A little slice of life …

… want to join me for some ice tea and scones out on the front porch?

The finishing touches are done and I’ve got the summer porch I envisioned when I saw this picture …

Really it wasn’t much work at all. Our porch has a very similar layout and was already sporting two beautiful Adirondack chairs (made this winter by my husband). So all I had to do was add the finishing touches.

I was looking for an enamelware planter to use for my ‘4th of July’ floral centerpiece when I came home from a birthday party to find a new planter box under my kitchen window. Perfect … skip the enamelware and keep the table free for iced tea and cookies.

Next up was some cute pillows to dress up the chairs. Off I went to purchase some pillow forms from JoAnns. Yikes! Even with my 40% off coupon they were going to run $4-8 each. A bit steep for something I’m going to leave out in the elements and risk loosing to the occasional neighborhood prank. Next stop, Goodwill. I lucked out and found 4 pillowforms & a red/blue plaid pillow that would work perfectly. Total spent – $7. Two (1/2YDS) of outdoor fabric from JoAnns, a scrap of red/white polka dot from my stash and I had 4 pillows to dress up the chairs.

Lastly I added the star garland. The felt stars were a random purchase a few weeks ago (from JoAnn’s dollar section). I bought 3 packs which each had six stars. I simply zigzag stitched some twine to the top point of each star and … waalaaa … too cute garland. Seriously, it might be my favorite touch.

The flag is flying almost year round … and the two flag buntings were purchased last year.

I couldn’t be more pleased with how my ‘summer porch’ turned out and I’m so glad I stumbled upon the inspiration photo to get me going on it. A little less than $20 later and I had a whole new look that I’m going to enjoy long after 4th of July.

Happy Creating!


  1. this looks so great…i love how festive and summery everything is.

  2. so cute!! Want to come do mine?

  3. looks lovely. too bad its too hot to enjoy my green adirondack chairs with my green stripe pillows in my front courtyard. love the garland, too fun!

  4. It looks terrific – very welcoming, and very AMERICAN! I love it.

  5. amanda says:

    Ooh I love it! My front porch could use some red, white and blue.

  6. Your porch looks absolutely beautiful and so welcoming! I would love to join you for some iced tea! : )

  7. So cute! I love it! 4th of July is my favorite holiday (along with Christmas). Great job!

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