Today, we’re excited to share our summer porch as we join some of our favorite bloggers for the Spring into Summer Porch Tour & Blog Hop. As always, a special thank you to the lovely Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home for putting these blog hops together.
If you’re coming over from Botanic Bleu, welcome, we’re glad you’re here. Didn’t you love Judith’s porch? She has such great taste!
To be perfectly honest you guys, I had no idea if I was even going to be able to pull off a summer porch this year. The heat and humidity in Florida are already totally bananas. In fact, there have been times when I wake up at 2 am to take my sweet little Jelly Bean outside, you can already here the Katydids and Cicadas singing like crazy because it’s that hot.
Nevertheless, the front porch is one of the first spaces to greet you when you enter almost any home and it’s one of the last places you see when you leave. And for those reasons alone, it’s worth our time and attention.
We tried to keep everything on the front porch as simple as possible this year. Now that the One Room Challenge is over we’re looking forward to cleaning out our closets and organizing all the things!
Thankfully, I got a bit of a head start on organizing the linen closet and I rediscovered all the thrifted blue and white fabrics we’re using on the summer front porch. Do you guys get excited when you find something you love that’s been put away for a season? Me too!
Using a blue and white color palette is fabulous anytime of the year but especially in the summer when adding pops of red with pillows, throws and flowers around Memorial Day and Independence Day makes holiday decorating super easy!
Due to the summer heat, it’s a bit too late to add any new flowers to our garden beds but that didn’t keep us from adding a few new flowers to the containers on our front porch. The white lantana
and the polka dot plants have been growing really well since Spring.
We recently picked up the Starlight hydrangea
and this blue-ish/purple-ish flower that is fuzzy and looks like a caterpillar. This is the first year we’ve tried either one of these plants, so I’ll keep you guys posted on how it all goes.
We looked all over for a summer wreath to put on the front door, but we just didn’t find anything we absolutely loved. So, I brought out my favorite wall basket and filled it with cream colored roses and boxwood picks from Hobby Lobby.
Even though this flower basket is fairly large, it’s really simple to put together an arrangement like this. You can see more about how we created a similar spring front door flower basket here.
No matter if you’re using your summer front porch once or multiple times a day, choosing a consistent color palette is one of the easiest ways to make seasonal decorating a breeze.
While we try to be as careful as possible to bring the pillows in before a rainstorm and wash the seat covers each week, we know we can’t prevent dirt or sun fading. That’s why we mostly use thrifted or inexpensive linens on the porches because we’re all about simple care and maintenance.
The white covers are actually twin bed skirts we can just throw in the wash and bleach whenever we need to. I made the vintage monogrammed no-sew pillows last Fall and while we mostly use them inside, they’re still holding up well.
Unlike in the spring and fall when we use the front porch frequently, we normally use our summer porch for quiet time in the mornings, for drinks and popsicles after working in the yard or to cozy up and read during a light rain.
We love books any time of the day but especially during lazy summer afternoons. Honestly, we can’t wait to dive into our summer reading list which is a list of 48 books on a variety of topics from novels to memoirs to home decor and personal development. Did you guys create a summer reading list this year?
All in all, it’s set to be a fabulous summer filled with change and adventure.
We hope this summer will be an exciting time for you and your family too!
Be sure to check out Angelina’s beautiful home at Petite Haus who is the next stop on the Spring into Summer Blog Hop! She always has a beautiful European style. Once you’re finished there be sure to check out the rest of the fantastic and creative homes on the rest of the tour…