I absolutely LOVE my screened-in front porch. We had a small porch in our previous home in Vermont and I practically lived out there when the climate allowed me to. We just moved to our new home in December so this is our first porch season and it’s been really fun and exciting to get it spruced up and livable. It’s more than double the size of our previous porch, so it’s been a challenge to make it look the way I’d like without spending a small fortune on new stuff.
I like to treat our porch as basically an extension of our home — the door is always open and we move freely out there and back into the main house. We’ve even had dinner out there a handful of times.
Years ago I bought the sectional at IKEA. When assembled I don’t attach each piece, it’s easier to change the setup and move around. I also had to buy new seat cushions this year, as we left the old ones outside this past winter. Thankfully, since this porch has actual windows I can close in the off season, I won’t have to worry about moving it back & forth.
Pillows are my favorite accessory. This is where I like to add color, pattern & texture in my home decor. I’m pretty partial to having a neutral palate to start with. I like the crisp, clean look and feel of it. I got these pillows from a variety of stores: Target, WalMart & Wayfair. I was hesitant to buy so many different patterns, but I think it turned out great and the colors are so cohesive.
Since this space is rather long, I wanted to break up the space with rugs. These are a jute/sisal hand woven rug I found on Wayfair. There were honestly hundreds to choose from. Why did I choose this one? It was the cheapest option for the look & feel I wanted.
The hammock chair swing was the finishing touch. These were another purchase from Wayfair. They are so comfortable. I will mention that most, if not all of these kinds of swings do not come with the hardware to attach it to your ceiling, beam, tree or wherever. Not a big deal, as I was able to get the hardware needed for about $15.
While I’m nowhere near finished with decorating this space in the long run, I may throw in the towel for this year. I eventually want some blinds or curtains to add a little more privacy. And somehow make the two sides more combined as one large space. It’s almost August, so I’d like to just enjoy the rest of the summer relaxing out there instead of obsessing about what it looks like.
Wait, how is it so close to August already?