Summer Porch Decor

Summer Porch Decor | On Sutton Place

One of the things I love most about summer is using our outdoor spaces…especially my little back porch. I think of it as just another room in the house and my summer porch decor reflects that. I start every year with a blank space and apply the same layering method that I use to decorate my rooms indoors. (More on that in another post.)

Summer Porch Decor | On Sutton Place

This year I was in dire need of either new cushions or some different slipcovers. The porch gets wet when it rains so I need fabrics that dry without staining. I found just the thing at my local JoAnn (sources at the end) and sewed new cushion covers, pillow covers and even a slip for my stool.

Summer Porch Decor | On Sutton Place

Another new addition this year, and one I just love, is this vintage garden gate. I’m going to save the story of how I got this for another day…but for now I’ll just tell you that it is the real deal. I literally unhooked it from an old fence.

Summer Porch Decor | Vintage Garden Gate | On Sutton Place

I brought it home and wasn’t sure exactly what to do with it. In the end, I didn’t do much. I cleaned it really well and then sprayed it with clear matte poly. All the wonderful rust and even some green paint is still there. It’s perfect on my porch wall…at least I think so.

Summer Porch Decor | On Sutton Place

My next project involved spray paint. I’ve wanted to add some color to the wicker for a few years but couldn’t decide which direction to go. So I headed to Lowe’s and if there was the perfect green color, I would paint something…wasn’t sure what. Sure enough, I found this lovely grassy, gloss green called Fern by Rustoleum. (affiliate link) I started small and used it just on the table. Not being an expert spray painter, I had more paint on my feet and legs when I was finished than I did the table…but it was worth it. For now it’s all the color I need.

Summer Porch Decor | On Sutton Place

The toile pillow covers were here last year as were the rugs. I had some fabric left from the cushions so I covered the lamp shade and made a little tie closure pillow cover for the sofa.

Summer Porch Decor | On Sutton Place

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that this peony is the first bloom I’ve ever had. Ever. My peonies are three years old and finally this year there are blooms. Alleluia.

Summer Porch Decor | On Sutton Place

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Fabric on cushions and stool: Solarium Rydell Summer
Fabric on pillow covers: Solarium Mojo Kiwi
Valance fabric: White Duck Canvas
Toile pillow covers: IKEA
Stool: IKEA
Green Spray Paint: Rustoleum Fern

I’ll be back this week with the story about my gate, a salad recipe and I’m not sure what else. I’ve got some ideas swimming around and I need to get serious and make them happen. Thank you for visiting me on my porch. See you soon!

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  1. Your porch is beautiful. I could live on this porch if it never got cold! You did a great job. Love your gate,too.

  2. Beautiful! Unfortunately here in N Fla there is no such thing as fabric or cushions that resist mildew and mold. The heat and humidity would have that gorgeous porch looking very chabby very quickly. And all the dirt and rain would have me working myself to death to keep it clean. My dream would be to have a sunroom that has glass windows and insulation so that we could have some a/c out there and then decorate it all pretty. I have a screened in porch and there is a very small window of opportunity to be out there when the temps are actually comfortable. Your colors are lovely. I wish I could enjoy my front or back porch more.

  3. Ann I LOVE your porch…I’d spend all day out there!!

  4. Ann, I always love visiting your porch. You always make it so pretty with your colors and fabrics. Love that gate.

  5. Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says:

    You are right, Ann, that gate is perfect as-is!! I’d love to find a similar one – I’ll have to put it on my to-look-for list for this summer’s flea markets. :)

  6. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says:

    Love it all! The colors, everything. So pretty and inviting!


  7. If you plant peony too deep, they take longer to flower. Joanne has the right idea to raise them.

  8. Doreen@Hymns and Verses says:

    Oh, Ann! I love your garden gate! I’ve been looking for one for a long time – they are getting harder and harder to find! When I do find one, the price is pretty high too – so I can’t wait to hear your story! Everything looks picture perfect!

  9. Ann,
    I am absolutely in LOVE with your garden gate! You are brilliant to leave the rust and the traces of green paint, then just protect it with an over coat of clear sealant. I also LOVE the green painted wicker table. Could you maybe to a post on how you slip covered your lamp shade? I LOVE this room!!! Job well done (like everything you do!!!)

  10. Dori Troutman says:

    Oh my goodness, Ann. Your porch is gorgeous!!!!!!! I hate to say it, but I really need to have part of our porch screened in. It makes my sleep porch not too cozy because it isn’t separate from the world around it…. does that make sense? Anyway, I love this. Your colors are perfect and I love that all you painted is the one little table – it makes it really stand out. I had a gate that is exactly like that – it came from my son’s old house that they owned. I kept trying to find the right place for it and finally traded Andrea for her old farm table!!! So she and Justus actually put it on their picket garden fence and it is darling. I’m anxious to hear where yours came from! – Dori –

  11. Your porch is lovely and so inviting. I know you must enjoy relaxed mornings and/or evenings spent there. The gate is a great find!

  12. Joanne Boulter says:

    Ann if you are having trouble getting your peonies to bloom try this method it worked for me. Take a pronged rake and sink it under neath the planted peonies roots then lift up the plant, be careful not to pull up to hard and break the roots off. Peonies do not like to be buried to deep. When planting them only cover about 3/4 of the root. :)

  13. Joanne Boulter says:

    Ann, some designers say that wicker belongs for outside use only, I don’t agree. I love it in or out. Your post is great. I love how you can change the look of a room totally by adding a different rug. Thanx for sharing.

  14. I LOVE “fern” and I’m going to get some for my blah green wicker stool so much like your’s!Great color! :)

  15. Ann, your porch looks so lovely and fresh. Yes, I love the green paint on the wicker table and would be tempted to paint it all that great shade of green.

  16. Ann,
    Your porch is beautiful! It is simply inspiring. I love your design and arrangement…just everything! It is eye appealing and it says, “Bring your glass of lemonade and let’s visit on the porch.” GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing.

  17. Pamela Gordon says:

    I love your porch Ann. The colours of the fabric and the rug are cool summer colours. The old garden gate is beautiful. I’d love to have one of these and I see one leaning against a house next door to my hairdressers and am always tempted to knock on the door to ask if they want to sell it. LOL I think yours is perfect for the porch. I know I’d spend many hours there if I had a sunporch like that. Enjoy and Happy June to you.

  18. I love your gate and also love the green you used on the table. It really freshens up the room. I wish I had a little room like that! It is beautiful!

  19. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    OMG! Each year I always love how you decorate your porch, but you have knocked it out of the park this year! I love, love, love the old gate and the little wicker table painted green is just gorgeous! (I’m been painting things “Fern” lately, too!) Such a great color! I predict that this porch will be magazines!!!

  20. Oh gosh, I love this so much! I NEED a gate just like that – perfection. And I really like the green on your table – just adorable. I think it looks fresh and inviting. Good job!

  21. Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique says:

    Ann, I love everything about your outdoor room. The gate is the perfect addition and the colour combination is so cheerful. It must be very relaxing to sit out there.

  22. Charlotte says:

    Please come decorate my screen porch…yours is so pretty. Love everything.

  23. Rose@ says:

    Hi Ann-
    So, so, pretty.
    I love the sweet little pillow that ties on the side.
    I like thing that are different..
    Have a great day.

  24. Jeanette Duke says:

    Ann, your porch is so pretty and cozy! Love your colors! I changed mine up this year also. I started with a clean slate and did a little twist of country and I love it! I even made a blackboard and write fun things on it like the back porch rules.

  25. Dotti Schuck says:

    Hi Ann, You inspire me to do some of your ideas! Luv, luv, luv them! Great color combinations. Fern Green is great! It’s just the right touch………

  26. I love your porch and everything you did to it. I have two porches also and we use both. My “kitchen” porch is small, so just a small glass-top table and four chairs fit for us to enjoy our morning coffee and I do have an antique baby bathtub that has a beautiful fern in it. I had to laugh when I read about your spray-painting experience. I just painted my patio set out by our pool yesterday and had on flipflops. Didn’t notice till that night that my feet were as green as the table and chairs. I told my husband, if I get sick and you have to call 9-1-1, please tell them that it’s paint on my feet!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      You would not believe how much paint I got on my ankles and shoes. It was hilarious! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment…Ann

      1. I spray paint like you! Toes, legs, hands and arms! Thank goodness for the “nail brush” in the shower, or I would be a rainbow all summer!

  27. Like Susan I also wonder how things hold up when it rains. Really would like to know since I want to use a rug on my back patio and it is neither covered or closed.

    BTW, love what you did with your porch! I want to go and sit there and read a book and sip some tea!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Mary Jean…here’s what I wrote to Susan:
      If you buy an outdoor rug it should be fine if it gets wet. Outdoor rugs are made from pure polyester and don’t absorb anything. They don’t fade much either unless it’s in direct sun. All I do before I open my porch is drag the rugs to the deck and hose them down. In the fall I just roll them up and leave them right in the porch. Even if they get wet they don’t stain and they dry quickly. Have fun!

      Hope this helps you decide!

      1. Thanks! I think I will purchase one.

  28. Beautiful Ann, the fern green table, I must look for that spraypaint …you gave me an idea for painting my wicker chairs and little table…thanks for sharing it!

  29. Ann, what a beautiful job. LOVE the gate and the placement of all your furniture – the colors, etc. You have style, girl!

    Questions – you mentioned that your porch gets wet (so does mine) How does your rug hold up to the wetness and moisture? I have avoided putting one on my covered (but not screened front porch) and also under my deck table which is not covered at all but wondered about the weather. I see so many pretty photos on blogs with out door rooms without covering and wondered how everything holds up. PS – THANK YOU for always sharing where you found your items – what a huge help when trying to recreate. Wish more bloggers did that. THANKS for sharing! Now go enjoy a glass of tea!!!!!!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Susan! If you buy an outdoor rug it should be fine if it gets wet. Outdoor rugs are made from pure polyester and don’t absorb anything. They don’t fade much either unless it’s in direct sun. All I do before I open my porch is drag the rugs to the deck and hose them down. In the fall I just roll them up and leave them right in the porch. Even if they get wet they don’t stain and they dry quickly. Have fun!

  30. Marty Walden says:

    This is just stunning! I’m totally envious. Even though we now have a front deck it’s uncovered and doesn’t have a stitch of furniture on it yet!

  31. Ann, your porch is so pretty! I love the soothing colors and that fern green is perfect! Your iron gate was a wonderful find. It looks perfect there. I hope you are taking the time to enjoy this beautiful space!

  32. Lorraine Nolte says:

    love the gate idea… favorite
    is the color of the table.

  33. Your porch looks beautiful; all ready for summer! I love to decorate our front porch and I hope it says “welcome” to our visitors.

  34. Your porch is beautiful and bright…very relaxing. I love the combination of the blues and greens. What a great escape, Ann!!


  35. Peggy Zortman says:

    Loving it! The blues and greens are my favorite colors. This looks so peaceful and cool. You will enjoy it on those sultry summer evenings!

  36. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    I love your porch! It looks like the perfect place to sip a glass of lemonade and read a great summer novel!

  37. gloria wyssbrod says:

    Ann, I love your blog you are so me. I wish I had a small porch it would look just like yours, love it. Always, look forward to your new posts. I remember my parents having a gate like yours great find.

  38. Nancy Bailey says:

    I’ve commented before that I love your decorating style and the Summer on the Porch is no exception. The gate is FABULOUS! I have a piece of that old fencing minus the gate framework and I’m going to see if DH can help me with hanging it on our porch. Thanks for the idea. Nancy B. from northern CA

  39. HeatherAnne says:

    Beautiful and inspiring! May I ask about how the Duck cloth holds up to moisture and outdoors? Is that what is on the couch cushions as well as the valances? I am on a super tight budget and need to recover my outdoor cushions and the duck looks perfect and is very economical. I wondered about using it instead of outdoor fabric and giving it several coats of scotchguard (I have a case of it that I bought for $1 a can last summer).

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi HeatherAnne!
      The duck cloth is awesome. It’s very thick and stiff. In fact it’s a little hard to handle but once you get the hang of it it’s not bad. I used the valances all last summer and took them down in the fall. They sat in my basement until I put them back up in the porch a few weeks ago. I didn’t even wash them. They weren’t dirty at all and were not stained or marked. The fabric on the sofa cushions is actually an old matelasse cover I found on eBay. They did get dirty and I had to take the fabric off, wash it and then staple it back on again. It took a few hours is all. I think you could definitely use the duck cloth for cushions as well. Good luck!

      1. HeatherAnne says:

        Thank you so much for replying! I will look into it! It is super stiff and a bit hard to work with – I would not try piping or anything requiring sewing through multiple layers, but I think it might work for my cushions! I so very badly need a change!

  40. Oh, the garden gate is perfect for your lovely porch setting. Peonies are on my list to add to our yard. Hope more bloom for you this year.

  41. Ann your porch is so cheerful! I love the gate…especially that you plucked it right off its I’m also madly in love with that rug! Let’s face, it I love lots of things in the space…..just some lemonade and House Beautiful mag and I’d be there all afternoon. :)

  42. debbiedoos says:

    Ann OMGosh your porch looks gorgeous. I love the vintage garden gate.

  43. Kelly Fleming says:

    Love the Summer Porch .It is beautiful .Thank you sharing.

  44. Beautiful Ann! I can see why you love to spend time there!~~Angela

  45. Betty Vasel says:

    I love your porch…so inviting! Colors are perfect! Good job, Ann !!

  46. Liz@HoosierHomemade says:

    Simply gorgeous Ann! I love it!

  47. Your porch is glorious! Perfection :)

  48. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Your porch looks great, Ann! I could imagine enjoying my coffee in the morning sitting out there. The table color looks great. I like how it looks with the rug and the other pieces of wicker being white. Great find on the garden gate! Love how it looks where you’ve hung it.

  49. Your porch is breath taking with colors I am using as well. One question, why is the couch facing inwards?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      That’s a good question Deborah…I don’t have a very good answer except that the vintage dresser looks better on the wall. I have tried it flipped…with the sofa on the wall and the dresser on the screened side. The back of the dresser looks terrible from the deck. I’ve tried the sofa on the end, where the chairs are, and the chairs on either side of the dresser. That doesn’t look right either because the room is so narrow. Any ideas what I could do?

      1. The couch and chest are in the correct spots. It is just a shame you cannot be enjoying the view off that lovely porch. That gate is hefty, but could you back it with a mirror to reflect the view? No, that room is the boom, don’t touch perfection. Sunshine to you.

  50. Such a nice room Ann. Looks like it can swing from quiet and contemplative (yes, a big word for so early on a Sunday) to a buzzing gathering room for people who like to be together. Also, the neutral window valances are the perfect treatment, simple and lift the ceiling. Great job. Enjoy.

  51. Debbie refresh resytle says:

    Love it all! Beautiful and refreshing!

  52. Heather C says:

    Ann, what a wonderful place to relax and to visit with friends or to read a book. All the colors are just dreamy – thanks for the visit

  53. So pretty, I noticed right away that the side table had a new color. Love the color by the way :) That’s a big project to do with a spay can, so many nooks and crannies I can see why you had yourself painted. Pinning for sure :)

  54. Charlotte says:

    Love your porch Ann! What a pretty place to sit and relax. I can’t wait to hear the story of that wonderful gate!
    Charlotte T

  55. Heather B. says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Ann! Your sun porch is breath-taking!
    I love your color choices in fabrics and the ‘pop’ of fern green on the table.
    Looking forward to your upcoming posts :)
    Heather B. in Canada