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Project House: Farmhouse Porch Reveal!
The Busenitz family decides on their front door details and learns what matters most for a home’s welcoming façade and curb appeal.
Having carte blanche with your home’s design can sometimes be cut and dried. Have a specific need? Plan the details, and avoid costly or time-consuming “fixes.” But for Katie Busenitz (@therusticboxwood) of The Rustic Boxwood and her family of four, the vision for her farmhouse porch and entry was more about creating a feeling and... Keep Scrolling
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Having carte blanche with your home’s design can sometimes be cut and dried. Have a specific need? Plan the details, and avoid costly or time-consuming “fixes.” But for Katie Busenitz (@therusticboxwood) of The Rustic Boxwood and her family of four, the vision for her farmhouse porch and entry was more about creating a feeling and matching up the space to how they knew they’d always envisioned they’d like to spend their time there.

With a view looking out onto a few acres of pasture, a fence with what Katie calls the perfect patina and, hopefully someday, an orchard of pecan trees, Katie knew the front porch would be more than a pass-through space. “We’ll definitely spend lots of nights relaxing with family and friends on the front porch,” she says. “We’re especially looking forward to sitting in our rockers at night and listening to the beautiful and peaceful sounds of nature.”

We’ve followed the Busenitz family’s journey into building their custom dream home from the ground up. Here’s our first look at a finished space!
We’ve followed the Busenitz family’s journey into building their custom dream home from the ground up. Here’s our first look at a finished space!

With such a clear mood in mind for the space, Katie simply had to match up her design elements to suit the vibe and set the tone for the rest of the home. “I love mixing different styles, such as incorporating reclaimed finds into our modern farmhouse,” she says. “Blending different genres adds interest and brings balance to the space. We’re designing our interior with this style, so we’ll keep this same aesthetic on the front porch too, to ensure that our farmhouse is cohesive. For the porch, this means painting the front doors a high-gloss black, choosing to go with black-framed windows to keep with the modern-farmhouse style.

Katie and Ryan wanted statement style for their dream home, and they got it with the impressively tall vaulted ceilings and the large, 8-feet-tall by 6-feet-wide black doors against the white walls. “In the near future, we’d really love to mount some reclaimed wood to the ceiling and wrap our steel beams with some distressed, faux-wood beams,” Katie adds.

The front porch features elegant front doors that have been painted high-gloss black, which are complemented by the timeless lantern pendant by Capital Lighting. Lush wreaths from Balsam Hill warm up the entry with a dose of verdant green.
At 8 feet by 6 feet, the front doors are a striking and elegant feature of the front porch. Katie and Ryan chose to paint them a high-gloss black, which is complemented by the timeless lantern pendant by Capital Lighting. Lush wreaths from Balsam Hill warm up the entry with a dose of verdant green.

Gorgeous outdoor light fixtures (all from the Ellsworth Collection from Capital Lighting) share attention in this space with over-sized scale, clean lines and minimal design, underscoring the modern farmhouse vibe perfectly.

Katie’s personal style definitely comes through in the charming accents that make their farmhouse porch feel warm and inviting. “Our looks-so-real potted roses, the candles with timers and the gorgeous Olive Branch Wreaths from Balsam Hill really provide a relaxing setting on the porch,” Katie says.

This vintage bookshelf serves as a spot to display Katie's farmhouse vignettes and can substitute as a bar top for refreshments when she’s entertaining.
“Of course, since I love the thrill of the hunt, most of the pieces you see on our porch are from flea markets, thrift stores or estate sales,” Katie says. This vintage bookshelf serves as a spot to display her farmhouse vignettes and can substitute as a bar top for refreshments when she’s entertaining.
An old crate becomes the perfect stand-in for a plant stand adding Katie’s signature vintage creativity to the porch.
An old crate becomes the perfect stand-in for a plant stand adding Katie’s signature vintage creativity to the porch.

Katie says the old, reclaimed fixtures, such as the antique furniture and the chippy ladder and shelving, help to soften the look. “I really love to hunt for pieces at estate sales, thrift stores and yard sales,” Katie says. “It’s such a fun hobby, not only because we save like crazy, but also because you never know what you’ll find. It’s the thrill of the hunt that excites me.”

A mix of vibrant greens and vintage textures gives the porch a fresh, collected feel. The lantern sports a battery-powered candle with a timer—both from Balsam Hill—making it easy and fuss-free to entertain on the porch.
A mix of vibrant greens and vintage textures gives the porch a fresh, collected feel. The lantern sports a battery-powered candle with a timer—both from Balsam Hill—making it easy and fuss-free to entertain on the porch.

The rockers were a favorite find and a classic Katie score. “I’d just left a big-box store that sells wooden rockers for over $150 a piece. The next day, I ran to an estate sale that was just down the road,” Katie explains. “The owner was asking $85 each for the four rockers, but since it was the second day of the sale, he came down $45 each. I asked him what his bottom dollar was if I were to buy all four and pay cash, and he came down to $100 for all four. I wanted to jump for joy! But I kept my cool and immediately said, ‘Yes!’” After a quick pressure wash by Ryan, the chairs received a couple coats of high-gloss, white spray paint to give them a refresh. “They look gorgeous now! When all is said and done, we want our farmhouse porch to be welcoming and beautiful …and a fun place for family and friends to relax.”

To catch up on earlier posts in the Project House series click here and here!

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