Farmhouse Entry: Summer Refresh

Temperatures are rising into the 80’s which means summer has unofficially arrived in our neck of the woods! Summer is my favorite season when the Earth is fully alive and birds are in full song. Today I’m joining a few bloggers to showcase our porches or entryways. If you’re here from Ashley’s blog at Cherished Bliss … Welcome!  And special thanks to Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers for organizing today’s event!

My farmhouse entry and porch feel lighter and fresher already with colorful summer flowers.

farmhouse entry, summer porch


Every summer I hang overflowing baskets of impatiens on the front porch. I love the color and impatiens are perfect for this shady area. The hostas and astilbe in front of the porch are looking healthy this year, likely due to all the rain we’ve had.

summer porch, hanging baskets, porch decorating ideas


Impatiens are low-maintenance annuals that add a lot of color to shady areas. Aren’t they beautiful?

Impatiens, hanging baskets, summer porch


I still have a few more impatiens to plant out in the garden beds. Other than that, all our planting is done for the season, including the vegetable garden.

Impatiens, hanging baskets, summer porch


A few more baskets of impatiens on the porch add pops of color. I like pairing the bright, warm orange impatiens with the pinks and purples.

farmhouse entry, summer porch


Inside my farmhouse entry I’ve made just a few small changes for the summer season. I swapped out the gray-patterned curtains for lighter, white curtains from IKEA.  The curtains cost less than $10 for two panels.

farmhouse entry, antique desk


A cactus on the desk gives a nod to the summer heat outside.

cactus, summer decorating ideas


I still have Bessie the cow hanging in my farmhouse entry to greet family and friends.

cow painting, summer decorating ideas


cow painting, summer decorating ideas


I’m keeping it simple this summer and planted about half the flowers I normally plant. But the porch always gets a good dose of summer color with my favorite impatiens!

impatiens, farmhouse entry, summer porch


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Summer decorating ideas for a farmhouse porch

Next up on the tour of summer entryways and porches is Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage. I love her home and have followed her blog for several years now!

Fox Hollow Cottage Summer Entry

What are some of your favorite summer decorating ideas?


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  1. Jennifer, I think I could sit on your front porch and watch the summer day away! It’s absolutely lovely and so quaint. The hanging baskets are just the perfect touch!

  2. Your porch looks beautiful, Jennifer. I love impatiens and I have planted some of them this year as well. Love your cactus in the cute little pink planter too!

  3. Your porch is very welcoming and so pretty with the flowers and seating. Love the rug…. Impatiens is always a good choice for shady areas. My porch gets some afternoon sun so New Guinea impatiens is a good plant for that area. Love the entryway…I have a desk I may paint after seeing yours. It is 1980’s maple that has turned orange. Any tips on painting? Bessie is an excellent “greeter”! And I love the little drop front desk. You always have so many pretties to ooh and ahh over…

  4. Your entryway looks so cool and relaxing. Summer should be a simple time and our surroundings should reflect that – and yours definitely does. The nice weather is gone soon enough here in the midwest, so we must enjoy it while we can. My small garden is also planted and doing well but I’m still popping in yet another annual (and another and so on) for color in my flower beds, trying to stay ahead of the weeds. 🙂 Impatiens are one of my favorites also and I have them at the back of my house in shady areas. Thanks for sharing your pretty porch and entry.

  5. Absolutely charming!!!
    Hey, have you considered a bench of some sort instead of the desk? I just see that in my mind’s eye. You know that I adore your sweet farmhouse and your amazing talent to beautify all your spaces! Keep it coming 🙂

  6. I was in love before we stepped inside! Your farmhouse is soooo welcoming, and I love all your flowers. We’ve been so busy DIYing that I have not planted a single thing. It feels so wrong. lol. Your colors are all so bright and happy, and they just sing of Summer. It was so nice to pop over and visit you. Miss the old days when we spent all day visiting each other. Have a lovely season and I hope your garden produces a bumper crop 🙂 xo

  7. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Looks like just the place to sit and visit with friends. Your flowers are so pretty.

  8. What a lovely porch and entry! It looks so peaceful and relaxing! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  9. Every single touch is beautiful, Jenn! Love your porch and entryway — so inviting! Happy Summer. -xo

  10. I love Bessie! And your flowers are beautiful! So welcome, after the winter!!

  11. Oh my goodness…that yellow! Such a beautiful home, Jennifer!

  12. I just love that cow painting!!! Such a sweet porch, looks so relaxing.

  13. Your porch turned out beautiful!! I love the coziness! <3

  14. A warm and cozy sumer look. Lots of great touches love the cow!

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