Porch Party: Summer Inspiration

Porches have been on my radar even more this year as I anticipate getting my own little cozy space again to make my own relaxing place.  And I can’t wait!

A summer porch is such an important part of the season and living outside is a vital part of social life here in the South.  We love our outdoor spaces, don’t we?  With our warm weather so  many months of the year, porches get a lot of use and making them pretty is a big part of that as well.

Wicker, rugs, lanterns, lamps, artwork and accessories.  All of those items make for a cozy porch to enjoy with family and friends.  Since my porch is not quite ready yet, I’m sharing some of my favorites from some online sources.

(via House of Turquoise)

These colors are just happy and pretty together.  White wicker is a summer staple and you can’t go wrong with it and some bright poppy fabrics.

(via kcrusenb.tumbler)

A long porch just makes me go ahhhh! Simple white beadboard ceiling, beautiful hanging lantern, and classic rocking chairs are all that’s needed to make this space feel comfortable and inviting.

(via Meant for the South)

This porch is so Southern and I love, love it! The windows, the fans and inviting steps are classic.

(via My Home Ideas)

A green door!  What if I painted a green door on my gray-blue house, how would that look?  I’m likin’ it!   This simple little front porch speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

(via Pinterest, Southern Living)

This one, oh this one is my fave of all of them.  The shutters just make this space, don’t they?  I am taking some bifold doors off 2 of my closets and I plan to take them to my porch and recycle them.  Ideas, ideas!

With my collaboration with Lowes Creative Ideas blogger team, I was recently given the opportunity to interview  HGTV star, designer Kristan Cunningham all about decorating for the summer months and sprucing up those outdoor spaces.  Kristan  is an interior designer, DIY Expert and one of the most recognizable faces in design television.

Kristan is an expert at this and I know you’ll get some great tips from listening to her take on outdoor spaces.   It was fun to chat with her for a few minutes.  Bear with me as you start listening to it, there was a sound delay and dorky me didn’t keep up with it at first, but I finally got the hang of it later in the interview.  We got to chat a bit about my house renovation too!  Hope you’ll listen in!

So, did you enjoy these porches?   Now, it’s your turn!

Link up your porch whether it’s a tiny front porch, side porch, back porch, deck, patio, screened porch, whatever you’ve got, let’s see it!  I know we all get inspired seeing a pretty porch all ready for summer entertaining.

Ready, set, GO!

- Rhoda


  1. happy to share my little corner!

  2. Love a porch and wished I had one on my house. I would take a porch over the fanciest of decks anytime.

  3. Rhoda,

    Thank you so much for hosting this fun party. I love the idea with the shutters….and bifold doors…..hmmm….you have me thinking 🙂


  4. Hi, Rhoda – I love all your porch inspiration! I have a tiny porch, but it’s nowhere near being internet ready, so I won’t share!

    If you are interested, the pinterest image with the uncredited source is from Southern Living:


  5. What a great idea for a party, Rhoda!! We just put together an outdoor bedroom on our rooftop patio and it has quickly become my new favorite space to do just about everything. 🙂

    I love all of your inspiration pics, that long white porch with bead board ceiling is awesome, and I’ve always thought I’d paint my porch ceiling a fun color like some of the pics!

    Enjoy the rest of your week,

  6. Hi Rhoda…I just saw your porch party and almost too late! As you can imagine we are a tad busy around here. I looked for something recent, but most are tables on the porch. However, I remembered the swan bench redo from last fall and thought your readers might enjoy seeing it, so that is what I a have linked…hope this is okay.

    Fun party! Thanks so much for hosting.

  7. I love the porches you have featured….Love porches of all kinds and especially a “Southern Porch”….I am sure you are so very excited to create your very own “Southern Porch” in your new home…Loved the interview…great tips…Have a wonderful day and thanks for hosting this great party!!

  8. I just love a good porch party … and this one is shaping up to be a winner!

    In fact, the screen porch is the reason why we purchased our house …. and when we added on to the back of the house? Our #1 priority was to make sure we built a new screen porch!



  9. I enjoyed listening to your interview. Kristan shared a lot of great tips.

  10. A long porch is sigh inducing! And those shutters … you’ll work wonders with yours I know!

    Here’s to long nights spent outdoors this summer.

    Off to listen to your interview.

  11. Although my deck is gorgeous I miss the enclosed porch from my former house that my husband and his father built. Hopefully my next home will have a porch. My favorite was the one with the shutters.

  12. Thanks for hosting this porch party, Rhoda! I love to see how people have decorated their porches. I may go sit on my porch while I visit with the other linkers.

  13. Great interview with Kristan, Rhoda! All your porch pics are to dream of. I have a tiny little porch/ entry way, would love a real back porch some day. I love the idea of a colorful ceiling. Can’t wait to see what you do with yours! 🙂

  14. I love ogling other people’s porches to see what they come up with. Thanks for hosting the party!

  15. Rhoda,
    Thank you for hosting such a great collection of out door spaces! I love screened in rooms that let the fresh air in and the bugs out! I look forward to ‘visiting’ yours when you are finished with it. 🙂
    Your Friend,

  16. Thanks for hosting! See you next week =)

  17. Don’t forget to paint the ceiling blue so the haints can’t get in! Seriously, when you get ready, I have a screened porch full of plants that you may have some of. Let me know and we can get together,

  18. Gorgeous collection! My last home had a 3 sided wrap around porch and I really miss it. But I’m really happy to have the covered patio I do now at least.

    Thanks for hosting, Rhoda!

  19. Hi Rhoda! I love the same porch that you do – the one with the shutters…its just looks so cozy and a perfect spot to curl up with a book or magazine and an iced tea…I really love these types of smallish ‘nooks’! I don’t have a porch space to show in your linky party, since we are moving next month and we have put all of our outdoor furniture aside for packing and emptied all my planters…but I will be able to get lots of ideas from the other links here and certainly I have lots of great ideas from your interview with Kristin!! Thanks for sharing and have a super week! Heather 🙂

  20. You have shown us some great inspiration today — good for you on those louvered doors! I recycled the cruddy old shutters off my house along the back fence (see photos when I get linked up in a bit.)

    Thanks as always for hosting a lovely party. I always enjoy Ms Cunningham — I have watched her “grow up” I guess you could say, on camera anyway.

  21. Love the Southern Living porch. I’ve had it pinned for quite some time. Thank you for hosting!

  22. Rhoda! Love this posting! My favorite place to be is on my back porch! Can’t wait to see what you do with your porch! I always love looking at other people’s porches too! Mine isn’t quite complete (just rebuilt our built-in bench (we have to wait a month for the wood to season before staining) but I just may link-up our porch anyway.

    Love Kristan. I remember her from “Design on a Dime” and have watched her grow into a beautiful young woman! Loving all your porch inspiration! Thanks again for featuring my $8.00 table (the picture wasn’t the greatest) Any ideas for a cool color to paint it? Haven’t decided if it will stay inside or out.

    Your new home is looking awesome and it will be interesting and inspirational to watch you decorate all the rooms!

  23. Our next big project at our house is putting on a screened in porch. I can’t wait. I used to have one on an old house and I lived out there! Thanks for the beautiful pictures … gets me inspired!

  24. Fun, fun!! I’m so enjoying peeking at all the porch links. Wish I had time to leave you all a comment, but know that I appreciate you joining my party today. May your summer be a FUN one!!

  25. What a great party!!! I Loved interviewing
    Kristan too- she is so fun! Thanks for hosting! 🙂

  26. I enjoy your blog so much! I’m joining in your porch party this time! Thanks for hosting!

    Lots of fun!


  27. LOVE LOVE LOVE your inspiration photos, friend! ;} We are in full on purge the porch mode over here, so this is getting the fire under my bootay! Can’t wait to see ya this next week-let me know if I can do anything to help-so excited for Haven, and you! Have an awesome week! ;} MUAH!

  28. Hey sweet Rhoda! I added a few pics of my screened porch and joined your fun party. Thank you so much for hosting and I can’t wait to get back home and check out the porches! LOVE all the pics you posted:)

  29. What a wonderful reason to have a party! Front porches are one of my favorite things. Thank you for hosting.

  30. Rhoda~ Thanks for hosting….looking forward to meeting you next week at Haven. See you soon! Daune

  31. Rhoda! You host the best parties. Loved looking at all the wonderful porches. I listened in to your interview with Kristen and thought you did a great job! She is a sweetie. Her personality reallly shines through and so does yours.

  32. ack! i’m so late to your porch party!

    i’m so behind on my reading. but ohmygoodness what a fun party! love all the porches you have for inspiration & so many fun ones on your party as well!

    good luck with all things HAVEN this coming week! i know you are one busy person right now.


  33. Hi, Rhoda. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now. I saw your Summer Porch Party at Edie’s lifeingraceblog. The linky party was closed but it inspired me to post about my own special place. Thanks for sharing your blessed life.


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