Entries in curb appeal (11)


how i tripled the size of the ferns on my front porch

Ferns on the front porch are an unspoken rule here in the south.  There's just something about having them flank my front door in the planters my husband made me that makes me so happy to pull into my driveway every day!  I've been fortunate enough to have great luck with them in the past; I even managed to keep two alive three years in a row by keeping them in my garage during the winter.  This year, I found four at the grocery store for $10 a pop; I loved the broad leaves and emerald color so much more than traditional Boston ferns, but when I put them in my planters (I put two in each because my planters are so ginormous!), they just barely hung over the top.  Fast forward about a month and a half and they have all tripled in size!

My secret is this: water them every other day and twice a month, I add a scoop of Jack's Classic 20-20-20 plant food to a gallon of water and drench them.  In no time, they are filling out my planters and adding such a gorgeous pop of color to the front porch! 

I finally got around to planting some flowers in pots, too, and while you can technically use the 20-20-20 for flowers, as well, I like to use the Blossom Booster Fertilizer - I've tried others before but nothing has worked as well as this for me!  Here is purple angelonia and lime green sweet potato vine about a week after the first application:

Happy weekend! (And happy planting!)


an insta garden to love

If I hadn't ended up in interiors, I think I would have loved landscape design.  For me, there is nothing more satisfying or therapeutic than planting, pulling weeds, trimming bushes, deadheading flowers or picking plants and blooms for my pots.  After having lived in this house for seven years now, our landscaping (all of which we planted ourselves) has really taken off and gotten to a place where everything has filled in so nicely, it makes me so happy to pull into my driveway!

I'm crushing so hard lately on landscaping pics that pop up on my Instagram feed because the hubby "accidentally" got his weed kill mixed up earlier this spring and ended up killing all the bermuda grass on three sides of the pool, grr.  One of my favorites to follow for landscaping eye candy is Kelli Delaney of KDHamptons.  Kelli was one of the very first people I followed on Instagram and all these years later, I'm still so enamored by the perfectly manicured grounds on her Hamptons property, including her pergola-covered patio, the hydrangeas wrapping around her front porch, creeping roses and slate-surrounded pool.  It's seriously a little slice of heaven:


spring/summer porch refresh

Ah, Spring in the south -  the weather is warmer, the days are longer and everything is coated in icky yellow powder.  Every year around this time I get the itch to freshen up my front porch for the warmer months - nothing crazy, just a few minor changes that I think will make an impact from the curb while simultaneously satisfying my need to constantly change things up! This is a snap of my front porch from a couple years ago - I usually have HUGE ferns flanking the front door but after a super dry summer that particular year, palms were the only thing I could keep alive.  The biggest thing now is that my shutters are in need of a fresh coat of paint so I've decided to take the opportunity to swathe them, as well as my front door, in a glossy coat of navy blue that is so dark it's almost black!

I think it'll be a lovely compliment to the gray and white on the rest of the house and will be a beautiful backdrop for some new door hardware and my oversize ferns that flank my door every year.  Here are a few other lovelies that are on my list:

Nothing says Spring to me like fresh greenery and this myrtle wreath is a beauty! 

After six years in this house, I think it's time for some door bling...I'd had my heart set on this brass fox knocker for a while, but since the pineapple is the international symbol for hospitality, I couldn't think of a better way to greet my guests that with this chic pineapple knocker, instead!

I'm OBSESSED with Versailles planters and would love to fill a pair like these with oversize emerald ferns, to flank my front door, HOWEVER, the price tag on these beauties are WAY out of my budget.  After a little searching, I was excited to discover there are a TON of DIY's and tutorials on how to build them yourself.  They all seem relatively easy, so, we are going to build our own!  I'll be sure and post a tutorial when I do!

I bought a pair of metal garden obelisks from Target a few years ago and, while they get moved around my landscaping constantly, I love how they add a little interest to my front porch in the summer months, so I'm bringing them from the back deck for a little change.

Monogrammed navy pillows with nautical-inspired jute cording are a no brainer for my white Adirondack chairs.

Farrow and Ball's Black Blue is my pick for the front door and shutters.  In high gloss, of course.

I'm still a little obsessed with my coir lover's knot door mat; it's held up so beautifully and I love the nautical feel it brings to my front step.  It took me a while to track one like this down, but Ballard Designs has the exact same one on sale right now for $16, if you're in need!

Every year I hunt the biggest, greenest ferns I can find for either side of my front door.  Nothing adds more drama or a beautiful pop of color!

How do you like to get your porch ready for Spring?


outdoor planters to boost curb appeal this spring

Now that spring is in full effect it's so funny to pass by and see the parking lots at Lowe's and local nurseries packed to the gills while shoppers scramble for flowers, fern and mulch to spruce up their yards.  And for good reason: I'm a total believer that a good first impression to your home starts outside and one of the easiest ways to boost curb appeal is with outdoor planters.  I can't think of a better way to make a dramatic impact than with a pair of gorgeous planters flanking your front door and spilling over with boxwoods, ferns, trees or plants and colorful blooms.  If you only do one thing to spruce up your porch or patio this spring, let this be it.  The best part is that you don't need a green thumb to keep them looking amazing!

Below are a few outdoor planters I'm loving lately; they all pack a decorative punch, from rustic whiskey barrels (I have a pair on my deck and I absolutely LOVE them!) and fiberglass zinc lookalikes (way lighter and easier to move around than the real deal) to glossy white square boxes and even oversize seagrass baskets (they look just as amazing on screened-in or covered porches as they do indoors).  Amazon, Wayfair, Home Depot and Lowe's all have some great (and affordable) options on larger pots, too.  Here are my faves this spring:

1.  Napoli planter  2.  Whiskey barrel  3.  Keter rattan planters  4.  Canna planters

5.  Seagrass basket  6.  Lexington planter  7.  Cardiff planter

8.  Chappelle planter  9.  Mayne planter

What are some of your favorite planters and where do you find the best deals?  I'd love to know!


the most incredibly priced, oversize outdoor lantern lights!

I've been on the hunt for some oversize lantern lights for my front porch for a while now; if you've been following, I won't bore you with the details - I've posted about my search here, here and here.  I had finally decided on some copper beauties that were on major sale and then, in typical fashion, I dragged my feet and missed it.  Then, on a random stop into Lowe's a couple of weeks ago I spotted Allen and Roth's new outdoor lighting line, Parsons Field, and about had a heart attack! There are three different sizes and the biggest one is a whopping 27 inches long!  They have a beautiful black iron finish and seeded glass and...are you ready?...they cost $110!!!!  I couldn't get them in my cart fast enough.  I'm in LOVE.  Talk about curb appeal; they are the perfect statement piece and make quite a first impression.

Love my lover's knot coco coir door mat from Hayneedle:

For the first time in a decade of living in the south, my ferns did not fare well this summer, despite liquid iron, plenty of water and lots of shade, so I swapped them for some inexpensive palms and hot pink vincas:

Aren't they gorgeous?

Back to the how they look at night:

 Head to Lowe's to see the rest of the collection and additional sizes.  And don't forget to show your military ID for an additional 10% off!

Happy Hump Day!