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Check out these simple ideas on how to decorate a front porch for summer. It’s the perfect way to add charm to your outdoor decor! [post contains affiliate links, which means we make a small commission, at NO additional cost to you, if a purchase is made. thanks for supporting north country nest!]

Ever since The Notebook, I’ve had this dream about having a house with a wrap around porch.

Cheesy? Absolutely.

summer front porch

But there is something so damn charming about a gigantic porch that just draws you in.

summer front porch with black lab

It’s romantic and homey and welcoming.

summer front porch rocking chairs

So naturally when we first moved in, adding a wrap around porch was high on the to do list.

summer front porch rocking chair and galvanized watering can

And then we started knocking down walls and redoing bathrooms and adding brick to the floor

galvanized buckets with summer flowers

…and before we knew it, our first year had come and gone and we were nowhere near adding the wrap around porch.

summer front porch rocking chair

And then I realized that we can having the country charm and homey feeling without the gigantic space.

summer tray on front porch

All you need are some galvanized buckets, a few good rocking chairs and a great welcome mat to make it feel like home.

summer front porch flowers on side table

… and the loving pups to welcome you at the door whenever you stop by for a visit.

two black labs on summer front porch

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Black & white striped outdoor rug

Welcome mat

Galvanized pail [similar, found ours at garage sales]

Galvanized watering can [similar, found ours at a garage sale]

Wooden rocking chairs [similar, found ours at a garage sale]

Galvanized water pitchers

Wood chalkboard frame [similar, made ours from a thrift store frame]

Bar stool side tables [similar, repurposed ours from the thrift store]


For more outdoor space inspiration, be sure to check out these other talented ladies!


All our best,



  1. Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod

    Kelly – your home is all of that and more! Your porch is super cute, warm, cozy and inviting. We would love to visit in the rocking chairs, sipping sweet tea!

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, ladies!! You’re welcome to come enjoy the rocking chairs any time 🙂 🙂

  2. Tee @ Beauteeful Living

    What an inviting and cozy front porch! I would love to sit there and have my morning cup of coffee. Nicely done! Enjoy your summer!

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you so much, Tee! I plan on enjoy many mugs of coffee there this summer – enjoy yours as well! 🙂

  3. Tara @ Lehman Lane

    Kelly, great job on your front porch! Looks like the perfect spot to sit and rock the summer away and your dogs are super cute too!

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Tara! I think they’re pretty cute too and welcome to my summer plan – sitting on the porch and rocking in the sun 🙂

  4. Meg @ Green With Decor

    Your porch is so cozy and inviting! I’d love a wrap around porch, too but totally know how those inside projects take over! Your pups are adorable!

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Meg! We think they’re pretty cute, too 🙂 Those inside projects just sneak up on ya, don’t they?

  5. Iris Nacole

    You’re right, you don’t need a large porch, because you’ve most certainly accomplished what you set out to do here! It’s so inviting and beautiful!

  6. Kim @Hunt & Host

    Your porch looks so comforting and welcoming!! Super pretty and cute.

  7. Christine

    Your porch looks too cute. Love this post, all I need to dd to my porch is our dog. LOL Have a great day!

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Christine! The dogs definitely make it 😉 Have a great day, too!

  8. Kathryn Griffin

    Your porch is perfection! Cozy and inviting! Thank you for sharing at Make it Pretty Monday! Happy week to you! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  9. Kim

    You may not have the railings, but you’ve certainly got the feel and look of a porch! I love the rockers and all of the accents – those puppies are adorable!



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