Porch and Patio Prep

Beautified patio via Design*Spongeimage via Design Sponge

Are you planning a big patio or deck renovation? Or just looking to spruce things up a bit?  We all want the outside of our home to be as relaxing and welcoming as the inside but it can seem like an overwhelming task.  Planning and preparation are key, and there are a few things you can start doing now so that when the summer hits you can spend every moment enjoying the outdoors.

Marine SconceMarine Sconce from Pottery Barn

Spring Clean

If you’ve already started spring cleaning indoors take your bucket and mop outside as well and wash down all surfaces. Remember the windows and light fixtures, which tend to collect a lot of winter dirt and grime.  It’s not the most exciting way to spend an afternoon, but you’ll probably thank yourself for getting it done ahead of time.

Spruce up your porch with bright paintsimage via house and home

Paint it Bright

The weather may be too unpredictable to tackle any major outdoor painting projects just yet, but one warm afternoon should be enough time to paint yourself a cheerful front door. Yellow doors are my favourite, and I love the unexpected spot they’ve chosen for the house number on this home.

Modern Patio via DwellModern Patio Garden via Dwell

Thinking Ahead to Spring Gardening

Depending where you live you may still have a few weeks before you can begin doing any serious gardening, but now is a great time to start thinking ahead to where you want plants and flowers to go, and maybe washing out planters or picking up new ones to replace the ones that haven’t survived the winter. I’ve been playing around with this nifty garden planner from bhg.com; it’s a helpful tool for planning visually what you want your landscaping and patio to look like.

DIY wooden slat shoe matColourful DIY Wooden Slat Door Mat via Curbly

Welcome All

A new doormat is an instant and affordable way to accessorize your front door.  I am totally going to attempt this DIY mat featured on Curbly; it’s colourful, modern and practical. Just the right thing to welcome everyone into your home.

Cozy seating on a beautifully designed porchDesign a Layout

Like plants, the overall look of your patio, from seating to accessories, is best considered ahead of time. There is nothing worse then completing a big outdoor reno or makeover just when fall rolls along and you have to wait a whole year in order to use it again. A helpful question to ask when planning out a patio or porch is what will the space be used for (entertaining, a play space for kiddos, gardening, relaxing with a book etc.) The answer will help determine what needs to be done and what furnishings and accessories need to be purchased. For a small deck or porch I am loving this built-in bench idea.

Sitting pretty on the porchimage via Apartment Therapy

It turns out my dream patio already exists and it is at Amy Butler’s house. Beautiful textiles, lush plants, and to top it all off, the perfect swing. I’ll have to ask if I can move in.

Who is ready to get outside? Hurry up spring!

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One Response to Porch and Patio Prep

  1. Deb C says:

    I like it, can’t wait until the weather gets a bit nicer on a regular basis. Love the beautiful DYI door mat! I need to replace all mine this year and think I will go colorful, thanks :)

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