Hello friends…happy May! Seriously? It’s May already? I say that every month don’t I? 😛
My days have been filled with tending to my injured hubby (he almost poked his eye out…with his own thumb…while giving someone a high five…so be careful giving high fives…could get dangerous) and working out in the yard. Like a lot of you out there, I am so loving this gift that we call spring. For those of you who live anywhere near the southeast, then you are probably like me and are frantically running around trying to get as much yard work done as possible before it turns a gazillion degrees outside.
So, the other day, I spent alllll daaaayyyy cleaning one of my back porches. It was a hot mess. Probably because I did diddly squat to it last year. I worked so hard on it and thought I might share some easy tips to help make a porch more cozy and welcoming.
Isn’t it lovely?
I know you’re jealous…
Please…hold your applause…but isn’t this the most welcoming porch ever?
Even the pollen wants to say hi!
Juussstttt kiddddiinnngg you guys…those were my before pics in case you haven’t figured that out yet. Seriously though, there really isn’t anything special or fancy about this porch…just the fact that it exists is special enough for me since I love to spend time outside. It is really old and the screens will need to be replaced soon, but for now, I am just going with what I have! I am no expert in design, but the following tips will hopefully leave you with a comfy, cozy, homey, and welcoming porch…that is…if you’re into that kinda thing…
First tip is to clean the darn thing. I scrubbed down this porch and it really made a world of difference. I could have left it at that, but then I had to add some greenery.
These guys survived from last year…impressed much? I sure am…
Real plants or faux…doesn’t matter…I don’t discriminate because they both look great.
Faux hydrangea planters I made a couple of years ago…have held up well…AND I don’t have to water. Woo!
An outdoor rug adds a nice touch and in my case…a little color.
Bought at WalMart a couple of years ago. Has also held up nicely.
Curtains. They make outdoor curtains, but you can use indoor as well. My curtains are indoor…found at Ikea. They were only $19.99 for a set of two! That was a steal and they have definitely been worth it as they, too, have lasted a few years.
If you have chairs, or swings, or benches on your porch then add a few colorful pillows.
Those cushions really need to be replaced, but I’m going to try to stretch them out another year.
Things that you like and that make you feel welcomed. For me…it was a welcome sign. Go figure. It was a gift from my mom. She got me three. I guess she wanted everyone to feel extra welcomed. Love you mom.
Hutch came with the house. Score!
Wind chimes! I heart wind chimes. They give a breeze another sense to enjoy…sound. You can’t see it, but you can feel it and with chimes you can hear it. Just think of it as an instrumental band joining along with the orchestrated birds…Iamsuchadork.
Shell chimes…a gift from the hubs from our recent trip to the Bahamas.
Look at those hood rats…just basking in the sun…with not a care in the world.
Bella & Jenkins
I like to add a little ambience at night time.
A string of lights.
A collection of lanterns.
Of course…a candle is always a nice touch.
I’ve been keeping a watch out for the perfect water fountain to put on this table…for now it is the home of bulbs waiting to be planted.
I know that I sound like a sap, but really, I don’t care. I have a love for the simplicity and complexity of nature and it somehow relaxes and stimulates my whole being all at the same time. This is who I am. A lover of God and His amazing gifts.
This view never grows tiresome.
Our new friends. A couple of Canadian geese have found a home. I don’t mind them when there are only two…thirty becomes a problem. I suspect we will be seeing some goslings waddling around soon.
Welp…that’s it. That’s all I’ve got for you. My porch is certainly not perfect, but I’m kinda diggin’ it Come on over and have a cup of coffee with me…or perhaps a glass of wine is more up your alley…
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Thanks for visiting…now back outside to sow some seeds!
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