Pretty Porches

The temperature hit 80 degrees in Boston yesterday!  The first time since last October!   The warm weather makes me want to spend all my free time outside.  Unfortunately, the past winter did a job to my porch, requiring a fresh coat of paint, some new cushions for the furniture, and an overall sprucing up.  Here are some ideas to freshen up your porch.  Get started now, and you’ll be out there sipping sangria by June!

 

White rockers are one of my favorite porch pieces.  Even if I’m not sitting there, just looking at them makes me relax.  Navy and white are such a great combination.  I love this navy door!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

More navy and white!  Think about slipcovers for your furniture – use a white indoor/outdoor fabric and then throw them in the laundry (with bleach!) and they’ll look fresh for many summers!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

If you have the room, think about arranging your furniture in a circle with a nice big round coffee table (perhaps one with a fire pit in the middle).  Such a great place to sit with friends on a summer night!

HGTV

HGTV

 

Maybe it’s a bit of nostalgia, but I love porch swings.  These are nice and deep to cozy up with a good book, or to relax and take a well deserved nap!

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

 

For those of you in Southern California and in the warm South, I’m envious of your year-round ability to sit outdoors.  An outdoor fireplace is perfect for when the nights start to get a little chilly!

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

 

Natural fibers are a great option for porch furniture.  I love the casual elegance of a wicker, seagrass, or rattan chair.

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty

 

Who says chairs have to match??  A porch is a perfect opportunity to break out of your matchy-matchy decorating traditions!

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty

 

And, of course, a sofa or sectional to stretch out and relax on is a luxury you owe yourself!  Whatever your porch space, large or small, screened or open, make it a special place to go and enjoy the beautiful days ahead!!

West Elm

West Elm

 

What will your porch look like this Summer?