Saturday, September 5, 2009

Porch living...

I wish the porch looked like this everyday...but it doesn't. Rural living is a challenge sometimes. The fields around us are in constant change. The farmers are either plowing, harrowing, sowing and reaping, which makes for a lot of dust and chaff. We have also had a lot of rain this summer and since this is an open pergola I have to bring the fufu-y stuff inside when that happens. In fact just this morning it all had to come in for awhile because it started to rain. Yes, it's a pain, but still worth it. I do wish it was a covered porch. Maybe someday.
This is a favorite spot of the whole family and it seems we gather here more than any other place when the children come to visit. I think it's because this is where you will find Dale (hubs) when he is home. This is his man-cave...(sure looks like it, doesn't it?) He doesn't seem to mind the fluff though. He's a good man and puts up with all the fu-fu-la. The chenille settee is where you will find him when he's home. Mostly in a horizontal position. The porch was only half this size this spring, but when I acquired the iron table and chairs, and the four piece patio set (at a thrift store) we had to make more room. Hubs was happy to build on to HIS room and it went up pretty fast. We have sure enjoyed the extra space here and I'm happy you could join us on the porch today!!!


Julie Marie said...

Oooh June... I am soo envious! Everything is so very lovely! I would be out there all day, every day... your flowers are breathtaking! I love all of your garden statues and urns... the soft quilts, roses, well, I just love it ALL.. when do I come for a visit??? TT Rabbitt invited me! Bisous... Julie Marie

Anonymous said...

June, it is certainly the prettiest man-cave I have ever seen ;) Even showed Josh lol. I love how you have captured it here so romantically...and thanks for sharing about how you bring it all in when needed...sometimes living in the cold/rainy/unpredictable weather in NY I start feeling bad that others "out there" get to have beautiful outdoor living spaces all year long...glad to know I am not the only one who takes the time to set it all out and then bring it all in ;)

Weißer Vintagezauber said...

Dear June,
this looks so inviting and I can also fancy a place and centre for the whole family.
It still looks so summery with you from.... with us now it becomes already very autumnal!!!!
I wish you completely lots of love and miraculous Sunday to her on your great little places can spend.
All the best,

My name is Riet said...

WOW, what beautiful garden furniture and flowers/ What a wonderful place. Have a nice day

Mammabellarte Rita Reade said...

June, I am coming over! It looks so nice and no chickens on the pillows...Bellissimo my friend

Carolyn said...

Hi June,
I so enjoyed seeing your porch all fluffed up.It is all so beautiful. I love your table and chair set and all your pretty linens etc..It is all so romantic.

Enjoy your weekend,


Ann Marie said...

What a DIVINE porch! I love the pinks..whites and roses!

I am amazed that it looks so pretty considering where you live. I am in the same boat here in Utah.. I just need a covered porch. *sigh* one day.

All of my pillows are fading.. and we have to move things around when rain is expected also. :0 It's alot of work.. but worth it to make it pretty! :)

Your porch is dreamy.. oh so dreamy...

LiLi M. said...

This is such a romantic place! All those roses the real ones and the ones on the fabric, combined with the whites and the worn colors; simply stunning! No wonder it's a favorite spot of the whole family, I do hope there will be plenty of days to come to sit and relax and enjoy each others company here. Starting this weekend!

bikim said...

My God dear June your porch is AMAZING! love every detail and altough it doesn't look always like that, when it does it's heaven on earth! it looks so charming, relaxed, feminine and zen - an outdoor spa. Thanks for sharing such great ideas! Have a lovely wk and enjoy your porch.

Candy said...

You have created an absolutely heavenly sanctuary for your family. Most evident by you hubs favorite spot. I know the work it takes but the rewards are priceless ;-)

The Victorian Parlor said...


Is there any part of your house or garden or porch that is not amazingly beautiful? Every time I think I have seen the most beautiful part of your home you surprise me with another post:). You really need to be in a magazine or a book! You are so talented!



Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Your porch looks so invting and welcoming...I can just imagine sitting there with a cup of tea ( or something a bit stronger !!!!) and you have made it so pretty. Absolutely beautiful, June. XXXX

blushing rose said...

Awwwwwwww! Such beauty, serenity & romance spill forth on your 'porch'. It radiates, peacefulness exudes forth ... one awesome spot! You decorate so elegantly, June. I've yet to see anything that doesn't capture ... my hat is off to you, June.

Have a beautiful weekend.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Blondie's Journal said...

Hi June!!

I thought you were posting pictures from a magazine until I read your commentary!! Everything is so pretty. Romantic. And yes, some fu fu, but not overdone! I just love what you have done, including the gardening aspect. I was wondering what type of flowers are those in the pale blue metal container. They are gorgeous!!

I hope you are having a fabulous holiday weekend!! :-)


Debra@CommonGround said...

I'm with Blondie, I thought I had accidently fallen into the Romantic Homes Magazine website. What an amazing place... so beautiful!
Your flowers are beyond beautiful!

Sandi said...

I agree with Kim!! You definitely need to be in a magazine. Your porch is just gorgeous June!! I do the same thing. Haul it in and out. We live on a DIRT road and my front porch faces the road. You can just imagine all the dirt and dust that creates. Ugh. We were told by a road engineer when we moved here over 27 years ago that they were going to pave the road soon. Well, it has not happened and I am sure it won't now. But I do love the country!!
PS I am moving in too!! Get my room ready please.

oldgreymareprimitives said...

oh, come on! This is insane! Every post is better than the last. Now I am certainly depressed about the condition of my porch and yard. Ok, you're making me get out next week in this heat and do something about it!. If I didn't like you so much, I wouldn't like you at all, it's all just too amazing. Kudos, and another "yes, you should get a photo shoot of your garden", or start doing it professionally.

Kimbra Kasch said...

What a beautiful way to decorate - I absolutely love it all.

maría cecilia said...

Hi June, your porch is amazing, so cozy, inviting, enchanting... wow!! and the pictures are great too.
Spring is coming here but I don´t think I´ll create a porch like yours. Congratulations and thank you so much for this inspiration.
María Cecilia

Miss Gracie's House said...

Well, the first thing I noticed is the for everyone! I'm getting to the place where we need a lots of room, too.
But what I've really come to appreciate about you, June, is how you just love your little spot and enjoy it for *you* and make it a place your family comes home to. That means so much to me...I spend so much of my time doing for others that *my* home is lacking. I'm really starting to reconsider this...Thanks for being an inspiration.
Tell Ember *Hi* for me this weekend and oh BTW your porch is just gorgeous!
Have a great weekend at all those little shops!

Felicity said...

June, your blog is just inspirational and absolutely delicious. I have just arrived and spent some time reading your older posts as well. I too adore my garden and it is Spring here in southern Australia. We have had water restricitions in force all winter and soon we will not be allowed to water our gardens except for one hour a week hand watering (come November even that will end). It's amazing what you can do with bath and laundry water!! My David Austin roses will be in bloom soon and we say thank you for every drop!! There is much to be happy about.

Traci said...

June, I'm on my way over! That porch looks wonderful! I could see spending some time there. Traci said...

June, this porch is soooo fine. The urns, the flowers, the furniture, the fabric. Thank you for letting me look. I can feel your happiness here with your hubby and son. You sound like someone I'd really like to know.


Vicki said...

Hello, June,
I was just waiting to see your porch. It is absolutely beautiful as I knew it would be. It looks like such a comfortable and serene place to relax and visit. Your husband is a special guy, I can tell. Thanks for sharing it all. Have a wonderful holiday weekend. Vicki

Draffin Bears said...

Hi June,

You have the perfect porch ~ love it.
Everything looks so romantic and as the others have said, you should really be in a Home and Garden magazine.
Love how pretty everything is and the pink roses, my favourite. Thank you for showing us your porch and we can now imagine you taking tea out in the sunshine.

Happy weekend

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Speechless...just speechless. Very rarely am I speechless. Very rarely do I see something so beautiful. Only here. ONLY here.
everything vintage

sweetpea said...

how do you ever go inside? your gardens and porch take my breath away... just stunning!


Brigitta said...

Wow June, this looks straight out of a homedeco magazine, what a beautiful, romantic place!! Enjoy it!

Rebecca Nelson said...

OK! I must go pray.

I've coveted your Porch and Gardens since I spied the first picture.


I want! I want! I want!


Beautiful Girly...just lovely!


Kleines und Feines said...

Dear June,
oh my god, your pictures are so wonderful, so lovely, i love it.
I wish you a very nice weekend

Lori said...

June, i was of the mind too that you were posting pics from a magazine...your porch {that seems too lowly a word to call it...honestly} is crazy beautiful...i am in love with it and with your style of foofing and really is a magical and lovely spot!!!

Reginas Cottage said...

Dear June
Your porch looks very cosy.It's really a very
romantical place,perfect for daydreams.I love
your deco style,it's fantastic.
I wish you a very nice week,
hugs Regina

kelli said... beautiful! Looks like the perfect place for a cup of tea and a good book.
Thanks for sharing June

The Green Pea said...

You have a beautiful garden and all the seating looks so cozy. Love all the quilts, and fabrics. Very lovely. Sandi

Cindy said...

That is gorgeous! Yes, I agree it is worth it to put it all out and then put it all away! I have white linens out on my patio and I have to wash them often but it's worth it. Those pink roses in the first photo are gorgeous. Are those from your garden? If you know the name of them could you send me an email or leave a comment on my blog? Thanks!

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Hi June,
How beautiful! I can imagine spending many dreamy days on your porch! It's no wonder why your hubby loves it so much. It looks abolutely amazing. I'm a little jeolous. ;-) Have a wonderful Sunday.


BellaRosa said...

June, what an absolutely gorgeous porch...Your yard looks so beautiful, how I would love to just walk barefoot thru it and look at all the beauty around me :) I think most of our "grass" right now is brown :) I think when I am wishing for a beautiful yard, I will just come back and look at all your beautiful pictures and live vicariously thru you :) Thank you for sharing your beautiful porch and home....Rose

p.s. what kind of roses are those in the blue container :)

Brenda Pruitt said...

Well, it looks like a lovely place to curl up with a magazine or book and while away a few sunshiny hours. I love outdoor rooms, and am working them throughout my landscape. Thanks for the scrumptious tour!

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

your porch is gorgeous!! I love all the fluffy pillows and blankets... it adds just the right touch.... even if you have to cart it in and out! haha

I always dream of a covered porch too... and am always trying to come up with creative ways to shade it... yours is sooo lovely.

xo Heather

Unknown said...

Can I come hang out at your house?! Seriously, have you been featured in any magazines, because your porch and gardens are jaw dropping gorgeous!!!

:) T

Rebecca said...

Hello June
My goodness, just beautiful girl! Love the porch and all the quilts and pillows. I know it is a pain to take it all in but it is nice your family enjoys it out there so much it is worth all the work.
Do you belong to the garden club there?
Thanks for sharing your wonderful living space with us it is amazing

Sharing with Sherri said...


Your porch looks so pretty and inviting! A perfect place for a get together! Hardly a mancave! lol! But I'm sure your hubby enjoys it because of all your creative touches!

Happy Labor Day!

Deb said...

June, these pictures look like they are straight out of a magazine ~ absolutely gorgeous! You have created the most beautiful outdoor living space I've ever seen ♥

maría cecilia said...

June, thanks for stopping by my blog. We are doing all right but fixing lots of problems, specially the water device, no water for who knows how long. As I live in the hills, the mudsliding did not touch my house... but down of me a disaster.
María Cecilia

kote said...

Hola, encontré muy lindas tus fotos. Yo me acabo de hacer un blog y te invito a que lo visites.
Muchas gracias

Paula said...

Dear sweet June,
Your porch is so gorgeous!!! I can see why all of your dear family and sweet hubby love to gather there. It is so wonderful your husband does not mind all the fluff. I would think he feels quite relaxed and pampered with all those beautiful and cheerful quilts, throws, lace and rosey pillows. They are all so very pretty, you make everything pretty! You decorate with LOVE! All of the flowers and your garden statue are so pretty, as well. I could see your home and porch featured in Romantic Country Magazine! Thank you for sharing such loveliness. I love the beautiful view surrounding your porch and home, too. It looks like such a peaceful and happy place to live. Enjoy the rest of your porch weather... mine will be beginning soon here in the south whenever fall arrives. :) I can hardly wait!

Much love,

Connie said...

Oooooh, June, Jack and I just got back from Grandjean and camping and I can't believe your porch is so gorgeous, sugar!! I'd give anything just to have a back porch like that. Yep, just gorgeous.

Muggensteekjes said...

Hello dear June,
oooh this is just so beautiful,we are back home now and I love to come visit your lovely blog again.Wish I could sit there with you and enjoy your lovely porch.It's like I can't get enough of your beautiful pictures and I will look at them over and over again.
It is so nice to be back again,now I won't miss a thing here.
Hugs, Ingrid.

Wren Cottage said...

Oh dear me!! WOWSERS!! I'll get back in the line here to tell you that your porch and your decorating is simply divine!! Love the way you use your quilts and laces, swooooon....
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful space, you DO need to be in a magazine!!!!!! Bravo!! and a Bravo for your sweetie too :) good man!
xox Madai

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Your porch is absolutely devine. What a marvelous space to spend your time.


Paris Rags Romance said...

Are you kidding? Oh my goodness, how amazingly blissfull!!!!!!!You need to call Romantic Country for a photo shoot, really you have a beautiful romantic soul! Hugs, Kim

Mary said...

Just beautiful, June! I would love to spend time on your porch and on your grounds...I'm sure it takes a lot of time and work to keep it up, but it is so well worth it...thanks for sharing it with all of us!


Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Your porch is sublime! What a wonderful place to be!

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Unbelieveably beautiful, June! Every photo in this post is just stunning! (Ooooh, do I see a hammock out there in the yard under those beautiful shade trees?) Your talents are many and you are such an inspiration. When I grow up I want to decorate, and garden, and take photos just like you. :)

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Oh my goodness, June! Your porch is amazing!!! I love everything! It looks like a magazine!

Seawashed said...

I think it is the prettiest porch I've seen, outside of is my dream porch. You have everything draped with just the right amount of white, and is so welcoming. How blessed you are!

Kimberly said...

June, this is just so lovely I can only imagine how wonderful it is to spend lazy days with family hanging out. I would be in heaven!
I will be back and I am adding you to my blog list because I don't want to miss a post from now on! (and I want to share too)
Thanks for stopping by to visit me and for your kind comments. Hope you get your curtains up soon!

English Cottage in Georgia said...

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!! I so love your porch. After seeing your pics, I am so regretting my color black and now want white and more white.
JUST beautiful.

Anonymous said...

WOW - I think I could spend the rest of my days very happily, just lounging on that porch with a cup of tea and a few good books. Amazing!