The Berry Patch House Christmas Porch

I love “firsts” don’t you?

Well I have a first for you today!

The Berry Patch House has a wonderful porch, perfect for decorating for the seasons.

Only one negative though ….. no electrical outlets on the porch,

so I will have to add some sparkle in other ways!

Come on in and welcome to the Berry Patch House Christmas Porch.

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My Fall Porch Magazine Feature

Hello everyone!

Hope you had a great Labor Day Holiday Weekend.

I am still recuperating from my hand surgery. It gets better every day.

I can now type slowly with my right hand.

Just a short post today to tell you about my little magazine feature

in Country Sampler’s Special Autumn Decorating Issue.

Country Sampler's Magazine Feature/Sept 2016 -Housepitality Designs

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Repurposing An Evergreen Wreath for Valentine’s Day

Last year, as I was preparing to toss out my real evergreen Christmas wreaths,

I had an epiphany! ….. Love epiphanies!

I thought, hmmmm, I could channel Edward Scissorhands.

I did the same this year. I got out my scissors and cut the round wreath into a heart,

to repurpose the Christmas evergreen wreath for Valentine’s Day

rather than throw it away.

Valentine's Day Wreath - Housepitality Designs

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Fall Porch

Because I was going to be away for approximately 2 weeks,

I decided not to decorate my front porch until I returned.

Well, I am back and the porch got a Fall facelift.

One of the first things that I did when we returned home

was to go to the Farmers’ Market. One of my favorite places.

Fall Vintage Wagon - Housepitality Designs

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bHome Fall Tour of the Best Fall Inspiration and Decor Steals Giveaways!

It’s Saturday, the day for the bHome Fall Tour of the greatest fall inspiration!

A tour of fabulous fall inspiration from amazing decor, crafts and recipes.

We are pleased to have DECOR STEALS sponsor this event by providing fantastic giveaways!

See details on how to enter below!

bHome Fall Tour

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Front Porch for Spring 2015

I gave you a bit of a sneak peek of the porch with my front porch wreaths here.

Today, I will show you the rest of the porch dressed for Spring.

I began the decorating of the front porch by purchasing two pillows for the settee.

The pillows are from HomeGoods and I chose them for their happy colors.

HomeGoods Happy that is!

Spring Porch 2015-Housepitality Designs

The blue vintage transferware bowl holds an array of plants

which I tried to coordinate with the color scheme of the pillows.

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How to Create a Fall Season Porch

As I was watering the plants on the front porch the other day . . .

~ ~ I was thinking of the next seasonal change for the porch.

Summer is no where near over . . .

~ ~ however, the kids will be going back to school before we know it. The summer is flying by!

I am already thinking of the decor for “Fall on the Front Porch” . . .

Should I line flowers in the front of the shrubs? . . .



Or just have a couple of containers of mums flanking the front steps . . .


Should the wreaths be simply stated? . . .

2013 Fall Front Porch

2013 Fall Porch

Or filled with lots of fall flowers? . . .


I am thinking that I should continue to have lots of pumpkins and flowers . . .

2013 Front Fall Porch

Fabulous pumpkins from the Farmers Market of course . . . of so many different varieties.

2013 Fall Front Porch

Pumpkins to add to the wagon of fall mums . . also from the Farmers Market.


2013 Fall Front Porch

And think about the accessories to add this year to welcome friends and family to our home.

2013 Fall Front Porch

2013 Fall Front Porch

Oh and pillows . . . need to get some great fall pillows for this year.

~ ~ or maybe recycle some from years past.

When I decorated the porch a couple of years ago . . .

Burlap Monogramed wreath

~ ~ focusing on my monogramed burlap wreaths . . .

I thought that this was my favorite Fall Porch.


Until I discovered the Farmers Market . . .

2013 Fall Front Porch

And gathered their great selection of pumpkins and flowers . . .

2013 Fall Front Porch

To create my favorite Fall Porch I created last year

2013 Fall Front Porch

To welcome in the Fall Season.

So are you thinking of your next porch project?

Have a beautiful summer day!!!

Spring Front Porch 2014

Last week was pretty exciting for me . .

~ ~ as many of you already know, my home was photographed for a shelter magazine.

This week, I shall be catching up on my “Spring To Do List” . .

~ ~ and one of them is my front porch.

If you missed my Upper Porch . . you can view it here.

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

I chose to go with lots of yellow this year…such the happy color!

(The right side of the porch)

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

The left side of the porch . .

Spring Front Porch 2014

I love filling my vintage child’s wagon with flowers . .

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

My friend Julie, a floral designer . . and my antique booth partner . .

~ ~ made these beautiful wreaths for me . .

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

I love how they look on the doors. . .

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

The flowering hanging baskets are in front of the master bathroom window…

~ ~ I love seeing these flowers from the inside of the house.

Spring Front Porch 2014

So happy to enjoy the flowers of Spring!

Spring Front Porch 2014

Hope you enjoyed my Spring Front Porch today . . .

Spring Front Porch 2014

And to choose to “Live Everyday In Abundance”

~ ~ for as my mom would say, “It is a great day as I woke up and saw the sun” !!!

Have a beautiful day!!

I am joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Imparting Grace for Grace at Home

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

StoneGable for The Scoop

The Christmas Porch

The wreaths have been hung and the garland wrapped around the doors ~ ~

The music is playing on the porch.

~ ~ and Rudolph has made his appearance.

It was a beautiful day.

The Flexible Flyer Sled comes out each year ~

We added battery powered snowflakes to the top of the topiaries this year.

The ornaments were hung as in the past couple years..

I recycled the wreaths from last year and added a new bow.

This wonderful handmade reindeer make from tree branches ~ a gift from my niece.

I placed a tree with colored lights in the wagon.

Wreaths and garland over the garage doors ~ ~

~ ~ as you can see, it was a beautiful “Carolina Blue” day.

Wreaths on the windows ~

Merry Christmas from my home to yours!!

Front Porch Dressed for Fall

I have 3 porch areas…

…..2 back porches (upper and lower) and the front porch.

I dressed the upper back porch for Fall…

…..and today, I just finished dressing the Front Porch!

2013 Fall Front Porch

I made another trip to the Farmers’ Market…

…..for more pumpkins and mums!

2013 Fall Front Porch

Good thing that there was a bit of a mum sale going on!

2013 Fall Front Porch

2013 Fall Front Porch

2013 Fall Front Porch

The right side of the doors….

2013 Fall Porch

2013 Fall Front Porch

The left side of the doors….


I brought this stack of pumpkins from the back porch to the front…

… I had 2 great stacks of pumpkins there…

2013 Front Fall Porch

I believe the bottom 2 pumpkins are called “Fairy Tale Pumpkins”…

…..I loved the multi-colored mums in this pot..they were on sale.. 12” potted mums…3 for $10.00 !!!

2013 Fall Front Porch

I purchased the two paisley pillows last year .. on clearance at JoAnn’s…

2013 Fall Front Porch

So there is the right side of the porch…

…..moving on to the left side.

2013 Fall Front Porch

I brought my vintage wagon back to the front porch…

2013 Fall Front Porch

Filled it with crocks, pumpkins and mums…

2013 Fall Front Porch

2013 Fall Front Porch

Added a few fall decorative pieces….

2013 Fall Front Porch

2013 Fall Front Porch

The left side of the porch…

2013 Fall Front Porch

2013 Fall Front Porch

Hope you enjoyed my front porch for Fall as much as I enjoyed decorating it!

Have a beautiful day!!!

I am joining:

A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday

From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

StoneGable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits

~ ~ and Autumn Abounds.