From the Front Porch

Happy Friday, from the front porch!  We hope you’ve had a fantastic week and you’re ready to celebrate Memorial Day and a long holiday weekend.

We definitely have so many heroes to remember and be thankful for this year!

It’s been fun to find special ways to show gratitude to the people that have been working non-stop to help make things better for all of us during the pandemic. 

We’ve had a lot of packages delivered to our house lately, so this week was all about showing some love to the drivers.

In other news, the rug I orginally ordred for the bedroom refresh did not work out for the bedroom. But S loved it for her office so I’m counting it as a win ?

It means the refresh will be delayed just a bit but in the long run, I think it will work out for the best. 

I finally unboxed everything and I’m starting to get excited to see how it all comes together.  Here’s a color palette sneak peek…

A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…

A Fresh Take On Vintage Farmhouse 

This home tour  is full of calming color and texture.

9 Interior Design Trends We Can Learn From The French 

There are so many pretty rooms in this beautiful home tour but the porch area is the space that stole my heart.

Speaking of fabulous views, wait until you see this resort-ready retreat .

If you’ve had to postpone your wedding or just need some tablescape and floral inspiration, don’t miss this portfolio by Easton Events.

If you’re looking for an heirloom inspired graduation or wedding gift, these are all beautiful.

This DIY Lemon Wreath is super cute.

Small Garden Design Ideas 

The Best Way to Store Fresh Herbs 

12 at home health goals that are totally manageable.

When the World Is In Chaos Control What You Can 

So excited to finally see this from Google Chrome!

How much fun is this collaboration? 

And just in time for Summer, Starbucks is at it again!

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

Book We’re Reading in May…

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I was so worried I wouldn’t be able to finish our book of the moth because we got it late but I’ve been reading, The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming  by Sally and Sarah Clarkson like a novel.   

While there are parts of this book that feel incredibly old fashioned, there are still a lot of fabulous ideas to help create a culture of love and acceptance for the people in your life. 

I know a lot of you are probably gearing up to purchase your summer book stack, so I thought I would share the other books we’ll be reading in the coming months.

In June, we’ll be reading Jennie Allen’s Get Out Of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts 

July, we’ll tackle The Art of Showing Up: How to be There for Yourself and Your People  by Rachel Wilkerson Miller 

 And in August, we’ll read Love Does by Bob Goff 

If you’ve missed any of our other books, you can find them here:

AprilRhythms of Renewal: Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose  by Rebekah Lyons

MarchThe Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P Freeman

FebruaryThe Compound Effect by Darren Hardy 

January You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You by Jess Connolly 

Pep Talks We Loved This Week…

I’ve been catching up on Christy Wright’s Business Boutique podcast this week and loved this one with Chrystal Evans Hurst  so much I called my aunt to tell her all about it.

On the Menu this Week…

Week of May 24 – May 31

05/23 – Saturday Garlicky Pesto Flatbread Pizza with Tomatoes and Arugula 

05/24 – Sunday 5 Ingredient Creamy Kale Pasta 

05/25 – Monday65 Memorial Day Recipes for Your Holiday Weekend Menu 

05/26 – Tuesday – Burrito Zucchini Boats  (we’ll be subbing ground turkey or veggie crumbles)

05/27 – WednesdayChopped Greek Salad 

05/28 – ThursdayIna Garten’s Cheddar Corn Chowder with field green salad and garlic knots

05/29 – Friday Fancy BLT Grilled Cheese Sandwiches  with garden salad

05/30 – Saturday – Easy One Pan Roasted Shrimp and Veggies 

05/31 – SundayCheesy Ravioli with Italian Sausage Skillet   with Italian side salad

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

46 Memorial Day Desserts for a Sweet Addition to Your Holiday Weekend

Summer Reads We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…

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Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews 

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner 

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett  

American Royals by Katharine McGee 

Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey  

The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin 

All Adults Here by Emma Straub  

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand 

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Ann Keane  

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner  

One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk  

Writers & Lovers by Lily King

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella  

You’ve Missed Anything from the Archives or the Blog, Here’s a Peek at What We’ve Been Up To…

 Creating Faux Bronze Hardware in 3 Easy Steps 

DIY European Farmhouse Mirror Makeover 

Tips and Tricks for Patriotic Tablescapes 

Simple Summer Movie Night Ideas 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

Here’s a look at what we’ll be working on in the month of May as part of the 52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

  • 05/02 – Living Room
  • 05/09 – Household Books & Magazines
  • 05/16 – Office or Guest Room
  • 05/23 – Office or Guest Room Closet & Drawers
  • 05/30 – Summer Bucket List

That’s all for now!

I know this weekend is not an easy one, especially if you’re a friend or loved one of a gold star family.  I also know it hasn’t been easy for those of you who have lost loved ones while working on the front lines of this pandemic.  

These past few months have truly been an unbelievable time for the world.

Please know we’re praying for you and lifting you and your families up.  May the memories of your loved ones be richly blessed and may you feel loved, appreciated and comforted when you need it most. 

As always, we’re grateful for the time you spend with us and we hope your weekend is peace filled and relaxing.  We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,



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  1. So many lovelies in this week’s post, CoCo! That retreat! Oh my goodness! GORGEOUS! I’m definitely going to check out your summer reads. I’m just finishing up now on my latest and will need a few more to get me through the summer! That Garlicky Pesto Flatbread caught my eye too! I will have to try that this weekend! Thanks so much for sharing all these goodies every week!

    1. So glad you like the links this week, Christine! This post is always a fun one to put together. I’m excited about the flatbread and summer reading too. We all definitely need a break from everything that’s been going on 🙂 Hope your weekend is rest filled and relaxing. Hugs, CoCo

    1. You are so welcome Kristy! Thank you for giving us books we look forward to reading each year. It’s the best way to spend the day! Hugs and happy summer, CoCo

  2. Dearest CoCo – what a fabulous collection for the week. AND yes, we too love the Pottery Barn collaboration. Between this and Ben and Erin’s Airstream makeover on HomeTown, we are all but ready to run out and get a trailer of our own LOL. Much love!

    1. ha ha I know! I was just telling S that COVID Campers are actually a thing now. You know she totally rolled her eyes though 🙂 Big hugs, CoCo

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