A Winter Porch - The Zibra Blog
In the south in the summer, our porches aren’t just facades they are outdoor rooms. But what about winter?
In the south in the summer, our porches aren’t just facades they are outdoor rooms. But what about winter?
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A Winter Porch



A Winter Porch

In the south in the summer, our porches aren’t just facades they are outdoor rooms. But what about winter?

We said goodbye to warm summer days with hanging ferns relaxing on the rocker or porch swing but we still desire to enjoy our porches year round. Once we remove all the summer flowers with the trademark ferns, our porches lose their invitation for a visit.

This year, we decided to make some minor adjustments to give our front porch a winter appeal while preparing it for a potentially harsh winter. Sometimes minor additions to a project can have the biggest impact. We purchased large shutters at an architectural salvage for 30.00 a piece. They are for design only. Even though they are hinged to look authentic they aren’t designed to fuly cover the door.  After repainting the porch, adding a baseboard, painting and installing the door shutters, hanging two lanterns, planting winter greenery and hanging cedar garland above the windows for Christmas we created a great Winter Porch!

Watch our short video to enjoy the porch transformation process!


We really like the look of the plantation style door shutters but adding the hanging lanterns really created the exclamation to make it eye catching.

Adding a boxwood wreath for Christmas contrasts nicely to the bean color of the shutters.

To keep the lanterns stable when the wind is blowing we screwed in eye hooks to the shutters and lanterns. We then attached a small chain from the lanterns to the shutters. They can be easily tightened. The chains look nice and do a tremendous job in keeping everything secure on a windy day!


Adding baseboards provided clean lines from the porch to the siding.

Now we have an inviting Winter entry!

A mixture of evergreen, cabbage plants and white pansies creates enough green to add life to a Winter’s Porch. We will relocate the Alberta Spruce to the yard in the Spring!


Please share with your friends!


  • Pauline Nichol
    Posted at 16:06h, 03 January Reply

    I love your winter porch. I will be sure to have my husband start working to make ours look like yours tomorrow.

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 17:27h, 03 January Reply

      Terrific! He will enjoy the project!

  • Mike sherman
    Posted at 16:52h, 21 December Reply

    Wow stunning look. While we always think about decorating for Christmas we have never considered a summer and winter porch – love the idea. Really like the hanging lanterns. Well done!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 07:51h, 22 December Reply

      Thanks for your comments, we are glad you like it!

  • Marni Nicholas
    Posted at 14:29h, 21 December Reply

    What a beautiful porch! Thank you for the great ideas. Love the lanterns in front of the shutters too. A clean crisp color scheme!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 15:06h, 21 December Reply

      Thank you, so happy you like it! Thanks for visiting our blog!

  • Ellis Lineback
    Posted at 11:40h, 21 December Reply

    Excellent idea! My wife and I haven’t really paid much attention to our front porch yet this winter, but after seeing this post it has given us some inspired ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 11:57h, 21 December Reply

      That is terrific! Thanks for visiting Creating (Simple)!

  • Susan Shipe
    Posted at 09:08h, 21 December Reply

    I love the idea of going from summer to winter on our front porches. I love our porch in the summertime but not so much in the winter – this gives me great ideas. Thanks!

    • Lane Ball
      Posted at 10:02h, 21 December Reply

      You are welcome Susan and thanks for visiting Creating (Simple)!

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