Your front porch or patio, in my opinion, is the one place you should not be afraid to use color. Go bold or go home!
Front Porch With Panache!
I have had paint in my hair, on my knees, elbows, and clothes for about 5 days straight. It has been absolutely therapeutic. There is something very satisfying when the client you are creating for is not expecting perfection and is willing to just go with the flow.
The client I just described is me! I have been working feverishly on bringing color, style, and texture to my front porch.
I am not calling this a makeover because to me that word implies there was something existing that needed to be made over.
My front porch was a blank slate with only this headboard bench occupying the space.
This shot is from last year’s back patio makeover. Last fall, we decided to move this bench to the front porch. (silent partner’s idea) I didn’t think I would like it out front, but it turned out to be a good move.
If you are looking for one of those front porch spaces that look like everything came from the pages of Pier 1 or Ballard catalogs, um, sorry to disappoint but this isn’t it.
The definition of “panache” is flamboyant confidence of style or manner and that’s what I tried to sprinkle everywhere I could. I just love this word.
Everything you will see here today I already had or was a thrifty find.
The only new items purchased were plants, a rug, an $8 garage sale patio table, and a vintage ice cream parlor chair from a flea market.
If there is one space, in my opinion, you should not be afraid to use color, it’s outside and that is exactly what I have done.
A Porch With Purpose
This space is all about enjoying the way the early morning breeze rustles the fern branches, listening to the birds sing, and the drinking of beverages iced or hot.
A spot that even though I’m squashed in between two other houses, I still feel a little hidden and secluded.
A space to sit and chat about guitars, music, and politics with my #1son.
A space to enjoy a cup of coffee with my silent partner of many years.
A space to laugh at the funny and clever things my #2 son shares with me.
Last but not least, a space to sit and just be still sometimes. We all need more of this, don’t we?
Show and Tell
This rest of this post is just about sharing what I lovingly created. No tutorials today or tips. I’ll share some of those another day.
Green hydrangeas are one of my summer favorites.
First up is my $8 garage sale patio table. We found this 1930ish ice cream parlor chair, painted it and added a new seat pan.
I pulled out the pillows I made last year using napkins from the Pioneer Woman’s collection.
The rug you see only cost $13 and was plain brown before I painted the border and many dots on it.
I chose plants with color and texture in mind. Of course, every porch or patio needs a fern or two, or maybe three. I was drawn to blue/purple hues and lime green this year.
Shortest Post Ever
Right now, I know you are shocked at how short this entry was. You probably only needed one cup of coffee to get to the end today. 🙂
I hope this space inspires you to create a place you love and remember, don’t be afraid to use all the many colors if this is what makes you happy.
Any space you create should make you smile and my front porch has me grinning from ear to ear.
I’m off to enjoy a cup of coffee while checking out my friends’ outdoor spaces.
Anika | Anika’s DIY Life
Barbara | French Ethereal
Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay
Kellie | Gratefully Vintage
Kim | Exquisitely Unremarkable
Leanna | Faeries and Fauna
Lisa | The Purple Hydrangea
Nancy | Cobani Bleu
Patricia | Old Things New
Sam | Raggedy Bits
Sherry | Savvy Apron
Susanne | Pearl Street Designs
Suzanne | Shop at Blu
Toni | Small Home Soul
Jordan | Jordan’s Easy Entertaining
Debbie | Chatham Hill on the Lake
Your sister in paint,