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A porch-perfect makeover

A porch-perfect makeover Author: Style At Home

Outdoor Living

A porch-perfect makeover

Spring is here and it's the perfect time to enhance the curb appeal of your home. Simple upgrades, chic new accessories, pretty plantings, and a fresh lick of paint make the front of your house say, "Welcome home" in style. Here are some of our favourite pick-me-ups for your front walk, porch and door.

Knock, knock
US $121
wildlifewonders.com
Switching out your doorknocker is a high-impact, low-effort way to give your front door a seasonal facelift. This designer dogwood knocker cast from bronze and brass, is perfect for the garden aficionado and will suit both modern and traditional exteriors.
Mail call
$99.99

canadiantire.com
The Urban large-capacity mailbox has a pretty cast-iron look and ever-hot Victorian styling. And your STYLE AT HOME magazine will be one of the first things to catch your eye when you get home, thanks to the newspaper/magazine rack!
Get blooming
$39.99

botanus.com
You don't have to be a gardenista to create a beautiful porch planter or window box. A pre-selected mix of bulbs guaranteed to complement one another makes planting a snap. The Instant Spring Garden kit includes 18 spring-flowering muscari, parrot tulips, narcissi and hyacinth.
Light the way
$59.99/set of two
Canada.lnt.com
Even if you don't have a long, winding front walk, path lights are a pretty touch; place a few in your front garden as an accent, or put one in a planter on your porch. These pewter-finish solar-powered Teardrop Hanging Lanterns just need to be plunked into the soil, wherever you wish – no cords attached!
Light switch
$79.98
homedepot.ca
Shed some light (and style) with this vintage-styled fixture. The swirled, seeded glass shade and oil-rubbed bronze base add period-perfect detail, especially ideal if you live in a century home.
A good address
US $76.50
houseandgardenaccents.com
A cast recycled-aluminum address plaque is earth-friendly and easy on the eyes at the same time. We like the Villa Nova style shown here, but there's one for every home style.
Step up
US $39.99
stacksandstacks.com
The Cape Cod doormat comes in a range of fresh au naturel hues, giving it a cool, contemporary vibe. Hand-woven in the US from practically indestructible polypropylene cord, it's a chic weatherproof alternative to silly "message" doormats.

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