Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life:
How to Decorate a Spring Porch for Mother’s Day
Dagmar Obert decorates the front porch as a special spot where mothers and daughters can bond and relish the beauty of spring.
My mother’s unconditional love and support inspired me to be anything I wanted to be. She helped in every way for me to be confident in what I was pursuing – this is her invaluable contribution to my growth as a person. She offered assistance even if it was against her natural talents.
I remember how I completely took over her laundry room in high school when I was making patterns and designing / sewing my own clothes. She was also very open to my thoughts and ideas and gave me the time and verbal processing space to flesh many of them out. That is very good for a creative person, and I intend to do the same with my daughters.
In honor of my mom, I decided to pull together a front porch with spring décor that she and all the mothers in the world have inspired.
The Concept: Mom-inspired Spring Décor
When I think of Mother’s Day, I’m drawn to flowers, potted plants, and tea time, which I like to have with my mom and sister. I think of bright colors, touching hearts, and bonding as we talk about legacy in our families. Many of us wonder what we can offer to the next generation and what our parents or moms have given to us. I think the perfect gift a mother could receive from her children is emotional connection. That said, a feminine aesthetic would be nice to stimulate conversation and inspire relaxation and openness.
Pink is a classic choice for springtime décor. I chose this color as my theme because I have one sister and four daughters. Although I could not stand it when I was young, I have naturally come to admire the soft nature of the hue over the years as it has easily paired with refreshing pastels and neutrals, and it instantly exudes a life-giving charm when sprucing up one’s home.
The Perfect Spring Wreath for Our Home: The English Boxwood Wreath
This spring, I’m using the English Boxwood wreath as the focal point of my Mother’s Day-inspired porch. Aside from having a unique square form, this wreath also captures the delightful foliage of the English Boxwood shrub. I also like the classic appeal of manicured boxwood hedges. The repeated pattern of the even foliage of the boxwood is simple and elegant. To tie it into the pink theme of my front porch, I am adding some pink ribbon as embellishment.
Unveiling My Mom-inspired Front Porch
Since I live in Seattle and there is often a bit of cool breeze, it has become a habit of mine to hang out in my front porch, converse with my mom and sister over the phone, and pretend that they are physically present.
My small porch has a chocolate brown door. Pink accents can make a nice subtle complement while reminding me of times with my girls. I moved a chair from one of my outdoor tables on the deck to the porch and decorated it with this pink, grey, and taupe pillow.
I added this pretty pink stool, which I am using as a little table, just to the left of the front door to place my vintage pink ceramic mugs on. I also planted pink succulents in a container that I have always wanted to use outside.
As the focal point, the English Boxwood wreath is a great classic style! All it needed to tie into the décor was a bit of pink ribbon, which I incorporated into the hanging of the wreath.
Finally, I placed this sign on the blank wall above the chair and next to the window to present to people, that they are welcome to communicate whatever it is on their mind, even if it’s negative. If it’s a blessing, then we should relish the good times and remember the event marked by the special additions on the porch to cozy up and relate for the benefit of the relationship of each other.
My idea of a perfect Mother’s Day celebration is about creating an atmosphere that stimulates memories and inspires gratitude for life’s special moments. Teatime in my mom-inspired front porch can do just that.