porch decor

Summer Front Porch Decor Part I

I’ve been planning how I want to decorate my front porch for this summer for several weeks now.  I have at least three things on the porch that need repainted: the front door, the trim, and the porch floor.  I also want to add more trim around the door to make it stand out more as a feature.  Currently, the floor is a light blue or what some may call a haint blue.  Now traditionally here in the South, you would paint your porch ceiling haint blue.  The tradition came from the Gullah culture in South Carolina and Georgia or the low country.  The Gullah painted ceilings, floors, doors, window frames, and shutters on a house to ward off haints (ghosts.)  They believed a ghost would not cross the haint blue thinking it was water, or that the haint blue ceiling was the sky, so it would trick the ghost into passing on through.  If you’ve ever been to Savannah, GA then you’ve probably heard about haint blue.  The paint was made by crushing indigo plants for the pigment.  At the time I painted my porch floor light blue, I had not heard of this tradition.  I first learned about it when we went to Savannah several years ago.  If you’ve never been to Savannah, I encourage you to go.  Not only is it a beautiful city, it is steeped in rich history.   I really enjoy learning about different cultures and traditions so when I learned about the history and tradition of haint blue, I thought it was pretty neat.  

My porch is simple.  The ceiling is white, and the siding is a light tan.  I have a small dark brown wicker table and chair set.  It sets directly in front of my living room window.  On the far end, I typically put an old outdoor bistro table in the corner for plants.  It is a glass table with charcoal black metal legs and tan braided wire on the side of the rim.  I plan on re-paining it white and black to match the house trim and porch railings.

I spent the better part of the day making a flower arrangement to go in an old milk can stamped Mohney’s Dairy Leington KY.  I painted it white and then went over the letters with a black paint pen.

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As you can see in the picture, my rug desperately needs washed, so I’m adding that to my to do list.  For the flowers, I basically used almost everything I had if it remotely went with my color scheme.  I wanted to stick to whites, green, yellow, and little spashes of purple, but I didn’t have just quite enough.  I improvised with more color, and I think it turned out really pretty.

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The gold butterfly is from our wedding.  I’m still trying to figure out the exact placement for it, and I may paint it white or yellow.  I haven’t decided yet.

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So here it is, my first porch decor for this summer.    Now to add some more potted plants and move on to the next project.  🙂

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