Nancy’s Beautiful Porch Addition Helps Keep The Snow at Bay

Welcome to the 631st Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters!

I love it when I open up my e-mail Inbox and find emails like this one I received recently from Nancy, a reader of BNOTP. Nancy wrote:

Dear Susan:

I hope all is well. I’m one of your fans and blog subscribers. I have owed you this thank you letter for a long time. I moved into my current house 5 years ago in 2015. When searching for ideas to renovate the front door, I found your post about your porch. I loved everything about it, so I just copied it 🙂


Anytime something I post here at BNOTP inspires or sparks an idea, it makes me so happy! Nancy had a beautiful entry as you can see in the photo below, but she decided to make it even better!

Porch Addition, Before Photo


Nancy said, “A front porch is a must to have. As you can see from one of my pictures, snow piled up in front of the door. That was after a snow storm before the porch was built. I’m in New York and the porch totally changed the situation. Now the doormat is always dry no matter what.”

Before Porch Added, Snow against door


Nancy painted her door the same red that I used for my front door: Benjamin Moore’s Heritage Red. It is such a great color red for doors!

Nancy chose 10-inch Roman columns for her porch design. I love the lanterns she chose for her new porch but I think my favorite part is that beautiful arched ceiling! Do they call that a barrel vault ceiling? I absolutely love it!

Nancy placed topiaries on either side of her front porch, as I did with mine. She really liked the planters I used for my topiaries. so she went on a multi-season search to see if she could locate the same ones.

Front Porch with Hanging Lantern, Arched Ceiling


Nancy said, “I searched several seasons until I finally found the same planters at Home Depot in a nearby town.”

Now that is dedication! I’m so impressed that Nancy was still able to find them since I bought mine many years back! Look at those Halloween decorations…sooo fun! I have two of those big hairy spiders. I need to get them out and wrap them around my columns this next Halloween.

Front Porch Decorated for Halloween


For another Halloween, Nancy covered her lantern with a fun Jack-o-lantern covering. Love it!

Porch Decorated for Halloween, Pumpkin Lantern


Such a beautiful view of the porch at Christmastime!

Front Porch Renovation Addition, Topiary Planters


I’m just totally smitten by the arched ceiling! So elegant!

Thanks so much to Nancy for sharing her beautiful porch addition! If I ever move to another home and it needs a porch, I may just have to copy Nancy’s porch design! 🙂

Add a Porch to Front of Home, Christmas Porch


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  1. Brenda s. Lawrence says

    Nancy’s porch is stunning, I too love that ceiling she has! She decorates it well too. I’m sure it is so great to have, especially in the winter months in NY with keeping the snow off the porch so bad. Wind blows and snow flies in our neck of the woods! lol I love her lamps/lighting too. A porch makes all the difference on the front of a home doesn’t it?! Hugs, Brenda

  2. Congratulations to Nancy for an amazing metamorphosis. Her porch is beautiful. I also have an arched ceiling on my front porch and I have always liked it.

  3. Thank you for another wonderful party and I hope you have a great week.

  4. Nancy’s porch is so awesome! I love both the barrel ceiling as well as your flat ceiling. Seeing her seasonal decoration makes me wonder if there should be a special category or posts dedicated to Halloween, Christmas, and Easter porch decor, especially since you always do such a great job with yours Susan!
    Made me want to go back and do a seasonal decor porch roundup! Thanks for this fun post! Great way to start my day!

  5. Patricia says

    Nancy’s porch looks Fabulous, esp. those Christmas photos. Great ceiling adds the over the top detail.

  6. Gayle Kesinger says

    Susan, I totally agree with you, this porch is splendid. Love the ceiling. My door is painted the same color but there the similarity ends. I will have to take another look at mine to see what I can do to spiff it up. I do have a haint blue ceiling on my porch which I love. Thanks for posting this inspiration on what is a cold, dreary day in Dallas.

  7. Franki Parde says

    The “pattern play” by those lanterns is fascinating…I luv it!! KUDOS!! franki

  8. Stunning front door & porch!

  9. Deb Herfindal says

    The update on the porch addition is beautiful. Thank you for sharing

  10. Nancy’s porch looks fantastic for every season!! Love it..Thanks for sharing it with us…
    Thanks so much for hosting this lovely party each week!! It is greatly appreciated!!! Stay safe, healthy and most of all, happy!!

  11. The porch is just beautiful. I love how the light reflects off the ceiling. Maybe my favorite part. I think many of us have gotten so many wonderful ideas from Susan. Nancy’s entry is now not only practical but stunning!!

  12. Beautiful transformation and so inviting! Love all of her seasonal porch decor!

  13. Nancy’s porch is stunningly gorgeous! I love everything about it – just beautiful!!

  14. I’m echoing everybody else – this is a lovely porch addition! So fun that Nancy had your excellent inspiration, and shared her beautiful result with us! Thanks so much, both of you!

  15. Nancy’s entry looks great, and wow she wasn’t kidding when she said she was going to copy yours, you must feel so flattered! Thank you Susan!

  16. Carolyn Price says

    You are an inspiration to so many, Susan. Her porch is just lovely!! All of your porches and decks are, too!
    A question: Where did you two ladies find your big spiders? Love that idea!!

  17. Nancy’s porch is beautiful, as are yours.
    Thanks for another fun link up party!

  18. Lilliand says

    Beautiful front porch I really love the ceiling it’s something to think about when I more again
    Thank you for sharing. Lillian

  19. Wow! What a transformation! Nancy’s porch is now so elegant as well as functional. Thanks for sharing. It must feel good to know you inspire others.

  20. Michele / Finch Rest says

    Oh, Susan! That is just awesome. I love the kinship you two have – my and isn’t imitation the most sincerest form of flattery? Yes, indeed. Nancy’s porch is spectacular – and her seasonal designs with it! She must be having so much fun!

    And you KNOW how much of a fan I have always been with all your porches. You are the Queen. Have a fabulous week, my friend. ♥

  21. That’s beautiful! And such a compliment to your taste and style, Susan, for her to have wanted something like yours! Function and beauty – that’s a winning combo!

  22. Any suggestions for the lighting? I love the lantern and the side lights and I would love to “ copy” . Thank you, Ruth

    • Nancy Li says

      Hi Ruth:

      It is “Quoizel Chimera 1 Light 11″ Wide Outdoor Pendant Lantern with Clear Water Glass”
      Model: CHI1911IB
      I ordered it from

  23. Teresa M. says

    I liked seeing the Before and After(s) through the seasons. Great addition.

  24. Bobbi Duncan says

    I love well thought out transformations, and this porch certainly is one–oh, that barrel ceiling! Love the way they placed the lights on either side of the door. I have no doubt that many, many have taken away awesome ideas from your blog, Susan–know I have. Weather is changing, with days in the mid 50’s, and the first blooms on the some of flowering trees should come about in 3 weeks. I pray spring will help to revive hope for everyone. Hugs, sweet friend.

  25. Thank you all kind compliments. Thanks Susan again for your great taste and all the detailed information about everything. One more thing that is so important that I have got the idea from you when planning for my porch is that I saved spots for those two planters on both sides of the steps. More often people just have steps stretch all over, full length to the ends. With these two planters there it is so easy to decorate for the seasons. The square planters are perfect on portion and line up nicely with the porch. Thanks Susan , thanks internet : ))

  26. Thanks for another great party Susan. Fun and informative as always. Happy March! XO- MaryJo

  27. So many beautiful porches! Thanks so much for hosting. I can’t wait to dive into all these fabulous links. I hope your week is a special one, CoCo

  28. Cyndi Raines says

    I love the barrel vaulted ceiling and how awesome that she received her inspiration from your awesome front porch. We learn so many wonderful things from you Susan, from travel tips, clothing sales, decorating ideas, special gift ideas, home improvemts, and great recipes also. We are blessed. Thank you for all your efforts!

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