How to Decorate a Front Porch for Easter

A pretty wave pansy spilling over the edges of a turquoise flower pot--this arrangement will be a shining star several weeks after Easter.

A pretty wave pansy spilling over the edges of a turquoise flower pot–this arrangement will be a shining star several weeks after Easter.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversations about everything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are chatting about Hathorn Hall’s front porch Easter decor.

IMG_9772If you have been following along with my random madness, you know that the hubby has been building a deck/outdoor living room. This project has taken up nearly all of our free time…okay, all of our free time…so that left me with little to no time to create simple and easy Easter decor for the front porch. I absolutely love Easter because it is all about new life and resurrection, so I had to do something to gussy up the place!

I took a basket that I already had and added big yellow Gerber daisies to it--for that perfect pop of spring yellow.

I went shopping in my own basement for items that screamed spring. I found a lime green stool, a basket, and yellow Gerber daises. Perfect!

Fun patterns + bright colors

Fun patterns + bright colors

Y'all know how much I love accessorizing my porch with pillows! I already had the bright chevron ones, and the large ones came from At Home in Knoxville.

Y’all know how much I love accessorizing my porch with pillows! I already had the bright chevron ones, and the large ones came from At Home in Knoxville.

I love this adorable window that I found at The Next Best Thing in Johnson City.

I love this adorable window that I found at The Next Best Thing in Johnson City! Be sure to check your local shops for holiday decor because you never know what you might find.

I apologize for the quality of my photos. The hubby is my photographer, but he has been a bit busy with building decks and traveling for work!

I apologize for the quality of my photos. The hubby is my photographer, but he has been a bit busy with building decks and traveling for work. However, I do believe that I am getting better at using that fancy camera of his *wink*

I will keep the evergreens in the flower pots until the weather gets and stays warmer.

I will keep the evergreens in the flower pots until the weather gets and stays warmer. I just added cute pansies to them to add a pop of spring color.

I created this egg + grass from leftover wood that I found in the basement. So this little project cost zero dollars *smile*

I made this egg + grass from leftover wood that I found in the basement, so this little project cost zero dollars *smile* Be sure to check out the Facebook page for more about the egg project + my other randomness and projects.

Holiday decor doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive to be fun and cheery!

Holiday decor doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive to be fun and cheery!

I moved the lime green pillows (the ones I used for St. Patrick's Day) from the swing to the rockers.

I moved the lime green pillows (the ones I used for St. Patrick’s Day) from the swing to the antique rocking chairs.

I got this darling basket at an antique shop in Elizabethon.

I got this darling basket at an antique shop in Elizabethon. I started to paint it, but I decided I liked it just the way it was *smile*

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It is amazing what a few pops of color can do to add a bit of Easter fun!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took at look at the simple and colorful Easter front porch decor. Stay tuned to see how I transform the Easter front porch to a spring one!

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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*

 

 

Chin Up Buttercup Because You Don’t Always Get What You Want

Chin Up Buttercup pillow from Stein Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee

Chin Up Buttercup pillow from Stein Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee

My goodness! It has been a long time since we have sat a spell and chatted. So much has happened since I put my running shoes on that I don’t even know where to start…Hmmmm…perhaps I should just make a brief list…and leave all the details and ins and outs for another day.

  • After I posted my last article “I’ve Got My Running Shoes On“–the little family and I kicked the renovation into high gear.
  • Lots of work, prayers, and breakdowns later–our house in Trussville, Alabama sold.
  • We were “homeless” for a few weeks because our house in Alabama sold before our house in Johnson City was ready–plus, there were several problems with paperwork–is my name really that hard to spell?
  • Moved into the new house–almost immediately painted the porch swing that my dad made me many moons ago bright pink.
  • Went to Stein Mart bought fun pillows–couldn’t resist the Chin Up Buttercup one because it was what I needed at that exact moment to remind me that God was right there with me–telling me that He had not left me…that I just needed to learn a few life lessons to make me a better, stronger person.
Paint Details--Valspar Duramax in Pantone Honeysuckle from Lowe's in Johnson City, Tennessee  Pillow Shams--Stein Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee   Decorative Pillow--Stien Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee

Paint Details–Valspar Duramax in Pantone Honeysuckle from Lowe’s

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This photo was taken just a couple of weeks after we moved into our home built in 1920.

The porch had me at "Hello" *smile*

The porch had me at “Hello” *smile*

Mattie and I taking a much needed rest on the front porch. We had been painting all day!

Mattie and I taking a much needed rest on the front porch. We had been painting all day! Well, I had been painting. Mattie had been playing and napping.

Well, I must be going because I have to decide which color to stain my new fence–decisions, decisions. Stay tuned to the blog and my social media for all the updates, projects, randomness, nonsense, and much more 🙂 Be sure to check out my weekly Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales at Real Media. 

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today, and in the famous words of the Rolling Stones–“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find–you get what you need.” So, chin up my buttercups 🙂