I am literally fresh off of a trip visiting Savannah, Georgia, with my husband and some very precious friends, and my mind is in complete design overload! The gorgeous architecture, fabulous gas lanterns, luscious green-spaced squares, and delicious food and spirits have inspired me to no end! I took it upon myself to immediately come right to my desk and begin a front porch design plan for anyone who has ever crushed on this beautiful city… and the best part? You can complete the look in five easy steps!
With a few unique touches, you can bring a little bit of this historical southern town to your very own home. Take a look at the plan and whether you decide to use all five parts or even just one, you will always have a little bit of Savannah at your front door to welcome guests!
Step One…Haint Blue Front Porch Ceiling Paint.
Legend has it that evil spirits dare not travel over water, so this blue color has said to ward off any unwanted guests. Other folks tell me this hue is really amazing at keeping dirt-dobbers away. Whatever you choose to believe, nothing says THE SOUTH like a haint blue front porch ceiling. Try Sherwin Williams Top Sail.
Step Two: Add a Gorgeous Gas Lantern as Your Porch Light.
Who wouldn’t want to be greeted by the warm glorious glow of a gas lantern? This truly signifies a Savannah home! You will need a natural gas line to make this beauty a reality, but I promise it will be worth every dime. This swoon-worthy piece can be found at the Home Depot for a little over $500. It is the Grand Isle Gas Lantern in Washed Pewter.
Step Three: You Must Add Greenery.
A fabulous black cast iron urn flanking each side of the front door with a trio of high-medium-low plants spilling over the sides is a glamorous touch to any home, but a must-have in Savannah! If your porch is too small for two urns, then try one. Or you can even do black window boxes from Wayfair. Try the Mayne Inc. Fairfield Self-Watering Window Box for around $79.00. If urns or window boxes are not your thing, then at least add some large hanging ferns to give your front porch the greenery it so desperately deserves. (The featured photo is the Grecian Urn from Ballard Design. It retails for $179.00).
Step Four: Hang a Front Porch Swinging Daybed.
Savannah porches are a great place for lazy Sundays. What better way to relax than by reading a book and sipping your favorite cocktail while lying on a swinging daybed? Think of your grandmother’s porch swing, but much swankier. Fill it with lots of colorful outdoor pillows and even add a throw in the fall and you have instantly made yourself a year-round outdoor living space. This piece can be found at ThePorchSwingCompany.Com and retails for $1,380.00.
Step Five: Finish Off Your Porch with a Private Seating Area.
If one end of your porch is for the daybed, then the other end can be for a causal seating area. It’s easy to complete with these beautiful Luciana Crown Chairs in black from GrandinRoad. You can score these for $179.00. Pop a pretty striped outdoor area rug underneath and then add a pop of color to each chair by selecting pretty coral and white printed outdoor pillows. Both of which can be found at Waylair.com. (Fan Habit Nantucket Black and White Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug $47.89 AND Hockley Outdoor Boudoir Pillows $32.99)
I love hearing from you, so if you decide to do some Savannah upgrading to your front porch, be sure to send me pictures! And if you ever need help designing your space, be sure and reach out to Melissa K. Wright Design! Be sure and follow us on Facebook and Instagram!