Since I spend so much time here, on my trusty porch, I finally felt like it really needed to be treated like a room instead of an afterthought.
The bare bones version is this: my awesome porch swing and my vintage bouncy chair.
It's okay like this. The swing itself is freakin' fantastic. It has cup holders! But the space as a whole was just deserving a little more love considering how much we use it.Like the rest of this house...the front porch is wonky. It's not symmetrical, nothing quite fits where you want it to. But regardless...we'll just figure it out! Ready? Let's go.
So much better! I anchored the sitting area with a $30 outdoor rug from Target. It defines the space, and adds the first layer of softness and texture to the hard brick and wood of the porch. I also added some pillows, almost for free! The middle pillow is an Etsy find, and I made the other two out of a $7 drop cloth (with tons of fabric to spare). I hand painted our house number and a graphic ginko leaf to add a little personality. They actually wash pretty well!
For form and function purposes, I added an existing white melamine tray to the end table. It adds contrast in texture and color, plus it adds a great sturdy surface for drinks and snacks.
Also "free-ish" is the throw on the back on the swing. It's actually a swim suit cover from Old Navy. I'll just grab it when I need it but leave it here in the meantime. Makes a great picnic or play blanket for all the time we spend in the yard!
The other end of the looks way more alive and lovely with some container plants and a vintage plant stand. I'm not allowed to touch the plants, as they'll die upon contact. But I really do enjoy them as long as someone else is taking care of them. Thanks JMom! I love that we planted out the old mailbox. Since they discontinued mail delivery to the door a few years ago, I figured it would make a great repurposed planter.
Now, it's time to go porch it and see what's going on in the Vortex.