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Outdoor Living Summer Tour

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Hello, Summer!

I absolutely adore this time of the year……..

kids home from school, longer days, eating on the porches, chatting by the fire-pit after dark……I could go on and on.

I could do without the extreme heat and mosquitoes, but that's ok!

Many thanks to sweet, Marty from A Stroll Thru Life  for organizing yet another amazing seasonal tour. 

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Welcome to the 2017 Summer Home Tour!

If you are stopping by from Anita at Far Above Rubies, then a big welcome! Grab a glass of iced tea and join me on the front porch.

In honor of summer and where we spend so much time, I thought I'd share 2 of our outdoor living spaces with you.

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Outdoor Living Summer Tour

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

I'm so excited to share our front porch with you this year. I finally bought new wicker rockers!!!

Adding pop of color to the front porch with plants from Monrovia. Great ideas for updating old pots and planting pots. #monrovia #ad

Here's a photo right before I got the chairs. 

Adding pop of color to the front porch with plants from Monrovia. Great ideas for updating old pots and planting pots. #monrovia #ad

All of the plantings around the base of the front porch are just various green shrubs. The only extra color is from these pots here and the hanging baskets.

Adding pop of color to the front porch with plants from Monrovia. Great ideas for updating old pots and planting pots. #monrovia #ad

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Thank goodness for our pressure washer because this brick patio has to be cleaned a couple of times per year. Crazy me, but I love to pressure wash. Am I the only one?

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Last summer, we had the ceiling painted haint blue and I adore it. Best decision ever.

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Teak benches flank the front steps. They have been regular spots for photos especially at prom.

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Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

I added the striped rug in December. I love the relaxed feel it gives the porch not to mention the texture and pattern it adds.

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

The resin wicker rockers were a steal from Kirkland's for around $115 each. 

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

The floral pillows are from Lowes. They are very bold and different from what I'd normally purchase. I brought 1 home to try. No one was really crazy about them, but I was just drawn to the colors. Every color that I love to use is in this pillow! They are fun and bright. I need a little bright. I went back and bought them for the front and back. Now everyone loves them! Cute little blue metal table is from Big Lots.

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

The seat cushions are from Marshalls. 

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Seriously, my prize plant find for this season came from the recommendation of a staging client of mine. I've seen them before, but kind of passed them over. They are called Macho ferns. Yes, that is the correct name. I had already decided no more Boston ferns for me. We were tired of the constant mess from the shedding. These do not shed and grow big….pretty macho…huh?

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

I sold the old table and chairs on the porch. It was just too small and not comfortable for the space. This table was in a model apartment. It was no longer needed for staging so I got it for free! It is a beast. I can't even begin to tell you how freaking heavy the glass is. The chairs aren't the best for it, but suffice. They were on the back patio.

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

We've been eating out here more now. It's such a cozy nook on the porch.

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Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

My favorite thing on this table is that sweet bowl! They go perfectly with the napkins and my blue willow china. The bowls are from Big Lots! I bought them when I was in the store over Christmas. I've been dying to use them.

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

The porch is an eclectic mix of new, budget and thrift store finds. The perfect combo!

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Even the lanterns are from Big Lots!

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Hanging flowers replace Boston Ferns on the porch now. Don't miss the mess!

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

The perfect spot for watching the rabbits frolic in the yard and the occasional deer bolt by. 

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Bentley welcomes you to the backyard. It's fenced so he can roam free!

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

When I moved the 4 wrought iron chairs to the front porch, I replaced them with these plastic Adirondack chairs from True Value. They are so comfortable and portable!

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Love the conversation around the fire-pit.

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Lowes has some really good-looking and inexpensive resin wicker chaise lounges that I want to add in the open area. 

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

The farmhouse metal vase holder is from Kirkland's. It is seriously perfect for holding fresh-cut flowers from the yard. My Knock-Out roses have been in full bloom! The table-cloth is from Wal-mart.

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Since the pillows have so much color, I decided to go a bit more blue on this side with the pink flowers.

Ideas for southern outdoor living! Welcome to this large front porch and backyard terrace area.

Patio fire-pit refresh just in time for Father's Day! #ad #TrueValue

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope your summer is magical!

Be sure to visit the next stop on the tour…..Pam from Simple Details.

 

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Tuesday – June 13

Thrifty & Chic

21 Rosemary Lane

Decorating Delirium

The Chronicles of Home

Hymns & Verses

My Sweet Savannah

Wednesday – June 14

Life Love Larson

Making Home Base

Inspiration for Moms

Duke Manor Farm

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Our Fifth House

Thursday – June 15

Life & Home @ 2102

It All Started With Paint

Simply Stylings

11 Magnolia Lane

Remodelando La Casa

Southern Hospitality

Fri – June 16

Refresh Restyle

Far Above Rubies

Our Southern Home

Simple Details

Haneen's Haven

Common Ground

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19 Comments

  1. Thanks so much! Yes, Bentley is precious and spoiled rotten! So sweet of you to visit. So happy to have you!!! XO-Christy

  2. How beautiful! Those wicker rocking chairs have me looking at southern houses with porches on trulia. Brings me back to visiting my grandparents in North Carolina, and the beautiful porch they had.

  3. Wow your front porch is so grand! I love the colorful pillows! I’m al about adding pops of color especially in outdoor spaces. The turquoise little side table looks great! I shop all the sources that you used for your outdoor space. Your backyard space looks very inviting and relaxing too. Love your pup! I’m following on instagram now! I found you on Savvy Southern Style where you are featured today.

  4. Thanks so much. Marty! So appreciate you hard work in arranging the tour. Lots of talent and ideas!

  5. Thanks so much! Yes, Bentley always seem to be around at photo time…always a cute add!

  6. Thanks so much!!! Yes, I have learned through the years that you need not break the bank to have high style on a shoestring budget!I love a good find. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Thanks so much, Laura! The shutters are operable, but always leave them closed….not sure why. I might just have to go open them now to see! 🙂

  8. you have so many amazing spots outdoors! i love that extended courtyard at your front entry. i never noticed that and I also love the shutters that are used for privacy on your porch. Do you always keep them closed?

  9. I love to pressure wash too…. I think of it as when I vacuum, that nice clean feeling.
    I adore your house, but I like the way you use common store ( i.e. Walmart, Kirkland, Big lots) to get really good buys and the items looks classy. Good girl.

  10. Your home is just so enchanting Christy! Inviting, warm and oh-so-beautiful! Love the photo of you on your back patio! So honored to share this home tour with you, CHEERS!

  11. Your porch is a dream. I love a grand porch and yours definitely is. Those rockers are perfect too. I think I need to get a few of those adirondack chairs for our patio. Thanks so much for joining the tour, always full of ideas and inspiration.

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