April 18, 2014

How To Decorate Your Porch In 39 Easy Steps

When I showed you my porch the other day, it occurred to me that you might be interested to see how I went about "designing" it.

How to decorate a porch

Well it starts with a vision in your head. And then you put that vision down on a mood board. And then you go out shopping at all the high end stores looking for just the right accessories.

Screeeech . . .

Maybe that's how Nate Berkus or Martha Stewart's crew does it, but I have my own little version of decorating that goes something like this:

Stand in your front yard in your pajamas and socks and scope out the scene.

Decide that you need a good heaping dose of color on the porch right about now. And maybe a piece of non-porch-like furniture.

Go back inside to change your socks, because walking in the yard with just socks on when you also have dogs is not a good move.

Dig around in the garage to find the table you have in mind.

Start to wonder if this table actually exists. Or are you remembering a table from one of your many thrifting dreams? Where is that stupid table?

The making of a porch vignette

Do your best impersonation of a circus contortionist to extricate the table from the pile of furniture, chairs and garden junk which is at least 7 foot high.

Realize it would probably make the evening news if you were to be buried alive in a pile of your own junk. You do not want to be on the evening news.

Finally dig out the table and drag it to the front porch.

Drag it back off the front porch when you notice spider egg sacks hanging from the bottom of the table. And now from your left boob.

Remove said egg sacks. Both from the table and the boob. And try to get the image of baby spiders crawling around on your chest out of your mind.

Drag the table back up onto the porch.

The making of a porch vignette

Go back to the garage to find one of your galvanized pails. Realize the particular pail you are thinking of is in the basement.

Traipse downstairs to find it in the basement.

Try to remember where you put your pussy willow branches from last year. Yes, they're in the space above the garage accessible only by a rickety pull-down-from-the-ceiling ladder.

Take your life into your own hands to climb the ladder of doom. What is the weight limit on this thing?

Retrieve the pussy willows and place them in the pail. Not sure it was worth the whole trip, but by golly, they are staying there now!

Grab your vintage metal picnic basket and put it on the table. Realize it needs a little something in it.

Run to local garden center and spend half an hour picking out the right mini-flat of pansies.

All yellow? All blue? Dark spot in the middle? Or all one color throughout the petals? What about a multi-colored pack?

Decide on all yellow mainly because it is the color closest to you when you notice the garden center workers are starting to point in your direction and giggle.

The making of a porch vignette

Plop pansies down in the picnic basket.

Grab the pillow covers that you had sewn previously and put them on your pillows.

Realize you forgot to measure the pillows before making the coverings. Decide it should be a law that all pillows sold are 18" square.

Think about re-sewing them. After regaining your sanity, decide that baggy pillows are "in" this year.

The making of a porch vignette

Decide you need something above the table.

Or do you?

Try a empty picture frame. Too small. What about a larger frame?

Practically trip over a green cabinet door on your way to return picture frame to picture frame pile. You do have a picture frame pile, don't you?

Decide green cabinet door can work.

Run to Home Depot to pick up eye screws in order to hang the cabinet door.

Spend half hour at Home Depot looking for eye screws. Who knew they were in the nuts and bolts section?

Wear your fingers down to the nubs screwing in eye screws.

Hang the door and decide it still needs something.

What about the black tray? Where is the black tray? Are you just imagining you own a black tray?

OK, found it in the basement. Now how to hang it? Not using eye screws, that's for sure.

Decide to use sticky backed Velcro. Thank God you actually have that at the house and do not have to make one more trip.

Wave to guy across the street when you realize he's been watching you.

Bad enough if it was a girl watching you, at least she might understand decorating, but you're pretty sure the guy is watching out of amusement/confusion.

Realize your doormat is shedding and you can longer read the word WELCOME on it. Looks totally out of place with your new fresh porch look.

The making of a porch vignette

Run to Target to buy a new doormat. So much for no more trips.


32 miles on the car.

Boy, this decorating stuff is easy.

Oh, wait. Photos.

Off to find camera . . .

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April 14, 2014

Colorful Spring Front Porch

I wanted to do a little something different with my porch this spring. Shake it up a bit.

Vintage spring front porch decor

Truth be told (and why in the heck wouldn't I tell the truth) I don't normally decorate the porch for spring per se.

I'm normally a summer, fall and winter porch decorator. Or would that be porch-orator?

Vintage spring front porch decor

I mean, this is Ohio. Spring is sort of fleeting and sketchy. It's unpredictable.

But with the crummy winter weather we along with most of the country had, I was itching to get some color on the porch.

And what's more colorful than a bright yellow, all up in your face, spring has sprung, table!

Vintage spring front porch decor

And a vintage metal picnic basket full of pansies.

Pansies in a vintage metal picnic basket

I hung my cabinet door that I had painted with green chalk paint on the wall.

Vintage spring front porch decor

And added a thrifted tray for added interest. At least I hope it adds interest?

Black tray as part of vintage spring front porch decor

I had made these pillow coverings a few weeks ago and sort of forgot to measure the pillows before I started sewing.

I know. That is a pretty obvious step to overlook.

Vintage spring front porch decor

So they are a little baggier than I would like, but the chances of me actually re-sewing them are slim to none. Hopefully baggy pillows will be the new "in" look this year.

Vintage spring front porch decor

All my past porch posts can be found by clicking on the photos below. Most of them have at least a few vintage items thrown on the porch:

P.S. - look what finally made an appearance in my yard this year. I have neighbors down the street that have had their daffs up for weeks. Not sure what's wrong with these slackers.

Spring daffodils

Do you have your porch decorated for spring? Or do you wait for summer? Or do you just throw a wreath on the door and call it a day?

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April 11, 2014

A Church Rummage Sale

I went to a church rummage sale today and all I got was this t-shirt set of badminton rackets and a box of Shiny Brites.

Vintage badminton rackets and Shiny Brites

And who knew badminton had that weird "n" thrown in the middle?

April 7, 2014

The Making Of A Vintage Thermos Collection

You know how you buy one thing. That one time. Just because it's a good deal.

Or it's really cute.

And then you start seeing similar things at yard sales for a buck or two and you think, why not?

And next thing you know, you have yourself a bona fide collection?

Well, that's what happened to me with thermoses.

Believe me, I never started out one day saying "Boy, I really need to have a collection of used insulated coffee holding devices which probably don't even work anymore and who-knows-who has drunk out of".

Nope, never happened.

Collection of vintage thermoses used as kitchen decor


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