Set the tone and lend a sense of privacy
“Decor starts well before you step through the front door,” says Karen. “It begins on the sidewalk.” The porch, what she calls a “half-way space,” as well as the exterior of the home, should give a taste of the interior — in this case, a bright and colourful family home. One way to achieve such a cheery exterior is by updating the colour of your home, which can easily be done with Spray Net.
Another way, is by creating a secluded feel on the porch using layers of lush greenery, which can separate this little haven from the busy street beyond. “This kind of green fence is a lovely way to cut down the noise in a manner that’s cozy for you and pretty for your neighbours,” says Karen. The chunky spindles she chose for the railings (made to mimic the original juliet balcony above) also serve as a great privacy screen.
Reference the surroundings in your decor choices
The wicker furniture set echoes the home’s white and butter yellow facade, and its lattice detail emulates the original stained glass windows. The connection between the indoors and out is heightened with accessories in green, purple and pink jewel tones – a palette from mother nature’s handbook – and bold floral patterns.
Decorate with flowers
Windowsills, both interior and exterior, make for ideal display spots. Here, an array of blooms is showcased in a collection of glass vases, bottles and jars. “Half of them came from Value Village and some are old Mason jars,” says Karen. Each vessel holds a different blossom, which amounts to a look that’s charmingly eclectic, befitting the rustic setting.