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Don’t you love it when life provides it’s own solutions?

You are just minding your own business.

Sitting there drinking coffee or reading a book or planning your weekend or trimming the bottoms of your bell bottoms or wondering when your hair will be cute.

And then?

Suddenly.

Incredibly.

Amazingly.

Awesomely.

Without any help from you, a problem solves itself.

I’m sorry. I got ahead of my and my problem self. Let me start at the beginning.

This is my front porch.

This is where I open my front door and get my mail and wave at random dog walkers on the street and sit on the front steps and talk to neighbors and hold the occasional yard sale.

It’s a wonderful place.

If you’ve been following along on the porch journey, you know we just painted the brick on the porch and the railings and steps and the surrounding foundation. It is one of the best decisions we ever made. After we painted the brick and we put everything back on the porch and it looked amazing.

And then?

It rained.

And the vintage metal planters that we had on the porch leaked RUST all over the brand new porch. Seriously. I came outside after the rain to smell it and there were pools of RUST all over the corners of the porch. I guess it had rusted before, but I never noticed it because the brick soaked it up.

I am generally not up for rust in my life, so we cleaned it up and repainted the corners and ordered these planters.

I ordered them because they were cute.

And the perfect color.

And tall.

And had the prettiest detailing on the sides.

And went perfectly with the rest of my porch.

But here’s the thing.

When they arrived?

I discovered they had a superpower.

I discovered that they solved a problem THAT I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW I NEEDED SOLVING.

Because inside of the planter there was this.

A false bottom.

There are ridges in the side of the planter and you can move the false bottom up and down depending on the height of your plants.

It moves up and down to three different heights.

SERIOUSLY.

Here I have it set on the highest setting. In other words, the false bottom is about 12″ from the top of the planter. These flowers are in ordinary plastic pots and sit on the false bottom right next to the top.

But if I want to have topiaries in the fall? I could move the false bottom down a rung to leave extra space for the plant.

Or if I want to have Christmas trees in the winter? I could move the false bottom down two rungs to make sure the trees were at the right height.

I got asked all the time how I had the plants at the right height with the other planters that I had on the porch. Bricks. That’s what we used before we got this planter.

Bricks that were heavy and hard to move and needed to be adjusted all the time and collected leaves and probably helped with all that rust.

But now?

I have these planters with their superpowers and all my plant height problems are solved.

I was so inspired that I upgraded the rest of the front porch.

With these benches.

And these rugs.

And these amazing EMBROIDERED outdoor pillows.

Yep.

The pillows are embroidered with white thread with a dark gray background and you can use them outdoors.

They pair perfectly with these pillows.

I love a happy ending.

I love beautiful black planters with adjustable bottoms.

But most of all?

I love an unsolicited solution.

PS I moved the monogrammed planters that we made to the back porch so it’s cute now, too.

Edited to add: As requested, here’s a more pulled back picture of the front porch.

Look who followed me outside. 🙂

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Comments

  1. Image for Jean from Georgia Jean from Georgia

    So where is the soil and how do you move the false bottoms up and down with the soil in the planter.

    1. Image for Ann C Ann C

      You don’t plant in the planter you put your plants in a pot and put the pot in the planter. Anyway that’s what I got from it.

    2. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Yes! Anne is right! I just put the plants in pots inside the planters. I didn't actually plant the plants in there! Hope this helps! karianne

  2. Image for Ann Marie Ann Marie

    Hi Karianne, Your porch looks very inviting and lovely. Love the idea of adjustable heights for the planters. Could you please let me know the flowers and plants you used in the pots? Thanks much./Ann Marie

  3. Image for Jenn Jenn

    The color of the planters is perfect, and how smart are they, I mean really, I wish I could have come up with that idea! Your porch looks amazing!

  4. Image for Bonnie Schulte Bonnie Schulte

    Love the black and white theme. The planters are to die for! Pillows, rug, everything...Simply gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Image for CRISTIE A MORTON CRISTIE A MORTON

    I absolutely love those planters! I want them I NEEEEEDDDD THEM! Do ya think it's too late for a Mother's Day Hint to the Hubby?? Thanks for the recommendation! I've been looking for Just the same thing!

  6. Image for Peg Peg

    These look fantastic!! Are they plastic so they won't rust? Remember plastic must come in when it's winter and things freeze, or it will crack! xoxo

  7. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    WOW! Who knew?!! Brilliant!! I think I need those, too. Thanks always for your inspiration and encouragement. It always makes life better. Always. Happy Friday!!

  8. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    That is wonderful and i must say about time, they make those huge things and we love them and then have to have filler. I love what you have done to your front porch.

  9. Image for Barbara Barbara

    These planters look great and the height makes the flowers at the perfect height to be seen:) Love your whole porch!

  10. Image for Mary from Life at Bella Terra Mary from Life at Bella Terra

    Such a clever idea! I need to replace the planters on our front porch. I love them because they are heavy stone (maybe concrete), but they drain all over the front terrace. My husband added these cheap plastic water catchers, but again, it looks cheap. Thanks for the tip! Have a great weekend! Happy Mother's Day.

  11. Image for Denise V Cox Denise V Cox

    As I've often said, I'd be there living in your spare bedroom if it wasn't for the heat... 🔥. I love to clean, organize, and garden and so I would earn my keep... 😁. Your porch is AMAZING!! I'd love to have a cup of coffee while reading or crocheting... or just watching the passerbyers!! You are so blessed!!!! 🙏 Lovely... Lovely... Lovely!!!! I would so LOVE to be your neighbor... 😘.

  12. Image for Toni Toni

    Darling....love it. I only wish you had shared one picture from a distance. I love closeups but one can't seen the overall affect up close of all your wonderful transformed awesomeness…….We need one good "after" photo. Hope this helps.

  13. Image for Deb Wostmann Deb Wostmann

    I have had one of these planters for several years now and love it. It has really held up beautifully and easy to change flowers out in. Love your porch!

  14. Image for Lyn Lyn

    I have one of the identical planters placed on my front walkway - it sits on a curved spot -- last year I stained our concrete white - using 2 coats - it looked good, but after it dried and I put a sealer on it the color looked streaky in that one spot - I know it's so subtle that no one else would notice it, but I am a bit of a perfectionist - OK, a BIG perfectionist - so I placed the planter there. It easily holds a 10" hanging pot set in the top with the hangers removed. When this plant gets tired looking come mid-summer, it's an easy fix. It looks beautiful . I am going to order 3 of the same ones in a smaller size for my deck. I ordered mine through Hayneedle, and I think it was less $$,

  15. Image for E.J E.J

    Your porch is beautiful! I love the black and white. We just got three of the white ones to in between our garage doors, to match the flower boxes that we installed three years ago. I can't wait to see flowers in them. We live in Michigan and they are holding up great .

  16. Image for Mary Mary

    Looks so cute!! And I am drawn to the vintage white basket with flowers on it that you probably got at a yard sale for 1.00 haha!!

  17. Image for Dianne Bell Dianne Bell

    I love the planters. Very attractive and being able to adjust the inside height is great. BUT, when I went to check them out, $104.99 each Is way too expensive for this single Mom on a tight budget. Rent and food first. I’ll just dream. 🌸🌼🌸🌼🌸🌼🌸🌼🌸🌼🌸🌼🌸🌼🌸🌼

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Dianne, I completely understand friend! Bed Bath & Beyond has amazing coupons and free shipping, too that makes the purchase more affordable! Happy day friend! karianne

  18. Image for TERESA GONZALES TERESA GONZALES

    Your porch looks so welcoming!!!! Love the new planters, they are all front porch proper and adjustable just makes them better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the monogram planters and glad they welcome you on the back porch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Image for jean jean

    Karianne, What a great looking porch!!!! You found the perfect planter; never heard of one being able to move up and down. Great find. Your home is so beautiful.. The picture from the distance shows so much time and hard work ya'll have put into your home. We love our homes but you have to keep doing something all the time; cleaning inside and out, pulling weeds, pruning trees, mopping floors etc!!! In the long-run we would take nothing and thank God for what we have and what our homes mean to us. I enjoy your blog so much; so much you show and tell us to help us decorate our homes. Thanks, Enjoy that beautiful front this summer and keep sending us great blog posts, your friend jean

  20. Image for Nanccy Nanccy

    I just ordered them from Hayneedle. They are the same manufacturer and significantly less in price. Bed Bath and Beyond’s prices are never competitive in my area in Michigan (even with coupons). Thank you for the inspiration. I already had black floral cushions very similar to yours. Now, I have to consider buying that rug! I thoroughly enjoy your creativity and positivity.

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Nancy, Bed Bath & Beyond has amazing coupons that make them super affordable! You are brilliant friend! karianne

  21. Image for Richella Parham Richella Parham

    KariAnne, your porch looks wonderful! Those planters are the piece de resistance. What a brilliant design! Every time I visit Bed Bath & Beyond I'm surprised at the huge array of merchandise there. Glad you're working with them!

  22. Image for MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!)

    KariAnne, your front porch is just gorgeous with all your new additions! Just love what you have done! I am going to check out our Bed, Bath and Beyond to see if they stock these lovely planters -- or can order 2 for me! What a great idea these planters are! The black and white colors go together so beautifully! Your home is just so beautiful -- inside and out! Make sure you take time to sit and enjoy your lovely porch! Again, thanks for sharing with us! Blessings!

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