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Please tell me I’m not alone…please tell me you have a space in your home that you ignore. I’ve been ignoring my back porch. Like, completely, flat out ignoring. It’s become a dumping ground for outdoor furniture that has no home, kid toys, and a well-intentioned conversation set that the dog has claimed. (I’m cringing even putting this image here!)
It’s sad because it’s a great space – and I was completely wasting it. Because there was no “draw” — nothing special or fun or even pretty to look at — it wasn’t a place we wanted to spend time. It was finally time to tackle the seemingly overwhelming project and transform this space into a place we WANT to hang out, where we’re glad to invite friends to, and into a retreat for the whole family.
Inspired by our Alt trip at the end of January to Palm Springs, I wanted a little kitsch, some white space, some natural elements, and something to make me feel like I was sitting in an oasis surrounded by fun splashes of color. For a little motivation, I wanted it all to be done for a small Cinco de Mayo party (anyone else work best under a fun deadline?). I couldn’t be any happier with the results!
The centerpiece of the ‘new room’? The incredible deep seat porch swing bed. It’s deep enough to settle in for a long talk, a snuggle with a kiddo, or a little afternoon siesta. Underfoot, a sandy colored outdoor rug does double (triple?) duty – it’s really soft and makes a great spot for littles to play, it covers up my concrete porch and, because the porch gets super slick with a drop of dew or humidity, it keeps me on my feet!
Raise your hand if you get excited when you find outdoor pillows that are as awesome as indoor pillows! (I’m raising high!!) The cool graphic black and white and chartreuse designs are anything but boring and help the space feel like a living area and not just another patio.
To help define the space on the yard side, a long steel box planter with some cool palms helps add to the Palm Spring-y feeling. The steel on this will age to a really cool rust color over time. I’m looking forward to adding some more plants in there over time (baby steps!).
Over on the other side a pony tail palm found it’s forever home in a concrete colored terra cotta planter. In real life, the accent on the edges is a metallic copper color and SO pretty. I added the little stand under it so I could roll it away from the rug (even though it could totally handle it) for heavy duty watering.
Every good seating space needs a great side table. A garden stool was the perfect height to allow the swing to pass right over it – but also tall enough to be reachable when you’re on the swing. The soft turquoise color and cool design (dare I say “Palm Springs” inspired, again?) just seals the deal!
And though it’s not every night, we do get some pretty drastic temperature drops in the evenings – a dedicated throw blanket for the porch means that my inside blankets won’t find themselves outside, and I could pick one that was just right for the space.
One of the things I was certain needed to be included was a space that was multi-use but great for entertaining. Setting up a make-shift drink station, or making a place for snacks, fajitas or dessert (or all of the above!) is easy with this Chinese fir wood potting bench. It may not see much potting action but I also won’t worry about it during water gun fights, when a drink splashes on it or whatever! It’s also a nice height – comfortable for serving – which is something I think was looking for.
Whats a Cinco de Mayo party without some festive serving pieces and cool outdoor cups? I’m sticking to my guns when it comes to the pitcher – my husband’s famous margaritas deserve a real pitcher and how amazing is this Fiestaware piece? The tumblers are plastic and anything but boring – cute enough to do double duty in the kid-cup section in my kitchen.
A hard working copper tray keeps drink sweat and drips from making a soggy mess – and is helpful for getting everything from inside to out.
I couldn’t be happier with the space – it feels welcoming, open and ready for a party! I’m looking forward to adding to it through the summer – but for now Happy Cinco de Mayo, friends! I’ll be on my swing with a cold one!
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RUG: Cocoa – 8.5 ft square
PILLOWS: Chartreuse Yellow Oval Ikat + Black and White Stripes
SEATING: Swing Bed
PLANTERS: Belham Living ‘Bisbee’ + Veradek Metallic Series Long Box Planter – Corten Steel
ENTERTAINING: Potting Bench | Acrylic Tumblers – Yellow | Copper Party Tray | Fiesta Pitcher
ACCESSORIES: Garden Stool (Light Blue)