Being home renters for nearly the first time in our lives, we have wanted to update the look of the front of the house inexpensively and without making permanent changes. A very cute little corner of dirt, and a big, concrete front entry called out for additions--but what?
This picture, from before we moved in, shows how plain the entry was.
We gave my mom a beautiful fountain for her birthday, bright cobalt blue pots pouring water into successive pots.
We had all but given up on the idea of putting a fountain in the little space--even though we both thought it just called out for one--and we were brainstorming other ideas.
Enter Grandma, a "date" to Target and Home Depot, a fountain on Clearance sale, and a $1.97 fix for the pump by my genius husband.
Presto! A Beautiful Red glazed fountain. Tall enough to be seen from the street, and only $60.
Looking for large planters to fill up the porch has been another challenge. They are EXPENSIVE! Like $60-100! Yikes! There was one empty one in the backyard, so we moved it to the front. I found a plastic one at Target for $8.00, and it will work. Then I found a cute wooden one for $13.00, and by putting in front I masked the other ones. We planted Zenias in it, and the plant we took out of the fountain's corner in the other pot...presto! A new porch!
The long term plan is to move a plant from the backyard that is getting trampled by the hose to the other pot, and I want to paint a welcome sign to hang on the wooden planter. Daniel was able to convert the sprinkler to a drip system, so I don't even have to remember to water. If you know me, you know that's a good plan.
The new and improved, but not yet complete, front entry.