Sunday, June 13, 2010

Summer Porch...

Hi everyone! I thought I would share one of my porches for Metamorphosis Monday, hosted by Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch."

This is how it looked last year.




So with a little help from a very inexpensive grapevine wreath from Wal-Mart, and some equally inexpensive silk flowers, I came up with a wreath for the front.


 It was a very easy project. All I did was cut the stems I wanted, then wire them on to the wreath. Can't be easier that that, and a serious bargain--maybe $10 at most.


That prompted me to take a second look at these outdoor pillows at Walmart.


I had red cushions last summer, but my parents got a cat and he loves to sleep on these chairs. The cat hair drove me crazy on the red cushions, so I got these out that actually came with the chairs. He will not come near them for some reason:-) I liked the pop of red with the additional pillow, so I went with that. 


Morning...


Early evening...


I searched for these hanging fixtures last year because I wanted to get close to these antique Southern Railroad lanterns I found in my dad's garage. It's 100 years old and would fit about 6 cars if it were not full of treasures. I don't need to go to a flea market because I have one right here:-)




I just love the afternoon light here, plus it's lovely streaming in on the dining table. I appreciate so much those little things we sometimes take for granted...like sunlight.




So it's not a huge metamorphosis, but those little things can really make a difference! Hope you enjoyed the front porch! I have two more to go, but first, I have a very tropical table coming Thursday with some 222 Fifths china my mom let me borrow.  But first, just sit a while here and enjoy the sound of the creek and the cool mountain air:-)

Anita


29 comments:

  1. Evening, Anita! Oh, what a wonderful porch you have! I love your wreath you made - it's beautiful and your pillows look wonderful with it! I know your view is gorgeous from the porch too! You're blessed, Dear One, and I hope you've had a great weekend.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  2. Beautiful! Love your hanging lanterns too, from the porch ceiling. My style too.:)
    Sherry

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  3. I love your changes Anita...your porch has always inspired me...love those pillows....don't you just love the Better Homes and Garden collections? I think they are great!~

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  4. It looks beautiful! Isn't it great that you can change up a couple of things for a whole new refreshing look?

    How lucky about your dad's garage.

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  5. Love your porch, Anita. The wreath you made with the red and white pillows gives it a nice extra touch of color. Have a good week.

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  6. The pillows are gorgeous! I wonder why the cats don't like them! You porch looks like a wonderful place to relax and I love those light fixtures!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  7. Love what you did to the porch. Everything looks just perfect, and I enjoyed the different times of day. Beautiful lanterns. Do those rugs hold up with blowing rain, humidity, etc.? I'd love to add a rug to my porch. Come by my site and check out my porch. Linda

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  8. Linda, they have held up really well and I've had them almost three years. I pressure wash them once a season. They are not outdoor rugs either, and they don't have the rubber backing. They have not faded, and I have not had any issues with mold or mildew, and they do get wet when it rains. It's a pretty sunny area though in the afternoon.

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  9. You have quite the touch with flowers! Looks lovely and the pops of red just make it unique and colorful! I would sit there any day!

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  10. Love your porch Anita! I really like the wreath- I need a summery wreath for my door with red in it- I guess I am going to be headed to Walmart this week!

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  11. I would spend all summer out on that patio! Very beautiful!
    ~Rainey~

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  12. Beautiful flowers on the wreath! I love your porch and all your lighting! I wish I could find some cushions that the cats don't want to sit on! LOL!

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  13. Lovely porch. The lanterns look nice and I love the antique one.
    Dropping by from Met Monday; 18ft Island Kitchen.

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  14. Perfect! Love your summer look, and how neat is that lantern! I also love your hanging lanterns on your porch, Anita. They are so neat!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  15. This is a truly wonderful transformation. So creative and clever!

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  16. You have a beautiful porch. Love your hanging fixtures. Sunlight streaming in the windows is one of my favorite things too(well, only after I've dusted and vacuumed of course!! LOL)

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  17. Beautiful before and after. I love a front porch!

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  18. I love your porch transformation. Sometimes it is the little things.

    Thanks for coming to visit "Summmer Sundays". Hopefully you'll link with us next Sunday. Your upcoming tropical tablescape sounds like it would fit right in. And certainly some of your mom's potato salad, pimento cheese sandwiches, fried chicken, or a tomato sandwich with mayo would be a great addition.

    Looking forward to your tablescaper and seeing you again at "Summer Sundays".

    - The Tablescaper

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  19. love the wreath you made it looks so cute with the pillows.It must be something in the air i made a wreath i had seen one on william sonnoma with lemons and leafs so i got all the stuff and made on i posted it on my face book your porch is just so welcomeing

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  20. Anita....I just love your outdoors spaces! The pillows and the wreath are simple gorgeous! I'll have to look for those pillows at our Walmart :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  21. Love your porch Anita. So pretty and inviting. Don't green ferns just make a porch though? Be blessed. Cindy

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  22. Your front porch looks so lovely and peaceful. Do you leave your rugs out there all the time, and if so, do they stay dry?

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  23. Your porch is beautiful, Anita! I love it in the morning and the evening light.

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  24. Hi Anita! I'm back to tell you - you're a blessing to me too! Wish we could get together and sing a duet! :) Or have duet pianos! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  25. Hi Anita....I will tell my Mom you where asking about here....she is so busy this time of year in her garden...She is out there from morning til night pretty much. She is still on RMS but I am sure they are having their usual technical difficulties....I do not go on there much anymore.

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  26. What a wonderful porch -- and the little touches make all the difference -- thanks for your sweet visit to my wedding post!

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  27. Hi Anita!
    The eye finds its beauty ♥
    An artist friend of mine told me once {or maybe twice} that the eyes are the best judge.
    Your eyes caught the beauty in that sweet trio of the wreath and the two pillows... "meant to be together"
    Very, very pretty!
    ~Your porch is soooo inviting~
    *Maria

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  28. HELLO ANITA....
    LOVE YOUR WREATH AND PILLOWS, JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR MY SWEET PEBBLES....
    I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON HER HEALTH ISSUES!!!
    HAVE A GREAT AND PEODUCTIVE DAY SWEET BLOGGY FRIEND :)

    HUGS TO YOU~XOXO~MARI

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  29. I enjoyed my visit to your blog! You have a beautiful home & have led such an interesting life!
    I love your porch!

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