Friday, May 18, 2012

...IDLING ON THE FRONT PORCH....

Is there any place better to wile away the summer heat than on a porch. I don't know about you folks, but sitting on a porch in the summer is equivalent to stting in front of a roaring fire in the middle of winter. Instead of being mesmerized by the crackling flames and a single malt scotch, I'm in lala land while reading my shelter mags, slow sipping a margarita. Its pure bliss...not kidding.

If you were around this blog last week, you will know that I had some summer porch readiness happening. I BADLY had to paint our wicker furniture. It took a long time...it took a lot of dibby dabbing....which you can more read about here.

Before the dibby dab process
The paint is finally dry and our front porch is ready for some  L A Z Y  summer action....sounds like an oxymoron, but..it is not.



I believe that the exterior of your home should be a reflection and extension of the personality and decor of the interior of your home. Let's face it, the curb, the walkway the lawn and front door should all say WELCOME and therefore so should your front porch. And just to be clear....this also goes for your veranda, patio and deck and even balcony ...wherever they are situated on your property.




The wicker is painted in BM Wenge. I wanted a rich, dark neutral background for the green and white seat cushions and pillows. I knew I wanted green and white on the pillows and cushions because our kitchen, which can be seen through the front door and down the hall, is also green with white trim.






I'm a big fan of million bells....they love our southern exposure, look super pretty and the red/orange are the exact hit of colour I want in my exterior room. 





I added more red /orange pops of colour with a few more accessories....and you guessed it...red/orange is another colour seen through my front door. 





scored these pretty red/orange candle holders  on the right...

An inexpensive indoor / outdoor carpet grounds the space. How about the folliage in the background. FAKE I tell you...it's all FAKE...but really good FAKE. It's been repurposed from the large living room in our previous home and it provides a certain amount of extra privacy, not to mention a great backdrop.


Light, is an important element in any space. Natural light is abundant here in the day, obviously.  In the evening though we can turrn on overhead pot lights and a pendant close to the door.  But candles are my light of choice on the porch...lots of candles that add that perfect amount of ambiance required when sipping my wine and listening to the crickets,  savouring the glorious warm summer months .... before I find myself back inside, gazing into a roaring fire.


....ahhhhhhh.....





12 Comments:

At May 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

Beautiful Maureen! I can see you sipping some vino here on some lovely summer nights.

 
At May 19, 2012 at 7:25 AM , Blogger Sheila said...

Oh it looks just lovely Maureen, I love sitting on the porch too. In the evening we sit at the front of the house and watch the cars go by during the day we sit under the gazebo on the back deck. We have a newer home with no porch but we find a way. Thanks for sharing you beautiful photos.

 
At May 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM , Blogger Maureen @ Modecor said...

thanks Lisa...you have got that right. I have even been known to have a quick nap out here also.

 
At May 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM , Blogger Maureen @ Modecor said...

I love my porch Sheila. I'm also a car and people watcher from the front porch. You're fortunate to have two great places to idle in the summer.

 
At May 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM , Blogger Donna @ dh designs said...

Gorgeous! I love the colour palette! It's calling out for a jug of Sangria!

 
At May 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM , Blogger Maria Killam said...

That is exactly the set my sister needs for her front porch!
Beautiful!
x
Maria

 
At May 24, 2012 at 7:31 AM , Blogger maureenatmodecouses said...

Anytime you want to share that jug of Sangria Donna, let me know!

 
At May 24, 2012 at 7:35 AM , Blogger maureenatmodecouses said...

Thank you Maria. your sister may have this entire set in about 2 years......or with a set of neutral wicker and a paint sprayer, or the dibby dab technique (see previous post) she can customize her own set.

 
At May 24, 2012 at 8:52 PM , Blogger SilverLining Designs said...

Maureen... It looks fabulous! Warm summer nights are the best for just lounging outside.

 
At May 31, 2012 at 10:36 AM , Blogger Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Love, love, LOVE your porch! It's so warm and welcoming, and the colour palette is perfect and totally you :-) Are million bells easy to take care of? I'm always on the lookout for different ways to fill the planters on my front porch.

Kelly

 
At June 2, 2012 at 2:32 PM , Blogger Maureen @ Modecor said...

thank you Silver Lining Design....i could not agree with you more....I cannot imagine our city home without our front porch.

 
At June 2, 2012 at 2:36 PM , Blogger Maureen @ Modecor said...

Thanks Kelly. million bells are super easy....they dead-head themselves.They LOVE the sun...but require watering every day...sometimes twice in super hot weather. This year I repotted them in Miracle-grow potting soil that has a slow water release....and I feed every two weeks...and trim back once a month or whenever needed.

 

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...IDLING ON THE FRONT PORCH....

Is there any place better to wile away the summer heat than on a porch. I don't know about you folks, but sitting on a porch in the summer is equivalent to stting in front of a roaring fire in the middle of winter. Instead of being mesmerized by the crackling flames and a single malt scotch, I'm in lala land while reading my shelter mags, slow sipping a margarita. Its pure bliss...not kidding.

If you were around this blog last week, you will know that I had some summer porch readiness happening. I BADLY had to paint our wicker furniture. It took a long time...it took a lot of dibby dabbing....which you can more read about here.

Before the dibby dab process
The paint is finally dry and our front porch is ready for some  L A Z Y  summer action....sounds like an oxymoron, but..it is not.



I believe that the exterior of your home should be a reflection and extension of the personality and decor of the interior of your home. Let's face it, the curb, the walkway the lawn and front door should all say WELCOME and therefore so should your front porch. And just to be clear....this also goes for your veranda, patio and deck and even balcony ...wherever they are situated on your property.




The wicker is painted in BM Wenge. I wanted a rich, dark neutral background for the green and white seat cushions and pillows. I knew I wanted green and white on the pillows and cushions because our kitchen, which can be seen through the front door and down the hall, is also green with white trim.






I'm a big fan of million bells....they love our southern exposure, look super pretty and the red/orange are the exact hit of colour I want in my exterior room. 





I added more red /orange pops of colour with a few more accessories....and you guessed it...red/orange is another colour seen through my front door. 





scored these pretty red/orange candle holders  on the right...

An inexpensive indoor / outdoor carpet grounds the space. How about the folliage in the background. FAKE I tell you...it's all FAKE...but really good FAKE. It's been repurposed from the large living room in our previous home and it provides a certain amount of extra privacy, not to mention a great backdrop.


Light, is an important element in any space. Natural light is abundant here in the day, obviously.  In the evening though we can turrn on overhead pot lights and a pendant close to the door.  But candles are my light of choice on the porch...lots of candles that add that perfect amount of ambiance required when sipping my wine and listening to the crickets,  savouring the glorious warm summer months .... before I find myself back inside, gazing into a roaring fire.


....ahhhhhhh.....