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Sprucing Up The Porchlette

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welcome mat

Sprucing up the porchlette has been on my to do list for a few weeks now. What, you might ask, is a porchlette? Well, it’s smaller than a porch or a porchette.

My friend Cindy at County Road 407 calls her front porch a porchette. After reading this on her blog, I decided that mine is so much smaller than hers that I will be forever going to call mine a “porchlette”!

As you can see, by the welcome mat, my porchlette has definitely seen better days!

pier 1 door mat

I’ve been planning my new porchlette for a few weeks now.

My first purchase was this cute coir mat from Pier 1.

blue and white striped rug

My second purchase was this blue and white striped mat from Overstock.com.

layered door mats

I love layering rugs.

It gives so much color and texture to the porchlette.

Cute right?

blue and white rug

Until I came home and found that my layered mats had gotten wet.

The coir mat had bled onto the blue and white mat.

Ugh!

I was shocked since it hadn’t rained.

plants with arrow

After a little investigative work I finally figured out the culprit.

The sprinkler head was hitting the Caladium leaves, which shot the water directly onto the coir mat.

door mat

Sadly, I said goodbye to the blue and white stipe mat.

At least until I can find something a little more waterproof.

My one consolation was that the new coir mat is pretty all by itself.

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The porchlette has been the same for many years, I felt like it was time to rearrange it a little.

Which is harder than it sounds since it is so small.

The large urn, which was on the south side, went to the north side.

Since the urn looked a little lonely, I added this small red stool.

plants sign

Please ignore the cords! Those will have to be moved and hidden.

As my sweet Granny used to say ” We can put a man on the moon, but we can’t get rid of cords!”

Also, I’m thinking of adding a sign above the metal planter.

The mason jar just feels too small.

hello garden flag

My last new addition to the porchlette is a new garden sign.

Don’t you love all of the bright colors!

I have to say that for the most part I’m happy with the new look.

geraniums

Am I finished sprucing up the porchlette?

No.

Unfortunately, all my pre-planning didn’t work out quite like I planned.

The porchlette is screaming for a wreath, a rug and a sign.

However, I’m in no hurry.

Okay, I’m in a bit of a hurry.

However, until I find the perfect items I’m moving on to other projects.

Like cleaning out and mulching the front yard flower beds.

A gardeners work is never done!

Until next time….

Tammy from Patina and Paint

10 Comments

  • Karen

    Did you paint the flowers on the “Hello banner” (small flag)? They look like they match the new welcome mat. Very Cute!

    • Tammy

      Hey Karen! No I did not paint the new garden flag, I just got lucky that the colors matched. Love it when that happens.

  • Shirley

    I am thinking that I have a porchette; it’s a bit larger than yours. I have a wreath on the door, an urn on each side of the door with a tall topiary in each one and a wrought iron chair on each side. It could stand some love 💕 and a smidgen of tweaking but in the 100 degree temps that we are having here in the Savannah, GA area the drive and energy are just not there…..right now. Your porchlette “decor” is friendly and welcoming. Love the colors. Love your blog.

    • Tammy

      Thank you Shirley! I wish I had a porchette, then I could add so much more! lol! I have been looking to add a wreath, just haven’t found one I love yet. 100 degrees!! Yikes, I know that we are right behind you in that area but I’m hoping that it holds off a little longer. I don’t blame you in that heat I wouldn’t be doing much either. I do LOVE Savannah, though….one of my favorite places!

  • Benita

    Love your updates, especially the new mat! I hate the other one was ruined…stuff like that is so frustrating. They should tell you these things a head of time! Hugs!

    • Tammy

      Thanks Benita…. I was totally bummed by the ruined mat! Oh, well… I will definitely be more careful in the future!

  • cindy@countyroad407

    You have the cutest porchlette I’ve ever seen. And I love that I have to add that word to my dictionary! LOL. I had to do the same with porchette. 😉 Guess they’ve not seen our houses?! Very colorful and inviting.

    • Tammy

      Cindy, you crack me up! Thank you for the compliment and you are so right – if they had seen our houses porchette and porchlette would definitely be in the dictionary!

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