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Thursday, June 5, 2008

My front porch

I'm joining in Porch Party fun today by posting a pic of my front porch! Rhondi at Rose Colored Glasses is posting links to over 60 front porches today!


I wasn't sure that I wanted to post my front porch because it didn't feel like a real porch to me, but more like a strip of patio. However, I went bargain shopping this weekend and found exactly the right bench! My look is almost complete! I caught the one little bit of sunshine for this pic during an otherwise gloomy overcast day.

To the left of my door is a small stone garden with big pieces of driftwood, possibly from the river. I have a green colored stone bunny sitting there also. Please ignore the crooked pillar that my oldest son fell into and displaced the day I moved in! My dream is to add wrought iron flower boxes with cocoa liners under each window. Wouldn't that look pretty?
I had a bronze star up on the wall next to the front door, but decided that with my flowers and bench, the red one was a better choice. I love stars and have them posted in many of my windows. I'm not sure yet what to do with the space below the star, but I'd love to have a white rocking chair there. Another thought is to have a black wrought iron plant stand with a big pot of more geraniums, or maybe some red and white impatiens with greenery.
Here is my big weekend find! Found it for just $40 at a craft shop. I spied it as soon as I walked in. It was PERFECT. I got the little angel statue for half price from Joann Fabric, and also got a good price on the silk geraniums in the cute white pot. The birdhouse was something I already had.
The above pic is not a front porch, but it's where I love to sit and relax. It's right to the side of my house off the family room. I keep adding things little by little because I want to make it like an outdoor room. I don't sit on my front porch sipping iced sweet tea, but I do here! If this looks familiar, its because it was in an earlier post and also on RMS.


I'm sure you will have a blast looking at everyone else's porches, so hie thee away to Rhondi's blog! http://rhondisrosecoloredglasses.blogspot.com/ Have a great day all!

59 comments:

The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Your porch is wonderful!! Of course it's a porch, it has a floor, pillars, and a ceiling! Your ideas sound perfect, and it is already very inviting. What a find on the bench, and I like the star too! Your deck is awesome as well~ enjoy!
Nikki

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a terrific porch you have. And yes, that little red bench is just perfect. I love the vignette you made there! I'd love to sip sweet tea with you! Please visit my party, too!

Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Betty said...

Bonnie,
What a darling little red bench....and you do have a porch...and your patio looks very inviting.....I'd love to have a glass of iced sweet tea with you...Betty @ Country Charm

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Your porch is charming! A very welcoming entrance to your home. I love porches like that!

:-) Rosie

Beverly said...

I love your red bench and star. And, your side porch.

Anywhere we gather to visit is a wonderful place.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I'm glad you posted your porch. It's as sweet as can be. I love your bench. I also really like the deck you do sit on to enjoy your tea. Hugs, Terrie

bj said...

Your front porch is just precious...I love your new bench.
Now, this deck...it is where I would want to stay all the time. Just lovely !
hugs, bj

Mya said...

Great porch you have decorated so nice. What a great find that bench is too cute. I am so glad I stopped by have a great day.
-Mya

Marina Capano said...

Hi! Nice to meet you! your porch is so cute!! I love its!I hope you in my porch xoxo see you soon,

Jan said...

I'm hopping over from the porch party and I love your porch! It's sweet! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Jan

kbbryant said...

You have made you front porch a very welcoming place, and you side porch looks like a cofy spot.

Kathy b

Rue said...

Good morning Kady :)

Of course it's a porch and a lovely one at that. I love your new bench. I found one like it not too long ago and this makes me wish I would have gotten it. I love the side porch too! Very cozy :)

hugs,
rue

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Your porch is beautiful! And the new bench is perfect for it! Love the decor, very inviting!

Thank you so much for sharing!
Hugs,
Amy

rosechicfriends said...

Hey YOU!
Everything looks so nice! You did a great job and what a great bench! Hmm...I'm gonna have to keep my eye open..I love benches...it all looks so lovely and your back is so inviting too!
Hugs..Lorena

AT THE PICKLED HUTCH said...

Porch/Patio, it's still another space we get to decorate! WooHoo! Nicely done!
Lisa & Alfie

Deb said...

Hi Kady, I love your bench and what you have chosen for it. It's has very nice curb appeal.Love the star too. I hope you have a great day of porch sitting today. Oh! before I forget, I fixed your link. Deb

anenchantedcottage said...

Oh, you're right - the bench is perfect under the window! And it looks so sweet with the decorations on it - Love the angel! I looked for your little hedgehog statuary but didn't see him! I got mine way back when my girls were little (they're now 19 and 22) because he reminded me/us of all the Jan Brett books we used to read... She always has hedgehogs in them! Love your back deck - it looks so peaceful back there!!!...Donna

hautemommy said...

I think your porch is soooo darling! LOVE that bench, what a great find!!!

Shabby Addict said...

What a perfect find! Good eye! I love the little "rest" area to the right of your house. It might be trouble though because I could just sit and read, chat, and lounge all the day long!

Claire said...

So cute! I love the coffee table on the deck. Thank you for sharing your porches with us!

Heather said...

I like both of your porches! That bench is adorable and I love the angel!
Have a great day!
-Heather :)

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

What a beautiful porch you have and that little bench is just perfect!


Dena

Marie said...

I just love the bench and the star! It looks so welcoming and I adore you deck also! We don't have porches over here in England sadly. I miss having one!

Angie said...

It doesn't matter quite where your 'front porch' is. It's the place you go to drink your tea and enjoy five minutes peace and quiet!

Julie said...

What a beautiful home and garden you have! Just wanted to say hi and that I enjoyed my visit to your blog.

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

SOOOOO Pretty!
Kelly

celestina marie said...

Hi Bonnie, Your porch is so pretty and the addition of the red bench is perfect. I love how your accented it with the geraniums, angel and birdhouse. I can see those window boxes you spoke of. Your back sitting area is very inviting. I be over for tea. Stop over and visit my party.
Thank you for sharing,
Celestina,
la rea rose

Kim said...

Thanks for the tour! Really like the rug you placed in your back yard sitting area.

Brenda said...

Love the bench. I am looking for one right now. Rummage sales Saturday yehaw.

shirl said...

Hi Bonnie, what a sweet porch you have, the red bench is perfect and I love you sitting area in the back. Please stop by and vist my little porch party in the hills!
Blessings, Shirl

Holly (Nickname) said...

such a sweet and inviting porch..the red bench is adorable and everything looks so pretty together. You must love sitting out there!
xxxooo Ruth

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Bonnie, Your porch is wonderful and such a great find. Love the bench. Have a Blessed Day, Bonnie

Bingo~Bonnie said...

Your proch was the first i clicked on int the list - hey, I am partial to the name Bonnie ;) I like your "real" porch just fine, you are too hard on yourself!

Your star is very popular here where I live in Texas - everyone has one. I like the red too! Great choice!

I'm so glad I found yoru blog and maybe by next year I'll be ready to share a photo of my porch :)

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Kady!
Your front porch looks fabulous! What a great price you got on that red bench!! I like the idea of window boxes, they are so charming!
Hugs, Sherry

StitchinByTheLake said...

Well I just love your bench and you got such a great price! Window boxes would be perfect - what a great idea. Thanks for sharing. Blessings...

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Kady, True "front porch" or not, your home looks so pretty! I want that little bench!...Heidi :)

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

I LOVE that red bench!!
Penny

Gato Azul | Chat Bleu said...

Bonnie, the bench is just perfect! And the outside family room too! Thank you for inviting us.

Nance said...

what a charming porch just the same! that bench is a steal!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Kady, this is Bonnie again, I should pay better attention. Sorry I wrote to you with the wrong name. I'll remember it being Kady on Bonnie Lane. Thanks for stopping by, Have a Blessed Day, Bonnie

Susie Harris said...

Love your sweet little bench. Nice to meet you, susie H

Kay said...

Your little bench if perfect! And I love the barn star! Your porch is wonderful.

Tracie said...

Hi Kady,
I'm in agreement here with the other ladies - it certainly looks like a porch. Sit, relax, enjoy life and when it rains you've got cover and lots of wonderful pieces to enjoy in peace.
Thanks for sharing - wow, what a lot of porches and wonderful ideas out there. I love the area you say is not your porch but where you sit to relax, that table is beautiful. May I come have a sweet tea there with you and listen to the birds?
~Tracie

Rosemary said...

OMG,
Your bench is pretty perfect!!
I love the color.
Your porch looks great!!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog.
Rosemary

Joanne Kennedy said...

I think you have a porch. Not just any porch but a darling porch! I love the little red bench you found and the little angle from Joann's is very sweet.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and signing up for my give away I have going on. Good luck.

Hugs,
Joanne

Diane said...

Love your porch, especially the little red bench.
Diane

Anne Fannie said...

I want that red bench! Your pictures are adorable, thanks for having me!
Love, Ann

ostwestwind said...

Hello from Germany to Ohio, what a lovely home! That looks inviting.

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Cathy said...

Hi Bonnie,

What a pretty porch and an even lovelier back deck. That's where I would hang out for sure. It looks calm and serene and so welcoming. Thank you for putting me back in the summer spirit.

xo
Cath

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Your red bench is so cute! I'd love to find one like that.
And I empathize with the marshmallow pile. I have a 15 year old son myself and often find such treasures. ha ha.
Nice to meet you!
Becky

deannachase said...

I love the added touch of that bench. :-) Thanks for sharing.

Picket said...

Hey girl!!! Love that red bench and your back patio area is fantastic!!!! We got the folks all moved in and everybody is happy again! Dad has aready went out and bought some more shrubs for the yard...mama said it is like life has come back to him! Hope all is well with you and yours sweetie...have a great weekend!!!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Bonnie, love your porches!Thank you for visiting my porch, come again soon . HUGS

TattingChic said...

Very nice. I like your spot it the back the best. It looks so relaxing back there and those chairs look very comfy

Jeanne said...

I t has taken me a few days but I am finally getting to all the porches. I love your front porch and the bench is so perfect. Especially the color. The star just sets it off with the brick background. Your ideas for the future look, sounds just right.
We have to have dreams so we have something to look forward to. I can't leave out your sweet outdoor dining spot.

Thanks for visiting my porch.

Jeanne

Donna said...

Hi Kady,
Thank you for visiting my "front porch"! Your porch is lovely and I really like the red bench. I think iron windowboxes with flowers would look terrific!
Have a great day!
Hugs,
Donna

Joy said...

Very cute! I like the bench with the angel and the barn star too!

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Kady! Lovely porch party. Love your bench and pretty items on it. Thanks for stopping by.

Irma :)

CIELO said...

Lovely and cozy..... love that cherub!

cielo