Styling My Sister's Porch

5.30.2011

One thing my sister has that I don't is a nice front porch. All I have is a stoop. I went to her house the other day so we could style her porch and do a photo shoot. Of course I am not a professional. Just fun seeing what we could come up with.

This is what it looked like when I arrived. Not bad, but we had fun grabbing things from her house and dressing it up a little.

We added this coverlet that I brought with me and threw it over the swing. 

Then we dismantled her house by grabbing pillows from here and there.

This is the back side of a grain sack pillow. I liked it better without the very black print showing.

The striped pillows in the rockers came off her bench in her foyer.

This large basket of fruit was on her coffee table. Thought it was the perfect country touch.

We added a coverlet from her bedroom to this chair on the other side of the porch and another pillow from inside. 

The pink toile print fabric thrown across the back to tie in the colors we were using is actually a dress that she picked up at the flea market. She was using it on her bench inside. I was so surprised that it was a dress. Now that is thinking outside the box.

This toile pillow on the swing is actually a skirt she picked up at the flea market and it is just glued together to form a pillow cover.

 The statue on the floor she had already brought out from her bathroom.



We draped a piece of burlap over the table between the chairs and added my large farm style pitcher that I brought. We tied a piece of burlap around that to cover the red checked pattern on it. 

Of course you have to have either lemonade or sweet iced tea on a hot summer day.

Her fern is thriving well.

These are some faux flowers from inside since we didn't have any real ones to use. They really look real. She bought them recently at Pier One.

She had three of these flower boxes hanging on the front of the railing.

While we were playing on the front porch her boston terrier was in the yard playing with what he calls a stick. More like a log!

This is the finished look just by using what we had.


Thanks sis for letting me play on your porch.

Have a great week!

Kim

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60 comments:

  1. Love it,Kim! What a wonderful porch for styling! I love how you made it look so inviting and comfortable!

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  2. Kim, it looks very inviting. I'd love to spend hours out there in that porch swing. Isn't it fun to do these things with a sister? ;-)
    ~ Sarah

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  3. It looks great! I have a small, narrow porch that I'm hoping to do something with soon! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. This is so inviting I could imagine spending lots of time out their sipping a cool drink. Very lovely.

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  5. Oh gosh Kim this looks like so much fun! You are so lucky to have a sister who lives close by...her porch was lovely before and now it's fantastic! Hard to pick a favorite but I think mine is her fern. It is definitely thriving! Hope your weekend was great...~Ann

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  6. Hi Kimmie! Professionals move over! You've made your sister's porch look magazine worthy! I love it. And that little boston butt is adorable. We used to have one names Suage and she died at 15.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  7. And that my friend should be in a magazine! I love it!~

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  8. I agree--magazine worthy! It's lovely.

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  9. well well I'm impressed and inspired... that lovely porch!so inviting . I wish I had such a front porch. My eyes were drawn to the basket of apples. and I love the fern. the pillows are great and comfy cozy indeed!
    KAT

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  10. I have to say I saw that first photo and thought....it doesn't need anything. But then after you were done...it is soooo much prettier. What a great job you did.

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  11. OH my... look at that porch!!! Thanks for your kind words on Momma's blog about the magazine! Isn't it a riot!??
    Warmly,
    Angela,
    Parisienne Farmgirl

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  12. What an amazing transformation. Just a lovely porch!!!

    Lucky sister to have you transform it.

    - The Tablescaper

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  13. I think the porch looks great, like a place to put your feet up, have an ice cold glass of lemonade with family or friends. Kim, like you all I have is a stoop. It would be so nice to have a porch out front. I'm sure you and your sister will have many happy times there. Got to love the pups stick, he looks likes he is having a good time.......
    Hope your Memorial Day is great.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  14. I love this post. And it gave me a great idea to glue fabric together to make a pillow cover since I could not sew anything if my life depended on it.
    Your sister has a really beautiful home. I can tell by the porch!!

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  15. Sounds like you two sisters had a great time... It certainly looks like you did!

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  16. Her porch looks beautiful Kim! I love the white coverlets mixed with the toile and natural elements. That pitcher of flowers is darling too~ great job! I would love to have a covered porch too~ they are so charming!

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  17. Love what you have done. Beautiful porch!!!
    -emily
    nestnestingnested.blogspot

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  18. What a great porch. My sister could care less about decorating so I am glad you have your sister to "play" with.

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  19. Such a beautiful porch...I'd love to sit and relax out there!

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  20. Dear Kim,

    I'm a new friend-follower.

    Beautiful decorating!

    Love the pillows.

    Best,

    Coastal Blue Ocean

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  21. That sounds like a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon with a sister! You did the porch up beautifully.

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  22. Fabulous! Such a nice time spent with your sister. It looks so warm and inviting.
    Blessings, L

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  23. Super-duper! It's at times like this I wish I had a sister, let alone a front porch!
    You've both made it look so pretty and welcoming - I was going to say what gorgeous blooms from the garden, those silk flowers are SO realistic. You both obviously had a great time :o) Thanks for sharing.
    Best wishes
    Rose H

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  24. What a gorgeous porch!... and you ladies need to start a business together.

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  25. Well, that must have been fun, Kim! I sometimes do a quick sweep of the clothes at Goodwill to see if there is anything that catches my eye to be transformed into something for the home. I hope you both got to sit down afterwards and have some of that iced tea or lemonade and enjoy your labors!

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  26. What fun playing! Love it! I love the fact that she used that old dress and GLUED together a pillow! I take it she doesn't sew either?;>)

    The porch looks like a perfect place to sit and sit an iced tea. I love it! Diana

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  27. Nothing says welcome like rockers on the porch! Love what you've done with the swing!
    Blessings!!

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  28. Wonderful fun. How smart to make the pillow out of skirt... hmmm I have a dress hanging in my closet right now!

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  29. Looks perfectly professional to me. :) By the way, I know your sister changes things up just like you do...will we be visiting inside any time soon?

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  30. Kim, OH, I want a sister and a porch! Fabulous as usual..looks as if it's straight from the pages of Southern Living. :) There are so many great ideas to "steal". Thanks for another great post.
    Hugs,
    Babs

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  31. I am TOTALLY surprised that ROMANTIC HOMES magazine hasn't contacted your sis for a layout for their magazine. Her porch is FULL of charm.
    Ya'll did a great job.
    I have a narrow front porch which I love but..........................
    I WANT A SISTER !!
    xoxo bj

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  32. You sure look like a pro!!! Those images and arrangements are gorgeous. Magazine worthy!
    Stacy

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  33. Beautiful Kim! I am working on my front porch right now, it looks a lot like your sisters and it was fun seeing all of the staging you did. Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Heather

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  34. LOVE it Kim!! Her porch looks beautiful and that last picture looks like it came out of a magazine!! Martina

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  35. Kim, You both did a fabulous job! The pictures could be on the cover of a magazine.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  36. Kim it makes me want to enjoy and sit a spell, now that is a sign of a job well done!! So inviting, Happy Memorial day,Kathysue

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  37. It looks great! I need to work on my porch. Right now, it's in the "looks ok" phase.

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  38. Kim,
    It is beautiful! I love the last picture. Looks like the perfect place for a relaxing visit and that cup of lemonade!
    Wendy

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  39. Would you and your sister come play on my porch (actually my porch is more like a cave) and put the savvy touch to it? Awesome job.

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  40. Nice styling job Kim. Hope the two of you sat and enjoyed that lemonade!

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  41. Great job and your photography is also wonderful!!! Have a beautiful day~!!!

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  42. Great job. Love what you did with the swing. Nothing better than a comfy porch swing. And the dog and his "stick" cracked me up. Shows you how big he thinks he is.

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  43. Now the porch looks like "just out of a magazine" .. Excellant makeover...

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  44. Beautiful Kim! Your sister has a lovely front porch and you guys did an awesome job making it southern and "homey". It's the perfect time to get out and enjoy it before it gets too hot (although today is a scorcher here). :) Have a great day!!

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  45. Love the styling Kim! Very fresh. Where did you get that great pitcher?
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  46. Beautiful and also creative. It's so nice to be able to use items you already have. You are a great sister. Thanks for sharing:)

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  47. Sisters are the best! You guys had fun.:) Make me smile.

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  48. Kim,
    It's looks great! Ready for a porch party!
    Debbie

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  49. It sounds like you had a fun day with your sister! The photos could be in a magazine. Very pretty.

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  50. Love this Kim!! What a dreamy porch, ideal for a summer evening. Love the sunshine, colors you have used... just the entire feel of it.

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  51. looks beautiful! you did a really great job!! have a wonderful week!! susan

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  52. Absolutely lovely!
    Now I have ideas for my porch!
    hugs
    mel

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  53. Very pretty, and great photo angles! Take care, Laura

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  54. Gorgeous!! These look like photos in a magazine. :)

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  55. You are so stinkin' creative, Kim! Love this transformation! It's so happy and warm and cozy and inviting. :) Love that you introduced red to it. Great job!

    xoxo laurie

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  56. You Styled it beautifully... I need somebody like YOU in MY Family! Then I could get the Stylist Treatment as a Family Favor too! *winks*

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  57. Beautiful! Looks like it's straight out of a magazine.

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  58. Oh, how fun! Playing "house" with your sister... I'm wondering, though...does she have anything left inside her house? Just kidding!:) I love how it all turned out. My favorite part? The pitcher with the ribbon around it...

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  59. Kim, your sister must have been so happy - it's gorgeous!! I featured you today in my Friday I'm in Love Favorites. Check it out!

    http://socialsalutations.blogspot.com/2011/06/friday-im-in-love-beach-style.html

    - Jenn @ Social Salutations

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  60. Omgosh, this is so pretty and what a perfect place to relax with a book or magazine. Honey, you can style my porch anyday! Of course you'd have to bring all of the decor too lol! :) Your sister is one lucky lady to have you stopping by...looks like her porch belongs on the cover of a magazine for sure :) Thanks for sharing....
    Q~

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