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Summer Front Porch Tour and Garden Hop
There is something about home tours that energizes and excites me. It’s a chance to start with a clean slate, a new season, and a fresh look. Even though this is an outdoor tour I have changed things up quite a bit since last years tour. Having lived here at the lake full time for an entire year now, I realized that the old patio set-up just wasn’t working for our lifestyle. We needed more space to entertain on our little patio so I sold the vintage wrought iron set to a neighbor. Thank to our friend Tara of Lehman Lane for inviting us. Welcome to my new summer front porch tour…
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Luckily I found the perfect sized rug to fit the patio. I have never owned an indoor/outdoor rug before and I was a bit hesitant to purchase this one. Our patio is not covered and I worried that the elements would destroy it within a week. Happily that has not happened and the rug has been out here for about two months now. And we have had lots of rain…I mean tons of rain! Even as I was taking these photos the wind kicked up, blew pine straw and leaves everywhere and within fifteen minutes a flash-flood warning was issued.
The patio seems so much larger now with this new entertaining space. Do you remember the wire spool table that I made? It is the perfect centerpiece for serving and entertaining guests. Honey Bee and I love to have morning coffee and evening cocktails here as well.
The colorful floral pillow came as a pair and was on the clearance aisle from HomeGoods. That adorable tasseled lime green throw? It’s actually a beach towel from WalMart! I know 🙂
I made the nautical serving tray last year. It gets a lot of use between the kitchen and the porch.
Now, remember I live out in the country and my home decor shopping options are limited unless I go to town. Imagine my delight when I found these super cute appetizer plates at the hardware store!
And you know I can’t resist cute napkins.
The summer inspired succulents I made a couple of years ago still look great.
Cuttings from my hydrangea bushes fill the house and are a perfect addition to the vintage mason jar.
Have you ever tasted this Italian bubbly lemonade? Yum!
There should probably be a giant disclaimer inserted here for a couple of reasons. We live in a townhouse and don’t really have a yard. All of our flowers are in containers and pots.
Petunias are supposed to be a great beat-the-heat plant. Love this shade of pink.
This variety of begonia is new to me.
The floral petals are longer and close up in the evening and open during the daytime.
Sadly, my hydrangea bushes are not producing as well this year as they did last year. In fact, one bush isn’t flowering at all. If anyone has any tips I am open to suggestions. I am so grateful for the flowers that do bloom because they are healthy and robust.
I planted a different variety of plants in this gorgeous turquoise pot.
This colorful display greets our friends at the front door. I’m happy to report that the rolling wire spool table is holding up very well!
Here is one of our daily visitors. I just love deer, even though they have eaten some of my beautiful flowers and herbs.
When I sit at my desk I lose count of how many humming birds come to the feeders. They are so graceful.
I hope that you enjoyed my summer front porch and garden tour. Don’t forget to visit all of the other tours below. So much talent and inspiration!