I told you way back when we talked about the back porch that I wouldn’t bring up the subject again until late June. Well, I made it all the way into July! The porch is one of my favorite rooms, so if you don’t mind, can we talk about it again today?
It used to be that I would redecorate quite frequently…repaint, rewallpaper, make new drapes, etc., but that got to be time consuming and expensive. It really seemed to be that it was a seasonal thing…what worked in the spring and summer felt too cool for the winter, and what worked in the winter was too warm for the summer. Does that happen with your house?
Now in my old age wisdom, I have found that if I just change out some accessories – namely pillows, books, plants – I can achieve a new look for the season and still maintain sanity and a budget.
So here is what I do on the porch. I use yellow accents from the middle of February until late June. Then I change the pillows to red right before the 4th of July. It stays with the red accents through the rest of summer, through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas (works wonderfully for it), and Valentines’ Day. Then I am ready for spring right after that, and out comes the yellow again. Much better than reupholstering things (like I have been known to do in the past.)
That tilted lampshade is bugging me…oh well. All of my ferns got moved out to a shady spot on the deck, and in came red geraniums for awhile. They have to be rotated out to have a turn in the sunlight.
I ended up painting the desk chair and the small child’s chair black and brought out another little black wicker table I had. It just felt too bland with all of the furniture the same color. So the black adds some contrast – and it will work no matter what color accents are used out there.
My pillows are not $200 expensive designer ones. Several of these came from Target, and the most expensive ones (those with the jute braid trim) came from Pottery Barn.
I also wanted to show you the table setting for a dinner on the porch…
I love daisies, and the summer tomatoes are just too beautiful to not use for some kind of table decor. Don’t you agree?
And they even worked with all the red accents on the porch. (ha ha) Seeing all of them now makes me want to fix a salad. How about you? Maybe a Caprese with some fresh basil and mozzarella… yum.
Alright, that is all I’m going to say about the porch again (for awhile).
One last thing – not porch related – the very thoughtful Susan at A Vintage Farmwife has nominated me for a Liebster Award, an award for an “up and coming” blog with less than 200 followers.
Wasn’t that sweet of her? She is the wife of a farmer on the Illinois prarie and writes wonderfully about her life there. (They badly need rain right now, so any prayers you can send up for them I know will be appreciated.)
The award requires several tech-y things which I am not very good at (took me 10 minutes to figure out how to be a Linky follower on her blog!) Anyway, I’m not sure I can do all the tech-y stuff, but I can do the required list of 5 random facts about me. So here goes:
1. Shrimp used to be my all time favorite food but after I turned 50 (gulp) I became deathly allergic to shellfish. Not good. 2. I am a horrid back seat driver, and it makes my husband crazy (especially in Atlanta traffic.) 3. I was the chin-up champ in elementary school. 4. One day I want to own a Volkswagen Beetle convertible – preferably red with a tan top (waiting until I no longer have teenage drivers in the house.) 5. I do calligraphy and hand lettered wedding invitations…even taught calligraphy to children for several summer classes.
I am supposed to present the award on to 5 others, but I don’t really know what blogs are new with less than 200 followers – especially when the follower numbers are not shown on the blog (like mine). So I am presenting it to one blogger who has the required “cute, endearing, and sweetest” blog – Lindsay at Life of Splendor. (She may have thousands of followers, and I just don’t know it.) Lindsay just finished her first year of teaching and writes about her life in South Carolina (a Southern girl too!). She is currently doing a little series on party planning that I know you would enjoy reading.
So hop over to Susan’s to read about farm life, and then go over to Lindsay’s to learn about hosting a lovely party. And when you do, please tell them both I said ”Hello!”