Ah, summer evenings on the porch. I always look forward to the special time of day in the warmer months when the kids finally fall asleep, my husband and I finish up our work, and then we sit on the porch to talk and relax together. That cooler evening air is always so refreshing and it's such a great way to end a busy day. These past couple of weeks, I was able to give our porch a little makeover so that I was even more cozy and relaxing for everyone in our family - kids and puppies included! I made our porch our own using a comfy country farmhouse theme with a little bit of my own colourful, boho inspired pops. Let me give you a tour of our boho country farmhouse porch decor and some DIY ideas for your own porch decor this Spring!
Come sit with me, Riley and Tippy on our newly cozied-up front porch! The theme is country farmhouse with a whole lotta colour thrown in.
With the popularity of farmhouse decor themed blogs and the show Fixer Upper (which I ADORE), farmhouse inspired decor is still gaining steam in the decorating world. While it's a style I've always loved and I think really suits our acreage home, I still do like to tweak it a bit and make it more personal by adding unexpected splashes of colourful and bits of bohemian inspired elements.
I really think that's important when you're thinking about how to decorate your home, whether it be your interior or your exterior space: make it say YOU. If you love this current farmhouse decor trend we're seeing now, then do it! Like sleeker, more modern decor? Then do THAT! Can't decide and like to mix and match? Do that. I'm more of the latter when it comes to decor, and our porch is a good example of my love for mixing styles.
Here's how our porch looked last year:
I slipcovered our (really) old patio chairs in drop cloth and made some DIY drop cloth drapes and a plumbing parts curtain rod. You can find the tutorial to make these by clicking right here. This corner of the porch was pretty, but not very cozy and the drop cloth chair covers did NOT hold up to the beating our dogs gave them. We live out in the country and have two lovely dogs, so we definitely needed some patio furniture that was sturdier with darker upholstery.
When I saw the beautiful Gavle patio set at The Brick, I knew it would be the perfect new piece for our porch.
I really liked how the dark wicker, the thin legs and the gentle curve of the arms of this piece made it feel a little bit elegant. The medium grey fabric on the cushions was perfect for our messy acreage life. Plus, the rattan wicker is UV resistant and oh-so-easy to wipe down!
This comfy outdoor sectional checked all of my boxes, and it's also a modular 6-piece unit so I could move one piece from one side to the other to make it fit our porch perfectly.
I found a fun outdoor rug to use as the base of our porch design, and it also really made the dark sectional pop. This Gavle patio set also came with a coffee table which works perfectly to hold snacks and drinks for our evening escapes.
The sectional looks really pretty against my DIY drop cloth curtains, and I also strung some fun patio lights from the porch rafters.
These let off such a pretty, romantic glow in the evening and they're also so farmhouse chic! Try adding in some mood lighting to your outdoor spaces; I bet you'll love it too. String lights and lanterns with battery-powered faux candles are my favourites.
As for the pillows (and you've GOT to have tons of throw pillows everywhere, am I right?!), I made a couple from the same teal floral fabric as my kitchen drapes. Then, I made another couple of faux grain sack pillows with some painters' drop cloth and chalk style paint. I cut the squares for the pillows out of drop cloth, and then I used some painter's tape to mask where I wanted the grain sack lines to be on the cushions. I painted the lines with chalk style paint, let them dry, and then sewed up my throw pillows like I usually do. (You can see my throw pillow DIY video right here.)
Another fun DIY in this space was this upcycled end table. It was actually inspired by an idea I saw in the June issue of Style at Home (which I'm excited to be featured in, by the way... so thrilling!). In this issue, they took a large planter and topped it with a serving tray to create a patio table with hidden storage. I "farmhoused" the idea up a little, painted an old planter a nice charcoal colour, and topped it with the end of an electrical spool! (You might remember that I used the other end for this DIY clock.)
I painted this end of the spool the same charcoal colour as the planter, and then dry brushed some soft white paint over that to give it a nice, weathered look. This is the perfect spot for our latest flower cuttings or to use as a side table for snacks and drinks when we have more guests!
So far, everyone has approved of our new porch decor. Our dogs Riley & Tippy were all smiles when they learned that they had a rug to lay on during the day...
...and a sturdy new couch to sneak up onto at night.
We've already had so much fun relaxing here as a family, and I can't wait to make so many more memories on our porch this summer!
Care for a video tour of our front porch? I've got one right here:
I'm really happy to be a part of the Outdoor Extravaganza blog hop this year with some of my favourite blogging friends! Please make sure to visit the other fabulous outdoor decor ideas linked below, and come back on May 27th to be a part of an epic outdoor decorating link party.
How to Protect Your Outdoor Cushions by The Happy Housie
Country Farmhouse Porch Decor Ideas (with a Boho Twist) by The DIY Mommy
Easy Ways to Give Your Backyard Personality by City Farmhouse
Moss Chandelier Wreath by Craftberry Bush
Flea Market Style Outdoor Table Setting by Satori Design for Living
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by The Brick. As always, all of the opinions here are my own. I only recommend companies that I use and love myself.