From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch you guys! How has your week been? We hope this week has been productive and filled with adventure as we celebrate the last week of March.

The weather in Florida has been perfect for wrapping up all the last-minute details on the lanai makeover at my parent’s primary home, Bliss Barracks.  Our goal was to finish the lanai by the end of March and I’m excited to say we made it! I’m headed there this morning to take the photos for the final reveal post which I’ll share once we’ve finished sharing all our spring content.

While it hasn’t always been easy to coordinate our schedules, we’ve made it work and I think my Mom is happy with how everything is coming together.  In the end, that’s what it’s all about anyway, right?

Here’s another peek at the outdoor dining table my dad built!

Scenes from our week…

I know several of you have dark furniture and have a more traditional style than my farmhouse style.  Bliss Barracks is very traditional with lots of plaids and rich woods too.  I snapped this photo of my Mom’s dining room table all set up for Easter while I was there last week.  One of my talented cousin’s made this floral arrangement.

I love these cabbage plates!

Remember when we picked up these vintage napkins at Renninger’s in January?

Here’s a sneak peek at the urns we’re using on the lanai makeover. Those white roses get me every time!

A few of our favorite posts from around the web this week…

*This rustic lakeside home has so many beautiful layers and textures to it.

*Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s Idaho vacation home is everything you would imagine it would be.  Oh, my word, the views are stunning!

*The 15 Least-Visited National Parks Have All the Beauty, and None of the Crowds 

*17 Conservatories and Garden Rooms to Inspire You to Bring the Outdoors In. There are so many pretty spaces to pin!

*This free vegetable garden layout, plans and planting guides were really helpful.

*A master list of low light indoor plants.

*Free printable labels for DIY & natural household cleaning products

*Love, love, love this Spring Woodlands Inspired Tablescape from Nora Murphy Country House!

*If you love blue and white or garden parties, you’ll swoon over this gorgeous wedding post, This Sapphire Ring Kicked Off One Beautiful Blue Party

Quote of the week & Free Printable…

On the Menu this Week…

**(Just as a sweet reminder the person that makes the menu doesn’t eat beef or pork so keep that in mind when you see this feature each week, wink wink)**

*Week of March 25 – March 31

MondayCreamy Lemon Dill Salmon with steamed veggies

Tuesday– Poblano and Portobello Fajitas 

Wednesday– Pink Lady Spring Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

ThursdayChicken Schnitzel with Crunchy Salad

FridaySpring Vegetable White Skillet Pizza

Saturday– Three Bean Vegan Tortilla Soup

Sunday– Pesto Gnocchi with Sautéed Veggies

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Lemon Bar Cheesecake 


Here are a few cottage and hare inspired finds we spotted on Amazon this week…

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Spode Rabbit Salad Plates

Table Runner in Chambray White

Wooden Pail

Twig and Moss Bird Nest

Young Hare Print

Twig Wreath

Pillow Cover

Decorative Baby Carrots

Moss Bunny

If you’ve missed anything on the blog lately, here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to…

Bliss Barracks Lanai Makeover: Outdoor Buffet & Hutch 

DIY Bird’s Nest in Clay Pot 

Spring Front Porch Inspiration and Blog Hop 

4 Strategies for Managing Your To Do List (from the archives)

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge 

If you’re part of our 52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge we’re completing Week 13 Master Bathroom Cabinets and Countertops and looking forward to Week 14, Linen Closets.

I hope you all have a peace filled and happy weekend.  We’ll be thankfully keeping it pretty low key as we finish up a few tax and end of the month related items.  I’m hoping we can visit a new plant nursery to pick up some flowers for Tally’s memory garden and grab dinner at the beach.  Our April is going to be kind of bananas with travel and birthday plans so I’m definitely embracing the quiet time and white space while I can!

Whatever you have planned I hope it’s something you’re excited about too.  I can’t wait to see you back here next week. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Another great week Coco. All your garden posts have me ready to get outside with the girls and plant some new things. Have a great weekend

    1. You’re always so sweet, Sarah! It’s always so much fun to plant and grow things in the garden each season no matter if you’re planting veggies or container gardens. I hope you and the girls had a great weekend. Hugs, CoCo

  2. Hey CoCo – your inspiration pieces make us wish that we had property large enough to plant a garden. Sadly, it gets so hot here in the Summertime – container gardens dry out way too quickly…like within hours. Until then, we are on the hunt for the perfect roadside stand for our vegetables! Much love!
    Vicki and Jenn

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