Patriotic Porch for the 4th of July

Welcome to the 128th Metamorphosis Monday!

Happy Independence Day weekend! Hope your weekend has been going great! I’m having a little cookout tomorrow so I’ve been busy with preparations. Did you already have your 4th of July celebration or will you be celebrating tomorrow?

I’m excited to share big changes I’ve made out on the porch over the last week. I’ve been busting to decorate the porch in a patriotic vibe for the 4th of July ever since the porch was first added to my home 3-4 years ago. I wanted to do it in a budget friendly manner and up until this year, I hadn’t been able to find what I needed to stay within the budget I had planned. This summer the stars all aligned (figuratively and literally) and the porch got a make-over for the holiday.

Hope you enjoy this transformation of the porch in celebration of Independence Day.
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Before:

Screened Porch
Before:

Screened-In Porch with Sheer Curtains and White Wicker

After:

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

Happy Independence Day!

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

This porch metamorphosis was done on a budget–total cost was just $155.00 for the complete transformation.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July
That’s not too bad for a whole room redo. I’ll break it down for you as we move through the changes.
Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

Remember that little sewing project I mentioned I was working on? I made red covers for the pillows that are always on the swing throughout the summer months.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

The blue and white spatterware pitcher was pulled from the upstairs family room. I filled it with big, beautiful sunflowers. This pitcher is very old so it leaks.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July
I’ll share the sneaky way I used if for the sunflowers in another post. Update: Shared how I used sunflowers in this vintage pitcher here.
Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

Sunflowers were only $6 for the whole bunch from Harry’s Farmer’s Market.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July
I love decorating for the 4th. It’s a chance to just go all out and let “Love of Country” sing out loud and clear.
Patriotic Porch for the 4th of July
Found the needlepoint flag pillow a couple of months back on eBay for $14.
Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

Remember when I posted about making blue and white striped cording HERE? Now you know where it ended up. 😉 I used the pillows that live on the swing during the summer, and just sewed new red covers. Only cost was for the fabric and the raw cording.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

The red, white and blue patch-work pillows in the white wicker chairs are what really inspired and kicked off this porch transformation. I had a gift certificate for HomeGoods and when I spotted those pillows in the spring, I just loved them and knew I had the starting point for my 4th of July porch. (Tutorial for the patriotic “sundae” by the lamp is, HERE.)

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

I really lucked out on the white seat cushions for the swing and settee. When I bought those exact same cushions in green for the porch 3-4 years ago, I thought I did really well finding them on sale for $40 each at Pier 1. They are normally $60 each. They are heavy, super comfortable and beautifully made with a great fabric that isn’t scratchy feeling like most outdoor cushions. I really like how they are tailored and finished with cording.

This year, after finding the patch-work pillows at HomeGoods, I came across the white cushions at Pier 1 and they were marked down from $60 to $15 each! I couldn’t believe it! Even the sales clerk was shocked when she rang them up. She looked at me and asked, “$15???” I smiled and said, “Yep.” That’s when I knew the porch metamorphosis was definitely on for this year!

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

I already had the large striped pillows. They are the same ones I use on the swing in the fall, but just turned around to show the other side. The small red pillow is from Garden Ridge and was $6. I already had the needlepoint pillow with the harbor/patriotic scene…snagged it from the window seat in the upstairs family room.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

I paid more for the smaller red chair cushions than I did the big white ones from Pier 1. They were the only solid red ones I could find and were $19 each from Garden Ridge.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

I love how the sunflowers look surrounded in a sea of red, white and blue. The other plants are from the deck. The red geranium that normally lives on the shabby, white chair wasn’t blooming. Fortunately, another one I had that is a deeper burgundy-ish red was blooming. The lanterns you see scattered around on the porch came from Old Time Pottery a year or two back. You may remember when I used them in 4th of July table setting.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

I challenged myself to keep the color scheme on the porch strictly red, white and blue. The only items on the porch that are not in the red/white/blue color scheme are the sunflowers and the hutch. And y’all, I’m just not repainting that hutch for the weekend. 😉  (You’ll find pics and info about the original painting of the hutch HERE.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

Plate is from Hobby Lobby and was 50% off. I actually bought it earlier in the season before I knew I’d be re-doing the porch.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

Stars were added to the Summer Breeze sign that’s always on the porch. You can find a sign just like this by Googling “Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine Sign.” I found mine years ago at A Classy Flea, a local antique/thrift store.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

This tablescape is a blend of two previous tablescapes posted for different Tablescape Thursdays HERE and HERE. You’ll find the tutorial for the patriotic napkin rings, HERE.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

Yesterday, I constructed the flag out of wood “sign” stakes from the Home Depot. A bundle was only $5.98. I painted the flag with acrylic paint from Michael’s. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to “age” it, or leave it, as is. I wanted to let the paint cure before I did anything. I was inspired by a flag I saw in the Pottery Barn catalog for $129.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

Mine isn’t as big as the PB one, but it only cost $14 to make. Well, $14 and a whole days worth of labor.  Totally worth it, though.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

The hutch was decked out with the china I used in this patriotic tablescape.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

The little teddy bear was one of my son’s when he was small. I couldn’t resist adding him to the porch since he is dressed for the holiday.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

I’ll be happy to post a tutorial showing how I made the flag, if anyone is interested. Just leave a comment letting me know if that is something you would like to see. I took pics during the making of it in case it was something you would be interested in. Update:  You’ll find the flag making tutorial HERE.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

The large star on the wall near the swing came from Garden Ridge and was $20. Actually it was a little less than that but I’m rounding all the prices up for simplicity.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July
Another view looking out across the porch.
Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

An evening view…

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July
Getting dark out now.
Decorate a Porch for the 4th of July
Had so much fun making this flag.  If you would like to make one, you’ll find a detailed tutorial here: Make a Flag for Your Patriotic Celebrations: A Pottery Barn Knock-off
Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

Hope you enjoyed this patriotic porch metamorphosis.

Screened-in Porch Decorated for the 4th of July

 

The budget breakdown:

White seat cushions for swing and sette: Pier 1, $30 ($15 each)
Red seat cushions in chairs: Garden Ridge, $40($20 each)
Needlepoint “flag” pillow on swing: eBay, $14
Large red pillows on swing: Sewed new covers, $12
Multicolored pillows on chairs: HomeGoods, Free with Gift Certificate
Small red pillow on settee: Garden Ridge $6
Needlepoint “harbor scene” pillow on sette: already had in upstairs family room
Lanterns: Old Time Pottery, already had
Large Star on wall: Garden Ridge, $20
Small stars on Summer Breeze sign: Michaels, $3 for both at 50% off
Wood flag above hutch:  Made on Saturday with sign stakes, $14
Large plate on oval wicker table: Hobby Lobby, $10 at 50% off
China on table: (Already had) Click HERE and HERE for details
Flowers: Harry’s Farmer’s Market, $6
China and decorations on hutch and table: Already had
Total spent: $155

Looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to this week!

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Comments

  1. Oh, I forgot! Your porch looks gorgeous!
    Continue to be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  2. Melissa says:

    it looks great! so festive and fun for your celebration tomorrow!

  3. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says:

    Thanks for hosting!! I just love your porch! I've been really wanting to decorate for 4th of July, I need some new decor. This really has me itching to buy some! Maybe I'll wait until after, when everything is on sale. I really wish I had done it this year.

  4. Carolyn says:

    Hi Susan,
    That is the most beautiful and patriotic porch ever!

    Thank you for hosting,
    Carolyn

  5. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Shelia, oh, I had even noticed. lol The computer filled in the title for me. Thanks for telling me…just changed it. 🙂

  6. {oc cottage} says:

    Suuuuuuuu-sannnnnn!I'm dying! This is AWESOME! I'm getting all teary! Fabulous from start to finish! Every shot is a magazine cover! And your PB flag is amazing! God Bless America and you, you creative little thing, you!! ;}

    m ^..^

  7. Susan. Your porch looks stunning. Everything came together beautifully. Thank you for hosting the party and it is always a pleasure being a guest! Diane

  8. Sharlotte says:

    Susan,
    This looks great!I love all the red and all your special touches. Yes, yes, post the tutorial for the flag!
    Sharlotte

  9. Mid-Atlantic Martha says:

    How festive! Just when I thought your porch couldn't get any better — Love your new look!

  10. Your porch is beautiful!
    I would love to see how you made the flag. Maybe I could get one together before July $th nest year!
    pam

  11. Barbara F. says:

    Beautiful porch and tablescape, always find inspiration when I stop by! Love all the different pillows and the blue spatterware pitcher. xo,

  12. Ahhh, Susan! I love it! It's a bit late for me for this year, but I see lots of ideas for decorating the lanai next July 4th.

  13. This is one BEAUTIFUL room! Just stunning and so well thought out! You did a great job sewing the pillows!

    You know I love a tutorial so, yes, lets see and hear how you made your flag!

    I'm certain your 4th of July is going to be even better with such a happy porch to spend the day.

    Mary

  14. Decorchick! says:

    WOW, that is so beautiful Susan!! I wish I could come!

  15. Susan (My Place to Yours) says:

    VERY festive, Susan! Happy Independence Day! Enjoy your party tomorrow.

  16. Mary Ellen says:

    Oh Gosh Susan this porch just looks terrific- Love all the color! I didn't get one thing out for the 4th- my supply is so paltry I didn't feel it worth the effort- you will have me scouring for more patriotic things now!

  17. At The Picket Fence says:

    Susan!! Your porch is fabulous. It should be in a magazine. I try really hard not to be jealous here in blogland, but I think I am a little green around the edges right now. Thank you for sharing this lovely eye candy and for hosting the party!

    Happy 4th of July to you and yours!
    Heather and Vanessa

  18. The little red changes for the 4th look so clean and crisp! Candlelight photos are so pretty.

  19. Beeutiful by Design says:

    Love the porch transformation – everything looks so nice! Thanks for hosting and have a safe Fourth -Jennifer

  20. On Crooked Creek says:

    Dear Susan,
    Your porch is stunning!!! The pops of red against the white are so striking and they accent the sunflowers fabulously!!! I adore your metamorphosis. . .your hard work has paid off, once again, as you kept to a strict budget using creative ways with sensible purchasing strategies! Thank you for your continued inspiration and for sharing your lovely porch with us!
    Fondly,
    Pat
    P.S. Have to love the photo of Max as he makes his way onto the porch for. . .what else. . .a (cat) NAP!

  21. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    What a wonderful spot to celebrate the holiday and the entire summer!

  22. Jennifer says:

    That's the spirit! Way to go girl, Jennifer

  23. looks very festive and patriotic and cheery
    KAT

  24. Junior Couponator says:

    Perfect! The shot of yellow makes it come alive. Would love, love a tutorial on making the wood flag.

  25. Beautiful transformation!! Enjoy the holiday!!

  26. Laura Wilkerson says:

    Awe you're sewing project looks great and the porch looks fabulous!
    Have a happy 4th!

  27. Designs By Pinky says:

    Susan, I never in a million years would ahve thought you could improve your porch but you DID!!!!! It is gorgeous!!!! Are you going to keep it like this for awhile???? love every little detail! I still can't get over it. The pilloows are fabulous, I sure wish I could SEW!!!!! Have a GREAT 4th! XO, Pinky PS, we went to a picnic today and are having our family tomorrow.

  28. Designs By Pinky says:

    Susan, never in a million years did I think you could improve your porch but youm DID!!! It is gorgeous! I love the pillows and I love every single detail! Are you going to keep it like this for awhile??? Have a great 4th! XO, Pinky

  29. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Thanks, Pinky! I think I may keep it this way for a while. I really love all the color! A picnic today…how much fun is that! Have fun tomorrow!

  30. Chrissie says:

    I love your patriotic sun porch! I had to Pin it! Thanks for hosting today!

  31. poindextr says:

    Susan, your porch is so so fabulous. Hope y'all have a spectacularly fun time together tomorrow 🙂

  32. Rita May says:

    I love everything you have on your very patriotic porch.
    I'd love to see the tutorial on the flag. I've always wanted to make one.
    Happy 4th!

  33. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says:

    I love that you stayed strictly red, white, and blue. The splatterware pitcher is a nice touch. I really like the needlepoint pillow, I'm a sucker for those. Thanks for the info on the china, Susan, I already had an ebay tab open, so I'm checking those out. Hugs, Kim

  34. Ann from On Sutton Place says:

    Hope you had the opportunity to spend tons of time on that lovely porch this weekend…thanks for hosting. Have a great week!

  35. The Polka Dot Closet says:

    That is beyond fabulous, the pictures are gorgeous! I predict that will end up in a magazine! thank you for hosting I am so proud to be linking up

    Carol

  36. Lori Lucas says:

    I think your porch is always absolutely charming, but this one is just beyong exquisite! It is sheer perfection! Lori L

  37. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top says:

    So beautiful and so patriotic! I really love it! I just love, love, love your porch. I would love to have a space like this.

  38. FABBY'S LIVING says:

    Fabulous porch and the photography is awesome, Susan! Every beautiful detail and elements stand out, against the white background of the porch and furnishings…how talented you are Susan and with wonderful taste at that! I adore the little flag pillow! Happy 4th. of July tomorrow. Enjoy it at the gorgeous PORCH! FABBY

  39. LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS 4th of July update! Simply wonderful! The fun of the decor will make the food taste fabulous….I so appreciate your attention to every detail….it shows.

  40. Susan, you know this patriotic loving girl thinks this make over is the best. I love the red, white, and blue touches that you've added to the porch. Great job!
    Our 4th of July will be spent here at home. We'll have the neighbors and other friends here for a picnic tomorrow evening. I bought sunflowers to use on the serving tables. Love the touch of yellow with all the red, white, and blue.
    Happy 4th of July! ~ Sarah

  41. laxsupermom says:

    Your porch looks amazing! I love all the festive patriotic touches! Your pillows turned out fantastic – love the piping! The flag you built is terrific as is, but I think it would look awesome weathered, too. Thanks for sharing your porch makeover and for hosting this party each week.

  42. Nancy B says:

    Sure, I would like to see how you made your flag. Your porch is awesome and I don't know why you couldn't just leave everything as is until Labor Day! That's a lot of work!! Good job.

  43. Pattie @ Olla-Podrida says:

    Wow! You have been busy. I love everything you've done and think your results far exceed what you spent. Thanks for taking us step-by-step through the process. Your pillows are great and I am very impressed that you made your own cording!

  44. Kelly (Seaux Southern) says:

    Your porch is always so beautiful! I love the needle point pillows! I would also love to see how you painted the flag…think I might try to make one myself for next year! Love your blog!

  45. ❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ says:

    Stunning!!!

    Happy 4th of July!

    Dee

  46. So, so, so cute!!! I love everything but really love the flag you painted. Thanks for hositng.

  47. martinealison says:

    Une déco. digne de ce nom!… Superbes photos…
    Bisous.

  48. I'm blown away by how beautiful this is – you are so darned talented. What can't you do?? LOVE the flag and the pillows are fantastic! Wow –
    Hope you have a wonderful 4th! xox

  49. Farah Muzaffar says:

    Like always the beautiful porch with a wonderful setting… lovely…
    I am link up with you
    Visit me whenever you can
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love
    Farah

  50. Terry @ La Bella Vie says:

    Oh my dear Susan, this is just stunning!!! I love decorating for the 4th of July as much as I love decorating for Christmas and this is just to-die-for beautiful! I love everything you've done in here and yes by all means would love a tutorial on that adorable flag!
    Hugs sweet girl, you are my amazing inspiration!
    Terry
    PS didn't do any decorating this year due to a family emergency, but you can bet, next year I'm in for your MM party!

  51. Suzy @ Worthing Court says:

    As always, your porch is beautiful! Looks like you thought of everything. I would love to see a tutorial of how you made your flag. Happy 4th to you and your family!

  52. Hi Susan,

    What a wonderful porch makeover. Love it! This is my first time visiting and what a great start.

    Happy 4th!

    -Sanna

  53. Before- calm, pretty summer porch
    After – star sparkle explosion of patriotic spirit
    Like both

  54. Your porch looks fabulous! I would love to see a tutorial on how to make the flag.
    Great score with the settee and swing cushions. Don't you love it when a plan comes together?

  55. Absolutely beautiful! I'd love to see the flag tutorial.

  56. Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com says:

    That porch is pure gorgeousness! You are so fortunate to have such a nice, large entertaining space, and I can see that you make the most of it. Thanks for hosting!

  57. Erin (Out on a Limb) says:

    Oh how gorgeous. Sigh. Wishing I had a porch, but have tons of inspiration now if I ever do! Just beautiful. Can I come swing on your porch? ; )

    Have a wonderful Fourth of July.

  58. Susan,
    I love your patriotic porch redo!! I think the pop of color that the red provided is so charming and inviting!!
    Love everything but those pillow are to die for……
    Thanks so much for hosting!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

  59. Through My Red Door says:

    Susan~
    I LOVE your porch!! I drool every time I enter your blog! Yes, please publish your tutorial for the flag! Love it. I'm going right now to tie patriotic ribbon around my mason jars to use today!!

    Thanks for so much inspiration every day!
    Sheila

  60. Terrific! Love all your touches – miss Harry's Market! Gracious I miss the convenience of all those marvelous places you mentioned! But, love the tranquility of rural life.
    You've done a wonderful job – this looks so festive!
    I hope you have a blessed Fourth of July!
    Kathy

  61. Joan Ü says:

    Beautiful, Susan! I sometimes wish we had one more colour in our patriotic colours (red & white, Canada) … need that 3rd colour.

    And I would love the tutorial on how you made your flag … love it!

    — Joan Ü

  62. longcountryroad says:

    Gorgeous! I love all the color, very patriotic…it's looks so welcoming and festive. Have a great 4th!

  63. I'm moving in, you have an extra bedroom right? Not to worry – I'll be spending most of my time on this sweet porch, reading and sipping cool drinks, and petting kitty. All the different pillows are the icing in your "designscape", love them. Happy Fourth!

  64. ohiofarmgirl says:

    I can not begin to tell you how much I love your porch…spend as much time as you can there because it is a treasure! Dianntha

  65. Isn't it wonderful how pops of color…especially red brings a room to life? Oh how this looks vibrant and so alive. Beautiful

  66. Lorri4915 says:

    I love it all. Such a great porch! Im looking forward to the tutorial for the wooden flag. I saw that flag at Pottery Barn also and wanted it so bad! Have a great day!
    Lorri

  67. I thought your porch was perfect and beautiful before. Now it is perfect for the 4th of July, and the rest of the summer! I love the patriotic/nautical look of red, white and blue for summer. Enjoy your day and your beautiful porch! Happy 4th!

  68. Anonymous says:

    As always, susan, you did not disappoint!!This is so beautiful….This should have been the cover of this month's edition of "Hous Beautiful"!Now sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor!!
    Happy 4th!
    Lois L.

  69. Miss Kitty says:

    Wow! Just wonderful!!! I love that your blog header has also had a metamorphasis today…so very cute!

  70. Wow Susan, i don't where to begin. Beautiful, beautiful.
    All on a terrific budget I think. I love your flag pillow, I want one but not going to pay retail and no luck finding anywhere discounted. Next, the flag on top of the hutch I'm looking for too. Love it, love it all. Its fabulous.
    Have a great day enjoying it all, with a little smile knowing you did it all on a budget, the best part and only way to do it.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

  71. Shanthi says:

    Happy Independence day!!!! and your lovely porch is all set and very inviting.

  72. I want to spend my 4th at your house, on your porch. It looks so wonderful, Susan! I LOVE that needlepoint pillow on the wicker loveseat. So cute! Everything looks so fresh, cheery, patriotic and festive.

    Have a fun day,

    Nancy

  73. Mary @ Redo 101 says:

    Your porch is absolutely gorgeous!!! Love the crisp reds, whites, and blues. Love the pillows, the plates. Just stunning, every bit of it. Thanks for sharing the beauty with us, and thanks for hostessing the party!

  74. Your porch looks BEAUTIFUL Susan!!Happy 4th!! =) Have a great day!!

    xo Lynda

  75. Crystal @ Ordinary Days says:

    Thanks for hosting! Your festive porch is adorable and perfect!! You have such a knack for that. LOVE all the pretty pillows. 🙂

  76. Your porch makeover is just beautiful and so inviting! Makes me want to have a porch just like yours. Maybe one day. Until then I will just daydream about sitting on yours. Hope you have a Happy 4th!

  77. Bonnie Bee says:

    Susan… I LOVE every inch of your RED,WHITE & BLUE porch…. You have such a wonderful talent! thanks for sharing it with us….
    * * * HaPpY Independence Day * * * *

  78. Anonymous says:

    Susan, I always enjoy your blog so much, and I've spread the word among my friends. We all look forward to Tablescape Thursday each week, and a couple of us will be starting our own blogs so we can join in the fun. LOVE the new look for the porch. The red, white, and blue motif is so summery and fresh; and I love the way the yellow sunflowers break it up a bit. Keep up the good work!
    Lucinda/Rhode Island

  79. Bonjour,
    I wish you a happy
    Independance Day
    Frieda

  80. Lizette says:

    Oh my! Your porch looks just lovely! You did a wonderful job! Thanks for sharing and for hosting a fun link party! Happy 4th of July!

  81. Chari at Happy To Design says:

    Hi Susan…

    Ohhh my gosh, you are sooo right, Girlfriend…your "Summer Breeze" porch was made for that beautiful red, white, and blue!!! It just looks fabulous! I always stand amazed at how different a place can look by changing out the accessories! Of course, I loved your "before" porch but it's always fun and exciting to change things up once in awhile! Your porch took on more of an informal look…warm, cozy…and comfortable…with the new patriotic decor! The red, white, and blue definitely makes a "WOW" color statement and I love that! Love, love, LOVE all of your pretty new pillows! Right down to each and every little detail, my friend…it's perfect! I also like your new patriotic dishes on your hutch…they just pop!!! And…I love that big ol' red lantern on the hutch as well! Of course, both of your 4th of July tablescapes are gorgeous! Girl, it looks like you have had sooo much fun with this patriotic porch redo!!! I can just see you scurrying around…placing things here and there…and then stepping back and studying it…to see if you liked it! Hehe! It's what gets our old hearts a thumpin'…right? Hehe! Anyway…I just adore your new look, dear friend! Thanks so much for sharing it with us for MM…you are always such an inspiration!!!

    I also would like to thank you for hosting another MM party this week! I was tickled pink to be able to join in!

    Have a Happy 4th of July, dear friend!

    Love ya,
    Chari

  82. Susan,

    Love the porch decked out with red, white and blue!
    My favorite colors. I'm inspired!

    I have also coveted the Pottery Barn flag! I'm off to get me some sign stakes! How did you fasten the stakes together?

    Love keeping up with the Porch
    MaryJ

  83. Melissa says:

    I love your festive patriotic porch! It looks so crisp and clean. Don't you love the red French Countryside goblets? I have them, too, and it's so amazing to me how good they look with red plates, and still look good with a more maroon or pink plate. One of my favorite purchases!!

  84. Scribbler says:

    I really really like what you have done with your porch. Red just makes everything so happy!

  85. I couldn't love this more. I am just unhappy that I won't be there on the fourth. I would love to be there!!

  86. Ellicia says:

    What an inspiration for decoratting for the 4th. Taking simple things and weaving them all together into a lovely setting. I love red dishes. You get so much mileage out of them – Valentines Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Christmas.

    I would like the tutorial on the flag you made. It looks like a fun project.

  87. Anonymous says:

    I would also love to see the flag tutorial.
    You need to run to WalMart and pick up one of the beautiful red, white and blue quilts they have. Originally $20(a steal at that price) but on sale for $16. Not sure if they come in sizes but noticed mine is king. I was distracted by price and patterns to even think about the sizes. I was the only one looking at them but was so excited I somehow felt I had to hurry and grab one before it was gone:) Delusional I know.
    I love your porch, your blog needs to say "off and dreaming I had a beautiful porch". Thanks for sharing:)

  88. Thank you so much for hosting for us each week Susan 🙂

  89. What a fun and festive spot to celebrate the holiday. I love all of the cushions and pillows and the flag plates all lined up.

  90. Bonnie Steffensen says:

    loved the porch! It is amazing, I love your blog, please, PLEASE put on the tutorial so I may copy that as we are now living in Europe and would love some America decor for the 4th!

  91. Anonymous says:

    Loved the flag you made and would like to see how you did it!~K

  92. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Anon at 11:51. I will have to go check those out…that is a great price! Thanks for the tip.

  93. Gorgeous, Susan!! This is the most patriotically beautiful porch I've ever seen!! Your guests probably didn't want to leave. Thanks for hosting!!

  94. Heidiopia says:

    I love, love, love this transformation, Susan!! So fresh and fun {and frugal!}… Are you out there 24/7 now?
    Thanks for sharing!!

  95. Velma (Dawggone Cute Creations) says:

    How fun and adorable! For all that work, you should leave it there the entire month of July 🙂
    Yes, I would love to see the tutorial on how you made your wooden flag. I think it would look great if you 'aged' it and want to know your process for that, too!

  96. A Perfect Setting says:

    Susan, your porch re-do is stunning! You have such a great eye for detail! The color is great, so festive, and the white really makes it all stand out! Beautiful photography!

  97. Lil' Luna says:

    I think I am in LOVE with you porch!! You did such a great job!! You ROCK!

  98. Hollace says:

    Love the flag you made. I like it this way, not antiqued, because of your bright fabric stripes. But I would like whatever you do. Such a good idea!

    I am curious about your porch–is it open to the street? Could anyone come up and take your china or hutch items? (I'm not making plans!)

    Security is an issue around here…

  99. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Hi Hollace,
    Thanks! It's on the back of the house and no problems so far, thankfully.

  100. Sweet Young Journey says:

    Your Fourth of July makeover is amazing!
    Thanks for hosting!
    xo Cheryl

  101. Your porch is lovely. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I would be VERY interested in a tutorial on how to make the flag. Thanks,
    Kim

  102. Southern Shop Girls says:

    Oh Susan – I think my heart stopped more than once while reading your commentary and looking at the photos of your transformed Patriotic Porch! It's just breathtaking. May I live on the porch?!? I am one Patriotic girl but this do-over is amazing and I'm so inspired. And yes, please, please, please share the tutorial on the flag. I cannot wait to make it. And from stakes, you say? Mercy – be still my heart!

    You are always inspiring, but this one is over the top.

    Paula

  103. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Paula, you come right on over. I'll get the iced tea ready! Thanks so much for those sweet words. I'll post the flag tutorial for our next Met Monday. 🙂

  104. kristiB says:

    I love this look!!! This was the first year that I went all out decorating my home, inside and out. Thanks for the inspirational ideas. Looking forward to seeing a tutorial on your flag made from wood at The Home Depot 🙂

  105. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Kristi, I'll post it for this week's Met Monday. 🙂 Thanks so much!

  106. decdr-1 says:

    Aha! I have found the solution to your 4th of July early guest problem,it is on pg. 60 of Bunny Williams book "An Affair with a House"……….. last paragraph on the left; she had 12 unexpected guests for lunch, I quote " it helped that we had plenty of wine in the house" and in Ros Pilcher's books the hostesses always seems to have a pre party drink, I can see the wisdom in this.
    Seriously, as hostesses don't we put tons of pressure on ourselves and it just escalates as guest arrival time nears.
    You could either have a large glass of wine or toss it on your inconsiderate guest………….either would be a great stress buster, tee hee!!!
    Hope those early arrivals who commandeer our kitchens will read this and wake up!!!
    Making your peach trifle next week for a group of ladies, can't wait!!!! Thanks for the awesome photos and inspirations!!!! M.

  107. I would like to see a tut on the flag you made from garden stakes. I think it turned very nice. I truly enjoy your blog, you're very creative and have a wonderful sense of style.

  108. Holy moly. Now that is how to celebrate! This is so pretty! I especially love the sunflowers!!!

    I would love for you to link it up at my weekend Link Party, Once Upon a Weekend. Today is my first-ever party, and I am so hoping someone will participate! 🙂

    Here's the link if you're interested:
    http://familyeverafter.blogspot.com/p/link-party.html

    Also, if you have a list of favorite link parties, I'd love to be included on Fridays. Thanks a ton!

  109. Mary @ Redo 101 says:

    Hi Susan, I've still that porch on my mind 🙂 Well, really I thought of it when I went to the last page of Better Homes & Gardens and saw where anyone can share a project photo for consideration: Post your photos at BHF.com/ididit or email them to [email protected]. I'm rooting for you!

    Mary

  110. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Thanks, Mary…I'll sending 'em a pic, just in case. 🙂

  111. Laurie Carlton says:

    Hello…. so enjoyed this page of ideas that I shared the link to it on my facebook page. Wow, so many great ideas in one room! One downside to all the wonderful decorating ideas you share – it makes me want to get off the computer and start decorating! Thank you for adding so much joy to my days with your blog site and beautiful ideas you share.

  112. Your patriotic porch is pure Heaven to me! You’ve made so many wonderful touches throughout the room that I absolutely adore! Since this is my first official visit and as I’m roaming through your blog and seeing so many terrific things, I may be visitingf for quite a while!

  113. I love how everything looks in the night pics the most.

  114. Susan, I remember when you did this patriotic porch rendition. Love it! I want to have new cushions made for our sunporch, and intend to do something that will work well with patriotic colors. I like to have my red, white, and blue out for the summer months, though most things are packed and in storage at the moment. Thanks for the inspiration. I may make a trip to storage. Ha!

    • Sarah, I was just thinking about you today and planned to email to ask how things were going. I love the red, white and blue for summer, too! I think you need to pull out a pillow or two! 🙂

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