Why, oh why, did my front porch still look like this?
I mean – really. It’s March.
Yes – those are red candles from Christmas. Yes – that is an old beach towel stuffed into the urn – used to hold up the Christmas tree that was in the urn months ago. Yes – that is a knocked over candle with a matching knocked over lantern. I’d bet my UPS guy thinks I moved.
I like my front doors – I really do – but I do have a problem in finding a rug that is the right size. The mat that was here was almost 12 years old. It needed to retire.
I looked all over for a fabulous rug. Maybe one that I could stencil. Or paint. And put a monogram on. But my problem was always finding the basic mat. There are cheap ones for a single door – but not for a double door.
I found this rug at World Market. It’s the right width, but looks a little crazy when at its full depth.
My lazy solution? Fold 1/3 of the rug under. That’s it. Nothing more.
I do expect the rug to fade, and to have to replace it at some point. I’m OK with that – I was wanting a change. Which means I will be searching Pinterest again in another few months, still looking for the perfect solution. But for now, this works, and I love the stripes.
At Christmas, I tried to pull off a sort-of Pottery Barn look – piles of lanterns on the front porch, coated in just the right amount of slight snow drift. Except I lived in Texas. And there were no snow drifts.
As a result, I have a tons of lanterns, and some needed to go. I love this giant lantern, but when I put it next to the tall candlestick, it was too much the same height.
A smaller lantern was better for this pairing.
So I moved the candlestick to the other side. Now – on to the wreaths.
My old, white wreaths were in BAD shape. Like – half the flowers came off in my hand – that kind of bad shape. But – have you priced a ready-made wreath these days? They’re crazy expensive!
So – I bought inexpensive garlands, that ranged $5-$7.50 on sale.
I just wrapped first one garland and then another around the wreathes. (I did have to hot-glue a few of the original blooms back on, as well.) It gave me exactly the look I wanted – at a fraction of the cost of new wreaths. And it took MINUTES to do.
I hung the wreaths over the doors with ribbon, securing them to the top of the door with flat thumbtacks. I dragged a pot with another plant in from the back porch. I added a couple of green candles, and I stuck the palms in the urns, and I was finished.
Why, oh WHY did I wait 3 months after Christmas to do this?