DIY & Home Decor

The Porch is Calling

July 30, 2017

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?


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  • Reply Jillian August 4, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Oh wow. This is beautiful. I love the blue.

    • Reply Marie August 4, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Kristin Cook August 4, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    That would be the perfect porch for coffee once Autumn hits. It is truly gorgeous! I have always loved screened-in porches! When I was little I called them “screamin’ porches” and my family still affectionately calls them that to this day. hahaha

    • Reply Marie August 4, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you! I plan on being out there for as long as we can be.

    • Reply Marie August 4, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Yes! I’m sooo looking forward to it. I love “screamin porches”๐Ÿคฃ

  • Reply Yolanda August 4, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I don’t have a porch but DREAM of it one day. I literally lived on my front porch growing up as a kid. Just loved it there. THe cushions you have a super cute, btw ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Marie August 4, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I’ve always loved porches too. I’m hoping we’ll eventually install one on the back of the house too. Maybe, someday.

  • Reply Lydia August 4, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    We had a porch in our old house and I miss it so much! We loved sitting out there on summer evenings! Yours looks beautiful by the way!

    • Reply Marie August 4, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks! I hope the nice weather lasts well into fall too.

  • Reply Stacey August 4, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Oh I love your porch! Perfect to watch and hear a summer rainstorm and to enjoy the fall weather!

    • Reply Marie August 4, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks! It’s our first season but we’ve enjoyed many a night out there! I can’t wait for fall though.

  • Reply Kristen August 5, 2017 at 2:46 am

    Your space is beautiful. I’m a huge fan of the rug and blue pillows.

    • Reply Marie August 10, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply Lisa August 6, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Your porch looks so peaceful and serene, it must be wonderful to have a morning coffee or an evening glass of wine and simply relax there.

    • Reply Marie August 10, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Thank you Lisa. Yes, I often try to sneak out here for a peaceful cup of coffee in the morning before the kids are up!

  • Reply Candace August 8, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Really love how you have styled your porch. Love the aqua cushions

    • Reply Marie August 10, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you Candace! I love blues, and this aqua I think is a perfect color for summer.

  • Reply chris September 23, 2017 at 11:56 am

    That looks like a perfectly cozy place for an afternoon nap!

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