Sunday, May 29, 2011

fresh summer porch with a little red, white and blue

There are several patriotic holidays coming up over the summer months 
beginning with Memorial Day, then Fourth of July and 
ending with Labor Day at the start of September.

Yes, I did say summer.
I know some of you are still waiting for spring
but it's been in the 90's here the past couple of days
and parts of Texas have already hit 100 degrees.
Pools open around Memorial Day which unofficially kind of
signals the start of summer around here.

I decided to freshen up the front porch for the season
with a little red, white and blue.

I had this bench in my sunroom/project room and decided on a whim 
that it might look good on the porch.  We had a double size black rocker 
that was falling apart and needed to go.  I think the bench looks a lot better.

I added some new pillows to the bench 
which has been recovered in dropcloth.

I got the large striped pillows at Pottery Barn on sale.
They are a creamy white and blue stripe with the thinnest red line 
inside the blue stripe.  Perfect.

The flag pillows are from World Market.  
They were very inexpensive. 
The larger one with stars has just the red/white stripes on the reverse side.

We added the cutest little flag banner across the top of the
entrance to the front porch.

No, I didn't make it.  I can't sew a lick.

It's from World Market too and for about 7 bucks, it was worth it.

They are made of some type of canvas or twill fabric so they are
pretty tough little things.  The stars are stitched.

Summer brings with it a lot of flies, bees and wasps around here.
We found this pretty blue wasp/bee catcher (again at WM.  We love that place.)
Someday I'll have to show you the one we have in the backyard.
It's a bit different to say the least.

Did you see the pretty red flowers in the watering can?
Those will get their own little post later in the week. 
You won't believe where I got them.

There's my little patriotic summer porch.  
It's not completely finished yet.
I have a smaller little bench I may be adding for more seating.
I still have my old buckboard bench from Austin sitting on the other side of the porch
so there's enough seating for right now.



  1. So beautiful! I need to go to WM! I love that banner, the cloth is perfect for outside. And, can I just say, your table is AWESOME! Did you make it??

  2. Your front porch looks so festive! I decorate our porch in patriotic colors for the summer as well. Adore your headboard bench and pillows. A perfect place to curl up with a good book on a lazy summer afternoon!

    Your Friend,

  3. Oh my heck that is so adorable! The banner, the pillows, the window coffee table, everything! Gina you are so talented.

    And now I have to go check out World Market!

  4. I love your bench, did you make it yourself? I have an old metal bed in the attic I need to do something with. Great porch, thanks for sharing.

  5. This is my first viist here. I love what you did to the bench. The pillows are awesome. I am a pottery barn junky ~ I love that store.
    Nice to meet ya!!!
    Happy memorial day

  6. Very fresh looking porch. Wish I had one that big. Great close up of the little red line in the pillow.

  7. I love your porch! It looks so inviting... the weather in Virginia has turned hot too. I'm hoping it will cool off a little so I can enjoy my porches (we have two). Thanks for stoping by my blog, I'm going to add you on my list so I can keep up with your post.
    Thanks again,

  8. Hi ya Gina.....there's nothing better than red, white and blue on a porch in the summer!! Looks great!!~devon :)

  9. i adore your sweet porch! : ) sometimes i wish mine were smaller :)

  10. I LOVE what you've done on your porch! The pillows are perfect!

    We need a World Market. You found the coolest stuff there!

  11. Truly your porch photos look like a magazine cover! So beautiful... but what's funny -- I saw those flags at WM and totally thought of you! And then I see this post and you bought 'em... it looks really nice! ~ kim

  12. Your porch is just sweet. I love the daybed and the 'coffee table'. Very ingenious!

  13. Such a cute porch and great finds from World Market. We need a link added to the post for the summer blog party in order to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks

  14. very cute porch, love your pieces~

  15. Love love love this porch!! How absolutely charming!!Following you along~ I host a decorating party at my blog on the weekends- would love for you to join in sometime! :)

  16. this is so cute! I can't wait to start decorating for the 4th of July! :)
    I'm having a Patio Porch and Deck party going on right now- I'd love for you to share your space! hope you'll stop by.

  17. love your porch - all of it, and especially the window table top. thanks for sharing

  18. There are so many things that I like on your porch. That bench is so clever. Love all your patriotic pillows and the banner that you got at World Market. We do not have one in our small town. The closest one is an hour away. Hope you enjoy your time on your porch, despite the heat. Hot here, too.

  19. Popping over to say hello for the "Blog Party"! love your porch! i host a garden party on Thursday's & would love to have you come by to peek around or even link up?!? hope to see you sometime! xoox, tracie

  20. What a fabulous patriotic porch! That window coffee table is amazing. Oh, and I pinned it!



    1. Back again ... this time admiring your fabulous pillows!



  21. This is so beautiful! Very festive. I hope you will link this up to my Patriotic Project Parade!


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