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Summer Screened Porch Tour

It’s finally here! After lots of waiting … for orders to arrive and the rain to go away and the sun to come out … I am finally able to bring you my Summer Screened Porch Tour post that I’m so excited about!

Screened Porch Addition

We added our screened porch almost five years ago (wow! has it been that long?) as part of a larger project that included expanding our kitchen, a covered patio on the basement level, and a patio with a fire pit area. With these new areas came the need for new furniture. We found some of what we needed pretty quickly, but when it came to a dining table and chairs for the porch I had a hard time finding something that fit the space and my taste (and our budget) perfectly. But folks, I’m happy to say that I finally found one and I’m so excited to share it with you today, along with a little redecorating of the porch! So let’s get started with this summer screened porch tour!

Summer screened porch tour, acacia wood table, patriotic decor, red bistro chair

Acacia Wood Outdoor Dining Table with Benches

I went with an Acacia wood outdoor dining table with benches because I liked the classic look and warmth that it would add to the porch. Its simple lines are in line with my style and it was the right size – a little smaller than most patio tables, but still able to seat 6 comfortably. It coordinated nicely with our brown all-weather wicker furniture that we bought immediately after adding the porch. The table set is also similar in design to the potting bench that we use as a serving station – not planned, but a nice surprise.

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, Welcome to our porch sign, red tractor stool, red truck sign

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red bistro chair, Acacia wood table

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, Acacia wood patio table, farmhouse pitcher

 

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, outdoor dining table, farmhouse pitcher

Red Bistro Chairs

In addition to the bench seating and to add a little pop of color, I added some red bistro chairs. The chairs will allow seating at the ends of the table.

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red bistro chair, Acacia wood patio table

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red bistro chair

The chairs are a bright shiny red and I love them! They are comfortable, strong, and stackable! I bought a set of 4 so that we would have extra seating for the screened porch when needed. 

Next up on the Summer Screened Porch Tour…

Summer screened porch tour, red bistro chairs, "This is my happy place"  burlap pillow

Summer Screened Porch Decorating: Red, White and Blue – The Details

As many of you may know if you follow my blog, I like to change things up frequently when it comes to decorating. I especially love seasonal decorating! Since we use our screened porch so much it’s fun to mix things up and move things around, so we don’t get tired of the same surroundings. Of course it’s always fun to add new things! I also like color because it makes me happy. While I can appreciate a neutral color palette and all of the calm and serene feelings it exudes, I must say I prefer color. Color seems to fill a room better, with warmth, personality, and a feeling of home.

When I decorate the screened porch I like to give it a collected, homey feel – a place where you can put your feet up and relax – just like the pillow says. The patchwork quilt that is draped over the back of the sofa was on my son’s first “big boy” bed. When I first decided to do red, white and blue on the porch this summer I brain-stormed all items that I already had that fit this category and I was so excited when I remembered that I still had this quilt. Yes, I am one of those people – I never get rid of anything!

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, patriotic pillows, red, white and blue quilt

As you can tell, I love pillows! I like to mix and match them. Some old, some new, some newly covered. All a little different, but again brings in that collected  homey feel.

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, patriotic pillows, stars and stripes

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, patriotic pillows, stars and stripes

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, patriotic pillows

I love this American flag tray that I got a couple of years ago. It’s perfect for holding a few porch games. 

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, American flag tray

This little red plaid lunchbox holds a few additional games for when the troops get bored.

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red plaid lunchbox

Yes, those are my original UNO cards from elementary school! I told you I keep everything! (And yes, it is a complete set:)

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red plaid lunchbox with games

I just loved this coir rug when I saw it and had to have it!

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, patriotic dog coir rug

Let’s Keep Going…More Stops on the Summer Screened Porch Tour

I traded out my orange antique lantern for this red one I got two years ago. I also use it on the porch at Christmas time. That’s one of the great things about using red decor items in your home – they can be used for multiple seasons. The glass jar/vase with rope netting draws in the nautical theme a little bit and I like it with the knotted rope door stopper (or whatever you call that thing!) 

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red lantern, nautical

The red and white anchor pillow rounds out the nautical theme for this sitting area. The patriotic throw blanket that’s draped over the back of the chair is actually a tablecloth.

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, nautical pillow with anchor

This potting bench turned serving/drink station is a fun spot to decorate for the seasons.

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, welcome to our porch sign, Coke bottles, Coke caddy

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red, white and blue, stars and stripes, star string lights

These signs say it all…”Welcome to our porch” … “Stay awhile.” I just found this cute little Coke caddy this winter and knew exactly where it would go this summer. I wish they would make “Diet Coke” items, because that’s what I actually drink.

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, welcome to our porch sign, Coke bottle, star string lights

The red tractor stool is one of the items already on the screened porch that influenced my color choice for the summer. The other item is the red “Porch Party” sign hanging behind the sofa.

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red tractor stool

Patriotic porch party sign, Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch

The last little detail that we cannot forget about is the red truck sign. This sign just screams summertime to me! I have an obsession with all things “red truck” which began at Christmas, and I knew it had to be a part of my collection.

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red truck sign

It pairs nicely with my new red truck pillow, don’t you think?

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red bistro chair, red truck pillow

The Big Picture

I love reading blogs that share pictures of the whole room or area being featured. Getting the “big picture” puts everything in perspective and you get to see how everything is connected and laid out, not just bits and pieces. It’s like taking the blinders off. So here are some (many) pictures of the entire screened porch, a wide angled world view, if you will. I took the pictures from different angles and in different light, from early morning sunrise to evening dusk with string lights glowing.

 Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red, white and blue, stars and stripes 

  Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red, white and blue, stars and stripes 

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red, white and blue, stars and stripes

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red, white and blue, stars and stripes, outdoor dining, red bistro chair

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red, white and blue, stars and stripes 

 Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red, white and blue, stars and stripes, outdoor dining, red bistro chair

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red, white and blue, stars and stripes, red bistro chair, Acacia wood table

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red, white and blue, stars and stripes, string lights

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red, white and blue, stars and stripes

Summer screened porch tour, 4th of July, patriotic porch, red, white and blue, stars and stripes

I will close with these two pictures and add that these little snuggle buddies like to nap on the porch as much as I do.

Thanks for reading!

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Hope you get to enjoy plenty of porch sittin’ this summer. 

I’m so glad you joined me for my Summer Screened Porch Tour!

20 thoughts on “Summer Screened Porch Tour

  1. Hey Mary Beth, do you have any exterior shots of the screened in porch? I love it so much and I’m getting ready to build and I need something to show my builder.

    1. Hi Mandy, I just added some exterior shots of the screened porch on my Instagram, feel free to check them out there! Account is asoutherninspiredlife

  2. Hi! This is so Americana and I love it! The potting bench-turned-drink station is brilliant. Can you please tell me what the name or brand of your wicker furniture is, or what store you bought it from? Thanks!

    1. Hi there, thanks for your kind words! We bought the wicker furniture about five years ago from Sears, but I can’t remember the brand. It has held up beautifully!

  3. Can you tell me the brand and color or what you used on the floor if you don’t mind me asking I read through everything and couldn’t find anything about the floor and I absolutely love the entire thing but I would love to know about the floor coloring. Thank you

    1. Hi, We used composite decking boards for the flooring of our screened porch. It costs more than wood decking, but totally worth it! I didn’t want to have to deal with splinters or staining the wood every few years. We have been very happy with it! I can’t remember the brand or color name – sorry.

    1. Thank you so much! It is one of my favorite spaces in our house:) The 20 x 14 screened porch is part of an addition we did about 5 years ago. We are thrilled with how it turned out!

  4. Wow, Mary Beth… just a lovely screened in porch! You really do RWB in a big way, and so pretty, too! Is this on the second story of your home?

    1. When I like a theme or color combo, I run with it! LOL! Our screened porch is off the main floor of our house; we have a full walk-out basement so that’s why it’s up high. We have a patio underneath. We love our outdoor spaces!

  5. Hi Mary Beth!
    You’re back porch looks so comfy and inviting, and I really like that Porch Party sign. I love sitting out on our porch at night with low lighting, listening to the sounds coming from the woods. Your’s looks so pretty lit up with the string lights. I found you by way of Tuesday Turn About. I would love for you to share at my link party Homestyle Gathering via Serving Up Southern. The party is open from Tuesdays @9 AM and closes Saturdays @7 PM. I hope to see you there!
    >>> Kim

    1. Thanks Kim! My porch is one of my favorite spots too! I could sit out there all summer if it weren’t for this Virginia humidity! I’ll be sure to check out your Homestyle Gathering link party. Thanks for the invitation.

  6. Such a cute area with so many perfect little finishing touches! We’re working on re-doing our patio/deck and I have been reading up on everyone’s outdoor spaces looking for inspiration.

    1. Thank you! I think it’s those little things that make a space feel comfortable and cozy. It’s what makes a space “home”. Good luck with your patio/deck re-do!

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