One of my favorite things about springtime in Tennessee is when the winter melts away and warmer weather moves in. It means it is time to open up the porch! From a cup of tea to reading a good book, my favorite place to spend time at home is on my back porch. Spending time at home is only as comfortable as the home you are spending time in, and I decided it was important for my porch to feel comfortable and inviting with plenty of seating and space for entertaining and relaxation.
A table big enough to gather with family and friends is the heart of any gathering room. I started furnishing my porch with a table handed down by a dear friend. This beautiful table had been in her family for years, but she didn’t have a spot for it. It is long, but is it also narrow, so it doesn’t look like it’s the only thing taking up space in the room.
I had the talented @DavidWatsonWoodworks design and build the long benches to sit on either side of the porch table. He also built the hanging porch swing. I had seen a daybed swing like this at an 1800s farmhouse down in Spring Hill years ago. I knew it would be the perfect piece for our screened in porch. David worked with me to come up with a design. The porch swing is a perfect spot to read a book, take an afternoon nap, or sit and enjoy a cup of tea with a friend.
I’m a huge fan of collecting pillows when you find them, and these mixed pattern pillows I gathered over time at TJ Maxx, Target, Marshalls and Home Depot. The blend of patterns and textures keeps the seating relaxed and fit the country chic theme of the rest of my house. Thanks to @ErinO’Donnell’s suggestion, I choose to paint my porch ceiling Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams. This warm, breezy blue color looks like the sky on a clear day and coordinated perfectly with my pillows and furniture. The little white bench was a great seating addition, found at a local yard sale. Yard sales are great places to find unique pieces that you can put in a space to give it some character. The rug is a Home Goods find, another place I ‘d recommend frequenting for decorating treasures. Nadeau furniture is a furniture store stock full of unique, painted pieces. I found my sideboard there and it was the perfect touch of rustic wood for the porch. TAG in Franklin is another secret spot of mine for hunting down antiques that fit my personal style. I choose these green chairs for the ends of the table to add some pops of color that incorporated well with the pillows I had on the swing. For a final touch, I choose drapes from IKEA, made with synthetic material to resist moisture and hanging lanterns I picked up at Southeastern Salvage.
I loved decorating my porch, and making it a functional and beautiful space to come home and relax after a long workday. We also enjoy family time on the porch and hosting friends and gatherings in the space. Whether you are moving into a new home, or looking to spruce up a space in your home, matching your home with your personality will make it an inviting space where you will feel good and want to spend time.
Benches/ Porch Swing --- David Watson Woodworks
Pillows --- TJ Maxx, TAG, Home Depot
White Bench --- Local Yard Sale
Table --- Friend
Sideboard --- Nadeau Furniture
White Table --- Found in a house I sold last summer
Green Chairs --- TAG
Ceiling Paint --- Rainwashed Sherwin Williams
Curtains --- IKEA