I love living in a condo. Really…I do. It’s someone else’s responsibility to maintain the outside of the building. Other people take care of the landscaping. I have no responsibilities beyond my front door.
With my schedule as busy and jam packed as it is, that’s quite comforting to me. I can’t even imagine what I’d do if I had to add yardwork and exterior maintenance to my schedule.
But every year around this time, I find myself dreaming of having a cute little front porch space to decorate—a place to sit, relax, enjoy the spring breezes, and enjoy a glass of iced tea.
via Rate My Space
When I dream of outdoor spaces and front porches, my mind always wanders to picturesque little cottages full of charm.
via Rate My Space
I dream of flowering shrubs, pretty carriage lights, and charming shutters…
I’d love to be able to add my own style and personality to the front of my home, so that people can get a preview of what to expect inside the front door.
And I’d love to be able to paint my front door any color my heart desires…perhaps turquoise this year, yellow next year, green the year after.
Schoolhouse Turned Cottage, via Country Living
Yes, I dream of potted plants, climbing vines, and cobblestone pathways.
via Country Living
Doesn’t that all sound lovely? It does to me.
But when you live in a condo…especially an older condo like mine…you seldom get any of that. Nope, I can’t choose my front door color. Brick red it is. I don’t have room for a comfy seating area. No, I have about 3 1/2 feet of walkway that can’t be blocked. I can’t have cobblestone, or shutters, or pretty little carriage lights.
But perhaps there are a few things I can do. Maybe this will be the year that I’ll add some personality and charm to the miniscule outdoor space I can call my own. (Convincing the Homeowner’s Association to get rid of those box shrubs would go a LONG way, right?)
One thing’s for sure. If I’m going to do something, I need to do it now. Because in about a month, the temperature will be hot, the humidity will be high, and spending lots of time outdoors will be the last thing on my mind.
Have you decorated your outdoor space(s)? Do you go all out in the spring to make your front porch inviting? If you’ve got pictures of your own, or ideas on how I can make my small area more inviting, let me know! (By the way, I live on the bottom floor.)