Front Porch Makeover 2015

It’s that time again, time for front porch living: talking to neighbors, sipping lemonade, and relaxing.

After a long cold winter, our porch is looking tired and worn.

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I approach decorating outside spaces the same way I approach interior spaces.  I start at the end…how do I want the space to look, feel, and live.  Keeping in mind the hot, humid Washington summers, I want the space to be airy, breezy and relaxing.  And of course, no color represents that more than “blue”.

This blue stripped rug (from Wal-Mart) dictates the color palette and grounds the space in shades of blue.IMG_2144

The blue chairs from last year still look nice but the cushions are dull. A quick fix include a ten cent Sunbrella sample and a new pillow.

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The old red cushion is covered in linen fabric. Decorative pillows and a blanket, create a cozy nook

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A vintage window, paper place mat and stencil create unique house numbers!

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An old shutter painted Carolina Yellow (with CeCe Caldwell Chalk/clay paint) is the perfect backdrop for a basket of faux flowers;

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And our mailbox goes Euro with spray paint and a stencil!

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Other cool accents include:

An antique light fixture for vintage charm!
An antique light fixture for vintage charm!
A picnic basket for storing garden tools.
A picnic basket for storing garden tools.
A coffee table with good reading material!
A coffee table with good reading material!
A chalkboard for fun messages!
A chalkboard for fun messages!
An office with a view!
An office with a view!

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Airy, breezy drapes, elevates the space from porch to outdoor room!

IMG_2094                             Thanks for checking out my post. Enjoy your summer of 2015!

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