Stoop Style: Ideas for Small and Beautiful Front Porches

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Just because it's officially Autumn doesn't mean your outdoor fun has to be done. In fact, I think the cooler temperatures that we begin to feel in the fall make it the perfect time of year to sit yourself down on the front porch and enjoy a few sips of whatever warms you up. Even if you've got nothing more than a tiny entryway to work with, this is the time of year to set up your stoop for Autumn's prime porch sitting. So grab a stair and get started with one of these impactful ideas.

1. Paint the front door. Bree Oliver of A Paddington Perspective captured lots of photos of her Sydney, Australia, neighborhood's brightly colored doors. Proof that a little color goes a long way.

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2. Make the most of accessories. Planters full of greenery are always a solid choice for a not-so-great-outdoor space–they add life to the space and don't take up too much room. Don't forget, too, that house numbers are the cabinet pulls of the front yard: You'd be surprised at the impact you can get from changing them out to suit your style. Just check out Eric and Melissa Day's Idaho home from Transom Design Build.

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3. If you can fit furniture, add something with multiple uses. This DIY bench from Britt of My Daily Randomness is not only a place to sit, but also doubles as a planter for a pair of lush ferns.

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4. Your "porch" doesn't have to be a porch. If there's no room next to the door, consider setting up a seating area nearby in the yard or off the walkway. There's no rule that you have to be on a porch to enjoy a fall night outdoors, as the designers of the 2014 DC Design House know.

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5. If you have room for nothing else, just add one thing you love. Photographer Violet Short loves coming home to this antique kids' desk (filled with potted plants) on her small front stoop.

(Image credits: Bree Oliver; Melissa Day; Britt Stager; Angie Seckinger; Violet Short)

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