Decorating our new back porch has definitely been a project. One that has taken more time than I ever imagined. Back in December was the first time I shared the porch after all of the construction had wrapped up. You can find that post here. It was so much fun decking out the porch for the holidays, but after the decorations were packed away the room sat looking pretty empty for several months. I had plenty of decorating ideas floating around in my head of what I wanted, the problem was actually finding what I had in mind. After spending so much time week after week searching with no luck, I was feeling defeated and decided to focus on other projects for a while.
The funny and amazing thing is, when I stopped looking, well, that’s when everything started to come together. This was a good decorating lesson for me. Yes, it’s so much easier to run to a few stores, pick everything out at once and bam, done! That’s usually how I like to shop and decorate so I can complete a project and move onto the next. When that does happen it’s great, but when it doesn’t it can be really frustrating.
I have to say that because it instead came together more slowly, it makes me love the this room and everything in it even more. Many of the things I ended up finding were ones that were totally unexpected. You know the ones you find when you are out for a drive and you pass through a little town you’ve never been to, you see a cute shop and you just have to stop and see what’s inside or you open a catalog you just got in the mail and see something new and it instantly gets your design wheels spinning. Those are the finds that you can’t anticipate and I think the ones that are worth waiting for. I must admit it was really nice to let go of my usual in hurry to decorate mindset and just let it all happen naturally. So are you ready to see some of my finds and take a summer porch tour?
A few things I did already show you in my post back in December, but I wanted to share a little background on a few of the pieces that formed the foundation of the space. The entire time the porch was under construction I honestly had no idea about furniture or decor. What I did know for sure though was that I wanted to squeeze in as much seating as I could into the 16′ x 18′ space. One of our first purchases was this outdoor sectional from Arhaus . I instantly fell in love and knew it would be perfect for providing maximum seating for the area we had to work with. It’s also super comfy for curling up in the corner with a book and taking naps, lots of naps!
The dining set I first shared here. I found the entire set on Craigslist for $500 and it was the just the right size for the space and provides all the seating I was hoping for. Outdoor table and chair sets can be big, heavy and bulky and we had a narrow area to work with. This sturdy Ethan Allen vintage dining set for eight was the perfect solution to our limited space and I really love the charm it adds to the porch. Two of the chairs and the extra leaf are stored in the garage until we need them. If you are wondering why I chose the chair cushions,well, it’s because I already had six of them and a coordinating throw pillow. I always try to use what I have first before buying new. Luckily Ballard still carried these, so I just had to order two more cushions and also decided to add another pillow to match for the sofa.
All of the initial pieces I chose provided a nice neutral base where I could then add some pops of color which I think really helped to make the room feel more inviting. The first accessory I found was a ceramic jar which I found for around $15 at a local shop. I have been wanting to add some blue and white to our home and this was the only spot where I could make it work. The plant and blue ceramic planter are both from Home Depot and the plant stand was a $20 Craigslist find that I painted a few years ago.
I just love this mix of pillows which definitely came together over time. In the background is the pillow that I originally had from Ballard and then to bring more blue into the room I added the paisley print pillows. This is an example where I could not find what I was looking for. I wanted a certain shade of blue to match the blue and white ceramic pieces I found. So, mostly with the help of my Mom, we took a Ralph Lauren tablecloth that I found at Home Goods and turned it into a pair of pillows. Then, during a shopping trip with my Mom, I found the”Hey, Y’all” pillow, it was just too adorable and I had to have it. Finally, came the lemon pillows from Pottery Barn. Not once did I tell myself that I needed to find pillows with lemons on them or even yellow pillows, but the minute I saw them in the catalog I thought they were just so fun and would look pretty mixed with the other pillows. That pop of cheerful yellow was the icing on the decorating cake and really made the porch feel complete!
The blue and white runner on the dining table is actually a tablecloth that I folded. I found it at the most wonderful shop filled with French linens that I will share in my next post.
The linen runner was a find from a day spent at the Liberty Antique Festival. The length was just the right size and color blue too.
The little wood table I stole from daughter’s room. She was ok with it though and thought it looked better here too.
The coffee table was another Craigslist find for less than $20. Again, I was looking for a vintage piece with a smaller scale to fit the space and I painted it to match the dining table. What I didn’t realize until recently is that both tables have the same feet, how awesome is that! The basket on the table I have had for years, I think it’s been in every room in the house. The metal trays under the table were found in the gift wrap/party section at Target. I was looking for something else and spotted them and looked like they would be just the right size. One is for keeping my magazines tidy and the other for my husbands.
The built-in bar area is still a work in progress. For now it’s filled with a mix of new and thrift store finds.
Hope you enjoyed the summer tour of the porch. With the exception of some holiday decorating now and then, this is what the porch will look like most of the year. It feels so good to have the porch decorating finally (mostly) done! I have been debating adding some sheer curtains to make the porch feel a little more cozy, what do you think?
I want to thank you so much for stopping by today! I am so truly grateful to each and every one of you that takes the time to read my blog and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate the sweetest and most encouraging comments and e-mails you send me.
I also wanted to let you know that for the next couple of months while my kids are out of school I am going to take a little break from blogging. Knowing that I have just a few precious summers left before my girls graduate, I just want to enjoy as much time with them as I can so I put most of my projects on hold. I promise to share all about that shop I was telling you about very soon and I have a few other small projects that I am excited to share, I just won’t be posting as often. Even though I won’t be here on the blog as much, I do share quite a bit on Instagram.Wishing you a super fun and fabulous 4th of July!
Oh and my home tour will be getting a little makeover soon and I will be sure include a source list for the porch.