Grace Mitchell has one of the most wonderful front porches we’ve ever seen. She shared some exceptional front porch decorating ideas when she took part in our Patio Style Challenge. We were interested to see if she had made any changes to her porch since then.
It should be no surprise that the creative mind behind A Storied Style would have made a number of tweaks, big and small, to freshen up the look of her front porch. What we didn’t expect was that her front porch refresh would include a fun day of summer activities for her children.
Our front porch sees a lot of activity, especially in the warmer months (which are many, thanks to the fact that we live in Texas), and we have spent countless hours in this space the past year. Since we live in an area full of old homes, the porch is central to the culture and community of our neighborhood. I love the fact that we know our neighbors, and our neighbors know us, and we can chat and walk back and forth between each other’s porches. It’s really quite nice.
When we finished our porch makeover last year, it felt like gaining an extra room, and we have enjoyed it through all seasons. I am happy to say our Woodbury dining set literally still looks as beautiful as the day we got it, and it can survive lots of little hands and meals and projects with ease.
The summer months bring lots of popsicle and sprinkler time, but most of all, I love all of the quality time I get with my kids. I change up the decor on the porch from time to time, and I thought it would be fun to have a “flower wall” up for awhile. It is bright and colorful, a super easy project that kids can help you do, and would be really cute for a garden party. You see how to create this flower wall on my blog, but some cheapie flowers from your local craft store and some colorful tape is all you need. (I used this yellow duct tape from Home Depot.)
The turquoise chandelier is my latest DIY that I am so excited to share with you! See my blog for the turquoise chandelier tutorial.
On this particular day, I set the table for an afternoon of art. We made watercolor paint and painted serious and silly works, enjoyed new crayons (aren’t they the best?!) markers and colored pencils, and overall had a colorful ball.
We had such a great afternoon of just being together, and my heart melted when my five-year-old said, “Mommy, this is the best summer ever!”
An afternoon of artistry can leave you hungry, and I made sure I had snacks ready before we even started our fun activities. It is simply much easier to have everything out and ready than running back into the house for every little thing.
A pitcher of lemon and mint water and healthy treats keeps these little ones happy.
We are definitely still loving our DIY acrylic curtain rods with plumbing hardware from last year and the hand stamped drapery and table linens. (I recently did an update on my indoor acrylic rods, too. You can see how I revamped them in this tutorial here.)
When it gets hot, I have a more difficult time of keeping plants on my front porch alive, but the helpful plant associate at the Home Depot assured me these ferns would be hearty and would survive me not watering them for a few days if I forget. : ) (the classic black urns are still a favorite) The interlocking rings garden stool gets moved all over the porch depending on where I need to set something down, or if someone needs an extra seat.
I’m a firm believer in making your outdoor space feel like as much of a “room” as possible. Whether your space is covered or not, there is something about your patio or deck feeling comfortable that makes you utilize it more. Adding pillows and softness through plants can turn what may seem like a cold area of stone and concrete into something beautiful – something that feels like home.
Of course, Mama needs a break too, so while the the two younger kids are napping (my oldest two have “quiet time” in their room), I can retreat to the porch and have a little reading time. (This is a really great little book by the way– Porch Parties: Cocktail Recipes and Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining, by Denis Gee.)
I hope my kids remember these long summer days on the porch. I know I will treasure these memories in my heart.
Here’s to having your best summer ever.
Grace Mitchell says that when she’s not thinking about caring for her husband and four children, she’s thinking about all things home. You can often find her on the hunt for incredible antique and vintage furniture, always debating whether to keep or sell her treasures. A Storied Style is where she writes about the renovation of her vintage home in Texas, and about other design and DIY projects. She’s written previously here on The Home Depot Blog about styling her home for Christmas.
For more front porch decorating ideas, see other Patio Style Challenge articles as well as our Patio Challenge pinboard on Pinterest. And browse our Outdoor Department for everything you need to enhance your outdoor space.