Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Lakeside Porch

I switched out the table and replaced it with this old one to lighten up the place. 
A recent love is old baskets that have some wear and tear.  They seem to tell a story of someone working hard carrying fruits and vegetables to a market.  This French basket was found at an estate sale.
My old honey pot is perfect for these fading hydrangeas.
I lined the interior of the chandelier with sheet moss and inserted a plastic bag to catch water for the fern.
I hung the chandelier from a piece of copper wire.  Purchased at any building supplies store, it can be used to hang outdoor plants, too.  It weathers nicely and you can bend and twist it any way you like.
My friend gave me stacks of designer fabric swatches.  I haven't figured out what to do with them, but did use one of the swatches as a cover for this chair.  It already has grommets on each side, so I tied it to the chair with some ribbon! 
This is a very dark space with the cedar beams and bead board on the ceiling.  We chose the rust colored fabric, so the cushions could stay outside all the time and not show so much dirt. 
We use this space a lot, so I added as many seats as possible in this long narrow space.
The grain sack rug is easy to roll up and tuck behind the couch on rainy days.
I purchased the English sewing bamboo table for a bargain.  It was full of old sewing supplies and wooden spools.  I found another one just like it in Charleston for triple the price!
Extra seating for the children...
I purchased the floral linen pillows years ago.  I almost got rid of them a few years back, but decided to hold on to them.  They work well out here! 
An old French milk bottle holds some greenery from the yard.
Many of you asked about this snowshoe chair that I had in the tree house.  I moved it to the porch for additional seating (and so it wouldn't get destroyed!)  It belonged to Rob's grandfather, who was the Chief of the Game Division of the Conservation Department in Michigan.  Because it folds so nicely, he probably used it on his camping excursions!  It was made like the old snowshoes with rawhide tightly woven by hand.  Snow Source in Vermont carries similar ones if you are interested!

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31 comments :

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

That is a gorgeous porch! I would love to have my own lakeside porch. Lucky you! Love the wood and all the seating.

Fishtail Cottage said...

I adore your patio - its very inviting! oxox

Suburbsmama said...

So pretty. :) I LOVE the view.

Comeca Jones said...

I love it!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christie, your porch is so inviting. Love the view. I bet you really enjoy it out there. I would love it if you could change the link button to mine. It is on my sidebar. Thanks for joining the party.

KATHY said...

Your porch looks amazing!! I wish i had that gorgeous grain sack rug!! I love it. Everything looks fabulous.It has so much charm.

Kathy

Pattie said...

Christie I so love your porch would be nice to sit and just relax ... Very inviting

Pattie

Lori said...

I would love to sit on your porch for a long, long time!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Christie, Wow, your porch is so pretty and what a fabulous view you have. Love the milk bottle!
xo,
Sherry

{ The Painted Home } said...

GORG! love THE HONEY POT!
D E N I S E

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

What a really great place to sit and read or have a meal! Beautiful!

Pamela Gordon said...

I absolutely love your deck/porch and all the sweet decorative elements you've added. The old table is perfect with it's patina. Thanks for telling us about the snowshoe chair. I think it's really neat. Happy Summer! Enjoy your days on the porch! Pamela

Holly said...

Everything looks so pretty. Would love to sit and enjoy a glass of tea!

once in a blue moon said...

what a wonderful spot and love your table and flowers~

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh my friend, I just exhaled a little bit when I opened this post...as in an "ahhhhh" moment! Everything about your lakeside porch says come and relax a bit and enjoy the view. I think using the fabric samples on your chairs was a stroke of genius and I love your "chandy" up above. I would love nothing more than to come and hang out there with you and have a nice long chat!
Blessings to you,
Vanessa

Atelier de Charo said...

Love your cozy porch!

It's me said...

I really like to join and sit next to you darling...what a vieuw !! what a place !!....love Ria...xxx..

VICTORIA said...

WOW! Outstanding Views and Shots! Refreshing Outdoors! I adore the way you photographs!Totally Gorgeous!thanks for sharing.Great Site.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great porch, Christie! I could see playing some cards at the table and taking a nap on your couch!

Jules said...

I would love to sit out on your porch! Looks very inviting and warm.

Maggie said...

oh my can you come to my house and do my porch :)

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Tardevil said...

Always love looking at your porch! Regarding the fabric samples, did you see the fabric pumpkins that were all the rage last fall? Might be cute to make & go in your booth. Just a thought. Have a good week!

Chester County Cottage Girl said...

I adore your porch and especially the french bistro chairs....Where did you purchase them?

Stoney Creek Mercantile said...

ooh I like your site, I'm a new follower & will be checking in often :)

Kelly @ View along the way said...

What a beautiful space! I would never leave if I were you. :) Found you from Shabby Nest!

Lauren said...

Beautiful!!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love the rug so very neat and the table too!

Rondell

Mindie Hilton said...

Love all of it!

I am just reminding everyone about tonights link party that runs Friday evening through Mondays!
I also have an ongoing give away link party now too.
Hope to see you soon.
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come strut your stuff

Jami said...

What a fun place! I would try to start each and every morning and evening on this porch. It's wonderful! and your attention to detail is beautiful :D

thehungryhomebody said...

the fern in the basket made my heart beat a little bit faster... so gorgeous!

Creative Raisins said...

I love the feel of this, so warm and inviting. I am sure there has been many good talks with friends and loved ones on that porch.

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