I’m so excited to be sharing my transitional Spring Into Summer Front Porch Decor with you today as part of the Spring Into Summer Home Tour hosted by Kristi at French Creek Farmhouse! And friends, it’s your lucky day, because nearly 30 bloggers have joined forces to show you all of our best spring/summer ideas. You can find links to visit all of their homes at the end of this post! 🏠
Spring Into Summer Front Porch Decor
I love being outdoors, and literally, count down the days towards the return of warm weather and sunshine here in Iowa. I mean, don’t get me wrong– I love Iowa, but the cold and snowy winter months are definitely not my favorite.
When spring finally arrives, I am ready to start making the most of our outdoor spaces. We are lucky to have a lot of outdoor space in this house: a three-season porch on the southwest corner of the house, a covered open deck in the back on the west side, and also this large front porch that faces east. This gives us the opportunity to follow the sun/shade as needed, depending on the season and time of day. We take outdoor living seriously around here. 😆
Our front porch is one of the first spaces that starts getting some use in the late spring, because it catches the morning sun. When it’s still too cool on the shaded back deck in the mornings, we like to bring our coffee out front and sit on the sunny porch swing while we sip.
A throw blanket, a beautiful vintage side table to hold my coffee, a spring-y flower arrangment, and I’m set for enjoying the early spring rays on my face, even when it’s chilly.
Because it’s still too cold in Iowa during spring to have real potted plants/flowers out, I compensate by using some faux ones for just a few weeks. They add some fresh spring vibes to the porch until it’s safe to plant the real deal, which isn’t until around Mother’s Day here. Of course, all my spring bulbs offer some natural color, too.
I made two of these faux flower arrangements for the urn planters on my front porch. These planters remain on the porch through all the seasons. In the winter, they hold small evergreens. In the spring, I fill them in with artificial greenery until the weather warms up. And in summer, I load them up with all the pretty summer annuals.
This spring, I used these beautiful faux cabbages for the center of my arrangements. I love how they add a big pop of greenery and fill out the urns nicely. I added some birch branches leftover from my Christmas arrangements and then filled in with some pussy willow stems and pretty little white spring flowers. I kept this arrangement fairly neutral in color, so it didn’t compete with my bright pink tulips and hyacinths that bloom in front of the porch in spring.
I love a good farmhouse sign, especially on the porch. It’s so easy to make your own porch signs, and I like to customize them for the seasons. Last fall, I made a seasonal sign out of some leftover cedar. It turned out really rustic and distressed, and it was a great accent to my fall front porch decor.
This year, for spring/summer, I used a solid piece of oak left from the kitchen remodel my dad did on my parents’ house years ago. (You can see more posts on how I’ve used his scrap wood HERE and HERE.)
The oak gives my new spring/summer signs a more polished look, plus it adds sentimental value. I added the antique doorknob that my son-in-law saved for me from a house rehab that his construction company was working on. ❤️
Since this sign was such a nice piece of wood, I made use of the back, too. I love how it can now be flipped over as the seasons (or moods) change! Watch for the full tutorial on how I made the sign in an upcoming post.
Lanterns are on my porch all year long. In the winter, they get dressed up with big Christmas bows and add a festive holiday glow to the porch. In spring and summer, I like them for the ambiance they add when we are enjoying the outdoors. I have them in varying sizes and fill them with these flameless outdoor candles. They come on automatically at dusk and go off 6 hours later.
Transitioning the porch to summer is so easy since I already have most of the basics in place.
When it’s finally warm enough for potted plants, I replace the faux ones with lots of colorful real blooms, since by now all the spring bulbs are done. We planted our perennial flowers in mostly neutral colors of greens and whites so that I can accent with whatever color of annuals suits my fancy each year. It’s almost always some variation of pink though since pink is my color. 🌸
As summer progresses, the Little Lime hydrangea bushes on either side of the porch will bloom with a pale green flower, that will transition into white, and then finally pink late in the season.
Once summer is in full swing, morning coffee usually happens on the shady back deck, and we wait to enjoy the front porch when the afternoon sun moves further to the west. By then, the porch swing is shaded, and catches a nice afternoon breeze, making it the perfect place to sip tea or lemonade, and read a book…
I love to fill my outdoor spaces with pillows, and it’s easy to transition through the seasons by swapping out pillow covers.
I use the same pillow inserts and just change the covers. I have THIS set of summer covers, which have fun summer prints on the front, but a nice, neutral, ivory burlap on the back. I can leave the backside facing out for spring, and then transitioning to summer is as easy as flipping them over! “Happy Summer Time”!
This second seating area is another reason I love our front porch in spring/summer. Not only do we have the porch swing, but also this little seating area on the opposite side of the front porch. We have two chairs here, ready to use, and we tuck a couple more behind the pillar. You can’t see them from the street, and they are ready to unstack and set out when someone stops by for a porch visit.
Pillows, a table to hold a drink, lots of pretty flowers, and cozy lanterns, make the porch so inviting.
I’m so happy that spring is here, and summer is not far behind. How about you? If your answer is “yes”, then you’re in for a treat because more than two dozen very talented bloggers have linked up with me below to invite you into their beautiful homes. All you have to do is click on the links below to begin your tour!
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