well…I really need new steps and think we should just cover the disinigrating cement ones over with a huge wood deck