Good morning! It’s a beautiful day here in the Mitten and I’m starting my day on the porch with a nice cup of hot tea. Yes, I still drink “hot” tea in the summer. Speaking of the porch, today my friend Pasha from Pasha Is Home, is hosting myself and seven of my blogging buddies and we are bringing you scenes from our summer porches. I am going to share some easy decor for a small cottage porch.

I say easy because it’s the summer decor that takes very little time and really works for me on my small porches.

Make your front porch a part of your home, and it will make you a part of the world. – John Sarris

If this is your first time at my Cottage in the Mitten, welcome! I’m Kim and I am a native Michigander. You will find me sharing my home, DIY’s, my family which I treasure, and a fun lifestyle with my readers. I would love for you to join me here!

Speaking of joining me…if you are joining me from Jessica from The Old Barn, didn’t she share the best tips for making your porch look it’s best? So good!

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My Cottage Porches

My home is fairly new construction. It was built to replicate one of the old cottages often seen up north in the Mitten. What are some characteristics of these type of cottages you ask? Well let me tell you. Small porches, gable roofs, fun exterior color, and a cupola are just a few of the traits.

My home has three porches and like the characteristics I just told you about, they are not very big. I’m a firm believer that your porch doesn’t have to be big to be charming!

Don’t you agree?

Two of my three porches can be seen from the front of the house. There is the traditional front door with a small porch and a long narrow porch on the side of the house.

The third porch is at the back door which leads out to our patio. If you are new to my blog, you can see my Bright Cottage in the Mitten Summer Patio, that I recently shared.

You may be wondering how to make your small porch more inviting. Let me share with you some of my faorite ideas.

  • Add flowers
  • Match plants to coordinate each porch and outdoor space
  • Scale down the furniture
  • Include pillows
  • Limit accessories

Adding a pop of color works great in small spaces. The color becomes the focal point and not the size of the space. You can achieve this with flowers, wreaths, pillows and other accessories.


The first thing I add is a wreath to all three doors. Wreaths are the perfect option and I have quite the stockpile from years past. A little tip if you are looking to add to your wreath collection, this is a great time of year to buy summer wreaths on clearance.

This year, two of the three wreaths were some we used at my daughter-in-laws baby shower a few years ago. They have pink peonies with lemons on them and are perfect for summer!

I’ve also had the wreath I chose for my front door for quite some time. It’s ok to shop your home and use what you already have. There is no rule that says you need to purchase new every year.

It’s really important that your wreaths match your flowers. As you might see, the colors are a little different between the wreaths, but from the street and with the colors of flowers I chose, they coordinate and look great!

Flowers, Flowers and More Flowers

Are you a flower person?

I am definitely a flower person and love having them anytime of the year.

I think they are extra special during the warm days of summer.

There’s something so spectacular about all those beautiful colors dancing around together.

I added pots of flowers to all three of my porches. Some I planted myself and some I purchased already potted. Having the flowers on the front two porches coordinate was important to me because both porches can be seen at the same time. I’m not suggesting they be matchy-matchy, just enough alike that it flows.

Having this many pots can be time consuming but, I absolutely love it! It’s like therapy for me!

If you’re looking to save some money, planting your own pots is your best bet. When planting my own, I always add a larger flower to the center and smaller accent flowers around. As a result, it will give you a fuller looking plant. You can see how I did it in my post How To Create An Easy Patriotic Flower Pot.

Another tip, add a colorful pot to the mix.

The Finishing Touches

In the fall, I love to use crates, signs, buckets etc., on my porches. You can see what I mean in my post The Best Fall Home Tour. In the summer, it’s typical for me to have many flowers and those flowers tend to get really big. That’s why I keep the extra accessories to a minimum.

This season, I used some white metal retro chairs on my side and back porches. Adding a pop of color with a pink and white buffalo checked pillow was all I needed.

Easy Decor For A Small Cottage Porch

There you have it! My easy decor for a small cottage porch. Simple steps, full of pops of color!

Remember, bigger isn’t always better. You can make a beautiful entrance to your home with simple steps, full of pops of color!

Next on the tour, is my friend Pasha from Pasha Is Home. She is going to be sharing Three Simple Ideas for a Welcoming Midsummer Front Porch. You won’t want to miss it and make sure you tell her I said hello!

I’m so grateful you stopped by today!

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Summer Porch Ideas from 8 Amazing Bloggers

5 Front Porch Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make // Old Barn Company

Easy Decor For A Small Cottage Porch // Cottage in the Mitten

Three Simple Ideas for a Welcoming Midsummer Front Porch // Pasha is Home

Summer Ice Cream Party on the Porch // White Arrows Home

Mid Summer Deck Tour // A Life Unfolding

Inexpensive Porch Makeover // The Glitzy Pear

7 Summer Porch Ideas // Trueman’s Treasures

Backyard Porch Ideas with Planters That Keep Bugs Away // Bricks ‘n Blooms

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  1. Love those ideas, I have an old wooden rocker that has seen its last days and ready for something new. I love the retro white porch chair with that Buffalo check pillow! Didn’t do flower pots due to a hectic spring, but planning on it for the fall! Thx for the inspiration!

  2. I definitely love flowers and look forward to summer every year! Yours are very colorful, thanks for sharing. I love the quote about the porch! So true!

  3. Stunning containers, Kim. I love that your house has three porches. My favorite wreath is the hot pink peonies and lemons. Those colors together makes my heart sing. I would have hot tea on your porch with you too.

  4. Love your porches Kim! Your pots have turned out beautiful. I still have to change my wreath though since it doesn’t match my flowers this year.

  5. I love all your colorful flowers, Kim! And wow, those pots with the petunias are truly spectacular! Your home sounds so charming with all the porches!

  6. Your porch is beautiful. Your flower pots are bursting with color. I’ll have a pour here and patio at my new house and love your colored pots with beautiful colorful trailing to the ground.

  7. I have a teeny-tiny porch, so I love your ideas, Kim. Everything looks so beautiful, and I love those fun retro chairs! I look forward to seeing what you do in the fall!

  8. I love all the bright colors of your wreaths and potted plants! You are doing a fabulous job with your flowers! I am in awe of their beauty and how large they have grown! You have so many special outdoor spaces, and I can tell you are enjoying them this summer!

  9. I don’t have a real porch, only an enclosed entryway. But I’d love to make some seasonal wreaths to add some colour. You’ve motivated me!

  10. Kim you look so pretty in between those bunches of flowers! I love that your home was modeled after old homes in the area. Happy summer!

  11. Kim, your porches are so pretty! I just had to share it so I’m excited to tell you this post will be featured in this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party! Hope to see you at the party this week!

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