I’m pausing just a moment on this busy Monday morning with an ode to my porch:
Through the years
You’ve never let me down
You’ve turned my life around
The sweetest days I’ve found, I’ve found with you
Through the years
No one sings it like Kenny.
And this is the beginning of the porch’s journey. The before before. Before the black and white and Christmas trees and magnolias and neutrals.
This is where it all started.
This is where it began.
When we first bought the house it didn’t have that porch on the side.
It looked like the first picture in the post with four columns and a small concrete block for the foundation. You accessed it through a door on the side of the kitchen and we would drink our coffee out there with two chairs and that ceiling fan and pretend that it was screened-in.
So we saved our pennies.
And after eating beans and rice and watching re-runs of Little House on the Prairie instead of going to the movies….
….we were able to add on a new porch that now runs the length of the side of the house.
You can see it on the left of the house in this picture.
You can get to the porch two different ways from different rooms in the house.
There are french doors in the library that open onto the porch.
Here’s a picture looking out onto the porch from the room.
And here’s the single door that leads out onto the porch from the kitchen.
When we bought the house this was actually a window that we made into a door.
This is the entrance to the porch that we use the most. It’s actually open right now as I type this and I can hear birds chirping outside.
Here’s the porch long when it was first finished and decorated for Christmas.
The rug was black and white and there was a matching rug on the other side under the dining table.
I found these porch chairs at a discount store and had them recovered in black and white. The furniture set came from WalMart.
Back then it was all about the black and white.
To decorate for Christmas that year, I found all these Christmas trees for almost nothing at the dollar store and stuffed them full of fresh magnolia.
I added baskets of fresh greens to make it smell like a fir tree.
And we drank hot chocolate that year and hosted a Christmas party to celebrate the new porch.
Here’s another picture I found from earlier that year of the other side of the porch.
I was all about myself and the black and white.
Love those slipcovers, but that it a LOT of pattern.
Here’s the next evolution of the porch.
I took down those curtains.
They were so pretty, but it was too much pattern and the curtains would blow around and get twisted and look messy.
I had that porch furniture from WalMart covered in black and white outdoor fabric to match the stripe and added colorful pillows.
Here’s the other side of the porch.
I got rid of the black and white slipcovers and painted the table black.
Then I found these two amazing deacon’s chairs at The Chapel Market and I love the simple pop of color.
That was the spring of color.
Here’s another view of the color on the sofa.
And for a while I lived with all that color and loved it.
Earlier this year I felt drawn to neutrals a little more.
I took away a little bit of color….slowly at first.
I added this white round coffee table.
And this chippy white table to the side with neutral upholstered chairs.
A little simpler.
A little calmer.
A little more classic porch.
I painted the table white again and added this over-sized basket.
But it wasn’t enough.
I wanted more of a change.
I wanted something simpler and different and almost completely neutral.
And last week I tweaked everything and showed you this.
The chippy table became a coffee table.
The black and white rugs were replaced with neutral.
The white table moved to the dining room and I replaced it with this gray table I found at a yard sale.
Next, I added a $5 rug from at another yard sale.
And after all this shifting and changing and painting and moving and switching….
….something amazing happened.
All that neutral and calm and classic allowed the simple porch to simply be what it was meant to be.
Every morning I sit out here with coffee and smell the fresh air and watch the trees blow in the wind and listen to the birds chirp.
And sit back and sip my coffee…..
…..and let mother nature do all the decorating. 🙂