Summertime on the Porch


Hello Friends and welcome to my front porch!!

I'm so very excited to be a part of this amazing Spring into Summer Blog Hop hosted by Amber at Follow The Yellow Brick Home. Thank you Amber for hosting this Hop! 




I hope you enjoyed seeing Kristin's beautiful outdoor space at White Arrows Home.



Here at Welch House we are blessed with a very large porch complete with beautiful Roman style columns.


The porch is so large that I was able to divide it into two separate areas..a "dining space" and a "conversation space."


This is my relaxing conversation area. I have decorated my porch in a black and white theme for a sophisticated Parisian vibe. The wicker swing and chairs have been with me for a long time. They were a gift from my husband for our front porch back when we lived in our first home in Kansas, a sweet little bungalow on the edge of town.


The coffee table was a garage sale find that I updated with a fresh coat of white paint. The French side table was also a thrift store find that I painted black.


Last year I gifted the house this pair of beautiful french style porch lights to replace the 1980's gold set that I had been tolerating...lol. Little changes make such a big difference and adds a touch of elegance.



I love my black and white striped seat cushions. Sadly, the cushion on the swing met with a disaster in my washing machine and ripped, so I just keep a cozy pink blanket on the seat to  add beauty and warmth, but also to hide the rip.








This is a photo of our home from the realtor listing many years ago. There was a screened in porch on one side put in by the previous owners which I removed and used that space as my outdoor dining area.


In this area I created a dining space by adding a french provincial style table and chairs that I found at a garage sale for $40. I painted the table pink and the chairs black from their original brown color, and then added black and white striped fabric to the seats to match my seat cushions on the wicker set.


I did hang a huge chandelier over the table for a fun look. My favorite part of this area is the white curtains. I love to watch them blowing around in the wind.


I have never photographed my front porch before. Mostly because it isn't "PERFECT'. The ceiling of the porch needs to completely be replaced and is not pretty. The roof needed to be replaced years before we purchased this house and sadly the leak completely destroyed the ceiling underneath. We replaced the roof but still haven't been able to replace the ceiling, so I've always shied away from showing this area because of all of the flaws.


But I am so happy Amber encouraged me to share this space anyways because it did photograph beautifully and is a gorgeous porch in spite of the flaws!


I just want to encourage and inspire you to decorate and enjoy your spaces even if they aren't perfect. There is beauty in the imperfections. Our home still needs so much work, and a fresh coat of paint, but I love her anyways and I work hard to gradually bring her back to her original beauty... slowly and on a budget.





I love love love this lady head statue planter! I always keep her on the front porch.


Today she is keeping company with my pink depression glass pitcher and goblets filled with lemonade. The fresh roses are from my garden this year.



This is a favorite spot that my little boy enjoys spending time in. He loves swinging on the wicker swing after school, and you can usually find him sitting on the rug with toys spread around him.



I would also like to share one more special outdoor area of my home.


This little space is under our covered Portico.


It features a beautiful beveled glass window.. and my very favorite door.





This door actually leads to a very special room in my house..a small chapel that I created several years ago.


The door is so ornate. I love the black paint, but honestly I'm dreaming of painting it a soft pink.


This sweet little plaque my husband gifted me for our 4th anniversary..we will be married 13 years this December. It wouldn't be "home" if it wasn't displayed on our house.


I hope you enjoyed seeing my outdoor spaces today and hopefully you got some ideas for your own outdoor areas! Remember there is beauty in imperfection and don't wait until a space is perfect before you let yourself  enjoy it! Next up is Decorate and More With Tip! Enjoy!



-Larissa






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15 comments

  1. Larissa, your porch is absolutely charming! I have the matching male head vase 😊 It is a pleasure to join you for the hop this week. Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

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  2. What an absolutely enchanting front porch. I love the pink touches paired with classic black and white!

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  3. I am in love with you porch and the black, white and pink decor. Very pretty Larissa!

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  4. I think the imperfections make it all even more perfect, Larissa! Your home is as beautiful as a dream; I loved seeing the original realtor pic. And your chapel door, what a treasure, indeed!You love all those special old house features like I do! My kids used to spend hours playing under our covered back porch, too. Great memory-making spot! Thanks for the tour!

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  5. Your porch is pretty dreamy. I love your use of indoor furniture. That black door is perfection.

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  6. I have been waiting for three months since I first talked you into joining the porch hop and I KNEW it was going to be dreamy! Oh I just can't take it...I want to scream! Those columns, the vase head lady, the billowy curtains, the roses...The chippy-shabbilicious paint on the ceiling that you hate but I think of as shabby chic! And of course the portico porch, just precious and magical! Every single thing you touch is magic Larissa! Just fabby-shabby French and historic charm galore! LOVE it. Now...start thinking of how you want to decorate it for fall because we all want to see it again for the fall porches tours!

    Enjoy summer in your beautiful outdoor spaces my talented friend. Thank you so much for joining the hop!

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  7. Wow your Parisian vibe is spot on! I love every single little touch...and I would never want to leave your porch if it was mine! Enjoy it this summer!

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  8. I think the magazines should be lined up at your front step begging over who could get your porch first. It's just so lovely and oh my goodness, those columns are amazing! I'm so glad you shared your beautiful spaces, the chippy paint and imperfect ceiling are all part of the charming package! The black/white/pink color combo is perfectly Paris!

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  9. Larissa,
    I love your big, roomy porch with its white columns! All of the French decor makes me happy to see them. Yes, one day your porch will be in a magazine! As for imperfections, every house has them. Even brand new ones.

    Years ago I remember reading that it's best not to point out mistakes, flaws, imperfections of your own to others. Many people will never notice the imperfections unless they are pointed out to them. So, I say, I love your porch! And, I purposefully did not try to find any flaws in your ceiling.

    Happy summer,

    Judith

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  10. The black and white stripes make such a bold statement.

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  11. Sometimes we are so critical of ourselves and what we put out on our blogs. But I'm so glad you shared your porch and all it's "flaws" that aren't flaws but character. It's gorgeous and you've done a phenomenal job. I adore your home and especially love that you use real furniture outside. I try and do that too but chicken out and bring it back inside. Ugh. And who else gets to say they have a small "chapel" in their home?! Can hardly wait to see that! You are so talented Larissa. Thanks for the inspo today!

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  12. Wow I love the amazing contrast between the bold black and delicate pink accents. So beautiful and romantic! Well done Larissa!

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  13. Every time I see your gorgeous home Larissa I fall even more in love with pink! I love how you used it on your front porch with the white and black. It's stunning. You always put so much thought and detail into your spaces both inside and out. The only thing I spy is perfection! Hugs and happy summer, CoCo

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  14. I am so happy that you decided to share your beautiful porch! Your porch looks like it is out of a magazine! The black and white stripes are beautiful and the pink is a perfect accent to soften it. My favorite thing is how you have used upcycled traditional indoor furniture outside! Bravo!!

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  15. Hi Larissa!
    You porch is charming! There is so much to love about it - the columns, the white curtains, the pink table for starters. I really like the pink with the black and white theme. Oh, and I can totally see the door leading to your chapel painted pink.

    I would love for you to share this (and any other projects) at my Homestyle Gathering link party. The party opens every Tuesday at 9 AM and is open until Saturday at 7 PM. I hope to see you there!

    >>> Kim

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