Sunday, May 31, 2009

Porch Party

     It’s time for Rhondi’s Porch Party. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the beautiful ways bloggers create their special outdoor space. Take a look at Rhondi’s Rose Colored Glasses to see everyone else’s great ideas.

     Here’s mine. This gate leads to my special space.

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Just through this gate is the place that has fed my soul, my heart, and busied my hands for months now.  This special place is my ‘porch’.


After working in the yard most of the day, I took these photos at dusk- one of my favorite times of the day.



These chairs flank a couch where I enjoy sitting and looking around my yard.


This is my view from that couch.


That view includes my new bird feeder that I bought at Tuesday Morning.


On either side of the couch I have two chairs, with chair seats I covered in black and white stripe fabric from WalMart. Today as I worked, my iPod was playing my wild mix of music.

Knowing my husband was inside ,and he could see me through the back window, I periodically danced by said window- acting like I couldn’t be seen.

I know.  Everyone else participating in this party is sitting sedately on their porches, reading and meditating.

By this point, I am in my 3rd set of yard clothes for the day, because the other two mismatched sets were wet and dirty, and I just know he was rolling his eyes. (That was my point!)


This is my favorite view, as many of you know.  Just past the fountain are 3 wrought iron pergolas that I will write about another day.  Just past those is the little house.



All of this working and photographing made me realize how much I would like to invite my penpals in blogland to a party at my house.



I bought 2 of these candle holders at Tuesday Morning as well. They flank my favorite space.


Come back and see me.


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laura, so nice to meet you. Your porch is such a lovely spot. I love all your touches. Doesn't Tuesday Morning have the best finds? Everything is wonderful and you have the best views out to your yard. The fountain is gorgeous.
Thank you for a nice time.
Have a great week.
Celestina Marie

bj said...

O, wonder this is your favorite spot...It is just beautiful. I can see all the hard work you've put into it and I know you really enjoy it all.
Thanks for showing your little piece of Heaven..
xo bj

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, it's just wonderful. I love it all, and the chairs are so cute with the black and white stripes! Love the terrace and the fountain and all of it!

Happy Porch Party...


Sheila :-)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful porch and yard. I love the bird feeder.


Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a great space!

Dixie said...

I love your beautiful and serene spot to rest and dream... thanks for sharing it with the rest of us...
hugs. Dixie

A Romantic Porch said...

It is all so lovely. No wonder you enjoy being out there! xorachel

Tonja said...

Love the fountain! Beautiful! And the lanterns as well! A very peaceful, inviting space!

Pondside said...

Meditating on my porch?.......I wish!
Your porch and its surroundings are beautiful. I had to smile at the thought of you working to your music and dancing past the window. Perfect activity for a sunny Sunday.

Sharing with Sherri said...

Looks like a wonderful place to relax... or dance!! I love to listen to music while I work around the house too!

The birdfeeder you got a Tuesday Morning is SO COOL!
Have a nice day!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Your patio space is so chic. It looks to be a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the day.
♥, Susan

Lisa Pogue said...

How beautiful!!!!!!!!!! I just want to rest my feet with a good book there. For years....

the wild raspberry said...

how lush and inviting!
love all your wooden pergolas {or arbors} whatever the correct term may be...
that is exactly what i am wanting on my deck.
thanks for sharing your lovely space.

Chiki Cottage said...

Your porch is lovely. It seems like a wonderful place to relax and spend time with family. Its beautiful. I love the fountain. Thanks for sharing!

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Good Mornin' Laura! How I love your porch! I like my coffee with sweetnlow and hazelnut creamer. I'll bring some muffins and we can just sit out there and vist! Okay, I'll sit and you can dance! Thanks for sharing this lovely space! God Bless! Lauralu :)

kate said...

What a lovely relaxing space, i love the black with Green and brick. I cant seem to find a favorite outdoor space at my new house, still hunting

Domestic Designer said...

What a lovely relaxing space! I think we have the same green cushions. Aren't they so comfortable!:-) You have done a great job. I wish we could all have a blogland party. That would be unbelievable! Have a great day and don't work too hard.

Rhondi said...

Hi Laura
Thanks for joining in my party. What a beautiful spot you have to relax! It looks so comfortable and the view is just lovely. I think I'll just stay for awhile and relax and visit with all the others who drop by :)
Hugs, Rhondi

Nancy's Notes said...

Laura, isn't it just so satisfying to make an area so beautiful? What a happy place to unwind and enjoy. Your porch has such charm, like you!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What a welcoming and relaxing little spot you have there. sigh* I know I could sit and be content there :0)
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Rue said...

Hi Laura :)

So nice to "meet" you. Your porch is wonderful! I love those black and white stripes. You've done a beautiful job on your yard too.

Oh and your comment "Everyone else participating in this party is sitting sedately on their porches, reading and meditating." cracked. me. up. LOL Maybe the others, but not me. I'm usually doing the same thing you are ;)


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I am so glad Rhondi hosted this porch party! It gave me a chance to come meet you. Your whole yard as well as your porch is just beautiful! I love that you enjoy spending time in your yard and then take the time to sit and take it all in. I am heading to Tuesday Morning! It looks like they have some great garden art... See you soon!

Carolyn said...

What a nice place to sit and relax!

Stacey said...

Laura, dancing on the porch is more fun than sitting!! I love your whole area. We have a pergola too and just love the atmosphere it creates.

Keep your hubby laughing.

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Looks very comfy...can't wait for the party invite (smile). I can just imagine you dancing by the window and your husband rolling his eyes...LOL. Keep the dance going.

Candy said...

WOW girl you have been workin' but not too busy to have a little fun with hubby.
Great space in your 'wonderful world'


Stephanie said...

I had a wonderful time at your Porch Party! Your place is spectacular!! Your hubby is one lucky sound like loads of fun!

Beverly said...

Thank you for inviting me, Laura. It is very nice to meet me.

I love what you have done with your space. It is spacious and enchanting.

Tuesday Morning is one of my favorite places, too. In fact, I just left some of my money there about two weeks ago. ;-)

debbie said...

Nice to meet you and visit your beautiful porch and garden...the time you have spent nuturing your yard certainly shows. I love your pergola and that chic bird feeder.
I had to chuckle at you dancing by the window.
very lovely of you to invite us
hugs and giggles

Nancy said...

It's all so lovely. All of your outdoor spaces look so inviting. :) Nancy

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Your beautiful porch, patio and lawn is exactly why I am visiting all the porch posts. It is so very perfect. Thank you very much for sharing. I love the fountain.

Dirt Princess said...

I love it! Everything looks so great. I want to screen my porch in so baaaad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Debbie's Garden said...

I FEEL like I've been there with you by looking at the pictures. You've made it a very relaxing place. Cant wait to hear about the iron gates. . . its not a cemetery is it?

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Laura, you're so funny! Dancing by the window - that's something I would do too! You have the loveliest view and I love your fountain! That new birdfeeder is very cool too!


Deb said...

you have a great porch...luv the dancing by the window...keeps those hubbies guessing...

Elyse said...

so pretty and so elegant! delightful.


M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness...special place indeed. It's beautiful and peaceful. I've always LOVED black and green together. Great job!

Poppedijne said...

Thank you Laura for sharing your porch and garden with us.It seems a very restful place to be.Come and visit my (porch)garden party.

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

How beautiful! The landscaping is TDF. You've got my curiosity up with those pergolas!
Nice to *meet* you!

Lynn said...

I Looooovvvee your yard!
Keep dancing!

Marcia Francois said...

What a beautiful outdoor space - you are VERY talented.

And thanks for commenting on the tote bags post on my blog

Anonymous said...

Everything is so beautiful! I am inspired by your sense of design. Thank you for sharing with us!

Kdottie Designs said...

Oh my, I love your "porch". it looks so lovely. I would love to join you!

~~Rhonda said...

You have a wonderful spot for relaxing (and dancing!) on your porch. :) The view is beautiful and I love all the little details. Very inviting! ~~Rhonda

Rhonda said...

Good morning Laura,
Thanks so much for visiting me and my office. I enjoyed visiting your backyard, it is lovely! I'm sure you get much enjoyment out of it...I chuckled when reading about your wild music on your iPod; I'm the same way!
Happy Sunday...fondly, Rhonda in CA


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