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Welcome Home Summer ~ Welcoming Front Porch Decor

It's time for the Welcome Home Summer Tour with Balsam Hill! 
* I received products from Balsam Hill but all opinions are my own, as always! 🙂 
Welcome Home Summer Tour with Balsam Hill

 I really am excited to have you here today and I'm excited to be a part of the Balsam Hill Welcome Home Summer Tour {did you see the sneak peak video Max and I shared last week?}.   I've loved Balsam Hill's Christmas trees for years  but did you know that they also carry items that you can use to decorate your home beautifully year round?  I didn't ~ until a few weeks ago.  I was able to choose items from Balsam Hill to decorate my home for summer.  I chose classic and beautiful pieces that will transition from season to season seamlessly.

Welcome Home Summer Tour Front Porch Decor at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

When people come to my home one of the first things they see is my front porch.  

Front porch decor ~ lantern with candle on a vintage soda pop box with an old wooden church from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

The porch has been a mess for a while and this year I decided to give it a mini makeover and  the items I received definitely helped pull everything together. Now, when guests come to our home they will feel welcome ~

Front porch decor ~ lantern with candle on a vintage soda pop box with an old wooden church from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

day or night ~ which is a wonderful thing.

Front Porch Decor ~ Black Tuscan Urn filled with annuals at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

When thinking about what I wanted on my porch I knew for sure I wanted something to hold flowers.  Years ago my porch had railing and windowboxes and I loved filling each planter to the brim with flowers.  The railings and windowboxes have gone bye-bye but I still wanted flowers ~ I chose a Tuscan Urn Planter Pot in Black for my flowers but can change this out for the fall and winter to hold other things besides flowers ~ pumpkins, a Christmas tree, etc.  

Front porch decor ~ lantern with candle on a vintage soda pop box with an old wooden church from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I also wanted something unique as a lighting source and found this beautiful (and HEAVY) Crossbar Lantern.  This lantern is awesome! It has a cast iron base for stability (no falling over during a storm) and it already has a beautiful weathered zinc finish.  It's also powder-coated to prevent rusting so it will last outdoors in the weather but I can just as easily use it on my dining room table if I want.  

Front porch decor ~ lantern with candle on a vintage soda pop box with an old wooden church from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I also chose a battery-operated candle with remote control for inside the lantern.  I can turn it on at dusk if guests will be coming and just as easily turn it off once they leave all from inside ~ I love that.  I tend to be one of those people who remembers to turn things off AFTER I'm in bed....now I can just run out to the living room, grab the remote and shut off the candle...no need to go outside. 

Front porch decor ~ lantern with candle on a vintage soda pop box with an old wooden church from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I filled the urn with some beautiful purple hued annuals and placed the lantern on a vintage soda box I've had for years.  It was actually the first toy box I had for my oldest son.  

Front porch decor ~ lantern with candle on a vintage soda pop box with an old wooden church from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I also added a slate welcome sign with sunflowers that used to be on the gate to my pool and a wooden church that has been in every flower bed in my yard over the years ~ it's taken a beaten but I like that look!

Here is a little video I made so that you could see how pretty everything looked at night....I'm speaking a little lower than normal because the birds were CRAZY and had buzzed me several times...I was trying not to 'ruffle their feathers' so to speak so I was keeping quiet! 😉 

Front porch decor ~ lantern with candle on a vintage soda pop box with an old wooden church from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I hope you've enjoyed being the first "guests" to my newly decorated front porch and please visit my wonderful friends below as they share their Summer Decor.

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Concord Cottage

Our Southern Home

Fresh Idea Studio

Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ that's me!

Sweet Pea

Friday

Top This Top That

Serendipity Refined

Mrs. Hines Class

Knick of Time

Monday

From My Front Porch To Yours

Lilacs and Longhorns

One More Time Events

Prodigal Pieces

White Lace Cottage

Tuesday

What Meegan Makes

Artsy Chicks Rule

Sondra Lyn at Home

Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

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Wednesday

All Things Heart and Home

Setting For Four

House Of Hawthrones

Girl in the Garage

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

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45 Comments

  1. Paula@SweetPea says:

    You've created such a pretty vignette to welcome guests. The plant that you chose for your container are so pretty and I love how your lantern looks lit up in the evening.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Paula! Sometimes I find myself just sitting outside in the dark with the lantern lit ~ I love summer!

      Have a wonderful weekend ~ hugs, mb

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  3. Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio says:

    I love the warm welcoming feel of your front porch! And, the pretty purple annuals are perfect in your new BH urn. I'm crushing on the old soda box! Happy Summer!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Therese! As far as the soda box when I bought it they had several for sale and I only bought one...now I'm kicking myself all these years later.

      Have a happy summer ~ hugs, mb

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  5. Christy @ Our Southern Home says:

    So pretty! I love the purple in those amazing urns. My family does similar things to me when I work!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Christy, and I'm glad to know I'm not the only one whose family likes to tease!

      Have a wonderful weekend, hugs, mb

  6. Pam @ House of Hawthornes says:

    I love that the candle has a remote! That's awesome. Your whole porch looks lovely though!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Pam! Now, I just need to remember where I put the remote 😉

  7. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    Lovely! I especially love your pretty purple container garden, Mary Beth. So sweet and elegant. The lantern and candle are the perfect accent. How fun for you to have a beautiful and welcoming porch, now. [[hugs]]

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Diane! Having my porch look pretty certainly helps me to feel better about things overall ~ such a small change but such a big difference. Thanks so much for stopping by ~ *hugs*

  8. Your porch is a welcoming sight for any visitors. I love the lanterns, both at night and during the day. All of your accessories accent the lanterns to a tee.
    Thank you for giving me encouragement to change up my porch for Summer.
    Have a lovely day.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Meegan! Enjoy your weekend. *hugs*

  9. Robin All Things Heart and Home says:

    Oh my goodness! You're porch is so welcoming my friend...the lantern and the urn look amazing, what I'm shocked about is how big they are! What a focal point on your beautiful porch! xo

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Robin, and I agree ~ the size of the urn and lantern is perfect to make a statement. They certainly don't get lost among other decor.

      xoxo

  10. So pretty! You did a wonderful job!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Susan!

  11. Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says:

    Your porch is so pretty, Mary Beth! I love the combination with the urn and lantern and those candles really are so realistic! Your son is such a cutie in the preview video too! XO

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Christy! *hugs*

  12. laura@top this top that says:

    i am sure that guest would feel welcomed with the mess on the porch too. I love that lantern. It looks like it will last quite a while. Tell your family no more noises when you are filming! 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Laura! I'll tell my family but I have all boys and well, they love to torture (they call it teasing) me every chance they get. 😉

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  14. What a beautiful porch vignette! LOVE how welcoming it is with that gorgeous Urn and lantern from Balsam Hill! What a cute video!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Anne! 🙂 hugs, mb

  15. Everything looks beautiful!!! LOVE the lantern and am going to go over and see if I can afford one:) Beautifully done!!! Have a great weekend.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you very much, Pinky. The lantern is such a good quality ~ it costs a bit more than standard lanterns but it is HEAVY and should withstand weather very nicely. You have a great weekend as well and thanks, as always, for stopping by.

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  17. Your porch looks so beautiful and welcoming! Hope you have a great summer.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Pamela, and you have a great summer as well. 🙂

  18. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says:

    Well, you've now created a very welcoming front porch! I love the addition of the crate and wow, I did not know those candles had remote control! I would need that too. 😉
    xo
    Nancy

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Nancy! I wish I had more of those crates...and those candles. 😉 Have a great weekend. hugs, mb

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  21. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces says:

    Absolutely beautiful display, Mary Beth. That urn is classic and the lantern the perfect accent. Great job!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Larissa!

  22. Lynda Brandly says:

    It looks so beautiful and charming and that remote candle is genius! Love that idea!
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Lynda! I agree....a remote candle is so smart. 🙂

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  25. What a gorgeous summer porch you've created Mary Beth! I love your urn and lantern...the flowers too - so welcoming and inviting just like you are!! 🙂 Happy Summer my friend!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Heather! I appreciate your kind words especially since I LOVE your decorating style! Have a wonderful summer dear friend. Hugs, mb

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  27. Dagmar from Balsam Hill says:

    Mary Beth, I loved the lantern with the urn. It is a classy and colorful statement with the purple annuals coming up to your home. The flameless candle is amazing. People are always asking me about mine. It shows off wonderfully in your video. What a wonderful way to welcome guests to your home!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Dagmar. 🙂