We love our porches here in the mountains, and we certainly put ours to good use during the summer. I showed you all the front porch last week, so I thought we would go around and see the back porch today.
I head out to the back porch every morning with my first cup of coffee as soon as it's light enough to enjoy. I love -- despite the setback of Daylight Saving Time, which keeps my mornings unnecessarily dark for a lot longer, that it is now light when I get the kids ready for school at 6.
This property was originally a pheasant farm when my great grandfather first bought it as his summer residence, and a lot of the old things I have recycled and repurposed, are from the original buildings, several of which are still standing. Some of you remember my screen door repurpose a couple years ago. I still love it:-) The rocker belonged to my great aunt and the bench went with my grandmother's outdoor furniture.
I kept the pink ticking and added some toile to the black floral outdoor fabric, just as I did in the front.
The peonies are from my mother's garden next door and are the perfect country touch for a back porch table set for two.
The table is set with a 1950s tablecloth, 1956 Brookpark "Pink Hyacinth" melmac dinnerware, Indiana Glass "Whitehall" glassware, and my mother's Oneida "White Lily" flatware from 1961.
North Carolina license plates from the 1940s and 50s, collected by my grandfather, are right at home on a plate rack hanging on an old tongue and groove door from one of the original houses on the property.
I added a newer iron and wood shelf to hold milk glass, ironstone, and Mason jar candles.
On the other side of the iron love seat, I used a wooden table topped with an aluminum tray my dad made and more milk glass. I got out the iron candelabra that I bought in Turkey to add some candlelight at night.
My grandmother's little pink rocker is so sweet here, and when I imagine her sitting out here with me enjoying the birds singing and the sound of the creek, it brings a smile to my face:-)
The pot rack holds candles and a unique McCoy planter.
This little bar is wonderful to use for food, or for kids to sit and eat:-) It was originally in a little apartment here my grandparents had added to the main house for my great grandmother. I gave it a makeover a couple years ago with the black paint/walnut stain.
I bought two of those galvanized trays from Walmart that I showed you last week on the front porch, and the other one ended up here. Vintage "Raffiaware" is a favorite of mine and the burlap inserts give it texture, which I love.
This is definitely my spot and worth all the work to get it pretty:-)
I really do love it out here when it's nice and clean, and seriously enjoy spending time out here with my family. I obviously did not go out and buy a matching set of patio furniture, but collected, repurposed and recycled what I could find-- mostly from the property here, and tried to put something together unique and personal. That makes it so much more meaningful for me, even though it's not trendy and new. And that really is the essence of farmhouse style, I think -- not a particular color or certain accessories, but using what you have and making it pretty. Just like my grandmother did:-)
I'll be joining: