Come join me on my patriotic front porch tour as we look ahead to summer!
I’m so excited that it’s that time of year again where we can open all the windows and hang clothes on the line. Sometimes I can even hear the ice cream truck in the distance. Summer is coming!
My front porch is one of the first places in our home that gets a face lift in the seasonal decorating department and the front door is naturally the place to start.
Usually, I like a wreath or hanging basket displayed here, but this time I am just going with a simple red paper fan.
I made a bunch a few years ago, but just pulled the one that I liked best. You can find that cute “Liberty” printable here.
If you chose to do a wreath for your own space, I have a great tutorial for a 5-minute wreath here with some great tips!
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I’ve found that when I have a bigger area that needs something with a big impact, my louvered bi-fold doors often come to the rescue! They make a great backdrop for layering other items in the midst of a bigger space.
To the left of the door I leaned the bi-fold doors against the wall and hung a simple vintage basket with these gorgeous silk flags from the 1950s.
I think the vibrant colors and the delicate texture combined is just dreamy!
In the corner, I stuck our folded up patio umbrella with macrame trim and one of my children’s little red chairs from their toddler days.
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We randomly find beat up baseballs in our yard and I think they make the perfect, playful touch to summer decor in a vintage bucket.
Next I added 3 faux fern stems in a galvanized bucket between the red children’s chair and an IKEA wicker chair.
I love the look of plants, but don’t enjoy the high-maintenance effort of certain real plants. (I’m looking at you, ferns.)
I’ve found, especially in cases like these, faux is the way to go! It’s nice to have the texture and color without needing to worry about watering and sun or shade needs. Plus, these are an investment that can be reused again year after year, or within other seasons or occasions as well!
I made the Est. 1776 pillow with a really fun technique and you can find the tutorial here.
I tucked some smaller flags that I did a vintage tea stain on around the place to really bring out the celebration ahead of the fourth of July.
I did a Facebook Live tutorial to share how to tea stain the inexpensive flags you can find all over the place (grocery stores, home improvement stores) to age them and give them some character. I think they’re much more at home here with the vintage look!
I repeated the look of faux fern stems in a bucket to the right of the door to balance out the greenery to the left by the chairs.
On the church pew, I added two pinstriped pillows and my linen macrame trimmed blanket that I upcycled from a table cloth.
I love having a pretty and inviting space to sit on the porch that is also functional and cozy!
I know most people might not have thought of this while decorating outdoor spaces, but I’ve found that I love hanging pictures on exterior walls, as long as they are under a covered area! I thought this hand painted flower wall hanging would be a perfect compliment.
And finally, I tucked my grandparents’ croquet set in down on the end of the pew for one last vintage touch.
- Silk Flags
- Patio Umbrella (similar)
- Faux Ferns
- Galvanized Bucket
- Wicker Chair
- Linen Trimmed Blanket
- Flower Sign
- Croquet Set
One of the things I like to think about, especially when doing something like a patriotic front porch is that we can draw inspiration from things without needing to replicate them exactly.
I love using flags within my decor – but they don’t need to be overwhelming.
The pops of red in the children’s chair and on the fan on the door remind you of the red in the flag – without being too in your face.
The blue and white stripes on the throw pillows on the bench remind you of the flag, but aren’t an exact replica.
Things like this help make this a summer porch that can last through all of July & August – they aren’t too centered around the 4th of July that they become obsolete on July 5th.
I probably will take down the flag accents after the 4th of July has passed, and the rest of the porch decor will take on a nautical feel for the rest of the summer.
Now it’s your turn! I hope you found some simple, sweet decorating inspiration and that you get to spruce up your front entry this summer, too.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments about your favorite part of our patriotic summer front porch, or what you end up doing with your own!
Once your porch is set up, you can always tag me on Instagram – I love seeing what you come up with!
Fun Fourth of July Related Posts
Here’s some more inspiration for the 4th of July:
- Easy 4th of July Salad – easy, delicious & healthy! And fun to make with young children helping!
- Farmhouse Finds for the 4th – fun things to keep your eyes out for while thrifting or at garage sales
- Patriotic Farmhouse Dining Room – sharing my basic formula for setting a table for a party!
- DIY Bunting banner from fabric remnants – remember the 4th of July can be your loose inspiration. Stars, stripes, red, white or blue, or simply an aged or vintage look can all be really cute!
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Until next time,