Come Sit a Spell On the Front Porch’s New & Colorful Sitting Area

A fun painting I did for my new sitting area on my front porch. I am still adding details, but I am hoping to finish it soon *big  smile*

A fun painting I did for my new sitting area on my front porch. I am still adding details, but I am hoping to finish it soon *big smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or sweet tea and enjoy good conversations about everything from home renovation projects to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, I wanted to show y’all my new sitting area on my front porch.

I got the most fabulous deals on these pillows at Stein Mart--it was a BOGO! No kidding--six pillows for about $25--the hubby was beyond thrilled by my fabulous find!

I got the most fabulous deal on these pillows at Stein Mart–it was a BOGO! No kidding–six pillows for about $25–the hubby was beyond thrilled by my fabulous find!

Recently, the hubby built a deck (really an outdoor living room), and I was able to kick his Big Green Egg and other manly junk off the wrap-around porch. Yes, I reclaimed my space *wink* I had been dreaming of sitting a spell in that space since we moved in about a year ago.

I have had the chair and sofa for over five years. I know it has been moved at least three times during that time. I am happy to announce that I finally feel settled and at home *big smile*

I have had the chair and sofa for over five years. I know it has been moved at least three times during that time. I am happy to announce that I finally feel settled and at home *big smile*

My biggest goal for this space was to make it cozy, comfy, and cheery. I wanted bold art, rusty treasures, and reclaimed pieces. It was important for it to reflect me–no mater how eclectic it might appear to others!

This is a Lolly Molly Art furniture piece. For many years, I painted furniture--I still dabble a little in furniture *wink*

This is a Lolly Molly Art furniture piece. For many years, I painted furniture–I still dabble a little in furniture painting–but it is getting harder to find quality pieces at reasonable prices to redo. I blame Pinterest and those picker shows *wink*

After arranging and rearranging everything at least a dozen times, I finally achieved the atmosphere for which I was going. It is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the mornings.

Trinkets made from reclaimed wood and burlap.

Trinkets made from reclaimed wood and burlap.

I got this darling pallet-wood shelf from The Next Best Thing in Johnson City. I adore that place!

I got this darling pallet-wood shelf from The Next Best Thing in Johnson City. I adore that place because it is filled with amazing handmade goodness, folksy art, and junky treasures.

This rusty milk can makes the perfect side table + it has just enough room for my phone and coffee mug

The rusty milk can makes the perfect side table + it has just enough room for my phone and coffee mug *smile*

Another view of the side table and sofa

Another view of the side table and sofa

Reclaimed wood candle holders from The Next Best Thing + a wine bottle converted into a "torch"

Reclaimed wood candle holders from The Next Best Thing + a wine bottle converted into a “torch”

I intentionally bought a neutral sofa, so I could accessorize it with seasonal and colorful pillows and throws.

I intentionally bought a neutral sofa, so I could accessorize it with seasonal and colorful pillows.

A big nest that I found + another reclaimed wood trinket that I made

A bird’s nest that I found + another reclaimed wood trinket that I made

I wanted to add touches of a living room to my space.

I wanted to add touches of a living room to my space.

The sitting area is in the "back corner" of the wrap-around porch. I was able to create a cozy space without blocking traffic or access to the steps.

The sitting area is in the “back corner” of the wrap-around porch. I was able to create a cozy space without blocking traffic or access to the steps.

I love all the character of my 1920 home. I never get tired of its charm and quirkiness.

I love all the character of my 1920 home. I never get tired of its charm and quirkiness.

I was sold on this house from the moment I walked onto the porch *big smile*

I was sold on this house from the moment I walked onto the porch *big smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a look at my new sitting area on my front porch. I am so excited that I have reclaimed my space from the hubby *wink*

For cute and fun yard art, please visit my Etsy shop, Lolly Molly Art.

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Transforming a Porch Swing with Pillows

Pretty pink swing needs a bit of cozy.

Pretty pink swing needs a bit of cozy.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about transforming a swing with pillows + tips for styling with them. So, grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and sit a spell with me on the front porch swing *smile*

Pillow shams + cheap sleeping pillows are perfect for a covered front porch. When the shams get dirty, toss them in the washer, and they are as good as new. I love finding cute pillows with fun sayings.

Pillow shams + inexpensive sleeping pillows are perfect for a covered front porch. When the shams get dirty, toss them in the washer, and they are as good as new. If I can’t wash it, I don’t buy it *wink*

Bold patterns + fun saying = welcoming and cozy

Bold patterns + fun saying = welcoming and cozy

If you are afraid of overcrowding your swing with pillows, a couple of patterned shams looks just as adorable.

If you are afraid of overcrowding your swing with pillows, a couple of patterned ones not only gussy up the swing, but they also add comfort.

Colorblocking with pillows creates a bold and snuggly look.

Colorblocking with pillows creates a bold and snuggly look. Don’t be afraid of color.

A couple of pillows in the corner of the swing beckons a nap.

A couple of pillows tossed in the corner of the swing beckons a nap. Pattern + Solid = Classic

Solids + print

Buy pillows that are versatile. I can easily move my pillows from the swing to the rockers. I even mix and match the ones that are on my outdoor sofa with the ones on the swing. It is an easy way to create new looks without spending more money…and that is always a good thing *smile*

I love mixing patterns.

I love mixing patterns!

Styling a swing is no different than styling an outfit. As my daughter always says on her blog, "Accessories make all the difference." And the pillows are the accessories *smile*

Styling a swing is no different than styling an outfit. As my daughter always says on her blog, “Accessories make all the difference.” And the pillows are the accessories *smile* “When shopping for pillows, imagine yourself looking for trendy accessories….” (Abby Hathorn of the VIP)

Mix patterns in similar hues.

Mix patterns in similar hues.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we looked at several ways to style a front porch swing. My best advice is to be creative, don’t shy away from bright colors and bold patterns, and mix those patterns! A porch should be inviting and cozy, and the best way to create that feel is with pillows *smile*