Connection with nature was part of the Craftsman movement notes Artemesia's owner Leonard Fenton. "Rather than express your dominion over nature," Craftsman designs "were supposed to bring you close to nature."
This Craftsman home had plenty of charm, but its front porch delivered a dated first impression. It needed new, updated finishes (that protected the original brick) and accessories that would let it be a hangout spot.
The appealing front porch includes a custom-made swing for enjoying the fresh air and views of the neighborhood, a custom front door with planter pots on each side, and a copper gas lantern that provides pleasant illumination from above.
Accessorizing with vintage winter sporting equipment, such as skis, snowshoes, a sled and skates, gives a rustic cottage appearance to a North Carolina front porch decorated by blogger Amy Buchanan of AttaGirlSays. The sports equipment joins yard sale finds, including the table, vintage wooden toolbox and the dresser frame.
For maximum visual impact, choose two main colors to work with and one accent. This porch is silver and red with a bit of evergreen. Then repurpose existing materials: Use big flower pots as a base and fill them with evergreen garland, huge ornaments, sparkly twigs and white lights. Another decorating tip is to repeat a few elements. This project used evergreen garland along the porch railing, which mirrored the green in the planters. The ornaments were also hung from the roof and featured in the red and green wreath on the door.
Horizontal fencing is a “must” for a contemporary, modern or mid-century modern home because it complements these architectural styles, says Danna Cain of Home & Garden Design, based in Atlanta. Vertical fencing is always in visual conflict with these styles, she says.