How to make a porch sitting area cozy, functional, and an extension of your home. Ideas for accessories, plants, lighting, and soft furnishings.
May is here…and along with it, enough nice weather for me to get out and set up our porch sitting area for the summer months. This is always one of the highlights of my year, and this year is no different. Perhaps even more, since we have all been spending much more time at home. I didn’t buy anything new…so some of you have seen these things before. Hopefully, I’ve mixed things up enough that our porch will still give you inspiration for fixing up your own outdoor space.
Today is also 20 Minute Decorating, so make sure to take a stroll through the links at the end of the post. Like all the other little projects I’ve shown you recently, this porch sitting area is simple and functional. Everything was very dirty, so it all got a good cleaning the day before the decorating began. The starting point was the blue and white tie closure pillows that found a home on the rockers. I made the pillow covers a few years ago from vintage tea towels. They are still used often, and very much loved! (The little blue checked pillow cover was a Pottery Barn clearance find and is no longer available.)
The day I cleaned the porch, I ventured out to a local market that also has a greenhouse. I purchased white impatiens, along with some other plants that I’ll be showing you on Sunday, when I share the front door area. I filled two galvanized buckets with the white impatiens, and all of a sudden, the sitting area came to life. Lanterns and a tiny pitcher were the finishing touches to our porch sitting area. In a matter of minutes, this space went from bare and cold, to comfy and cozy.
You’ve seen all the pieces used for this project many times before…but never in this combination. You all know I love to shop, and I love to show you new things…but sometimes it makes no sense to reinvent the wheel. This was one of those times. By using things we already have, but perhaps in a different way, we can achieve a fresh and new look for no money at all. Just look around, gather together some of your favorite things, and see what happens!
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Porch Sitting Area Shopping Sources
- White rockers (not exactly the same as mine, but a better product)
- Tie closure pillow tutorial
- Mod Podge Terra Cotta Pots
- Galvanized buckets
Now it’s time to send you along for more 20 Minute Decorating ideas!