A Front Porch With Panache

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.

Patio makeover with a DIY headboard bench.


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.

My front porch is a space created to enjoy the best of what summer has to offer. Grab a cold beverage and come sit a spell with me.

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.

Adding color and style to your front porch doesn't have to be expensive. Just add a rug, colorful plants, and a few pillows then call it a day.

My front porch is the one place I am not afraid to use color. With a little paint and a few flea market items, I created a little slice of heaven.

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,



Using flea market finds, paint, and plants, I added a little panache to my bland front porch!


  1. Sarah says:

    Oh Lisa. I love how you’ve described your front porch…it makes me wanna come and hang out of coffee and listen to all the fun things your family chats about!!! You’ve knocked it out of the park with this patio, girlfriend!😍😍😍

  2. Mary says:

    Lisa that rug looks like it was store bought like that. But why should I be surprised. You are so good at transforming anything. Love the whole outdoor space. It is full of panache!

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks so much, Mary. My inspiration for the rug came from a Ballard catalog. I think it will serve us well throughout the summer.

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you, Susanne. I had a lot of fun putting it all together. I will probably add a few things over the course of the summer.

  3. Patti says:

    Your porch is so fun and inviting. The table and bench are so pretty and look great with the pop of color from your lovely flowers. I would love to come over and chat with a glass of iced tea or wine with you.

  4. debbie says:

    Such a lovely porch and your rug is divine. Silent partner was right! what a lovely $8 dollar find! I’d say you are ready for the lazy daze of summer in Texas!

  5. Susie says:

    Love your refreshed porch! You had me with that table and chair. Love your bench, too! It’s such an inviting place to linger. Well done! Susie form The Chelsea Project

  6. Leanna says:

    Lisa this is such a gorgeous stunning porch. The $8.00 garage sale find is such a steal. Its amazing.

    I am so glad I found your blog, your such a inspiration. Love it.

  7. Toni | Small Home Soul says:

    I love the updates to your porch, that bench, I covet it 😀 and your yardsale table is to die for. So many good things to admire sitting there in the early mornings enjoying the first of many cups of coffee (all the hearts)

    • Lisa says:

      Yes, you can’t tell by the photos but there is a hedge of shrubs taller than I am in front on the porch. No one ever knows when I’m sitting out there. 😉

  8. Kim says:

    I’m coming right over to have some whine and coffee on your porch, immediately. It’s so beautiful! That table and chair is stunning, and I love the lime green pops – beautiful girlfriend!

    • Lisa says:

      Hello Judith, Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me. Purple has been my favorite color forever and hydrangeas are my favorite vintage flower. We are clearly kindred spirits.

  9. Debrashoppeno5 says:

    Your front porch is so warm and welcoming. How I wish I had one to enjoy. I love how you pulled it all together without spending a fortune, just your sweat equity, right 🙂

  10. Sherry Cole says:

    Your space is so much like mine. Everything is a thrifted find. I think outdoor spaces are the best place to decorate with thrifted things. It’s so fun to see how it comes together and your space has come together beautifully! I love it!

    • Lisa says:

      Sherry, I just read your post and I gasped when I saw your pillow for only.99 cents!!!! That’s my kind of deal. Thank you for stopping by today. See you at Haven.

  11. Patricia Krank says:

    Panache! I love that word and your front porch definitely exudes panache. Every element you’ve used draws the eye to it. I’d love to come by for a sit and a cool drink.
    Thank you for linking with me for this blog hop today Lisa. It will be fun to get to know you more as I follow.

  12. Leanna says:

    Your porch is gorgeous, I just love all the greens, everything looks cozy snuggled between fresh bright green foliage, its absolutely gorgeous Lisa.

    The thrift store finds look like they come from an antique store. Its all so well done. Congratulations and I can see why your family enjoys chatting out there.

  13. debbie says:

    Lisa, you have such a way with words, even when they are few. Panache! Love the new space you created, intensely love the way you describe your front porch and its many uses and in total agreement with you about color. I have always adored that bench and that table is so intricate and unique. Enjoy!!!

  14. Susanne says:

    That rug is fantastic…the time it must have taken to put all those dots on it, you have me beat in the patience department! Your porch has a ton of panache!!

  15. Toni says:

    Fancy words to describe a fancy porch 🙂 I love the bench, still I want to come and whisk it away and put it on my porch. But it looks so lovely on yours with all the pretty flowers around. I so wish I could visit and enjoy all the cups of coffee with you.

  16. Kellie says:

    Your front porch is gorgeous! I love your blog title too, perfect!! How fun it would be to sit there and have coffee with you! & this was fun to blog hop with you! I’m sharing my front porch for my post on Saturday!

  17. Barbara Chapman ~ French Ethereal says:

    I really love your porch with the bench you made and that rug is really neat! That had to have taken FOREVER to pounce all those dots all over it. Very cute! I think Kellie says it all {just above where I’m writing}, it would be fun to sit out there with you and enjoy coffee and tea {me}! A lovely post!

    Have a wonderful weekend at Haven!
    Barb 🙂

  18. Kristy says:

    OMG! What’s not to love about your porch? I love everything! But I’m seriously swooning over the bench!!! Fabulous place to sit a spell!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Kristy, thank you so much for swooning over my bench. I wish I could have everyone over to sit a spell, unfortunately, there’s only room for 3.

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