Thursday, July 2, 2009

The finished product....

...finally!

I have to say I really liked how this came together. I did things on the "cheap" side because The Accountant is tired of seeing money fly out the door. He asked that I not personally try to keep the economy afloat.

So with his request in mind, the only new thing I purchased was my new favorite 4th of July item.

Then I used an old canvas shower curtain, cut it up and just wrapped the seat cushions to the wicker chairs. I searched for new cushions but didn't want to spend $70-100 each when I knew this is a seasonal change.

These are some old shutters I had in my basement. My dear friend Mary had seen them on the side of the road, picked them up and gave them to me saying, " I know you will find a use for these some day." Well that day arrived yesterday.

This is my old lamp shade. It has been beaten to death as it flies throught the neighborhood during wind storms. I washed it up and gave it a new life with the addition of some antique bedspread trim.

The next challenge was finding the right size table for my new creation. The small side table was not what I had in mind and again since this is seasonal, running out to buy a new one was not an option. (although I really want to find a permanent one)

So this is an old wire laundry basket I purchased to hold blankets in the winter months. I know it's not a real table but for this occasion it fits the bill. Just have to remember to remind The Accountant...don't put your glass of wine on it.

Off to find some more pieces around the house.... and look what we have.

So with these pieces in place I am getting closer to the finished product.

Add a floral arrangement created last week..


Now what to do about this side of the porch...
...oh yeah I forgot about our favorite rocker!

Take a step back and take a deep breathe....

Looking good at night...

...and in the morning light

The only regret I have is having fresh potted flowers, but with the fact we will be gone for a week it was not a practical decision. I also know the minute the red, white and blue flowers will have to go to make way for my late summer colors and eventually the fall!
Come join me for a glass of wine and watch the neighbors pass by.
Happy 4th of July to you all and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

20 comments:

NicNacManiac said...

Wonderful finds around your home. I love the almost finished vigniette!!
Happy 4th of July!!
Nerina :)

Jan said...

Can I just say LOVE....

Happy 4th.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Ready for the magazine cover, Janet! Looks so summery, clean, fresh...LOVE it! Great eye, girl!!!!
Enjoy your 4th!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

This turned out great! It makes me wish I was sitting there on the porch with you! Love that tablecloth! Beautiful Janet!!

Hugs,
~Victoria~

Suzanne in TX said...

Wow! Your porch looks terrific-so inviting... I just found your blog via Victoria. I chose to follow both of you! Hope to see you over at my blog one of these days.
Have a Happy 4th of July!

Sheila R said...

Oh, you porch looks lovely and so inviting.... I can just imagine sipping lemonade on it and enjoying the summer breeze!

mysteryhistorymom said...

I love what you have done with your porch! Can you come and help me do mine, now? I love the vignette- beautiful! Lori

tracey said...

It looks beautiful Janet! Your flower arrangement is awesome! Have a fabulous holidy and vacation time with your family:)
T

Firefly Hill said...

I just love it Janet! I especially love those shutters...I would have picked them up by the side of the road too!

annie

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Hi Janet! I just wanted to let you know that Amanda@Serenity Now is the lucky winner of your gift certificate to shop in your Etsy. If you need anything else from me, please let me know. Thank you again for being so generous! I hope you have a wonderful week!!

Hugs to you friend,
~Victoria~

kath@retromantic antiques said...

How cute and creative. It looks great! Hey just saw you follow my blog. Thanks and stop by any time.kath

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Just blog hopping and enjoyed reading yours....I love making new blog friends and love looking at all the different blog designs.

Connie said...

Came over from Victoria's blog. You are very creative. Love your inviting, creative, porch!

Anne Marie said...

WOW!!!!!

those pictures are awesome!!!

where the heck have I been?
please forgive me for not having stopped by sooner.....

xoxo

pinkstilettos said...

Hope you had a good Holiday! I am in love with the porch! It is so beautiful. Daisy~

Tara said...

Looks fresh out of a magazine!! Perfection, I love your porch, can I come over for a while and just sit?? hope you had a good weekend!

nicolette said...

This design is amazing. You really don't need to over spend on making the look. I think everyone, including your accountant, are amazed by your end products.

Nicolette
http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com/

Ms. Tee said...

Wow, you did an incredible job! It turned out beautifully! Now want to come do mine? ;) Hope you had a great 4th with your family!

Jeanneoli said...

It looks incredible!!!

Wes and Dani said...

Wow! It looks so great! I LOVE your house, it's basically my dream-home. :)