Front Porch Makeover + Outdoor Lighting Sources

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Don’t you love this time of year, when the weather warms up and we sweep away all of the dust and cobwebs of the cooler months. 

I have been doing a lot of refreshing outdoors this season.  A few weeks ago, I shared our BACK PATIO MAKEOVER and earlier this week I shared the NEW WINDOW SHUTTERS AND PLANTER BOXES we added to the exterior of our house.  The final step, in my outdoor refresh was a simple front porch makeover.  

When we moved in to this house, I was so focused on completing the interior and backyard landscaping that our front porch got completely neglected.  I put two well worn benches and a couple of potted plants out there and that was that.  

I always felt that his porch was calling for rocking chairs, but the other projects and expenses took priority.


Until this spring…I finally ordered those rockers and a couple of tables, spruced up the potted plants and gave our front porch a little facelift.  



I have to admit, I am a huge fan of rockers on a porch.  We have rocking chairs on every porch at our ranch in Montana, so it only seemed right to repeat the theme in California.  No one would ever call me inconsistent!

I got these particular chairs, tables and pads at Grandin Road, but I have used others in Montana that I like equally well.  I have linked a few of them below for you.


To add a little color by the front door, I planted these galvanized pots with lavender topiaries encircled with few pink cosmos and some hanging nepeta.  The asymmetry of three pots, rather than two gives the front door a bit more of a casual look, which I think works better with the rocking chairs. I also added a new, fun door mat that I found at a local shop.  

My flower studio porch also got cleaned up!


The final step in my outdoor refresh, was to clean all of my outdoor lighting…man was it a mess!  I cleaned the glass and wiped them all down and they looked (almost) new again. 

And on the topic of outdoor lighting, I’ve mentioned that we have a new guest cabin being built at our ranch and are working on a spec house in California, so I have been on the hunt for outdoor light fixtures for both projects. I spent several hours the other night scouring the internet for farmhouse style fixtures and came up with a ton of choices, so I wanted to share them with you all! You can shop everything by clicking on the affiliate links below.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week friends!!

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  1. Karne, your house is beautiful! Do you recall the vertical height of how much exposure your shakes/shingles have? Trying to decide between 7 or 9 inch at our house for the full wrap around exterior excluding our brick front facade. Thank you!

    1. Hi Anne-Thanks for stopping by! I honestly do not remember and am not in California right now to measure. I will definitely check when I am back and get that info for you!

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