Monday, June 1, 2009

Sit a spell

Rhondi at Rose Colored Glasses is having a porch party. I think this is a great idea for the first of June. I'd like to share my front porch with you.

The front porch is one of my favorite things about our house. I've always wanted a covered porch, and now I have one. My goal was to create an outdoor living room.

This photo is a little dark, but hopefully you can see my "outdoor living room" to the right.



And here's how it looks close up.





My husband and I bought the loveseat and chairs after we moved into this house. It's made by Lane--it looks like wicker, but it's not. It's some sort of completely weatherproof material, so we leave it out here year 'round.

The side table is actually an antique desk that belonged to my parents. It's way at the back of the porch, so it's fairly protected from the elements, but keep it waxed to protect it further. The lamps are outdoor lamps that I found at Target several years ago. I added a tassel to one and a weathervane ornament to the other. The area rug and throw pillows are Target finds as well. The other decorations--the wall hanging, the vase, the "Relax" sign--are all TJMaxx purchases.

I love the fact that this porch is sheltered. It's tucked into a nook so that the harsh western and southern sun never hit it. I have a fan on the porch so that I can have the air stirring whenever it's hot outside, but the porch never gets too hot.

Here's what I see if I'm sitting on the sofa. It's a great place to sit and have a cup of coffee, to sip iced tea on a hot day, watch the boys play basketball in the driveway.



Here's another photo that's a little dark, but I want you to see how the porch looks at night. My favorite thing about this porch is the lamplight. I just love being greeting by this bit of light when I come home at night. We keep low-wattage compact fluorescent bulbs in the lamps so that we can keep them burning all the time.



Hope you like my porch!

20 comments:

Dawn said...

i do love your porch!
what a great space! i am trying to turn my back lanai into just such a spot for us... so far, i am not making much progress! i might wait until all of the summer stuff goes on clearance :)

Willow said...

What a porch. Very inviting.

Willow

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your porch is just beautiful! I love the colors you used.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Lovely porch...it just screams comfort! The kind of place you just don't want to leave.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Like it? I love it! Very warm and inviting. I'd love to come and sit a spell and daydream...

Happy Porch Party!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Stacey said...

I love your porch! All of your furniture and accessories are gorgeous. Also love the view! :)

Our Back Porch said...

Your porch is just fabulous! Come on by and visit my porch. Have a lovely week!

Back Porch Blessings,
Rebecca

Rhondi said...

Your porch is wonderful and sapcious! It's just like an outdoor living room and what a lovely view you have. Thanks for joining the party. It's fun to make new friends in blogland.
Hugs, Rhondi

Marla said...

Ohhhhh and Ahhhhh over your porch! Love it. I love real homes that have the feel and comfort of a great vacation home. That's my goal.

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I love your front porch! What a great view you have! Love your porch furniture and those cushions! All your seating looks so comfy! I need to get one of those outdoor lamps! I'm going to Target tomorrow and I'll have a look. Maybe I'll be able to get one when they clearance.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Manuela

bj said...

O, my goodness, child...this is an absolutely FABULOUS porch and you have it decorated so so pretty.
I love it all...

Beverly said...

Wow, your porch is elegant and exquisite. I love it.

You have it decorated beautifully, and I know you must thoroughly enjoy every moment you spend there.

Thank you so much for inviting me.

Rue said...

That's not a porch... it's a beautiful outdoor living room! What a wonderful place to sit and watch the day go by and enjoy the fresh night air. It's so cozy, I just love it :)

rue

transitionyourlife said...

Beautiful porch and very moving subsequent post.

This is my first visit to your blog. It was nice to learn about your story.

You have a beautiful gift of writing. I especially liked how you made the 2 post comparisons.

Poppedijne said...

A wonderful porch to come home too certainly when the lights are there to invite you in. Congatulations with the graduation of your oldest son.Please come and visit my garden party since we don't have a porch.

Sashindoubutsu said...

Yes I like the porch! Very cozy.. :)

Tiercy said...

Wow, you seriously have one of the most beautiful porches have I ever seen. I love your sitting area and know my husband would love it too. Your boys are simply adorable! Although I am old enough to have a son graduating from hs, my oldest is only 8. I started late. = )

I loved your post about 5th grade, but that you were content with being you and that was enough. It reminded me of one of my favorite scriptures when Jacob and Esau meet up again after 20 years. Jacob brought gifts for Esau, but Esau's response was for him to keep them because he has enough. Wouldn't the world be different if everyone felt the same way.

Thanks for your blog. I love it. I hope you don't mind, but i linked to it from my blog so that i could check back in every so often.

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

So...when can I come over? Would you whip us up some coffee- because I would love to hang out there and goof off while our kids play basketball! What a great porch!!! Good to meet you...I'm Misti. So glad I stopped by today. So I check "yes". I totally dig you.

~Misti

ellie said...

I want to come visit you with a cup of coffee too. love your soft mellow colors. There is a porch in our neighborhood that is similiar

Simply Susan said...

I love your porch! It looks so inviting :o)

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