Decorating Ideas for Outdoor Porches and Seating Areas

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Spring Porch Inspiration

As best I can tell, we’re at the tail end of pollen season here in North Carolina, which means it’s time to pressure wash all the outdoor furniture and get ready to enjoy the outdoors again.

Spring lavender Hey Y'all Wreath | 11 Magnolia Lane

In honor of the sunny days and iced tea that will soon be enjoyed on the porch, I thought I’d share a few of our favorite outdoor spaces. As you may remember, our current home (the MCC House) has a front porch and a screened porch; both are petite in keeping with the overall size of the house, but they are just right for us. I would be sitting out here now if there wasn’t a half inch of pollen on my cushions! (#weekendproject)

MCC House

Our previous house had a gorgeous, deep front porch:

Covered front porch | 11 Magnolia Lane

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And a huge back deck where we spent tons of time.  Our conversation set got a lot of use as we sat and watched the golfers go by.

"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane


"Light Up the Night" Summer Housewalk with Balsam Hill | 11 Magnolia Lane

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Amy’s parents live just a few miles from her, and so her mom’s beautiful decorating style sometimes makes a guest appearance.  Her blue and wicker screened porch is one of my favorites, and the pillows are a fun combination of patterns and styles.

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Amy’s screened porch used to be decorated in yellows and grays, which I always thought was a peaceful color combination.  I could definitely see myself with a book out here!

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Some of you may remember our small covered porch at our Savannah house.  Since the bugs are truly out of control in the Low Country, I DIY’ed a screened porch using inexpensive sheer curtains and a staple gun.  When we dined outside and the bugs were bad, we just closed the sheers–it worked like a charm for under $20.  These are the sheers I used, and you can read more about this easy little project here.

basket pillows blanket porch

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Speaking of easy outdoor DIYs, I also tried an experiment using regular black spray paint to freshen up my sun-faded seat cushions.  You can see in the photo below that they turned out great!

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Last but not least, when Amy lived at her coastal Virginia home, she had the bright idea to paint an old kitchen baker’s rack and use it as an outdoor entertaining station. A can of bright green spray paint and it coordinated perfectly with her cushions:

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Speaking of cushions, here are a few of our favorite sources for outdoor cushions and accessories.



You can see ALL of our porches and outdoor spaces by visiting {this} page.

Crossing fingers for a sunny and warm weekend! Thanks for stopping by~

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  1. Oh how I wish this pollen would go away. So ready for some porch sitting.

  2. KittyLuvr says

    I even have pollen in my house!!! I keep my mouth closed when I start my car…pollen comes through the AC vents….I think we have about another week of it….so enjoy these pics…esp. the sheer curtains to curtail bugs!

  3. Vritika| Villas in OMR says

    love the Virginia home porch. Simply amazing!! The wrath OMG:)

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