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
I was more excited than usual to decorate our front porch this year because we just completed a much overdue renovation of the porch which now has all new supports, stairs, and lumber all around. We have not gotten to stain the wood yet, but who knows when we’ll have time to do that, so I just went ahead and started decking it out for fall! This is a project we had on our list since moving in, as many of the boards had major cracking or holes in them, but somehow or another it always got pushed to the side. Now it’s as good as new and completely structurally sound as well.Read More
September is here and it's time to decorate for the changing seasons! Without a doubt, my favorite area to decorate each year is my front porch and I'm always looking for new ideas and inspirations each year. Below I've rounded up my favorite ideas for decorating your porch, no matter the size. You'll find ideas for decking out small porches, medium porches, and large porches as well, and many ideas that can work for porches of any size. Let me know which ideas you'll be trying and which porches are your favorite!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
Porches are my favorite part of seasonal decorating every year, especially in the fall! I love making the space extra cozy and adding lots of natural touches like pumpkins, gourds, foddershocks, and plants. This year I decided to go for a more neutral color palette on the porch. I chose lots of white, light green, and peachy toned pumpkins and all white mums. I used foddershocks again on the columns in front and lots of dried hydrangeas to fill in some of my planters. I love to use a mix of vintage baskets, wooden crates, and metal buckets for planters that have a little extra character. On the chairs, I added a mix of patterned pillows and a vintage brown plaid blanket. Many of my porch decorations are thrifted or vintage but I've linked lots of similar options below for you to shop! Happy Fall!
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!