For me here at StoneGable, summer means getting outside and being able to use our porch and patio! This year my porch is taking on a new look! I particularly love “porching”. Have you heard of that before? Porching is just a newer name for porch sitting with a certain urban twist. It’s the idea of sitting on the porch and watching the world roll by! I’m giving it a little bit of refinement and suggesting that porching is an upscale way of outdoor living. Let’s do some bright and bold porch sitting… oh, I mean porching!
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Last year my front porch looked like this…
Actually, my front porch has looked like this for a few years and it was in need of a little makeover!
With just a few changes and some upscaling my porch looks like this…
The inspiration for this year’s porch was a big blue and white fishbowl planter that was kicking around in my basement and bright red and pink geraniums.
I don’t use much blue and white inside my home anymore, but I’ve kept some of my favorite pieces. And I’m so glad. I love how they look on the porch this year! Who knew that these blue and white pieces would look so nice on the porch!
I love red and pink together! The blooms are planted in a black plastic container so they don’t get waterlogged when I water them.
It’s amazing what you can do with a can of spray paint. I have loved my grayish blue colored porch rockers. We bought these rockers when we first moved into StoneGable 20 years ago at a local Amish shop. They are so sturdy and have held up so well.
I was very ready for a change so I spray painted them a satin finish black. I thought black would add a little drama and work with the blues, pinks, and reds!
I put the rockers under a shady tree and gave them 3 light coats of black spray paint. So, so easy. Do you have a piece of furniture you could use outdoors? Does it need a new, spiffy color? Spray paint it!
I brought in a low square table that is very sturdy! We get lots of wind when storms whip through so I needed a table that would not blow away!
The table is just perfect for scooting a basket filled with magazines and book under it. Give me a yummy drink and a good book or magazine and I’ll rock the evening away!
I did get new indoor/outdoor carpets for the front porch (Ballard Designs) in a bold royal blue and white pattern. I used the inspiration of the blue and white planter to decide on this color and style of the rug.
The black and white indoor/outdoor carpets that have been on my front porch for a few years will go around to the back porch. Another set of rockers will sit on them. I love to be able to reuse what I have!
I found these bright pillows from Amazon.
Now, let’s do a little porching! Help yourself to a fresh berry drink and some nibbles… and start rocking!
What spaces are you making bright and beautiful this summer?
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