Saturday, July 11, 2015

My summer porch

In a normal year (oh, let's face it...there are no "normal" years), I would refresh my stoop porch 3 times--once when the bad weather was over, once after school got out, and once in November. (During the messy weather, who the heck cares what your stoop porch looks like?) You can take a look at previous refreshes here and here.

But this was no normal year, peeps.  You can ask my (non-blooming) hydrangeas.

Spring break (my 'normal' 1st refresh deadline), the weather was still crappy and cold, so no refreshing took place.

And it was like I bailed.

No kidding...I did nothing to spruce up the porch AT ALL!  So when Kathy suggested a porch party, I was all in.  After all, it would force me to do something about that stoop porch.

Since we last visited this space, I added a little gray chair. This chair acts as a space for dropping off packages (I am a frequent flyer at Amazon and Etsy) or bags while I'm unlocking the front door.*  It's painted the same gray as the shakes, so it blends in and doesn't seem obtrusive or too large for the space.
The chippy metal bar cart (obviously created for outdoor use) was a great find at a neighborhood yard sale.  I change out the accessories every time I refresh, or when flowers die. (Which is more frequently than I like to admit. I have success with them in the ground but in a container? Not so much.)

This angel wing begonia "Looking Glass" is the exception.  I have had this old gal for years.  I haul her inside in the winter and outside in the summer and she has been hanging around at least as long as we've been at Brandywine (2008).  So apparently an angel wing begonia will survive Armageddon.

The petunia and asparagus fern pot gets moved a lot.  It was moved to this location to provide some much-needed color. Notice how "leggy" the petunia is?  That's because I forget to pinch it back. I am a bad flower mom.

The front door* has a message board on it.  We have two fine gentlemen renting our condo units, and they attach their check envelopes in the little clip.  Quite convenient!  (And then they don't have to worry about upsetting the feds by putting it in the mailbox, which is apparently uncool with the USPS.)  I got the little chalkboard bird at Michael's or Hobs or one of those places.

Thanks for stopping by my Summer Stoop Porch!  Please visit these other gals to catch a glimpse of what they've done:

*Front door story: When we first came to look at Brandywine with a realtor, we noticed that she had an incredibly difficult time getting the front door open.  In fact, we almost bailed on previewing it, because she fussed with that key for a full three minutes.  Not a good sign.  After we moved in, the front door froze completely, and the handle on the inside fell off.  We jerry-rigged a new handle from the inside, but basically the front door was unusable. I asked DL to fix it, but his excuse was that he needed to get a locksmith here and they needed to take the whole thing apart and it was a full day's job..yada, yada.  I have not had a front door that has been accessible from the stoop for EIGHT YEARS! (I swear people have gotten divorced for less.)

What a pain in the butt.

So this summer, the ONLY THING I asked DL to do on his week off was get that front door fixed. You know what?  He took it apart, took the thing down to the locksmith, the locksmith re-keyed it, and the whole set was back (and usable!) on the front door in one afternoon!  EIGHT YEARS, PEEPS!! I did not beat him, but I did put him in time out.


reFresh reStyle said...

Looking great! I have dead plants in my pots on the stoop :)

Rose L said...

Is this the front porch? I guess the back is called a patio. I wish I had a porch! Yours looks so nice!!

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

wowza. 8 years. i am sure i would have harassed my hubby to death long before 8 years. more like a week.

Shelley from Roots North and South said...

Looks good! I like the little cart... Chair for all the deliveries is smart too. My usually end up in the shrubs on either side of the front porch!

Kimm Boes said...

I have crappy weather to blame for my procrastination too! ;) My porch is tiny too, but I love tiny porch style, especially yours! Love that gray chair, one of my favorite colors.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

We do the same thing - put stuff off that seems like a pain yet turns out to be slightly less painful and we wonder why on earth didn't we just do this sooner???!!!! I still have my pumpkins on my back porch. I have made it a goal to get those things put away before I leave for Haven. I have 3 days.
I like the chair being the same color as the shakes. I have the same problem with petunias - I forget about them. So I started getting million-bells instead. They don't have to be deadheaded.

Pam Kessler said...

8 years without a door that works? You are a saint my friend! I LOVE that bar cart on the porch. I may have to steal that idea, but stock it with some adult beverages. Neighbors can grab a cocktail and pull up a chair when they come to visit :)

Jeanette Chaney said...

What a great stoop you have! Cool how everything looks adorable and yet hard working. Glad you're on the tour! ~Jeanette

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Positively charming! I love your house siding... swooning! And that little cart is perfection for the added layers.

Now I want new siding... like yours. Wonder how long THAT will take me! :)

Fun to take this tour with you!

Petticoat Junktion said...

Oh Kirbi, we could be sisters. I can't keep a plant alive to save my life. My hydrangea isn't blooming either (what's up with that) and I'm an Amazon frequent flyer too. Love your porch!

Carole West said...

I love that you're not giving up on those plants a little fertilizer and they will be full again. That chair is great and I notice my favorite enamelware. I just love that stuff. Great Space!

Carole @ Garden Up Green

Carole West said...

I love that you're not giving up on those plants a little fertilizer and they will be full again. That chair is great and I notice my favorite enamelware. I just love that stuff. Great Space!

Carole @ Garden Up Green

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Looks good, Kirby! I never did a spring refresh either and am still working on the summer refresh... but since it's 100 degrees here, I may just hold out for fall. :)
xo Heidi

Bliss said...

I'm gonna have to wait for the procrastinators procrastinating porch party. What's done is done and nothing else will probably be happening. And what's this rental thing you speak of and blog changes?

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