Sunday, July 25, 2010

Crazy About a Porch

Pear and apple branches were picked from my dad's garden.
With ivy hanging from the copper chandelier, I chose a simple pewter bowl to hold some beautiful seashells.
I am crazy about the rust and green color of these fruits!  They look so nice in a small copper bowl.
I love the pouty look of this little guy.
My grandmother's broach dresses up this flea market mirror.  I made the letter 'T' by hot gluing moss on to a wooden letter purchased at Hobby Lobby.
The monogrammed burlap ETSY pillow was a gift from friends and lends a casual feel to the porch.
The rattan table was an antique mall find.  I love the color and texture of rattan and bamboo.
The vintage honey pot holds a small ivy plant.  We have honey bees, so this was a great find at the flea market!
The old wooden box is a beer crate (see below.)  I used it to hold different kinds of drinks.
The copper chandelier is hung with some twisted copper purchased from Home Depot.
And the rain came... oh, the quiet sound of the rain.  This is the reason I love a screened porch.
I rearranged things for our dinner.  Here are a few 'before' pictures.
The cafe' table was purchased at Pier 1 years ago.  The cushions were an 'end of the season' sale at Anthropologie.
These are some 'before' pictures...before we closed in the porch.
We just added this porch about two years ago, because we had a leak in the room below, and an engineer suggested a covered porch might fix the problem!  It has fixed the problem and now we can enjoy sitting outside on the porch, once again!  We rarely used this space before the transformation! Some of the changes we made included adding a roof, new tile, and beaded board, fans, and lights to the ceiling.  Cedar beams are the supports for the porch.  We reused the iron railing as a barrier and added the screens.  We used a contractor for the major renovation of adding the roof, and my husband did most of the wiring and staining of the ceiling and beams and tearing out the old tile floor.  My challenge was to make it feel like another 'room' in our house!  We love being outdoors, so this is our favorite space!
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For the porch, I wanted good quality outdoor furniture, so it would last a long time.  The chair and couch are by Summer Classics.  The green chair was on clearance at Pier 1.  The child's wicker chair was purchased at IKEA.  The bamboo tray was on clearance at Ross.  The mirror was a flea market find.  Pillows were purchased at various places if they matched my color scheme.  My living room is beige with shots of green and earth tone colors.  I wanted the porch to be an extension of that room, so I picked the rust fabrics to accent. 
The wooden beer crate is from Fussel's Brewery which lies at the center of the village of Rode, between Frome and Bradford-on-Avon in the enchanting corner of England.

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97 comments :

Staci J said...

What a beautiful, stylish summer porch you have here!! I Love this style...
Visiting from justsewsassy.com

Sailing Simply said...

Stunning! This is just the kind of porch I dream about! You have such elegant taste! I love your creative use of older pieces to add such welcoming style! Couldn't help but notice, your view is enviable too! It's absolutely beautiful!

Lesslie said...

Christie....you definitely have a talent for decorating! Beautifully done!

Kim said...

I love everything about it Christie! Sheer perfection.
xoxo,
Kim

Janet said...

I'm crazy about your porch too!!! I love porches and my biggest regret is not buying a home with one or the ability to add one. Yours is so pretty. I loe how you decorated it.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Your porch is beautiful! I love the stone walls, slate floor, furniture and all your amazing accessories. You say you know very little about decorating and I have to disagree wholeheartedly... your home is gorgeous.
Hugs, Sherry

Denise Marie said...

Beautiful transformation!! Love every little and big detail about it!! If I could ever get a transformation done I'd join ya'll. lol

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

I love it! Especially that candleabra with moss in the middle! So romantic!

Jennifer said...

I love everything about your porch!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Very very fabulous!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'm crazy about your porch too-love it! That green chair is just great, a really neat color that works so well with everything-enjoy!

mimi said...

Wow! your porch is gorgeous! I love the soothing colors you chose.elegant and comfy all at once. you hit a home run. thanks for sharing.p.s...... you might know a thing or two about decorating!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness, your porch is stunning. I love it. YOur table setting and all of your vignettes are exquisite. I love your furniture and the way you have decorated this fabulous spot. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I love how you've styled your porch. Found your blog today and love it. I just became your newest follower. I used to live in Atlanta and would go up to Charleston for small vacations all the time. I'm now in Oklahoma and how I miss South Carolina...so I'll be very interested in seeing all you come up with on your blog. Please check mine out also.

www.modvintagelife.com

Debbie said...

I am in porch envy right now....all I can say is WOW, that was stunning. Of course I noticed the moss initial right away...you had so many little details that make the space warm and inviting....loved it all!

PAT said...

I love a porch! Yours is gorgeous!

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness! Your porch is wonderful! Love all of your furnishings and your vignettes!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi! Just popped over from Met Monday to check out your beautiful porch. What a wonderfully cozy, inviting place you've created! I adore the photo of the wicker chair next to the honey tin. :) Your style of decor is beautifully intriguing and interesting! Love it!!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a beautiful porch with a stunning view. Looks like a spread in Southern Living.

kate said...

such a beauiful porch, love your style!!! the slate, the tabletops, the linen!!!
best to you
kate

AshTreeCottage said...

What a delightful porch!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Ellie said...

Your porch is beautiful. And that view!!! Amazing.

Mary said...

Hi Christie~ Nice to meet an area lake neighbor! I see you moved from Charleston~ I would have to have been drug kicking and screaming too...it's one of our favorite places, we try to go once or twice a year for a weekend!

Love all your porch details! I'm crazy about your pot/candelabra with the moss. Your view looks incredible...I so love listening to the rain on the porch too. We're at this beach this week with family, I hope that rain shower made its way to our neck of the lake :-)

Christie said...

The candelabra was displayed with ivy, when I purchased it on clearance ($7.) I rolled up some plastic bags and made a mound to stick the moss on top. Just didn' think a plant all over the place would be good with lit candles! Thanks!

Jacqueline said...

This is just gorgeous. Fun to see the before and afters too. I just love the stone on your house. Did you make the runner? I thought all of your textures were so interesting and really created a warm and inviting atmospher. I like to keep tables set, just like in homeshows so that it feels welcoming. That's what I feel when I am on your porch.

The Inspired Nest said...

Your tablescape is lovely, but I am drooling over your porch. You have decorated it so well and have some amazing pieces!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a lovely spot to enjoy a breeze and have a romantic dinner for two. I would love to have such a beautiful porch -- maybe someday.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I really like those dishes with the raised grapevine design around the edge! And your rattan side table would be welcome in my home anytime. Your porch looks like a wonderful place to spend a few hours, especially listening to the rain on the lake! Linda

once in a blue moon... said...

gorgeous porch, so many great pieces, and that view!

Entertaining Women said...

I think that I could live on your porch...don't be too surprised if you come out one day and I'm curled up napping...absolutely lovely. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Mimi said...

I would never leave that porch, it is so cozy and inviting!

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

What a gorgeous porch, so many great accents!

Donna

Michelle said...

This makes me want to grab a coffee, croissant, and the newspaper and curl up. Great job!

Marlis said...

OOh i love your porch. I wish we could do that here in west texas, but alas the dust storms would infiltrate all the fabric! Your table is heavenly. I too love it now that we have an empty nest.. you know it's not all bad!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Beautiful! So cozy and inviting. That basket you have under the side table is fabulous!

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

So sweet and beautiful! I love your photos!!!! I am your newest follower. Have a great night.
Bonnie :)

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Very relaxing place. Thanks for sharing it with us thru your camera lens.

Atelier de Charo said...

What a beautiful porch and a great tablescape!

Hugs
Charo

Amy Kinser said...

Love your porch. Such a lovely and inviting place to be.

Partying with you tonight.

Rosie said...

What a BLISSFUL place of respite...
Your color pallet is perfect.
....smile on Rosie...

Susan @ Entertain Exchange said...

So inviting - great space to entertain friends!

Susan
http://entertainexchange.blogspot.com/

Paige Thomas King said...

i could live on that porch! beautiful tablescape, as well.

Orange it Lovely said...

wonderful. Such great ideas that I totally planning on stealing :)
~Tana

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Beautiful porch! Ahhhh, what a wonderful retreat! thanks for sharing.

Debbie

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

That is one heck of a fantastic porch!!

Just love it as it is the porch of my dreams!!
I also love everything that you have on it and how it is decorated!!

Debbie

Elizabeth said...

Wow! You did an amazing job with your porch!
Absolutely Gorgeous!
Elizabeth

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Oh, I want your view! You've made a beautiful spot there on your porch! And I'd have to argue with you on your statement about not knowing much about decorating! Great job!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

We are building a new tiny house and we will have a porch on the back of the new little house we will be using alot, so.. I love these ideas! Thank you!
Kristin

Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup said...

What a great space. It looks so inviting!

Hollie said...

Can I just come sit on your porch, drink a diet coke, and look at my Southern Living? LOVE it! I love the earth tones and pewter!

gina said...

One word.......Gorgeous!!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

This is beautiful!!! I will be back later when I have the time to drink in every detail!
New follower
Londen

GardenofDaisies said...

Your porch looks fantastic!! I love the tin bucket vase and the burlap table runner. :-)

Victoria said...

What a to die for porch that is! How wonderful it must be to sit outside and watch the rain fall:) Just lovely!!!

Sarah said...

What a fabulous porch you have. I could just spy a hint of the view. It looks amazing! I'll be back for more visits. Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christie, no wonder you are crazy about your porch. It is wonderful. That tin vase with candle holders is so unique, and the vignettes all around the porch are just so pretty. You may not have formal training as a decorator, but I think you ARE a decorator. Thank you for linking. laurie

Mrs.B said...

Your porch is beautiful. I wanted to screen in our back porch. Now I know we will!

Carmen said...

Your porch is fabulous!!! I love everything you've done. That urn candle holder is so unique. I love it. A beautiful space...if I had this, I'd be out there all the time. :)

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Hi Christie, Your porch is simply amazing. I love the warm colors you have used - so cozy and inviting! Your tablescape is gorgeous! Fantastic job. I have featured this today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

m e g a n said...

I love your porch! I actually saw it the other day via another website, can't remember which one now. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. Let me know how your lamp shade turns out, and send me pictures if you don't post about it, especially if you do a bathroom light, I bet it will look great! I only wish we had an outside porch/deck that I could transform as you have yours! Your entire house is gorgeous and so peaceful, congrats on the feature!

~Megan

The Pennington Point said...

Wow, wow, wow! If I can't come have dinner with you on your porch (with pears for dessert, of course) then I am going to stomp my feet and hold my breath. It is gorgeous and I am so glad I followed it over here from Under the Table and Dreaming. Great job. Lisa~

Linda said...

I am really enjoying your lovely porch. I have a sm. home and it does not have porch. It has a walkway to the fr.door. So I put a chair and sm table there for the summer. My dream would to have a lovely porch. But content I am for what I am able to have and enjoy. thanks for the pictures. I had a moment where I could just sit and dream I was there!

Denise said...

What an amazing transformation! It's so pretty. I am especially in love with your linen and cotton table runner. What a great touch!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Christie...

Oooh...I'm so glad that you decided to share some more of that gorgeous porch of yours with us for Sunday Favorites this week!!!

Girlfriend, I just adore your porch! I could just imagine all the hours that I could wile away there! I love the colors that you have chosen...the rust is sooo pretty! Loved your beautiful table for two! How nice that you and your honey could dine alone out there! It does look so serene!!! Love, love, LOVE your big glass vase filled with pear and apple branches! Mmm...I love pears! Hehe! This was such a treat...thank you again for joining in with the fun of Sunday Favorites!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

PS...I have been looking for those awesome wicker glass holders! Haven't found any yet!

podso said...

I totally enjoyed visiting your porch today. There is nothing like one, and you're right, when rain softly falls .... the best!

Lindy said...

I think I would never leave this porch. What a view -- in all directions!

Julie said...

It's gorgeous! I love the mirror & "T". And I have very similar slate tile on my screened porch! Love it!

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

I could stay on that porch forever! Every detail is amazing and the before and after...wow! Beautiful. Oh and that mirror, I think I need one. So, with due credit to you, I will be making me one. LOVE.

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Marie said...

Omigosh...I am crazy about your porch too! First off, that view is stunning!!! Then all your organic elements and style, the earth colors are perfect, and mixed with coastal...UH MA ZING!!!
-marie

Burlap Luxe said...

Major Beauty!!
xx
Dore

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

What a Beautiful Outdoor Living Area ~ Love how you have decorated.... The Shells are Perfect, I Love it all ~ Thanks for Sharing
Cheryl

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

You'd better get the white jackets out...we are koo-koo over your porch! Fantastic...you'd never get us off of it :)
Have a great week!
Karla & Karrie

Vicki said...

Crazy for your porch. This is outdoor living at its finest. I love the mirror with the burlap bow and moss monogram among so many other things. Gorgeous!

Pam said...

Can I come live on your porch please? That is gorgeous. I love the mixture of old and new and that it all works so well together.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Wow! What an incredibly charming and beautiful porch you have! and your view!!! My goodness!! Just gorgeous! :)

erin said...

oh my, my!! love, love, LOVE!! what a fantastic porch! and your decorating and beautiful photography and attention to detail and a VIEW of the WATER!! can i come over, like right now?
erin

Linda said...

This is a really beautiful porch~ I love the colors and all your wonderful pieces!

PartyMom said...

Just beautiful!

Pinky said...

Oh how I love this porch and THANK YOU for showing the before! I adore that you kept the iron railings, I think it MAKES the space, truly! I love rattan and wicker too so your choice of furnishings is beautiful to me. I would LOVE to have a screened in porch like this. GREAT job!!!! XO, Pinky

Sherri said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! Makes me wish I had a porch.

Madigan at madiganmade said...

What a difference compared to before! Love all the pretty touches. It looks so relaxing and cozy.

poindextr said...

fabulous view - spectacular porch. What a dream come true :)

Nancy said...

Just amazing! I love the warmth of the colors and the down home feeling. It makes me want to sit for a bit.
Thanks for sharing!
Nancy

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Sooo many inviting vignettes. Your porch has a charmingly cozy appeal.

Hugs,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

Wipes drool off chin to say "I have Porch Envy!"

Off to plan, scheme and dream to get my own porch under control.

Will def be following you for more! Thanks for sharing!

Martina @ Northern Nesting said...

Christie your porch is GORGEOUS!!And sooooo much pretty eyecandy! I've been a follower of yours and always look forward to your newest projects,would love it if you followed me back! Martina

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

your porch is beautiful! i love the stone floors in there!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Hi, stopping in from the Parade of Homes. I love love your porch. It is such a generous size and so nicely decorated. Definitely an outdoor room. I love the wood tones, wrought iron, wicker and stone mixed with the soft furnishings and accessories. So pretty and cozy. Thanks for sharing.

Cori said...

I'm crazy about THIS porch too!

What a welcoming and cozy space to enjoy the great outdoors. Love the tray table the shells, the fabrics, the t=pillows, and, well, all of it!

What a fantastic job you've done with this very important part of a home.

So glad I stopped by tonight.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Just popping over from Poppies at Play. Love seeing your beautiful place without having to leave mine.
Thanks for the tour.

Fondly,
Glenda

Gg - Notes on the Journey
#3 (Kitchen tour from my vintage Chicago apartment)

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Just popping over from Poppies at Play. Love seeing your beautiful place without having to leave mine.
Thanks for the tour.

Fondly,
Glenda

Gg - Notes on the Journey
#3 (Kitchen tour from my vintage Chicago apartment)

The Baker said...

I'm pretty much speechless. I'm crazy about your porch as well! You've inspired me!! Thanks for linking!

Andy
Poppies at Play

1 Funky Woman said...

Unbelievable! I think I would live out there! Wow, so wow!

Marsha said...

Oh! I love your porch! I know you enjoy it so much. I almost wish my porch was screened in-I live in Alabama and the bugs can be so bad!

Nif said...

That's a beautiful transformation! Wish we were neighbors so I could visit everyday! ;)

A Walk in the Countryside said...

I just love your porch! So many great touches!

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