Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Room for Improvement: Front Porch
WSVN--This enclosed front porch has become a urban garden of sorts for the homeowner, but it still needs that extra something to turn the entire space into a little piece of paradise! It's all about decorating around the plants on today's Room For Improvement!
Martin Amado: "Room for Improvement."
Martin Amado: "How often do you use it."
Rosalie: "I do use it a lot of repotting, watering and just doing functional things for my plants."
Rosalie: "I want something attractive, but still functional."
Martin Amado: "You can tell Rosalie has a green thumb. But, right now her front porch looks more like storage for plants rather than a showcase. So let's clear out the jungle before we begin."
Martin Amado: "I'm sure we can find a more attractive way of storing the potting soil than this."
Martin Amado: "Last plant"
Having all these plants on the ground really takes away from the beauty of the space. One solution is to use these planters and give them height.
Martin Amado: "You can also use decorative hooks and give the room more eye candy."
Martin Amado: "I came up with a creative container to store Rosalie's potting soil. And, I simply used a terra cotta pot and a saucer."
Martin Amado: "To make the lid. First drill a hole in a saucer."
Martin Amado: "I decorated the lid with some outdoor paint and simply added a handle."
Martin Amado: "Since I'm using this for soil, I need to plug the drain hole. All I did was take a smaller saucer. Use some liquid nails and place it right in the center."
Martin Amado: "Total project cost, less than ten dollars."
Martin's Amado: "Bistro sets add a lot of charm and are a perfect seating arrangement on a small porch or balcony to have your morning coffee. Thank you.
Martin Amado: "Even an Etagere can become a beautiful plant fixture. In this case, Rosalie can also use it as a potting bench."
Final touch a doormat and a decorative wreath that ties in with the garden room we created.
Martin Amado: "This morning what appeared to be a greenhouse was actually the front walkway to the home. By using decorative planters and furniture pieces, we've created an outdoor room for the homeowner to enjoy more often and a space that's more welcoming to those who visit. Final budget, less than $500!"
Martin Amado: "Open your eyes."
Rosalie: "Oh My. This is gorgeous. This is gorgeous. I love it I love it!"
Martin Amado: "Who said you have to give up on your love of gardening just because you don't have a backyard? With the right elements in place you can still create a beautiful retreat that brings you closer to nature just by walking into your front porch or balcony! Until next week."
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