The Season for Front Porches

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The front porch is easily the most important aspect of your home’s appearance and the impression it has on the onlooker. At Ourso Designs, being natives of the south, we LOVE our front porches! There are just a few elements that make up a great front porch.

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1. Lighting

Like every interior space, exterior spaces also need a layer of lighting. General lighting is important; after all, you want to be able to see on the porch. Next, a couple sconces or a center lantern are great for accenting. Finally, task lighting is essential for highlighting important areas of the landscape, like plant arrangements, trees, or lawn fixtures.

2. Seating

The secondary purpose of the front porch (aside from it’s utility purpose to provide shelter) is to be inviting. Seating affirms that inviting impression. Another advantage is it gives you (and any guests) an opportunity to relax in an area of your home that lends a different view.

3. Plants

Also like most interior spaces, exterior spaces benefit from the addition of plants. Potted plants can act much like accessories. Like layering fabrics and patterns, its important to have plants of different shapes, sizes and textures on your porch.This will create a pleasing overall aesthetic.

4. Color

 Finally, color! Many add a pop of color by painting the front door an eye-catching color. Not a fan? That’s okay! There are other ways to incorporate color: in your plants’ pots, the plants themselves, and seating and seating accessories (pillows/cushions), just to start. Another option is to incorporate an outdoor rug. “Color” doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be bright; producing contrast among existing materials is just as effective as having a bright red door.

 

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Terrariums

A Living Snow Globe (you shouldn’t shake it, probably)

Terrariums are in. We are unofficially dubbing this summer the Summer of Terrariums.

       

Spruce up your living space with a mini-garden.  Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, your living space can be brought to life (literally) with some terrariums.

                                                           
       

Walk the line between gardening and art, make a terrarium for yourself (or give on to a friend or significant other). Terrariums bring life to a room, like a fish tank, but you don’t have to monitor the oxygen levels or flush your little buddies down the toilet.

This man sealed up a bottle with a garden inside in 1960. He had to open it once in 1972 to add some water, but has not opened it since.

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Your terrarium can have a story, like his (especially if you keep it for 62 years!) or can just be put together for aesthetic appeal. Find a couple of funky bottles and plant something different in each one. All you have to do is monitor the water levels in your terrarium: if your plant is drooping, add water, or when you notice there is little to no condensation, add water! Don’t over water; since terrariums are sealed, there is a lot less water loss.

James Modern Terrariums

Send us pictures of your terrariums!