Today I’m going to show you how I styled my New England coastal front porch this year.
The beach is my #1 favorite place to be. If you have never been to the beach it is heaven! There’s nothing like the sound of the waves hitting the shore and the salt air does wonders for the soul. I’m lucky to live just a few miles from our seacoast.
So it’s no surprise that I carry my love of the coast to my home style. Let me show you what I did to my small front porch this season.
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Decorating a Small Porch for Summer
Empty Front Porch
I cleared off all my Spring decor from the front porch and gave it a good sweep…there was an unbelievable amount of pine needles!! Take a look at my Spring Porch HERE.
Do you have a Christmas Tree Shop near you? They have the most affordable patio cushions & outdoor rugs around… I scored big time!! They don’t have an online store so you’ll just have to come to visit and go with me!!
Add a Coastal Wreath
I made a coastal wreath out of sand dollars and starfish for the front door. I did a quick Facebook Live when I was making it over on my Cottage On Bunker Hill page.
You can see the blog post with the complete tutorial HERE,
Vintage Clammer’s Basket
My front porch refresh is a mix of new, vintage, and DIY this year. Mixing old & new is my favorite way to decorate any space.
This vintage clamming basket was a score over the Winter at a local vintage bazaar! I fell in love with its patina and its size…it’s been sitting on the shelf of my entryway table for months waiting for its outside debut!!
It was the perfect home for a few of my coastal items (that I hoard!!)
Adding Porch Furniture
After I put down the new outdoor rug I carried out my wicker chairs and loveseat from Walmart. I’ve had these for a few years and they have held up so well!!
Fresh cushions made all the difference!! My old ones were beat for sure and I couldn’t wait to toss them.
Who else has a throw pillow addiction??? I just couldn’t help myself though!! How could I pass up such cute pillows…right?!!
A quick coat of spray paint on an old table that had been collecting dust in my basement was the perfect fit for between my chairs. It will make a perfect spot to put down my iced coffee this Summer!
The perfect way to end a day of gardening is sitting out here with a cold drink and a good magazine.
Yankee Magazine is a must-read if you live in New England or just love New England; it’s always filled with the best images and things to do around here…plus yummy recipes! Their website is a great resource if you are planning a trip up here too!
After the furniture, rug, and cushions were all in place it was time to add the extra details to my small porch. In the corner, I added a patriotic shutter that I made out of an antique store find.
My antique lantern was a gift from my Mom. It fits in perfectly with the New England style of my porch and looks so pretty next to a vintage pail filled with purple salvia.
I love looking for vintage pails and buckets to use for planters. There is something about the contrast between the fresh flowers and the old metal that is so pretty!
Adding Fresh Flowers
What’s a Summer front porch without flowers?? I’ve been dreaming about flowers all Winter and couldn’t wait to fill up this beautiful blue ceramic pot that I’ve had for years.
I found it at my local Ocean State Job Lots…they are a hidden gem for affordable planters!
Can we just talk about how velvety and gorgeous these red geraniums are?? I spotted them as soon as I walked into Lowe’s the other day ( of course for something completely unrelated to flowers…you know how that goes!!)
Coastal Wall Decor
To the right of my front door, I hung a couple of colorful wooden buoys along with a few shells and greenery and tied them up with a nice nautical rope bow!
On the other side of the front door, I hung a wooden sign. To disguise the metal vinyl siding hook I simply wrapped a little nautical rope around it.
I hope I could give you a bit of inspiration from here in New England! Here are a few more Summer ideas for your home…