"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.

5.14.2010

Porch pictures








The pollen is finished for the most part.

The porch has been hosed and swept.

Pillows washed.

It's ready for summer living.

I slept on the daybed last night.

Lovely!

37 comments:

Denise said...

I love your porch, so cute.

CountryDreaming said...

The comfy quilt chair is my favorite ... so beautifully homey and inviting. The whole porch has a friendly artistic look, the triangle banners are way cool, something new and happy to discover wherever you turn ... Love your bird painting too!

Butterfly Works said...

Oh Mary, can I come sleep on your porch? I love it...so welcoming and just invites one to come and sit or take a nap.....I grew up with screen porches and I love them....I have one but it's not big enough to put something to sleep on.....maybe I will try to figure something out.....
Hugs and Blessings

Just Be Real said...

Oh my gosh what peacefullness I get by viewing these pictures. Closest thing to heaven. :) I love that quilt.

So, when are you open to visitors????? :)

Bren said...

Okay will you come to my house with your decorative flare and create something as warm and inviting as your porch & home? I have no talent in that department at all. Bare bones plain I am when it comes to decorating :-) I could get lost forever in your porch.

Msartist said...

This makes me want to own a house with a porch that is enclosed! I have always wanted one, and to live not too far from the coast or river.
I will keep dreaming and when if I ever do move where I have one this is my decorating inspiration!Thanks for sharing Mary!!
All my best, Theresa
Ps. Loved the journal pages with the girls!

Sharon said...

This is so inviting, charming, and just wonderful. I would sleep there every night.

jgr said...

Oh your porch is wonderful! And yes, how great to be finished with the pollen (until next year).

Jane Farr said...

A Splendid Porch for our Splendid Adventurer! You have the gift of hospitality because I feel very welcome here....think I'll snuggle down with a good book on that cute loveseat...

Megan Hoover said...

I am soooooo jealous. I love everything about it. I love your antiques, your cheery colors, THE BED (to die for!!!)...can I come over and hang out? Awesome, awesome, awesome!!

lori vliegen said...

i can't imagine a better place to spend the afternoon just settling in amongst all of those fabulous pillows and sipping a nice tall glass of lemonade!!! this looks SO inviting.....you are mary, the hostess with the mostess!!! xox, :))

Jennifer Richardson said...

What a charming, whimisical place you've created! Pure art:) Thanks for sharing.
-Jennifer

Marthann's Musings said...

I love it !!! Would love to spend some time just "chillen" out there. So Beautiful.

PaperPumpkin said...

Oh my goodness! I think this is the most gorgeous porch I've ever seen! Wow. Wow. I hope you have the BEST summer! ~Kathy

Poetic Artist said...

Mary,
I love your porch and your home..You are like me you love the old with lots of character.
I want to come and visit too.. Let's have a artist retreat at Mary's everyone..LOL.
Love you,
Katelen

Lisa said...

WoW Mary! Luckyyyyyyy

Bren said...

I'm with Katelen, who's up for an artist retreat at Mary's, show of hands please \o/

Mary said...

You know ladies I would be up for that!!!!
Truly!! How fun!!!!

Tea With Tiffany said...

Wow, after writing a post about porches this week, then seeing this, I think I want to LIVE ON THIS PORCH. Lovely. So beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration. I wish I had a porch this cozy.

Martha Lever said...

I want to sit on your porch, Mary, and have a cup of coffee with real cream with you. That would be so fun.

DJ said...

I agree with Martha. The porch is absolutely wonderful, but it wouldn't be the same without you. (And I promise not to rant about anything. :-) I'll be too busy smiling and snoozing.)

Dena E's Blog said...

Mary Mary Mary,,sooooo Lovely, Inviting and Beautiful...Can Sissi and I come over and just hang out with you in the peacefulness ????
Hugs from Iowa Dena
"Resting in the arms of Jesus"

Buffy said...

Your porch is so cozy and inviting! Love it. It makes me want to come over for a glass of ice tea.

Martha Lever said...

Hi Mary,
I use Arches Text Wove paper which actually Amazon has now. Amazon has everything. I also used some Reeves BFK and some regular ARches paper. You can use anything really but text wove miraculously lays very flat after it's dry. It's called paster paper because you have put the colored paste on it.

sarah said...

wow. I love how your porch has your love of color.....looks really pretty.

melissac said...

Mary--your porch is fantastic!! Just the kind of place a gal would love to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee with a good friend!! Blessings and Hugs!

The Charm House said...

Mary, I love the look on your porch.... Keep it that way until this fall! Love you,
Yvette

mystele said...

swooooooon.

michelle allen said...

when can i come visit!!!
what a fabulous space. the colors! oh the colors!

Erin Butson said...

Mary, Mary, Mary. Once again, LOVE your style. the way you put things that may not naturally go together in a surprising/refreshing way so that everything fits all cozy and whimsical, but not trying too hard. just fun + comfy. simple + elegant. freesh + vintage. Love the colors together. you have a gift my friend... are you coming to san diego any time soon?!? i need help!

Maria said...

what an amazing porch -i love all the patterns and colours. i love summer!

Jo Reimer said...

That is one wonderful porch. You've done a great job with it. My aunt used to have a screened in back porch where we'd sit to escape the bugs. Your's is screened, isn't it? What bliss to have a place like this to wile the summer away.

S. Etole said...

Looks like the best of places to spend time ...

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Oh your porch looks so inviting! I love that rug!!!! It really pops in the room .

Brandi Evans said...

gorgeous Mary .. so much whimsy!

Janie Husband said...

ahhh, i would like to spend a week there...;)

Ophelia said...

What a fantastic space!!! You have made it into such a wonderful place to be...you have got a great touch!! Time for a girls sleepover!!