I’ve had no less than five comments on my front porch this summer. Not flattering comments, mind you. When June’s heat turned the outdoors into an oppressive sauna, I simply abandoned any notion of sprucing up the porch, which had been neglected since winter. As Elizabeth Fox, co-founder of StyleBlueprint, said, “Your porch is the first thing people see, and many times the only thing people see!” She’s right. And I realized my house was wearing the equivalent of an odd-fitting, out-of-style winter coat, which, interestingly, is also often the first and only thing people see.
With the help of COLOR, a Nashville store specializing in accessories for the home, my porch is now giving everyone a proper hello. Almost every item used was under $70, and the end result, as you’ll see in the following photographs, is a breath of new life for my formerly neglected porch.
This store may not be in Birmingham, but I hope the inspiration shown proves what a difference some attention and accessories can make!
My porch before:
My porch after:
COLOR opened seven years ago, following owner Susie Gianikas’ desire to change gears from running her successful catering business, Cornucopia. “I wanted to do something else after my catering business. I love being an entrepreneur and taking an idea and a blank slate and turning nothing into something.”
Jason says,“You shouldn’t feel that you have to buy everything new, every season. It’s great to start with a blank slate and freshen up your home with objects that last, and then add something seasonal to update the look at feel throughout the year. For Liza’s porch, we started out with a full-on fall look and feel. Together, the mix of all of the accessories and floral arrangements read ‘autumn.’ But remove the leaves, pumpkins and owls and she’s left with a porch that is season-less because of the basic base layer we started with – simple brown and kilim pillows, timeless side tables, lamps and lanterns, a rug that softens the space and works year round. For winter, adding in metallics and burnished bronze accessories and pillows and perhaps some greenery to the wreath and hydrangeas would turn this into a more winter-friendly feeling place. I’d also add a throw on the sofa and some of our winter deer we’ve just gotten in at the store to complete the look.”
At the end of this shoot, COLOR did pack up all the goodies to take back to their shop. But, I did buy a few things: the wreath, some pillows, the rug, the hanging lanterns, the split tray hanging on the brick above, the cute owl (my kids insisted) and the iron candle holder for the coffee table. Our porch looks fabulous, and I’m so glad it’s now as welcoming as the inside of our home!
Thank you to Bridgett Ezzard for today’s photos! www.bridgettezzard.com