Now that the continental ice shelf in the PMQs is starting to melt, we can welcome the rainy season and the formation of all the lakes as ice chunks back-up the sewage and water drains. Spring in Valcartier is upon us!
While I wait for all that loveliness to dissipate I’m finessing my front porch style plans. In our current PMQ we have a nice walkway up to our front door, with a landing between sets of stairs. Compared to our last PMQ where we had barely enough space to stand and ring the doorbell this is quite the bonus.
One of the first things I’ll be doing for front porch style is installing a screen door. I’ve seen other PMQs in the area do it, and I can’t wait to try it out myself. We don’t have air-conditioning in the PMQ so I usually rely on our collection of industrial strength fans to move air through the house. However if your only source of intake air is through some small screened windows, not much relief is heading your way.
By adding a screen door to the front entrance I’ll be opening up the main floor (and the house) to a much larger intake of air. Why not just open the door you ask? Well we have indoor cats and I don’t really want to spend my time indoors with bugs.
There’s something to be said for opening your front door in the morning as you make your coffee and feeling the first breeze of your day as the sun comes up on those hot sticky days.
Once I figure out how to attach it to the doorway without gouging holes in the side of the house I plan on painting and varnishing it so that it lasts through the winter. I’m still in love with high gloss black or cherry red.
We have several wooden planters in varying sizes that I absolutely love. They’re natural, un-finished wood and have spent the past three winters outside. This is the year they get some TLC! My plan is to revamp them this spring by doing the following:
– making sure they still hold together: during the move last fall it was a distinct possibility that they were falling apart at the seems. A couple of nails and some caulking ought to do the trick!
– Adding some fun feet to them: I want to elevate them a hitch to make them easier to drain, and allow me to sweep under them without having to push them around with all my might.
– Painting them: I’m hoping to co-ordinate them with whatever colour I paint out screen door.
– Adding some fun hardware like giant lion-head pulls, or colourful knobs.
– Filling them with a nice big shrub. I’m a sucker for shrubs by the front door, as you may have guessed from previous posts or my instagram feed I love boxwood.
– Adding some lighting: with a simple LED light strip or even some solar lights, I hope to lign them inside the top lip so that they help light our front porch in the evening and provide some ambient light when we entertain outside.
No front porch is complete without a chair or a bench, so those are next on my spring/summer shopping list. I love the idea of something in wood but I’m afraid two winters outside will destroy it. If I see anything in durable metal I’ll go for that as long as the design matches.
Changing up your front porch light game can also make a heck of a difference, not only in safety but in style. Take a tour around your local fixture store and see what’s on sale or promotion. As the season starts some companies like put their new models on special to encourage buyers, while the stores are trying to liquidate last year’s stock to make way for new arrivals.
I wasn’t feeling so good this weekend so I had time to create a polyvore image inspiration board for anyone out there interested in seeing how it all comes together in my mind. Make sure to pin the image and share the post with anyone you know of who’s struggling with their front-of-house this spring!
In my image board I’ve got a cute brass watering can, some new house numbers, a shinny new light and options for seating. Don’t forget to have fun, and depending on how much exposure your house gets, use nice furnishings.