Front Porch Spring Fiesta


The front porch at the Bachman’s Spring Idea House 2016 is a perfect example of botanical interest that is packed into every single room.


The floral patterns in the porch are bright and playful– And the room is packed with inspiration.


Let’s unpack this room a bit and I’ll show you my favorite elements.

The paint trim is Hirshfield’s 012 Bunny Cake 0012 Bunny Cake (Trim) and the floor is painted with Hirshfield’s 0211 Light Lichen (Floor)

The porch swing was turned into a suspended shelf for Spring decor.


Here’s Emma taking a close-up of that fan light…DSC_0278Resized

I just love the use of the filament piano light bulbs in the fan light.

I may need to make a trip back for this guy…

BTW – here’s one of my first photo edits on my iPad Pro… love that thing. Great for mark-ups.


With the warmer temps, we all have spring fever and the porch was set to the nines to welcome Spring.

The yellow graphic hello sign is hung with the old swing set chains (remember those? Now they’re plastic coated).

Such a happy way to welcome guests to your porch… or cabin… or garden shed…


Someone gets an A for this idea:

The porch chandelier was made with charger plates for the ceiling medallion….


and bird baths hung upside down for the garden chandelier spruced up with a spring wreath.


The tablescape on the porch is a lovely way to celebrate spring.

Think of all of the happy events at take place this time of year: Easter, Mother’s Day, Brunches, May Day, First communions, Confirmations, Proms, Graduations…

This room should inspire Spring brunches and afternoon coffees.

And, check out the incorporation of a roll of moss as a table runner… 


Dishtowels and ribbon are used as decorative chair tiebacks.


and the triangle napkins are simply rolled into rosettes for the centerpiece as well as the in the terra cotta pots at each place setting.  So easy. So inspired.IMG_2986Resized

And, imagine using terra cotta saucers as coasters…  something anyone can do. You can just see a peek at it in the picture below…


Bachman’s does a great job of putting every day items in unexpected places.

I must have seen at least half a dozen different ways to transform and repurpose a simple garden tool box.

Check out this utensil holder…


This is the perfect creative idea to incorporate for a baby shower, or wedding shower, or a prom dinner…DSC_0281Resized

It’s a clever way to encourage your guests to get in the mood for Spring!

IMG_3624Resized Another idea that is used throughout the house is repurposing table linens as window treatments.

This is a totally repeatable inspiration.  Such an affordable way to update a window with fresh design and color.

In the porch, they used kitchen towels as a valance and napkins as the finial.




The porch had a ton of whimsical pieces including this robin’s egg blue fence piece,

these hand-blown glass ornaments…DSC_0300Resized

and what Emma and I coined the “scooby doo van planter”.IMG_2992Resized



Here’s a fun little nod to summer with a garden tool box holding permanent grasses with pinwheels. Great little last day of school CenterPoint Energypiece idea!


Very whimsical and fun…

Emma had a blast helping with the photo shoot.


So tons of whimsical and fun ideas for Spring and we’re not even across the main threshold.

This is the view from the porch before you step into the house.

Can’t forget the simple graphic welcome mat.



Note: The Bachman’s Spring Idea House 2016 is open through April 17, 2016.


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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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