Today I’m sharing a new space on my home tour that I usually don’t deck out for the holidays. We spend so much time on our side porch in the fall so I decided to add a few autumn touches this year! I kept it pretty simple, just adding a few cute pumpkins here and there in colors that would match the existing fabrics and colors out here. I also added a fall wreath to the tobacco basket, some pinecone garland on the blanket ladder, and updated the stems in the jar on my ottoman to something more fallish. One of my favorite touches was adding the pumpkins to the macrame plant holders! Such an easy way to continue to use these into fall, even when it may be too chilly outside for your plants! You can shop my decor and similar pieces linked for you below!Read More
There’s a few basic guidelines I follow in my porch decorating that can really help you no matter the season, size of your porch, or style of decor! Below I’ve outlined 6 simple tips and tricks that will help you get started and decorate your porch like a pro! I also try to make it as easy on myself as possible to transition my porch quickly and easily from fall to Christmas and beyond- and these tips are perfect for that too! I’ve covered everything from materials, to placement, and styling without making it too fussy or complicated, so ANYONE can create a beautiful porch!Read More
Today I'm sharing my summer patio which I refreshed and redecorated just a little bit since last year. The biggest change out here was recovering the cushions on my furniture with this black and white striped fabric from Amazon. The cushions have springs on the inside and are flat on the bottom, so I was able to recover them easily with a staple gun, scissors, and no sewing. I shared a little more about my porch clean-up process and everything that I added/ changed here.Read More
I just completed my yearly patio cleanup and refresh for our side porch this past week. This year it seemed to be even dirtier and more full of leaves and debris than usual, so cleanup was not an easy task. In the process I updated my decor a bit because I like to add a few new things each year to make it feel new! This year I recovered my furniture cushions, added a new rug, as well as a few new pillows and accessories too. I still have a few more finishing touches to add but I wanted to go ahead and share my progress so far and some of my favorite patio pieces.Read More
all photos by Sarah E Dunn Photo + Design
One of my favorite parts of our home continues to be the outdoor spaces. This little side porch is covered so it's completely protected from the elements and I can pretty much set it up and style it like an indoor space. Most of my furniture on the porch is vintage and/or thrifted so it's all a mix and match collection of different styles and materials. The overall vibe out here is rustic and boho chic with lots of layered textures and pops of green and gold. Find more details on our porch including before + after photos here.
My number one must-have for porch decor is lots and lots of plants! I have tropical plants, succulents, ferns and little trees all over the porch and I think they add so much color and warmth to the space. All of my plants are from Lowe's or Pemberton's greenhouses here in Lexington. I try to choose plants that are super easy to care for but all different shapes, sizes, and colors so that there's lots of variety!
Since many of the items on my porch are very old or thrifted, I've gathered up tons of picks below to help you achieve the same style and look in your own space. Some of my favorite pieces like my gold lanterns are still in store, but I've also linked very similar options to items that are no longer available in-stores like my round jute rug, succulent wreath, and pillows! Shop these + all my favorite picks for creating a cozy, neutral, boho-chic patio space below and as always if you have any questions about something I forgot to mention, just ask!
It's finally patio weather season and there's nothing better than a cozy + inviting outdoor space. I'm helping several clients with porch and patio designs right now, so I've definitely got outdoor decor on the brain! I like to think of these spaces as just another room of your home that should be equally as cozy and beautiful! Since these areas are usually used as a summer entertaining space, I recommend adding in some pops of color and fun decor elements that might even be a little outside of your normal style! Patterns, textures, and bright colors will definitely give your space that warm and inviting feel. Starting by picking a few pillows or an outdoor rug will give you a good direction on your color scheme for the space. As far as furniture, I recommend investing in pieces that are comfortable, durable, and neutral (and that includes neutral cushions!). Outdoor furniture can sometimes be pricey, but the more expensive pieces will probably last longer and be way more comfortable (so you'll end up using them more!). You may have space for both a sitting area and outdoor dining space, but if not choose which type of seating you think you will use the most.
A few of my essentials for decking out your space:
1. a printed outdoor rug
2. several outdoor pillows in mixed prints + colors
3. a couple of lanterns
4. mix + match side tables + a coffee table, pouf, or ottoman
5. cute string lights or twinkle lights for hanging above your space!
6. planters: all sizes including hanging, tabletop, + floor planters
I've put together some of my favorite patio picks that are available now in-stores for you below! Even better, all of these items can work + coordinate together to give you the super bright + modern patio space of your dreams! You can click on any of the photos below to see more details + pricing of any item too. Happy shopping and let me know how your patio decorating comes along!
With so much work to be done on the interior of our house, the outside has been completely neglected, filled with spider webs, and overgrown. I finally decided to take a little break from the inside work and focus some time on the patio, so we could actually enjoy it before summer was over! One week and one bad case of poison ivy later (I hate gardening!), our side porch is finally looking a little more homey. We have so many wonderful outdoor areas to enjoy at this house which I love: a large front porch, this side patio, a back deck, and a concrete patio under the deck. Our patio furniture was still packed up in the shed until about a week ago when I started slowly unpacking it, washing everything down, and putting this little side porch together. I already had most of the furniture but picked up a couple of additions after realizing we had much more space on this porch than our old one!
Here's a breakdown of the staples of my porch:
1. My chairs and settee: were given to us by a friend who wasn't using them anymore, a little spray paint and they were as good as new!
2. My patio cushions: I always get at At Home- they have the most inexpensive cushions and the best variety of colors and sizes!
3. All my side tables are thrifted/vintage. They aren't necessarily outdoor tables but they look fine when they get a little weathered. The coffee table is my favorite, which is made from an old chicken coop we got at a garage sale and I just added furniture legs to it (get all the details on that later in this post).
4. Outdoor rug: Target is my go-to for outdoor rugs, they have great patterns and they are super durable.
5. Makeshift bar: Every patio needs a little serving space! I used an old metal table (bought at a garage sale for $10) as a sideboard for serving snacks/drinks. All the accessories on it are vintage or from Homegoods.
6. Wall art: Having something on your patio walls makes the space feel more like a cozy living space. This old tobacco basket (bought at a garage sale) is a perfect option because it can hold up to the outdoor elements while adding interest to the blank walls.
7. Planters: I love having an eclectic mix of planters. I have tons of vintage brass planters (mostly found at garage sales) but also like mixing in new planters like these gold-dipped ones from Target. I also love the texture that these vintage hanging macrame planters from Street Scene Vintage add to the space. I get most of my plants from Lowe's or local greenhouse, Pemberton's. For me, plants are a must for a porch and I would choose this to splurge on above anything else. These are really going to make your porch feel perfectly styled, bright, and like a space straight out of a magazine.
8. Pillows: I must confess, not all my pillows are outdoor, but this space is covered so they really never get wet. I'm so pillow-obsessed that I keep a stockpile of "extra" pillows in one of our closets that I'm constantly pulling from to switch pillows out all around the house; so I can afford to use a few on the patio too for some extra pattern and color. My favorite places to get outdoor pillows are Pier 1 and Target.
Those are the basic items that I build my patio off of every year. Finding a majority of my furniture from thrift stores and garage sales allows me to save money for newer items like my rug, pillows, and plants. I've added more details of where I purchase all my accessories and porch decor throughout the post below.
Brass tray: vintage (thrifted) | Rewined candle: Miss Molly Vintage | Planter: vintage (thrifted) | Plants: Lowe's | All dishes + silverware: thrifted
I'm always looking for trays of all sizes while thrifting because you can use them anywhere to stack on, making any arrangement look a little more pulled together. This giant brass tray was a $10 yard sale find and I love the pop of gold it adds to this coffee table.
Outdoor ceiling fan: Lowe's | Outdoor rug: Target | Patio Cushions: At Home | Coffee table: vintage (thrifted) | Tobacco basket: vintage (thrifted)
My coffee table was made out of an old chicken coop (also found at a yard sale). It sat in my garage for a few months before I could figure out what to do with it! Lowe's sells furniture legs and super-easy screw on brackets that you can attach to anything! I turned this old coop into a coffee table in about 10 minutes and it is one of my favorite pieces on the porch!
Gold faceted lanterns: Home Goods | Metal table: vintage (thrifted) | all glassware + icebucket: thrifted | Brass bin: Home Goods | Tobacco basket: vintage (thrifted | Pineapple shaker: Miss Molly Vintage
I love the collected look that all these different styles of lanterns adds to the patio. I found all my lanterns at Home Goods and Hobby Lobby (and one is from a yard sale). They also add the most beautiful soft light to your space when all the candles are lit! If you like to entertain, having a little space to serve drinks or food on your porch is a must! You can really use any kind of table and instantly transform it into a bar by the way you style it! Just add some glasses, your favorite drinks, an icebucket, some straws, and any other barware you might have. Just setting out a small bowl of lemons, limes, or fruit adds the perfect pop of color too!
Wicker chair: Craiglist find | Festival blanket: Miss Molly Vintage | Dip-dye pillow: Pier 1 (old) | Wicker table: vintage (thrifted) | Wicker lantern: Home Goods | Denim outdoor pillow: Target | Printed pillow: Home Goods
This cute little white wicker chair is a Craigslist find I just picked up this week for $15! I think it fits in perfectly with the eclectic, bohemian feel of the patio and also breaks up all the other plain, metal chairs I have. I got the little wicker side table recently at the Lexington Peddler Mall and it also fits in perfectly! I have learned to never pass up a good side table while thrifting, especially if it's a good small size that you can use in a variety of rooms. Side tables are one of the items that are SO hard to find in stores today, and I just can't stand to pay $80+ for a tiny little table! I'll stick with my $5 and $10 any day!
I'm excited to spend some of my weekend relaxing in this new space with the dogs! I've shared more sources and details about each area below. If you would like help styling or reworking your own porch or patio space, I would be happy to help (just send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a consultation)! Have a wonderful weekend!
Say hello to my latest decorating obsession: vase fillers! These little tools of the trade are the perfect way to add texture to any space, and instantly make your accessories look completely pulled together. What's the best place to get them? My go-tos are definitely Home Goods, Marshalls, and TJMaxx, they always seem to have a good variety (usually near the candles in Home Decor) and have a constantly changing selection. Better yet they usually retail for $2.99-$5.99 for an entire bag full! I have been looking for some accessories for my patio that will hold up to the outdoor elements while still looking chic and modern. I was able to put together this entire centerpiece that is all completely outdoor-proof for under $30, all from Home Goods. Even better, all the pieces are classic and neutral and I can easily reuse them other places throughout the house or bring the entire arrangement inside for the winter!
All you need to make your own indoor/outdoor centerpiece is:
1. A shallow basket or tray. I liked the brown/gray tone of this one AND it is coated in a plastic material so it would be waterproof and super durable for the outdoors- $14.99 from Home Goods)
or shop these similar options:
2. A small plant in a pot. A succulent or fern works well and is easy to care for (They usually have a good selection at Lowe's or Home Depot or try a local greenhouse). Your pot won't be super visible so you can use something you already have (even a classic terracotta pot would work), or grab something inexpensive at the store. I got this coppery colored planter at Home Goods too (on clearance for $3.00!).
3. Vase fillers. I used 3 bags because my tray was rather large (two bags would have probably been plenty). There are so many options out there to choose from, here are some other choices that I liked:
Now you can put it all together! Assemble your centerpiece by first placing your potted plant in the center of your tray. Next add your largest vase fillers first to fill up the bottom, then slowly fill the top with the rest, arranging your favorites on top so that they are most visible! Voila- you are done!
Decorating doesn't get much easier than that! This is a centerpiece that you can use year-round indoors or out- it's perfect for a dining table, buffet, or coffee table. I would love to see how you customize it and make it your own!