Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer front porch

The only thing I enjoy more than being on the porch first thing in the morning with my cup of coffee, is a quiet breakfast with my husband overlooking the creek.  Because I had my grandmother's antique iron patio set there, we couldn't really use this porch for anything as the furniture was old and slightly rickety. 

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So I searched locally and online and finally chose a super inexpensive outdoor bistro set at Walmart online. The three-piece-set was on clearance for $89, and when it arrived was really easy to assemble. I was so tired of beige, that I went with a bright green cushion, and I could not be happier. In fact, I'd love to have three more sets to place around the yard for entertaining -- if we actually entertained:-)


We have enjoyed several early breakfasts here, as well as an evening coffee.


Because I didn't want to leave the tempered glass table bare, I ordered 1 1/2 yards of this Waverly Sun N Shade Wailea Coast Ebony from fabric.com and was able to tie in the hot pinks, green and black that I love so much this season.  I love, love, love this fabric.


 I love using outdoor fabric for table cloths, because it doesn't fade, is mildew and water resistant and I can leave it there with no worries. Plus, this tropical print was just what I needed to jazz things up out here. 


I added an outdoor rug made from recycled water bottles, which started to fade after the first week, so they are sending me another one, which I will probably use on one of the covered porches. 


I added a pink kilim pillow and a black and white tribal print pillow I made from fabric I ordered from Spoonflower. These are not made from outdoor fabric, so I don't leave them out.  


I brought out my favorite everyday dinnerware, Franciscan Ivy and the pretty pink  Fostoria Moonstone and set the table, which is just the right size for two. The flatware is Mikasa Italian Countryside.



I painted my grandmother's iron set black and moved it to another spot, so it's still on the porch. The outdoor "bird" pillow was $5 on clearance in my local Walmart. 


We are definitely enjoying this new bistro set, and I just don't think we could have beaten the $89 price tag. 


I'll have more porch and outdoor spaces to share, but in the meantime, I'm going to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this porch:-)



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38 comments:

  1. Anita, I was so excited to see your post! I just love seeing your porches. i love the colors that you used. Everything looks so pretty. I'm sure it is so relaxing and peaceful out there. You did a great job!

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    1. Thanks Shenita! Glad to see you back:-)

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  2. what a beautiful porch! i love all of the fabrics you mixed!

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  3. Oh so pretty. What a fabulous place to sit and relax and have a wonderful meal. Stunning.

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  4. Sweet and gorgeous, Anita. What a wonderful clearance deal that bistro set is. You turned it into something extra special with all of your colorful touches.

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  5. Love this, especially the fabric that you used as a tablecloth-it's gorgeous! Having breakfast or dinner on our back deck is one of my favorite things in the entire world too :)

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

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  6. Has a tropical vibe, perfect with your property with all the green trees. A beautiful respite with your favorite dishes and fabrics. Cute pillow from walmart and a very good deal with the bistro set. Kathleen in Az

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    1. Thank you Kathleen -- I was hoping for the tropical feel:-)

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  7. It looks wonderful, and so does the table setting.

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  8. Anita,
    Gorgeous porch, dear one!
    The bistro set from Wal~Mart truly enhances the space!
    Like you, I adore the cushion color choice!
    Love, LOVE, L O V E the fabric on the table!
    Almost, thou persuades me to the out~of~doors!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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    1. Thank you Pat! Now go outside, lol!!

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  9. You had me at that fabric!!! OMGoodness, I LOVE it and mat order some too. How did you finish the edges? I thought it was a tablecloth in the first picture and love that it is outdoor fabric! Your ferns are absolutely gorgeous also! What a wonderful spot.

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    1. Pinky, I just finished the edges on my serger with black thread:-) Thanks!

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  10. You did a great job! It looks mah-va-lus!! You really have an eye for putting things together. I would live tidbit out there and have my morning coffee! The colors are so pretty with all the green surrounding your house.

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    1. Thank you Arell:-) We really do love being out here!

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  11. Great colour combo! It looks like it would feel as though you were on vacation whenever you stepped out there. Beautiful coordinating tablescape! Great job tracking down such good deals and putting it altogether!

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  12. Yep..... nothing like a "Beautiful" porch.. coffee in hand and those beloved Smokey Mountains in the background!!!! Thank you so much for sharing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Your porch looks so cool and inviting. The sound of water would make it perfect. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn -- the water is so nice:-)

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  14. what a wonderful spot, i love all the greenery. ferns are my favorites!
    b

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    1. Thank you!! I love ferns as well and hate when the season is over:-)

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  15. Stunning colors..and always love seeing your beautiful vintage dishes!....Has to be so wonderful sitting out on the porch breathing in that wonderful mountain air!

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    1. Thanks Shirley! You can't beat the mountain air for sure:-)

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  16. Just beautiful. Love the jungle feel with fuchsia and green and the print and the ferns and Geraniums.

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    1. Thank you Jean! It feels like a jungle sometimes with the rain and our pileated woodpecker:-)

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  17. the whole scene is so enticing! it just feels like the perfect, relaxing space.

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  18. Love the rich colors and greenery. During the spring tour I really loved your yard. Could you give us a summer tour of your property ?
    Myrna

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    1. Thanks Myrna! Yes, I'll be showing some of the outdoor space in the next few weeks:-)

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