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A Porch: Before & After

I enjoyed looking at this before and after porch makeover from Southern Living.  Such a great transformation! I really love seeing how a space can be transformed with a few simple furnishings and accessories. Stuff like this inspires me to be brave, even when faced with a blank slate! Layer by layer, it can get better!

A Porch: Before & After

Have you started working on your yard, porch or containers yet?

If the sun would come out I’d be way more inspired to work outside.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! Let’s link up what inspired us this week!

Oh, and I am going to contact the winners from last weekend’s giveaway so if you win, you’ll get an email from me shortly! Sorry for the delay in announcing the lucky winners!


  1. Jess

    I just redid my patio! Love the pic you show above. It is amazing how much warmer you can make a space feel with just a few touches. Thanks for hosting!
    .-= Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish´s last blog ..Great Craft Workspaces! =-.

  2. Violet

    Melissa, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your (in)courage piece, and I sent the link to your blog and to the (in)courage one to many friends. I think it will be an inspiration to many!
    ~ Violet
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..This Morning I’m Enjoying…. =-.

    • Melissa

      Thank you Violet! You are so sweet, I appreciate it!
      many blessings,

  3. Emily

    I am in the PNW also, and the lack of sunshine has completely sapped any motivation I had to get outside and make the most of my outdoor space, so I can totally relate!

  4. Janell Beals

    That is one welcoming porch, and no, I’ve barely stepped into my backyard except to do some spring clean up. Plants intimidate me!

  5. paige whitley

    I bought a new patio set for my deck and my husband cleared away the firewood pile. I’m going to borrow a pressure washer to clean the wood and maybe add a few pots if i can find some el cheapo at yard sales. right now all we have out there is the patio set, my grill and a large aluminum tub for shoes.
    .-= paige whitley´s last blog ..Lily exploring the deck =-.

  6. Michelle

    Hi Melissa, I haven’t even began thinking about outdoors yet! That inspiration ‘after’ is fantastic! I would love that on the inside! Thanks for hosting!
    .-= Michelle @ Sweet Something´s last blog ..Photographs on the Wall =-.

  7. Marie Rhoades

    Thanks for the ray on sunshine on a PNW dreary day – I absolutley love what you’ve done!

    Have a lovely Memorial Day.

    Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea
    “Celebrating the Coastal Lifestyle”
    .-= Marie Rhoades´s last blog ..Classy Sea Glass Vase =-.

  8. Mrs.Rabe

    We have been working on the outside of the house – working in the gardens and repaint fences and arches. We also have been adding some fun touches as well.
    .-= Mrs.Rabe´s last blog ..Welcome =-.

  9. Mary Beth

    I’ve been a reader for a long time and wanted to tell you how nice your blog is.
    I have a beautiful 10 year old home we built to look like a 1910 Craftsman House. BIG front porch.
    But, it seems we have a prevailing 30 mile an hour wind and it blows everything off the porch. It is even dangerous.
    My dream home has an empty porch and I am starting to accept it.
    I can see people walk by and say to each other…”I wonder why that lazy woman doesn’t decorate that beautiful porch”!!!
    Thanks for the great pics!

    • Melissa

      Oh no! Maybe you could bolt stuff down so you can have stuff there but not risk your life!!! Eek!!

      Thank you so much for your kind comment!


  10. Jan

    It is indeed time to start working on the screened in porch. It’s such an enjoyable place to sit and chat or just relax. Yep — gonna start looking in that direction next! Thank you for hosting!
    .-= Jan´s last blog ..How to Make a Ribbon Corsage =-.

  11. Melanie

    I love Southern Living Magazine. I have 3 right now to read. It makes me smile every time I have one come in the mail. Have a great holiday weekend.
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Winner Winner! =-.

  12. Lesley

    I love beautiful porches. I have a glassed in porch that is nice and extremely functional as a sort of entry way. But I do truly long for an open porch like this, a place to sit with lemonade and watch the world go by. This one is beautiful.
    .-= Lesley @ The Design File´s last blog ..Most contestants already have nice designs =-.

  13. Rhoda

    I’m in total porch mode right now & have 2 posts in the hopper about it. This time of year always gets me thinking about better ways to enjoy the outdoors. Love the B&A with this one!

  14. Lindsay

    Hi Melissa,

    Thanks for hosting these inspiring parties! I really enjoy reading everyone’s post and I really do get touched and inspired by them!


    A Design Story

  15. teresa

    I love a wonderful porch….someday I hope to have one….maybe sooner then I dreamed. =)
    thanks for sharing …love it.
    .-= teresa´s last blog ..A Year ago today- =-.

  16. Vee

    Loved reading yesterday’s post and so wanted to comment. What a wonderful way to be of help to one another and it sounds like fun, too!

    That porch is such a beautiful space. It turned out beautifully. And I see so many places that I want to visit in your link list above. Guess I’d better get going!
    .-= Vee´s last blog ..Mirror Mirror on the Garage Wall =-.

  17. Michelle

    I’m so glad I’ve come upon your blog. I’m going to definitly be busy reading! We have a HUGE back and front yard project on the to do list but it will be slow going and little by little. Checked off that list is two new raised 8×6 vegetable gardens started way back in March/April. Yep we’re in the south and are watching tiny vegetables start to grow right now. Got to go weed!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Oliver Who Would Not Sleep! =-.

  18. Marla

    What an inspiring retreat…
    Living in the PNW we have to ‘sneak’ in the garden moments while we can…between showers!LOL
    I’ve been playing ‘Tag’ with the rain. During sunbreaks, I grab the waterproof kneeling pad, trowel and a perennial pot, head to a bed, dig like a frantic dog after a bone, drop fertilizer and plant into the hole, cover it quick, and let the next shower water it in. It’s a fun way to deal with the weather and still get the garden in shape.:)

  19. Gina

    Beautiful porch! I’m dying for some more porch like weather too-it’s been too cold and windy around here for my tastes!
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..Unwrapping Today =-.

  20. Kim

    I thought it was your porch for a moment. My porch and yard can be missed if you sneezed. Southern CA is not known for large yards.

    Thank you for the eye candy for this week. They were all lovely.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Change the World by Redefining Success =-.

  21. Donna

    What a beautiful porch. It’s probably good that I don’t have one–I would never want to leave. Good book, lemonade….

    .-= Donna´s last blog ..Celebrating Roses =-.

  22. Mary Joy

    I ventured out into the sunshine today too! I discovered some unexpected beauty lurking in my backyard…thank goodness because my porch is so in need of a makeover…that’s my goal for next Spring…this year inside…next year outside. They makeover you shared is SO dreamy! Sigh…made me want to change my plans! LOL
    .-= Mary Joy @ Snapshots from my Heart & Home´s last blog ..Beauty in the Weeds =-.

  23. Françoise

    I bought a new umbrella and the wind blew it across the garden; I bought spray paint to spruce up the armchair and new cushions too. Where did spring go? And will summer come? If the rain and wind keep up I may keep everything packed till next year.
    Françoise who envies your optimism!

  24. Grace

    Thanks for hosting the link party. We finally got our front porch planters done – I love it when I come home from work every day now – there is something so inspiring about having a welcoming front porch.
    .-= Grace´s last blog ..The Christie Antique Show =-.



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