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Polish Your Porch

Task: Elevate your entry with perfect porch decor 

The expert Mapletonís Jamie Kinross is an interior design content creator with a passion for all things decor and DIY. She loves styling spaces for clients as the one-woman show behind Jamie Lee Designs Co., as well as beautifying her own home ó project by project. Listen up for some styling secrets to pep up your porch! 



Get out those wreaths and fluff them up! But how big should they be? ìYour wreath should be approximately two-thirds the width of your door and most standard wreaths are 24 to 26 inches in size,î Jamie says. When it comes to attaching them, Jamie prefers command hooks instead of over-the-door hangers for a cleaner look. 


Layering your doormat is an easy way to add texture and color to your homeís entry. ìI love the timeless look of black and white checkered rugs under a doormat,î Jamie says.


Jamie says the most common mistake people make with styling their porch is forgetting about it altogether! ìThe porch is the first impression of your home and should be decorated as an extension of your home,î she says. ìMake it as unique and spunky or as timeless and tasteful as your interior.î If you have craftsman vibes going on, Jamie says warm and maximalist items are the ticket. For something modern, incorporating more masculine and larger-scale elements is the move. 


When it comes to adding greenery to your porch space, Jamie loves faux plants for a handful of reasons. ìNot all porches allow for the right amount of sunlight or enough coverage for real plants,î Jamie explains. ìItís also easy to forget about caring for your outdoor plants, and replacing them year after year gets expensive!î  


James says one of the easiest ways to take your entry from builder-grade to beautiful and boujee is by swapping out your house numbers for a larger-scale version. Other easy upgrades with big impact include adding premium light fixtures and door hardware. And if you add some great seating, you can sit outside and enjoy your styling success. ìAdding seating to your porch adds interest, charm and curb appeal,î she says. 


Lighting your entry well makes it warm and welcoming. Recessed lighting is not only practical but pretty, and wiring in sconces and pendants is a great way to add oomph. For seasonal touches, Jamie loves utilizing battery and solar-powered string lights and lanterns. 


When the holiday season rolls around, Jamie always does these things to bring festive fun to her entry. 

ï Swap out regular doormat and wreath for holiday versions. 

ï Change up greenery for seasonal foliage. 

ï Pumpkins for fall, floating witch hats for Halloween, and trees, bells, and twinkle lights for Christmas.