Can you believe a couple of weeks ago this porch was covered with snow?

Inches and inches and inches of snow.

It was amazing and overwhelming at the same time.

And now?

The trees are bursting with new leaves and the birds are chirping and the flowers are poking up through the dirt and the sun has decided to show up.

Spring is here.

Good thing I finally took the Christmas wreath off the back door.

I wish I was kidding.

I’m slowly working my way around the outside of the house and cleaning and fluffing and flowering all the outdoor spaces…

….starting with the back porch.

Here’s my mini back porch makeover and a few simple ideas for getting the back porch ready for spring—including the one thing I FINALLY found for the back porch.

This is the backdoor I’ve walked through my entire life.

It’s where my husband picked me up for our first date in an outfit that started and ended with a prairie skirt and a scrunchie.

It’s where I walked out in my wedding dress and came back in as Mrs. Wood.

It’s where my children learned to hopscotch and water Nana’s flowers.

It’s where I sit with my husband and watch the fireflies.

And now?

It’s brushed off and dusted and swept and ready for spring.

I went and bought every Mandevilla that the garden store had and put them in pots all over the porches.

These planters from BHG Live Better are the perfect height for a trailing container plant.

You can see them here.

These baskets are my new favorite planter.

They have an amazing plastic liner and they are made for outside. They are SUPER sturdy and are designed to hold up to the outdoor elements.

I added two on either side of the porch (but I’m thinking the front porch needs some now, too).

You can see them here and these other planters I love here.

I have been looking for a striped rug for this space ever since the leaves were falling last year. I wanted the bold stripes on the back porch with a welcome mat on top.

And I finally found the PERFECT affordable outdoor striped rug.

It comes in four different sizes.

This is a 5″ x 7″ striped rug.

You can see the rug (and all the other sizes) here.

We also added these new white porch swings on each side.

I decided to go with white because the other porch swings tended to fade and we had to keep repainting them.

They are SUPER sturdy and comfortable.

I added these black and white pillows to each swing. The pillows are 20″ x 20″ wide and they are reversible. One side has stripes and the other side has this printed pattern.

I’m also planning on covering the porch chains again like I did here with a black and white patterned cover.

Remember my front porch from last fall?

I loved the lanterns so much that I got two more for this back porch.

They are perfect little pop of texture on the porch.

I love the new old back porch.

I love the bright pops of color.

I love the black and white striped rug.

I love the beautiful swings and the pillows and the lanterns and the basket planters.

But what I love the most?

If I squint?

I can see this.

Here’s to going home.

One porch at a time. 🙂

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  1. Image for Kris Kris

    Your back porch is prettier than most people's front porches! I especially like the baskets for the plants as well as the striped rug. I recently got rid of my "winter" front porch, partly because the cute little birds always want to build a nest on my wreath and I want it to be a spring wreath that they build it on--one year I had my winter wreath up for a really long time to accommodate the bird nest. Looks like I got to it just in time--there's a nest there already!

  2. Image for Karen Mary Karen Mary

    As soon as the weather warms up again (hurry please, Mother Nature!), I'm pulling this post up again and then heading out to work on the porch! So inspired! Also, I didn't realize Walmart had such good planters! Thanks for the lead!

  3. Image for Susan Susan

    I bet if your Mama squints she sees it too! Raising her own babies and then seeing the house come back to the family must fill her heart with joy. I love the porch you created, it looks so welcoming. I guess now it's the porch the twins will go to their prom from? Funny how life comes full circle! You should photograph that same pose of your beautiful children - if you can wrangle them together from colleges and such! Enjoy the mandavilla, they are beautiful. I plant them here up north too, but on Long Island it won't be for another 2 months at least!

  4. Image for Carol Karl Carol Karl

    I love your porch - it looks very beautiful with the black and white and I love the pop of hot pink. Really cute to see your kids when they were young. It's so nice to have such great memories of the house you live in.

  5. Image for Vicki Vicki

    Would love the source of the basket on the door too. Everything looks so fresh and inviting, KariAnn. You have made your back porch as lovely as your front porch.

  6. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Spring has certainly come to your house, so so pretty! That last picture was certainly the cutest and prettiest little flowers of all.

  7. Image for Jillian Jillian

    So pretty. Sadly, we got hit with snow last weekend in a big way...but it should melt soon. Have to hold on the flowers awhile. Also sadly, those baskets sold out very quickly, but if they come in again I will be all over them.

  8. Image for Scarlett Scarlett

    Like everything you do...this back porch of yours is gorgeous! It puts my FRONT porch to shame 🙈 We are currently waiting on all of this Florida pollen to stop. Everything is covered in layers of green (works for St. Patty’s Day I guess). I can not wait to spruce up both our front porch & back deck & patio area (after a good pressure washings that is). Love everything you do KariAnne. This black & white back porch is amazing. Your kiddos were & still are just beautiful!

  9. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Looks great, KA! I really like those rattan baskets especially! Slowly getting warmer here! I am so ready!!!!!!

  10. Image for Ivory Ivory

    Like all of your followers here, I too love your back porch. I would love to cover my swing chains, but the swing sits outside in the yard. Do you think the direct sun and rain during the summer months, will be to much, and cause the Velcro to come off as well as the cover to dry rot? What is the name of those gorgeous pink flowers? I too love your beautiful kids pictures. Thank you for sharing everything.

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Ivory, If you get tons of rain? I might not use the cord covers! Ours held up all season---but they were under the porch! Hope this helps! happy day!KariAnne


    KariAnne, I just love your "new old back porch" too! You have got it looking so beautiful with those willow baskets filled with Mandevilla -- just gorgeous! You have so many precious memories with your lovely home and the picture of your sweet little ones is truly a "precious" memory! We still have lots of snow here. How we look forward to being able to plant our Mandevilla! We have this on our arbor and by the end of summer, it's just so pretty! Hope you have lots of evenings to sit on your porch swings with your dear hubby and watch the fireflies! We love watching them too! Enjoy! Thanks for sharing your beautiful back porch with us! Just looking at your pictures brings a smile!

  12. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Awe-so beautiful! We still have frost in the mornings- the plants wouldn't survive :( Love the picture of your children on the stoop. So precious.

  13. Image for Ellen MacDonald Ellen MacDonald

    Love, love, love!!! I want to replicate it all for my porch! Is the door basket from BHG also? Looks like a match to one I bought at Magnolia. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Image for Mary Hyde Mary Hyde

    Hi, Saw the “wicker” BHG planter in your post. Found them at the second Walmart I checked. Bought 2 and have to say they are even cuter in real life. Thanks for this and many other ideas. Also, it is wonderful that you have made the home of your childhood fit with who you are today.

  15. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Kris is right your back porch IS prettier than most front porches!! It is just beautiful I love it!! Those little baskets are perfect. they are all but I really like the baskets, the swings are great too!! Told you b4 your the best!!!

  16. Image for Kristin Kristin

    This is so beautiful! It gets me inspired to start working on my Spring porch! I'm excited to share your post in my weekend round up tomorrow too!

  17. Image for Ruth Ruth

    Lovely KariAnne, simply lovely and inspirational. Question regarding the planter baskets that have a liner, do you plant your flowers directly in the liner or did you keep them in their original pot and simply place them potted into the liner?

  18. Image for Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap

    Girl! I'm all about my front porch right now too. In fact, thanks to your recent review of how well your painted porch floor has held up, I'm finally going to be painting my porch floor after hesitating for the past couple years. Now I'm thinking I need some of those amazing baskets and black and white pillows! They're gorgeous!

  19. Image for Betsy Giduz Betsy Giduz

    Love it !! Would you be kind enough to share the source for the sweet flat basket on your door? It's adorable!! Thank you!

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