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Small Spaces: Front Porch

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF A TINY FRONT PORCH OR SHARED STOOP

For city dwellers and all those who call small spaces home, shopping for outdoor home goods can often be frustrating. Good luck trying to cram that 10-piece (or even 4-piece, in some cases) outdoor seating set onto your condo’s tiny stoop or duplex’s shared front porch. The sweet spot between barren and cluttered can feel infinitesimally small when furnishing smaller home entryways.

Here’s the good news: A petite front porch can be as welcoming as a sprawling veranda, it just requires a little thoughtful planning and a few statement pieces. Wouldn’t you know it, that happens to be right in our wheelhouse.

These 4 options feel right at home in smaller outdoor spaces—and will help you do the same.

  1. CarsonStraightArm-Red_1000x1000Start With Great Lighting:
    Carson Straight Arm Wall Mount. Even small lights can make a big statement. This lightweight, durable aluminum update to the iron antiques that inspired it comes in three different projection lengths (so it won’t stick out farther than you wish) and can be configured with optional supports. Its period-authentic acorn finial adds welcoming warmth and flair in an industrial fixture. Want to go even more compact? Try our Columbia Small Single Sconce.AmericanFlag_500x842
  1. Show Your Colors:
    American Flag, Tangle-free Flagpole and Brass Star Flagpole Holder. Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July or year-round American pride—there’s always an occasion to wave the stars and stripes. Our high-quality flags (fittingly made right here is the USA) look vibrant, stand up to the elements and come in two sizes. The 3×5 option is perfect for smaller porches. Add our tangle-free flagpole and brass star flagpole holder for a sharp display.
  1. Frog-Doorstop_1000x1000Dress Up your Doorway:
    Striped Doormat and Cast Iron Frog Doorstop: Even if your landlord, condo association, or HOAs limits what can be hung or installed, nearly everyone is free to use a great doormat. It’s an easy and affordable way to warm up a small entryway. Our striped coir option packs oodles of visual texture and sophistication per square inch. StripedDoormat_936x612Our Cast Iron Frog Doorstop is ideal for those who like to feel the summer breeze waft in.
  1. Brass-Weather-Station_468x389Pepper In Personal Touches:
    PigeonToeHangingBasket_279x495Brass Outdoor Weather Station, Pigeontoe Hanging Basket and Lemon Bergamot Citronella Candle. Add a few finishing touches that help your house feel like home from the moment you hit the first step. Here in the Pacific Northwest, our frequently precipitous climate makes the Brass Outdoor Weather Station a natural—and useful—nod to local life, measuring both temperature and humidity. Container gardeners will love our partner Pigeontoe’s lovely ceramic Hanging Basket to show off their microharvest or maybe a few succulents. Lastly, add a zing of color while keeping the bugs at bay with the Lemon Bergamot Citronella Candle, a much more compact alternative to the towering tiki backyard staple.

 

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