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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring Splendor Arrives at my Doorstep

I recently added a bit of spring splendor to my front entry.


If was no April Fool when I shamefully shared with you the state of my front door on Sunday.


I had loaded up on $2 plants when I attended the Home Depot Garden Party last Saturday. I also couldn’t resist picking up two more lovely pots.


Keep reading to see the fantastic floral improvement.

Sometimes it’s best just to begin with a clean sweep.


A huge dust storm hit Phoenix last week so the front door and window got a deep cleaning.


Then I trimmed away the dead and “leggy” plants in the planters that line our sidewalk.


I began to fill up my pots with happy new plants. All of this activity took just 30 minutes. Why had I waited so long?


I selected a cool color palette with a pop of yellow that is perfect for the hot desert. I can’t wait until the plants fill in a bit and begin to cascade down the side of the pots.


Right now there is just one wee bunny but I think I might add in a few friends and an egg or two next week.


On Thursday  I will share the new front door wreath I created which added a perfect finishing touch.

Have a blooming beautiful day,



Rita C. said...

Hi Laura, wow, what a difference a week makes, right? I just got caught up on your posts, and you've literally gone from drab to FAB! I LOVE the color of those pots, and look forward to seeing your wreath. Keeping you in my prayers for Mr. Decore's outcome.

Linda said...

I love it! I love the little blue gnome and the color of the ladder as well - makes me think of my own ladder (which was my Dad's painter ladder) and a little concrete gnome that I have that belonged to my parents in the 1960s when they owned a patio shop.... I may just have to finally give them an update! ;)

I'm longing for planting flowers, but as you can imagine, there's none of that here yet until May.

I know the right doors will open for you and Mr. Decor - hang in there. xo


Pieced Pastimes said...

Just makes you smile! I love how plants breath new life into a space. I look forward to livening up our front porch once the weather warms up. Enjoy!

chateau chic said...

So pretty, Laura!! I'm dying for warmer temperatures to spruce up the outside with bright flowers.
Mary Alice

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Laura! I can't wait to get outside and plant some things. We are having a few days of 60 degree temps here, which I am really enjoying.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Laura, it looks so pretty. The plants look fabulous and I adore that tiny bunny. Hugs, Marty

Auntie Em said...

Your front entry is so pretty and certainly ready for spring! It's so nice to see the blooms and sun shine in your photos. It's still freezing rain, ice pellets and drifting snow here on our doorstep. Not the norm for us but it just keeps us dreaming of better weather ahead...and flowers and bunnies and leaves and warm sunny days. ~sigh~ soon....
Thanks for sharing your pretty doorway arrangements. :)

Lorrie said...

So pretty and springlike. Love the color of those petunias in the aqua containers. Doesn't it all just make you smile?

Mari said...

Well your front entrance looks beautiful, I love the pretty new pots and flowers, what a nice difference.....
Looking forward to viewing your new wreath and bunny ;-)


ellen b. said...

That is a very nice transformation and you've given me a great idea for my boring front door space.

Vel Criste said...

Wow! Looks perfect for Spring Laura!!!!

Custom Comforts said...

Very cute and fresh. That wee bunny is so darling! So hard to believe you can put petunias out already when our daffodils haven't even bloomed yet. You have such a head start on spring, and the way it's going here, we may never catch up.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love the rabbit that holds on to the planter, and the turquoise color is a perfect desert accent! It looks so happy.

Karen said...

Glad to see Spring has arrived in part of the country. We had snow again here this morning. Thank you for the day brightener.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

It is amazing how flowers can change a look so much... with the right touch!! Beautiful job! blessings ~ tanna

Bonnie said...

Love the colors and plants you selected.

Louise said...


Jen C. said...

First your little blue garden gnome caught my eye... I was going to put mine in the garden today, but he's looking quite grungy. You've inspired me! Then(!!!), to find you are in Phoenix! Oh how I miss living there! Bless you! You and your blog are now a window to let in a sunny ray up here in the northeast. :-)

Laura Santos said...

just a little effort goes a long way. You have inspired me!

Maureen Wyatt said...

I had no doubt you would have that entry ship shape in now time. Love the different shades of blue and the splash of yellow!

Michelle said...

I love how you have styled your front door, it looks so inviting and fun. I have been playing around with mine a bit more lately as well, just waiting for our new front courtyard to be landscaped and a gate installed and then Im going to go crazy with the plants and decor, maybe even bring my white and yellow gnome outside too :)

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Well your clean sweep turned out wonderful! I love the presentation you created with the colorful pots and flowers- They look great now but they will be fabulous as you said when then they start to cascade down the pottery. Great color combo!!

Liz Hockamier said...

So Cute! Your front porch is like mine.... not much. It's a little bit of a challenge to make a statement without it looking crowded. You made the most out of it and I might have to copy some of your great ideas! :)

Thanks for sharing at Fresh-Cut Friday! :)

Art @ Home said...

Oh, Laura! I really love the pretty colors on your front porch! I wish our Home Depot would have a garden party. I love the del purple of your pansies.

Linking from Fresh Cut Friday,
Ricki Jill

Annie Sandmeier said...

Your porch is so happy and spring-like--love it! I'm your newest follower and would love to have you stop by sometime!! Have a great week :D