When it comes to our cottage inspired summer porch tour, there is one thing I can almost always expect. The minute I’ve placed the last pillow on the wicker couches, it’s going to start raining.
True to form, that’s exactly what happened this time too.
Thankfully, it didn’t dampen our spirits or our plans to kick off our summer porch tour with crumpets and a heavy dose of cottage inspiration.
Believe it or not, I found Duffy’s Crumpets in the frozen food section of our local grocery store. They’re not always easy to find.
So, the minute I saw the Union Jack, I scooped them up knowing we could take a little time to have breakfast on the porch over the weekend.
Summer Porch Tour Inspiration
Several months ago, we found our summer porch tour muse. I was shopping in Joann’s for something completely unrelated when my bestie S spotted this Violets Emma’s Garden fabric by Waverly which is sold under the Home Essentials line.
At the time, I had no idea I would wind up using it in the Master Bedroom Refresh Reveal.
But as with the crumpets, I could immediately envision how easy it would be to enjoy lazy mornings on a porch that had been bathed in simple cottage style.
Truthfully, Florida summers are so hot and humid we usually only use this space in the early mornings or just before bedtime anyway.
I layer the couches with inexpensive twin ruffled bed skirts in white so they can be washed and bleached as needed.
Despite the front porch being covered, the pillows forms are from big box stores and can easily be laundered as well.
On the days, I know we’ll get a heavy rain, we bring all the pillows inside. But we’ve also used products like Scotch-Guard to keep our favorite fabrics protected as well.
Summer Porch Tour Plants and Flowers
Most the of the time there are plenty of plants to choose from in bright pinks, jeweled greens, pale lavenders, rich blues and even cheery oranges and yellows.
But with safer at home orders in place for the entire spring season, we almost waited a bit too late to pick out plants for the summer porch.
There is a very small window between spring and summer in Florida where it feels like the temperatures spike from the high 70s to the high 90s virtually overnight.
By the time we got to the garden center this year, it was already filled with people pulling big metal carts piled high with plants, mulch and flowers.
Thankfully, we were able to snag a few old favorites like Salvia,
I’ve been babying the Star Hydrangea for a while. They still seem to be doing well too.
Filling out the rest of the flowers for the summer porch tour was pretty easy. I just went to my stash of faux florals and grabbed a few vintage pieces.
Making Porch Entertaining Special
This serving tray from a breadboard is one of our favorite DIYs to date. It was so simple to put together and we use it all the time!
The ironstone teapot is from my Mom, the creamer and sugar bowl are thrifted finds and the royal teacups were gifts.
Using a tray to place food and drinks like this is a really easy way to dress up a morning or an afternoon ritual.
It doesn’t have to be fancy at all but it’s always fun to be intentional.
I think that’s what I’ve learned the most during this time. Being intentional doesn’t take a ton of extra energy. But it does have to be purpose filled.
What we love about the front porch during the summer, is that we have to specifically carve out a portion of the day to enjoy it.
This means, putting our phones aside, meetings on hold, starting the day a little later, or planning ahead so we can relax with a simple breakfast of crumpets on the weekends.
While none of those things take up a lot of time, they do take effort. Over the past few months, I’ve thought a lot about going “back to normal.” And truthfully, I hope we never do.
My hope is that our new normal still takes the time to check on our neighbors, to give our best gifts, to appreciate having a variety of different foods at the market, to plant victory gardens even in containers, to be given the chance to appreciate what a true gift it is to slow down and enjoy each other’s company whether it be on lazy summer mornings or relaxing summer nights.
We all have a part to play both big and small.
The question is, how will you choose to show up this summer?
Let us know how you styled your summer front porch this year!Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.