Summer Decorating Inspiration

Covered porch summer decorating inspiration
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If I had a big enough covered porch, I’d want it to look exactly like this.
I saw this photo in Better Homes and Gardens and jumped up and down screaming with joy (in my mind, that is). It’s my dream. The shingles, the furniture, the door, the porch ceiling. I love it all!

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This little arrangement is perfection, too. 

mint green kitchen
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This mint green kitchen almost made me change my mind about my kitchen colors (yes, I’ll share more of my plans and the timeline soon!). I had to tell it to STOP BEING SO CUTE, it was making my inability to make a decision so much more of a challenge. 

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I am in LOVE with that lamp (but if I set it on a table like that and Jack walked by, it would crash into a million pieces). This whole color scheme feels so summery and pretty, though, I might risk it. 

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The wood trim on that door opening has me feeling all the heart eyes. Oh, and the window seat. And the shiplap, of course. And the unique design of the coffee table. And the fan. OK, I’d take the whole room.

I see that some of you have kids going back to school already (it seems so early!), but my son doesn’t go back until September so we are still in full “summer” mode here.

In past years I’ve found myself heading off to a Better Homes & Gardens event or some other blogging event around this time of year, but this summer I made a commitment to myself that I’d stay home (or only leave town with my family) the entire summer.

Even though I hate to miss out on all the fun and seeing my blogging buddies, summer can get so busy when you add extra trips and activities into your schedule, even if it is something you’d really enjoy or benefit from. I have to say I don’t regret saying “no” this summer to so many things. It’s been SO nice to be home.

Besides hanging out with my family (which has been wonderful!), I guess you could say I’ve been totally into “summer nesting” mode. I don’t think I’ve ever been in “summer nesting” mode before, or at least I’ve never though of summer as a season for nesting. But somehow this particular summer, slowing down and nesting has just felt right.

I’ll share more about nesting, my decluttering spree and my kitchen timeline coming up, but for now, enjoy this late-summer nesting, I mean, decorating, post.

What’s going on around your house?

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

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Hello! Kylee here today to show you my tiny balcony makeover! When we first bought the townhouse 2 years ago, I was especially excited to have outdoor spaces to grow plants. I have a super tiny backyard and a very small balcony off the main living area on the second floor.

Balcony Before

When my husband Lance and I moved in, I immediately bought the table and chairs for the balcony with high hopes of spending lots of time out there, but the truth is we never really sat outside. The deck just felt so “blah” that I guess we just never felt inspired to be out there.

The deck doesn’t have a great view, so it needed to be inviting enough on its own to beckon us out. This spring I decided that I would try to find ways to make this tiny space a more worthy destination.

balcony garden

Flowers were a must for making sure I enjoyed this space. I found some cute but affordable pots and planted a variety of flowers. Because I can see them all from inside, I usually remember to water them. To water the plants I have to go outside, so having plants to take care of helps a lot in my enjoyment of this space.

Balcony flowers

hydrangea

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But once I got the plants, I realized I wanted to do something to disguise our red railings around the deck. Not only are my floors cherry hardwood and my couches are red (see the post about our red couches here!) but the exterior of the townhouse (and the deck railing) is also red, so I was tired of seeing so much RED! I needed something a bit more neutral to look at from the inside.

This bamboo fencing not only minimized the red railing, it added a nice tropical vibe to the space (so we can even pretend we’re on vacation, too!). The fencing would also be a great way to add privacy if you have a balcony with open siding. Although, for privacy or covering something unsightly, I would recommend double layering the fencing as the bamboo spacing varies and there are definitely some gaps (as you can see below!).

Small balcony decorating

Pretty outdoor pillows and a patterned rug went a long way to give the space a little bit more personality. Even with outdoor spaces, it helps to add some personal touches!

Small balcony herb garden

You may recognize this wine stand as my previous coffee stand (seen in this post). When we got the cart that I’m currently using as our coffee station, we set this rack aside with hope of repurposing it. It fits just perfectly out on the balcony and has been the perfect place to grow the herbs I use in my favorite recipes.

Small balcony

Ever since our little makeover was completed, I have spent quite a few mornings outside savoring my coffee before work. Lance and I have shared a couple of meals and glasses of wine on warm nights. We love looking at it every day and it’s become an extension of our living space.Balcony plants

My effort was minimal and budget was low, but it didn’t take much to transform this tiny space. Just because a space is small doesn’t mean that it can’t have a big impact on your home and life.

Thanks for letting me share! Do you have a tiny outdoor space that could use a little update?

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Outdoor pillows

Bamboo fencing

Table and chairs

See more of my past posts of my townhouse here!

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