I visited the garden section of Lowes where they had a nice variety of cold hardy annuals that would tolerate a chilly night or two just in case we have them (not likely!).
I combined a purple kale (something I used to find in the fall in NJ) with a penta and pansies.
I filled my rustic baskets with some faux greens and berries in green and purple. You can read more about these baskets HERE.
The greens are new from Old Time Pottery and the berries are from Dollar Tree and a thrift store.
Two weeks ago I attended an arts and crafts festival in Punta Gorda where I picked up this pineapple welcome plaque, I think it's made of some kind of plaster. I can't resist pineapples!
More of my pineapple obsession!
If you are trying to make a positive first impression of your home (especially if you have it for sale), an upgraded doorbell is a good idea. After all, everyone who comes to visit will look for it and use it. Nice hardware on your door is another thing to help create the feeling that this house is well cared for and special. This doorbell is from Lowes and was around $15. It was one of the very first purchases made for this house when we moved in.
I added some cement pieces around the flower pots to enhance the "garden" feel. These are very inexpensive at Marshall's or Home Goods.
Yes, I realize this is an artichoke and not a pineapple (I love artichokes too!).
Go visit your garden center as soon as the weather allows in your area and see what they have this year. I learned when I had my previous house for sale that there are some nice, colorful, cold hardy options out there. Making your house say "Welcome" doesn't have to cost a lot of money or take much effort but the results are quite pleasing (had to throw another "P" word at you!)
I am joining the Met Monday party at Between Naps on the Porch and the Before and After Party at Thrifty Decor Chick. Be sure to check them out!