Spring Upper Porch ~ 2016

I have been patiently waiting for the all clear of the pollen season to be over,

so that I could start on refreshing the porches for Spring.

Today, I present the upper back porch. One of the three porches that we use the most.

My friend Martha who relocated to the Lone Star State had this beautiful flower pot

that I inherited which is the inspiration piece for my Spring decor for the porch.

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

I remembered that I had a pillow with a lemon/citrus design

that I used in my Summer Sunroom last year.

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

So off to the one of my linen closets where I store my pillows

and on to the porch they went. Pillows of blue, yellow, and green from Pottery Barn.

The perfect compliment to my inspiration piece.

My only new purchases for the porch would be the coordinating striped outdoor pillows

that I purchased from HomeGoods and a few plants.

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

 A closer look at my inspiration piece containing a beautiful Peace Lily.

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

I usually make a grouping of the seasonal plants and flowers of the season

in this corner.

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

I have my token Hosta on the upper porch as it is the only place

where the deer cannot get to it, unless they have wings and can fly.

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

In the opposite corner of the porch is my tea cart.

I use it mainly to display my plants, such as this ivy round topiary.

The topiary seems a bit larger due to the reflection in the mirror.

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

Oh, I forgot about this cute purchase from my favorite garden center.

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

Garden stools for handy tables for plants or beverages.

I am still enjoying my blue and white Chinoiserie indoor/outdoor rug

that I purchased last year from Frontgate.

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

Yet, the coffee table serves serves that purpose very well too.

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

Today, it is lemonade with my favorite tangy cheese florets.

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

I think this is my favorite Spring Upper Porch as I love the beautiful colors

of the blues, greens, and yellows.

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

It makes me happy that I can see it from all the rooms on the main level of the house.

Spring Upper Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

Does a pretty porch or deck make you happy too?

I am moving on to the front porch . . . making a big change there in one corner.

Have a beautiful Spring day, hopefully taking time

to sit in your favorite chair or rocker on your porch or deck.

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  1. your porch is lovely. I love the colors that you used. I still love that rug that you got last year. I am assuming that you bring it in for the winter because it still looks brand new and has held up perfectly. I sure hope you enjoy many happy moments out here!
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    • Thanks Laura…no, the rug was on the porch through the winter and the pollen….I did cover the furniture during the height of the pollen season … took the covers off when I thought it was over …. not! The rug has done very well!
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  2. It looks so beautiful, Shirley! I love all your French doors and the exterior yellow of your house. It’s perfect with all your fresh blues and beautiful plants. It looks like the perfect place to sit with a friend and share thoughts.
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal
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  3. I love the greens and yellows mixed in with the blues. It all goes so well with your house color. You are so lucky to have that covered porch. Even with the pergola there are several hours that are too sunny to use our space. I need to find some kind of a cover for the top. I still haven’t purchased any outdoor plants yet, but may get to that today or tomorrow.
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  4. Love the fresh colors, Shirley ~ wishing you many hours of enjoyment on your beautiful porch!
    xo Heidi
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  5. I love the colors and it looks so inviting and peaceful.

  6. I just love your porch! It is so bright and pretty. The lemon vase is absolutely gorgeous and I love that you put the Peace Lily in it! Your porch has absolutely inspiring!

  7. Very pretty and Spring looking. IAM sure you enjoy this a lot. Have a great day !

  8. I LOOOVE that flower pot from Martha!!! It is gorgeous! Your porch looks beautiful, as always. Love this color combo too! Come on over to see my Spring kitchen with BLUES and greens! I am loving it!!! We planted all day yesterday. Today I will vote and then meet my daughter for lunch. Tues. is the only day she gets away from work for lunch and asked me to meet her!!!! Can’t wait!
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  9. Linda hogeland says

    Absolutely lovely! Love the colors! Here in the windy Wichita area, everything blows off of our porches and decks! Ha! (Well there are calm days once in awhile! And we do enjoy those when we can!)

  10. What a beautiful happy spot Shirley I think your inspiration piece is fantastic and pulling the colors from it made for a relaxing summer spot.
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  11. Now that you have the porch looking so lovely I hope you take lots of time out to spend there.
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  12. Love that lemon pot you inherited! It is stunning. Your porch looks like the perfect place to relax.
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  13. So beautiful!!!! I love your rugs….such a wonderful place to spend the afternoon :o)
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  14. I absolutely love your combination of patterns and colours in the pillows. So lovely. Yay spring!!!!!!!!!!!
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  15. Hello,so beautiful such a wonderful place Your porch!!!!!
    Have Blessing day!
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  16. Oh Shirley, it’s just perfection, so bright, fresh and summery! It would make even a rainy day seem sunny! I can see why you were inspired by that beautiful lemon pot, so sweet of her to gift that to you, I’m sure you think of her every time you look at it. I know you will enjoy your slice of paradise all season.
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  17. Shirle, PERFECTION! Does the rain hit the furniture? Do you bring your fabric things in when it rains? I have not had good luck letting fabric items get wet. Just wondering because everything looks spectacular, bright, clean and crisp. Thanks, Rebecca

    • Thanks Rebecca, no the rain never bothers the porch. The porch may get wet at the first 6 inches of the front of the porch but that is about it…The fabrics on the porch are outdoor fabrics and never had a problem with mildew, etc…even when I used regular fabric pillows.
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  18. Hi Shirley! Oh my gosh I love your porch. Was wondering where you purchased your furniture? I have really old, rotting wicker that I need to replace on my porch but I’m having trouble finding something I like in white. Happy Spring!
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    • mICHELLE g says

      I was wondering the same thing! Currently trying to find the right furniture for our porches, but nothing feels right!

  19. Ronald Carrier says

    I’d love to sip a mint julep on that well-appointed porch.

  20. Porches and patios absolutely do make me happy. Yours is so beautiful! I love that furniture and I love the way you’ve decorated with natural items as well as pretty pots.

  21. L-O-V-E the porch and all its colors! Very beautifully done, Ms. Shirley. I really adore your rug too:) But then again, anything from Frontgate is pretty darn awesome! Anxious to see your update on the other porch:)
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  22. Shirley,your porch is magazine worthy. My granddaughter wants to know ” does she know reindeer can fly?” Got to love them.

  23. Your porch is gorgeous! We had a beautiful screened in porch in our previous house and I really miss it. Now we just have an uncovered deck. I really like your color scheme and choice of furniture and decor. Great job!
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  24. I love that pot! How pretty! And the pillows are just perfect too. I do love a pretty porch – such relaxing spaces.
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  25. Shirley, your porch just makes me wish that I had one to sit on! The rugs still make me swoon! Everything, I mean everything is fresh and inviting! I wish I lived close enough to enjoy a glass of lemonade with you! Perfecto!
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  26. Donna B.G. says

    Shirley, your porch is so pretty. Too early for me to do my front porch or back deck because we still have nasty pollen, but I can enjoy your porch pictures!

  27. Judy Hubbard says

    This porch is just so beautifully put together! The colors are wonderful! You are so lucky to have 3 porches to decorate.

  28. So pretty Shirley and the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of something cool to drink! Your friend Martha’s lemon cachepot is the perfect inspiration for your pretty combination of yellow, greens and blues on your porch!
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  29. Very pretty… Great looking porch… Wish I had a green thumb and the heat here in Florida would be a little lighter… Nothing survives if it is not watered a couple of times a week and I just don’t have the time…
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  30. Shirley,

    Wow! I really like the yellow accents in the vase, and floral arrangements. What a welcoming place to sit back and relax.

  31. Oh! Wow! I love this porch! All of my favourite colour combinations together! Gorgeous!

  32. Oh, Shirley, I love all your porches so much! You were right to patiently wait for those blue and white rugs–don’t they just make the space? Love the yellow you’ve mixed in as well.

    Thank you so much for joining the Grace at Home party. I’m featuring you this week!
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  33. So excited I found you! I was needed some porch inspiration for my Curb Appeal post I am participating in and this is exactly what I need. I’m using a rug, lamp, and plants so love your style. You have a beautiful home.
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  34. I adore the yellows and blues!!! Very pretty porch!

  35. That flower pot is beautiful, what a stunning inspiration piece! Your porch is gorgeous….as is everything you do Shirley!!

  36. Shirley your porch is lovely. I like the blue, green, and yellow color combination. Wish I could come have some lemonade with you. 🙂

  37. Shirley I love your space! The furniture is so pretty. It’s truly like another room!!


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