Saturday, June 19, 2010

Front Porch Sittin

Front Porch Sittin'

Almost 6 years ago, my husband built me the front porch of my dreams. I always pictured it decorated in cottage colors with lots of floral and pinks but, somehow - it demanded a red, white and blue theme!
I started my tablescape with a navy blue dish towel from The Dollar Tree as my "tablecloth".  I found this ruffled plate (shhhh it's plastic) at Wally World.

I added this adorable salad plate  
(again, Wally World - both plates were only $1.50 each)

I guess it might look a little better if I had centered the salad plate!
I found this napkin in box from my mother's house, then used a silk flower as a napkin ring.

I found the salt and peppers (Avon, I believe) and glassware in my hutch. The little wine glass is part of a set with a matching carafe that my best friend's mother gave me as a wedding gift. We were only 19 and legally could not even purchase wine - but I felt sophisticated when I added it to my bridal registry.

I wanted to share some pictures of my porch, too.
The first one is you sitting on the porch watching the world go by! My orange day lilies and flowering shrubs hide you from the traffic. Only those strolling by can see you and wave.

I found the pillows years ago for only a few dollars. My daughters were County Fair Queens and we needed something comfortable for Royalty to plant themselves on when riding in parades.  I think at this point I would describe the pillows as "cozy".

I have been collecting the red, white and blue for a few years now. This is only a small portion of items now residing on my porch!

That is a vintage croquet set hiding behind this teddy bear. I found it at a flea market for only $17.00.
We make our own rules and play a very competitive game.

This rusty watering can was part of a set that my youngest daughter's godmother gifted me years ago. They used to hang in a tree!

One last look at my tablescape.  If you were wondering where I have been . . . I have been visiting your blogs, usually from work. Unfortunately I cannot leave a message telling all of you how awesome you all are!  I cannot figure out how you all make time for all this with jobs, family, housework and sleep!  All of you are so amazing!
I will be linking to that Superwoman Susan's Tablescape Thursday! Please visit and admire all the lovely tablescapes.
I am also linking for the first time to Rhondi's Summer Porch Party. What a great idea for a First Day of Summer Blog!


  1. Your porch looks so comfy and welcoming...cute red/white/blue table for you! I haven't played a game croquet in years...
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  2. Oh, what a fun porch! Everything is so festive, and what better than a patriotic theme! I bet your family loves having those nice rockers to enjoy, and I think the cushions are so clever!

    Wishing you a very Happy Porch Party Monday and First Day of Summer...


    Sheila :-)

  3. What a pretty table and porch. It certainly looks like you are ready for the 4th!

  4. What a wonderful porch! I can see how you would enjoy sitting there and watch the world go by!.. I also love your Americana accents and touches. It is just perfect for visiting!
    Great tour!

  5. Oh, Miss Merry...what a lovely porch your sweetie built for you. I just love the way you have it decorated. I could sit and rock there for hours...and then you could serve me some wine in that pretty glass and maybe chocolate...chocolate goes sooooooo good with wine, don'tchaknow!! :)))
    xo bj

  6. I see your ready for the Fourth of July, I am too! Love all your patriotic decorations! I especially love the dishs from Walmart. I saw those there yesterday too and really had a hard time not buying the blue floral dishs. Your porch looks fantastic!

  7. Fantastic!

    Very patriotic pillows! I love it!

    nice porch!


  8. I love your big front porch. I hope porches are making a come back. You are all ready for 4th of July. Pretty table setting!

  9. I love your red, white and blue theme! Congratulations on your new front porch. You will find that it quickly becomes your most favorite room in the house!!

    Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  10. What a wonderful porch. I love how country it looks, with teddy bears and red white and blue. I have always wanted a front porch, and yours is beautiful. I love this background for your blog too. So nice to meet you.

  11. What a great porch! I love those cushions in the rocking chairs! You won't have to do a thing for the 4th of July!


  12. Love it, gotta love red, white and blue! Everything looks great!

  13. Oh how pretty your porch looks for the 4th and all summer long!

  14. What a great table for the fourth! I like your rocker cushions too!


  15. I would just love to come and sit on your patriotic front porch! It is wonderfully welcoming and inviting!

    Your table is also a patriotic tribute. How cleave to use a dish towel! And your Wally world plates look fabulous and upscale!
    Now if you will set another place, I'd love to join you!

  16. That looks sweet! Pretty dishes...
    And I love your patriotic porch!

  17. i think it all looks nice and I got the red and white plastic dish at walmart love it but did not come up with an idea yet how to decorate with it, but you just helped.

  18. What a cute little table for one! I love your dishes. Your porch is truly amazing, especially your chair cushions! Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  19. You hubby did a great work with building this nice porch. That makes an additional nice and cozy room in the summer as you showed us these nice pillows and the cute table. Such a sweet tablesetting.
    Greetings, Johanna

  20. Beautiful porch!The rocker pillows are fun! Love the little flower plate too!

  21. I love the view from your porch and your daylillies. Your porch and tablescape look all ready for the 4th. :)

  22. I love those wonderful chair cushions, have not seen any like that around hear. it looks like you are all ready for the 4th of July, love the dishes so much.I am a new follower and I will be back again to visit, come on over for a visit...

  23. Oh, I would love to come and "sit a spell" on your wonderful, comfy porch! And what a pretty placesetting! I think I need to get myself over to Wally World before all those fun dishes are gone!

  24. Firstly, your porch is WONDERFUL..and I love it all dressed in Americana! Your Wally plates are great (I've seen those there and Wally's is really stepping it up) and they are simply PERFECT for al fresco dining :)


  25. I just love your porch!
    Perfect for the 4th!
    Dee Dee

  26. Your porch and table are so festive, and just right for the upcoming July 4th celebrations.
    Very nicely done!!
    Thanks for visiting and leaving such a sweet comment! I hope you'll be back again soon.
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  27. What a perfect time to show us your charming front porch! Your table looks festive and appealing. Fun story about selecting the wine glasses/carafe as a "child bride!" ;)

  28. I am sitting on the porch looking through the daylilies. It is so beautiful. I really like the cushions and the cute decorations for July 4th. I haven't got any. I need to get some! Have a nice Sunday and a nice 4th.


Thank you so much for stopping by to visit! I love your comments and suggestions and read them all.

Miss Merry