Refreshed Front Verandah

It's been a long time since I've shared our front verandah, mainly because I don't usually do much with it. But lately it has been looking a bit sad, so I thought I'd give it a little refresh. 

Let's start with the doorway. 
 I purchased a new Welcome Printed Coir Door Mat from Target for only $10. It's great quality and a great contrast against the grey tiles.

Next up is my new pot plant and planter. I got both these are Bunnings.  
I really wanted a tall planter and a dense shrub type of plant.
The plant I chose is a Ginger Cardamon and it smells divine. And if you rub the leaves it smells even better!
Okay, I'm in love with this plant.

 Next, I decided to move my Ikea Borrby hanging lanterns from the dining room outside on either side of the entryway to add a bit of balance.

The lanterns were white, but to add some contrast I grabbed my Rustoleum Hammered Pewter spray paint and gave them a few coats. 

I love how they turned out.

Here is the front of our house. Since I last posted a photo of it, I've painted the columns from black to white. I love how it brights the verandah up. 

I'm very happy with my thrifty makeover. For less than $80 I managed to make this space bright and welcoming.  
:) Julie