I’ve been told that we go through different periods of time in our life, and that instead of trying to control what we think we’re “supposed to do,” that we should learn to go with the flow and just do that which calls out to us. Well, for me, that which was calling was a front porch that desperately desired some love and attention. And, desiring to give it just what it was requesting, I took a few weeks to obsess over it (and my pantry) – that’s for another post – and create a little oasis for myself. Check it out!
While we have looked every year at all the regular stores (Home Depot, Lowes, etc.) we (okay, I) simply could not find anything that matched my taste. This particular year we found a set, went to order it only to be told the store had discontinued it! What? So, back to the drawing board. In hindsight, I’m SO glad the purchase wasn’t possible as I’ve been able to create this one by piecing items together and it cost about 50% less than we had budgeted…bonus! Because I’m so drawn to the urban farmhouse look, I knew I wanted a combination of both old and new, rustic and pretty…not to mention lots of flowers.
I found this small bench and the galvanized tubs at a couple of our local antique/repurposed stores in town. I wanted to make sure that I had room for company as I have plans (that will hopefully actually materialize) for patio parties this summer and fall. The bench has a BIG throw pillow on it now too, which my youngest loves to lay on when she awakes each morning and joins me on the patio.
My little blue chair here, was found at yet another antique store nearby. I love the garden like appeal to it.
A close up of my Peace Hydrangea. I thought it an appropriate flower for my peaceful retreat.
While putting the porch together, I kept thinking that I wanted some nice china for serving little desserts on when I have guests. I didn’t want to buy any, but really wanted something. Coming home from the store one day with the coffee table seen here, it hit me, “I have china that my mom gave me YEARS ago, from her wedding! Go open the box and see what they look like.” So, I did just that, and low and behold they were the perfect combination of antique white accompanied with a small graceful pale pink rose. They were simply stunning and the perfect accessory to my new front porch decor (and in 2 years, they’ll officially be antiques)! The cookies were made by my daughter and I as part of our alone time together last week – they were a perfect add-on to this photo-op. 🙂
And, last but definitely not least, my white wicker rockers. We bought two of these from Pier One – one for me and one for my hubby. I LOVE mine.
So, there it is! I believe every woman should have a place of quiet, serene, beauty for themselves. For me, it’s become a place where I can be myself. I can read, write, chat with friends, cry my eyes out, listen to my kids, enjoy (a little bit of stolen kid-less) time with husband, drink coffee, sweet tea, or lemonade. I can listen to the birds sing their songs, have my quiet time with God, or simply sit and listen to the kids frolic throughout our cul-de-sac. I love it! Needless to say, if you need me this summer, this is where you’ll most likely find me. 🙂
Do you have a place to call yours? Might I encourage you to create one? 🙂 Here are some more ideas on my Pinterest board!