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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
I love this American flag tray that I got a couple of years ago. It’s perfect for holding a few porch games.
This little red plaid lunchbox holds a few additional games for when the troops get bored.
Yes, those are my original UNO cards from elementary school! I told you I keep everything! (And yes, it is a complete set:)
I just loved this coir rug when I saw it and had to have it!
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!)
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.
This potting bench turned serving/drink station is a fun spot to decorate for the seasons.
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.
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.
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.
It pairs nicely with my new red truck pillow, don’t you think?
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.
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.