A Porch: Before & After

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. 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. 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
    .-= Violet@CreateBeauty´s last blog ..This Morning I’m Enjoying…. =-.

  3. I’d love to have a porch like that! Wow!
    Thanks for always inspiring us!
    .-= Liz@HoosierHomemade´s last blog ..Chicken Phillies with Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken =-.

  4. 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!

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

  6. I wish I had a porch! I do in my dream house! Which is getting smaller all the time by the way!

    Thanks for hosting!
    .-= The Little Brown House´s last blog ..Dining Room Chair Slipcovers =-.

  7. 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 =-.

  8. 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 =-.

  9. 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 =-.

  10. 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 =-.

  11. 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!

    • 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!


  12. oooh it’s gorgeous!
    .-= sharon´s last blog ..The Keybunch Readers’ Favorite Corners =-.

  13. 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 =-.

  14. 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! =-.

  15. 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 =-.

  16. 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!

  17. 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

  18. 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- =-.

  19. 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 =-.

  20. 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! =-.

  21. 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.:)

  22. 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 =-.

  23. 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 =-.

  24. 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 =-.

  25. 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 =-.

  26. Françoise says

    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!

  27. 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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