Monday, May 4, 2009

Porch & Patio Party

Hello Everyone! 
 ~WELCOME~
Our porch is ready for summer with the cheerful geraniums.
Our japanese maple is looking fuller than ever.
The spiral urns are from the Home Decorators catalog.
A garden flag and a power washing completed the spruce up.
Look at this huge boston fern. It's doubled in size.
The flower is called fuschia and they attract hummingbirds.
I usually have no luck with flowers but they are doing well.
A close up of the fuschia. Isn't it pretty and vibrant?
The red geraniums close up.
Now this hosta plant is a mystery to me.
Every summer the deer eat them all.
Then in the fall I just cover the stems with mulch.
And then this is the result. I can't believe it!
Let's visit the covered back deck now.
This is our relaxing outdoor furniture from Sams Club.
I added some new throw pillows from Target.
Sage green outdoor rug is from Ballards.
Swivel rockers complete the set.
A gurgling outdoor fountain sounds soothing.
My deep purple petunias are thriving.
Another boston fern in a black urn.
We recently stained the deck in redwood.
The hanging ferns are called kimberly queens.
This is the first year we have hung them up.
I'm really enjoying their classic southern style.
They make me think of sweet tea.
Another view from the yard.
We added a new hummingbird feeder and it is neat to see them eat.
They are so cute.
Have a great week!

103 comments:

Olive Rue said...

Love your porch, Melissa. I love spring. But hate all the insects that come with it. We're dealing with fire ants and carpenter bees...oh and wasps too.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Melissa, Your porch and deck look wonderful. I have spant the last three days planting. Niw, it's raining just in time for the porch party. LOL Oh, well. I'll post again later. I love your green rug. I have very similar furniture on our deck. Your plants are doing great. I love the planter with the purple petunia's. I have a beautiful fushia, too! The hummingbirds haven't arrived here yet. Your ferns are so pretty. I think your thumbs are turning green. Hugs, Terrie

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Melissa, I just noticed I have the same fountain.

Sandra said...

I love your porch, Melissa. I could just sit there and watch the spendor of everything that God gives us. :) I love it all!
Sandra

The Stylish House said...

Melissa,
The trees around here are just starting to bud out, so I can enjoy your wonderful patio and porch until it warms up in my part of the world. I envy you being able to grow Boston Ferns; I can never keep them alive. Love, love all you have done everything is so pretty, fresh and inviting!
Also I love your new gift from (the other Cathy) she is an absolute doll a very nice lady.
~Cathy~

Christi said...

Lovely - everything looks very relaxing. You gotta have a fern, huh? I haven't seen fushia in a long time. Love it. Very nice!

Christi @ A Southern Life
http://asouthernlife.com

southerninspiration said...

Ooooh, I would love to have a covered deck like you have! It's all beautiful! And I love, love the fuschia!

Suzanne

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Everything is just lovely! That fushcia bloom is so pretty. I know you will enjoy relaxing moments in this peaceful retreat you have created.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Love your porch & deck Melissa! They're beautiful! ☺ Diane

Dawn said...

What beautiful outdoor spaces you have, Melissa! I wish it would stop raining here, so that I could work on my outdoor spaces!

Don't you just love red geraniums? They are one of my favorites!

Hugs from Eventually Cottage!

PAT said...

Your porch and deck are gorgeous, Melissa!

mbkatc230 said...

Melissa, your home is just beautiful! And you have made it so welcoming. What a wonderful place to come home to. I love all of your plants, but that fuschia is just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this. Kathy

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

The front of your home is so classic! And the back is just gorgeous, too! I want to come sip some ice tea with you!! Thanks for sharing! Love the furniture, & that rug is terrific!

Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Beth in NC said...

I love your flowers and everything! Those flowers growing out of the box on your front railing are gorgeous!

Your place is beautiful and now I really want to get mine in order!

Thanks for sharing!
Beth

Cathy said...

Melissa,
Your porch and patio are GORGEOUS!!! They look just like I imagined they would!!! The porch is perfect...the chair and the topiaries are wonderful!!! I love the fuschia!!! I have never tried to grow it here...I wonder if it would do well in Texas? The geraniums ar so lovely in the pots you selected...again perfection!!!

I want to come and hang out on your patio...so lovely and inviting!!! The ferns are stunning!!! They just make the space!!! I don't think I have ever seen petunias as large as your beautiful purple ones...GORGEOUS!!!

Ya'll have done an amazing job creating outdoor spaces for your home...BRAVO!!! Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas and photos!!!

I am so glad your little surprise arrived!!! I hope you are having a wonderful week...so far!!!

XOXO
Cathy

KD said...

I need your green thumb. My spaces would be so much better if i had it!

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Melissa - what an amazing job you and your hubbs have done. Everything is so homey and Summer looking. The front porch is darling - and that is one MAJOR fern. LOL

I wish my back deck was covered like yours. Soon...very soon. LOL

You have a way w/ ferns. I am known as "Fern-Killer!" ha

Thanks so much for sharing in the Porch Party, and also for showing us your new "just because" gift.

Hugs, Barb

Shelia said...

Oh, Melissa! I want your porches - front and back! Everything is just beautiful! I love how you've done your back deck. Your ferns are beautiful and those petunias! The rug is just perfect! When you do something, honey, you do it up right!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Joy said...

your porch and deck look wonderful. Love your outdoor furniture set!

Southerncook said...

Beautiful outdoor space. Thank you for sharing.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

imjacobsmom said...

Melissa, Your porch and deck both look wonderful. All of your plants look so lush and pretty. I love all of your ferns, too. I always hang a fuschia for the hummingbirds - they just love it! ~ Robyn

KBeau said...

Your porches are just beautiful, and I'm jealous of all of your pretty flowers. I always have good intentions with my potted flowers, but as the summer heat wears on, I somehow fail to keep up with the watering.

Glad to know I'm not the only one who can't keep the deer out of the hostas.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Melissa, your porch is lovely....truly lovely. It is a haven of bliss and peace. I love all your wonderful flowers and everything looks so grace-filled to me.

Wonderful!!!

Barb

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Melissa,
I found you too late for the give-a-way...maybe next time! Everything looks so wonderful! Your ferns are so green and pretty. I cannot have them on my porch...we get way too much sun! I'm just starting to get everything out and we still have cool weather.

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, everything looks beautiful!! Love your patio furniture and pillows. Your ferns are soooo lush! I just bought that same hummingbird feeder the other day at Lowe's. I thought it was so pretty and unique. We think alike! I wanted to post the new patio tonight but it has rained almost all day and it's just soaked in mud,I'll post it next week. I love your gift from Cathy! How pretty! I meant to e-mail you back (so sorry) whenever you want to order is just fine. Talk to you soon, Kristen

Jo said...

It looks so inviting ~ I'll be right over for a relaxing chat and cold drink. :) I'm looking for something new to put on our patio. I've got a few ideas thanks to you!

Jo

Cynthia said...

Melissa,
Bravo! Love it all from the beautiful ferns and rug to the black rocker and gorgeous flowers! Looks like you have a green thumb to me, just lovely. Cindy

Kelly B said...

Oh I am so jealous!! Your porch looks amazing!! I have been trying to work on mine lately, but it won't stop raining. I still have two beds to complete in the front and then I plan on painting a lot of the furniture. Our front porch area is a lot smaller, but I know it has a lot of potential. I want it to be welcoming like yours even if it is on a smaller scale. I love your ferns!! Everything looks so inviting!!!! :)

xinex said...

Hi Melissa, I love both your front and back porch. I think you are being too hard on yourself, I think you have green thumbs. Your plants are gorgeous and very lush and healthy...Christine

Kathleen said...

It looks lovely, and the flowers are beautiful..
Enjoy your porch sitting!

Stacey said...

I love the wicker chair on your porch. Your cookie jar is beautiful!! What a sweet gift.

ceekay said...

Melissa your porch and deck are beautiful, but no surprise. I love your furniture. Oh, and the fact that my best friend won your giveaway is no problem at all. The tears will subside eventually!!

bj said...

Oh, what a beautiful porch...and the flowers are all just lovely.
I will get some ferns for my porch as soon as I can...your's look great. Out here in hot, dry West Texas, we have a hard time keeping our plants looking pretty. We don't have humming birds here..wish we did.
Oh, and the cookie jar...is am MUST HAVE for me, too. I love it...

Kristens Creations said...

I can't believe you have the same cushions! lol...Lowe's again! I've been there a million times in the past few weeks. Glad it's close!

Stacey said...

Hi Melissa! I just saw your sweet message. I want to join the porch party and had planned to. However, it's been raining here for eons...no seriously off and on for 7 days. It's totally soggy here. Not too inspiring when it comes to the porch. I guess I'll be a late comer on that one.

I have a metal wall pocket "thingy" that I hang on my front door using a door hanger. I put real plants in it and it comes out gorgeous!

susette said...

Oh this is gorgeous. Would you please, please, please tell me what brand of stain you used for your deck? It looks so good. I need to go with a tried, true and trusted source.

Thanks so much :)

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Both the deck and porch are beckoning to me. Watch out, you may awaken to find a visitor, "me" camping out at some point, lol!
The ferns are so full and seem to be thriving. Whatever you are doing, you are definitely doing it right!

jenjen said...

Your porches are so beautiful Melissa! I love all of those ferns. Scrumptious!! I wish I could come over, put my feet up and have a glass of lemonade!

XOXO
Jen

Happy To Be said...

Oh Melissa I ♥ your home my friend...Its all just beautiful just like you...and how sweet of Cathy to send you that cookie jar...she is a doll...I love going by and seeing her and her talent with decorating is also awesome..Tell your DH he did a great job on the deck...we have to do ours again this year..Oh Boy Len will be fogging the air again for sure..May you have a great day my friend..and I use miracle grow on my Bostons and they do wonderful and stay healthy all year..Thanks for sharing...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You have a beautiful porch! I love the pretty flowers and Boston ferns!

Katherine

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Everything looks lovely! Congratulations on the sweet cookie jar- what a very nice treat!

mishebe said...

Great porch both. but Wow A Mackenzie Childs gift? Some great friend thast is. Love it.

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Ohhh myyy...I'm so happy to finally get to see all of the work that you've been telling me about...come to fruition!!! Girl, you're home just looks so bright and shiny...hehe!!! That powerwashing really paid off...I love your red brick!!! Ya'll have the prettiest yard...it's just immaculate and I love your landscaping!!! Honey, your home is just one of the prettiest that I've ever seen!!!

Okay...now let's grab a glass of tea and have a sit in your swivel rockers and chat for a spell! I really want to talk about your porch!!! Goodness Gracious Girl...what a fabulous outdoor room!!! Yes..a room!!! I love your pretty furniture and those new pillows are perfect...so sweet! And Girl, that rug is gorgeous...it caught my eye first thing!!! Love the pretty sagey green and the design! Darlin', I have absolutely no idea what you're talkin' about...when you say that you can't grow flowers! You have some of the pretty flowers...ohhh, those purple petunias are my favorite!!! They really just make your porch..seriously!!! That big pot full or that pretty purple was the first thing that got all my Ooohs and Aaaahs going!!! Speaking of flowers...isn't that fushia plant just heavenly? Ohhh...the colors are so vibrant...it's beautiful! I don't think I've ever seen one in person...just photos! Do they have a scent? Your big pots of bright red geraniums look fabulous on the steps to your entry...so pretty honey!!! And the ferns...OMG, your ferns are huge!!! Hehe...I always think of sitting with a big ol' glass of iced tea too..when I see them! That's funny!!!

Well Darlin'...I have been so anxious to see all the projects that you've been telling me about...I'm just so happy for you because this is truly a tremendous place to just sit and enjoy the beautiful outdoors!!! You'll have to tell Alex that I said, "Marvelous work"!!!

Love ya Sweetie,
Chari

Chandy said...

Wow, both of the porches look amazing! Melissa, great job! I want to know how you to your petunias to look so tall like that. Beautiful!

Debbie said...

I love your porch and back patio. When we redo our patio, I want a outside rug too. I love the way it looks. And your fuschia flower is gorgeous. Love everything. Debbie

An Accomplished Woman said...

Love the porch. Your pictures are so pretty.

Cynthia

Carol said...

What a great place! Love all your flowers and ferns!

"Blossom" said...

Melissa, you really did bring the inside out. The front porch is so inviting and the back patio is so pretty with the look of an interior room. How lovely these two porches are. You have done a wonderful job decorating and it shows.

marty39 said...

Melissa, the front of your house is so pretty and has such gorgeous curb appeal. I love the spirals by the door and the red geraniums are so pretty. What an inviting porch. Your back deck looks so comfy. Such a great place to sit and relax and a wonderful place to entertain. You have done such a great job of bringing the beauty of inside your house to the outside. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Carol said...

Hi Melissa!
You're porch & deck are so awesome! The front porch is so welcoming and the deck looks like a great space to relax. All your ferns look great!

Hugs,
Carol

Cass @ That Old House said...

Melissa, what a gorgeous porch and deck! Oh, and everything looks so lovely and CLEAN ... don't laugh, but everything's muddy here, so I have serious clean-stuff envy going on!

LOVE the ferns. I will be hanging them from our porch roof this year, too ... they just grow like MAD over the summer.

Aren't fuschias just the wildest, most over-the-top flowers? Can they get any splashier? Love them -- but watch out they attract plant insects, at least in this climate. Gorgeous preview for summer for this northerner!
Cass

Kathysue said...

Melissa, Your porch looks so inviting with the fresh ferns and flowers, it is just lovely,Kathysue

the wild raspberry said...

looking good!
japanese maples are sooo dreamy.
got one for my birthday last year and love it.
have a great day.
chasity

Jules said...

Congrats to the winner of the giveaway! Your front porch and covered deck are so pretty! I love the fern and red geraniums. I seriously could live on that covered deck. The way you have it decorated is lovely and it's as if you brought the indoors out. So very nice!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Melissa,
Your porch is so pretty and cozy. It really looks lovely. It will be a while yet before any of the porches around here look like yours does. Have a wonderful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Fabulous porch & deck. Your flowers look great for someone who says they don't have a green thumb. Maybe you have a green pinky. Thanks for sharing your spaces. I love all the hanging ferns too.

Nina Knox said...

Melissa,
I just happened across your site and thought your home was beautiful. So I had to look further. Our houses are very similar. You've done a wonderful job. I have a back deck but it's not covered so I feel like it's not very neat and clean like yours is. And our weather in PA isn't quite where yours is yet, so I don't even have flowers yet. I would love to have a longer season.

Nina
http://newagegrandma.blogspot.com

The Blonde Duck said...

I wish I could just sit and write on your front porch for hours!

Envoy-ette said...

Love all your flowers! (I have the same set on my front porch!)

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Gorgeous porch and deck! I need to work on mine...I have been too busy taking care of the in-laws!

Susan

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Melissa, both of your outdoor areas look lovely. I love that rug on your deck, and that stain is beautiful! Your ferns and flowers make me think you DO have a green thumb. laurie

Liz said...

I am so loving your porch and deck! Everything is just so! :)

~Liz

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A Hint of Home said...

Hi Melissa,
Your porches are so pretty. I love ferns and geraniums. We just put some in yesterday, getting ready for the company. I like your rug and sitting arrangements on the back porch.

Connie said...

Hi Melissa,
Your porch and flowers are all breathtakingly beautiful !!! You have such great taste. All this and from such a nice gal !

The Muse said...

Melissa! Oh for goodness sakes! I want to come and visit! LOL...
PLEASE!
I will dress head to toe in red....
LOL
LOL

LOVELY images, simply lovely.
(wow...I cannot believe the deer eat your Hostas...LOL they totally despise them here! LOL)

Kim Kasch said...

What beautiful pictures. Love the carpet - it makes the outdoors seem so homey.

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hello Dear Melissa!
Just stopped by to say hello and visit your lovely porch and patio. Oh my, what a lovely place to visit with good friends or just relax at the end of the day. My back deck is in need of some TLC but life has been so busy for me lately that I've hardly had time to breath - maybe this weekend if the weather is nice...everything is beautiful - as always! :-)

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Melissa!
What gorgeous photos!
they all look so inviting.
Your plants are amazing! Especially the Boston Ferns! You really must have a green thumb!
Great job!

Sherri:)

fiberdoodles said...

Melissa your porch is beeeauuutiful! The ferns are so pretty. It is much too wet to play in the yard here.

Sharon

susette said...

You are a dear sweetie! Thanks for you time and effort in rounding up that information for me. I've got it written down and will put that on my list of things to do!

The Stylish House said...

Melissa,
I visited Sharon @ Fiberdoodles and Whimsy what a great find! I am a quilter like her, but she sews circles around me. It is always great to meet new friends! ~Cathy~

ann said...

hi sweetie.i'll be around.i'm just reating alot and getting some stuff done.the little note you left me was so sweet as usual.
that candy dish is awesome.the lid on it is fabulous.she knows how sweet you are..ann

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What a gorgeous porch AND back patio you have!!! *sigh* Looks like a perfect place for some sweet tea! :) Everything is just gorgeous, and I love how lush all of your plants are!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Melissa!

Thank you so much for your sweet "welcome home" comment. I have been busy trying to catch up since I was a way without my computer devoting all my time to Leo and my son and D-I-L. We all had so much fun together!

Your porches are beautiful! I love your backyard furniture and all your beautiful flowers! What gorgeous colors.

That was such a nice gift from a fellow blogger! I love her blog name...lol... so similar to mine!

Congrats to your give away winner!

Hugs, Pat

C Maisy said...

Girl, It is all so pretty and bright. I will right over with a book and some iced coffee...I would like to borrow your front porch!
Thanks much :)

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Hi Melissa!
Your home is looking gorgeous! So welcoming. I feel like I could walk right up and have a glass of iced tea with you. I love, love, love hostas. They are so resiliant and always beautiful.

Great job on everything, your attention to detail outside is just as it is inside. Perfect.
~Michelle

Nancy said...

Melissa, well, first everything is gorgeous! I haven't had a chance to do any planting! Rain and brochitis have been the order around here...LOL :) I hope to get out and do it this weekend.
Next, that covered porch is to die for! Do you know what stain and color you used on it? Everything looks oh so neat a clean! Love the little humming bird feeder! Oh girl, you have inspired me to get out and get mine done!
Love your cookie jar! That is one nice gift! Blessings, Nancy

"Blossom" said...

Melissa, I don't know what is going on on my blog. Someone else had the same problem. Thanks for the birthday wish. Do join us when you get a chance on Sunday Shopping Secrets; we would love to have you.

prof en retraite said...

Hi Melissa...I love your porch and deck! Wow! Your flowers are thriving! Have you tried applying Deer Off to keep them away from the hosta? We have them here and that seems to work. Just re-apply after it rains! Have a wonderful weekend...hugs...Debbie

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Back to say "Thank you" for my bday greetings. I feel so special :0)
Enjoy your day!!!

P.S. I'm going to be buying some red geraniums today~ as a bday present but also to plant at the base of our newly planted palm trees. I'm going to mix some white and pink ones in there too!

SILVIA said...

WOW MELISSA YOU HAVE SUCH BEAUTIFUL HOME INSIDE AND OUT,GREAT TASTE DECORATING AND THE FERNS I LOVE THEMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND MY FRIEND AND THANK YOU FOR COMING TO VISIT ME EVERYTIME..
SILVIA.

SILVIA said...

btw, your favorite store kirkland's is having a great sale this weekend so get over there soon...lol...
silvia.

Brenda said...

You have a lovely home. I just now got the mail and there was a Ballard's catalog in it. I shall have to look for that rug for my new deck that's about to be built! Everything looks so cozy! (And you know that's one of my favorite words!)
Brenda
http://cozylittlehouse.blogspot.com
http://viewfromthepines.com

Christine said...

How pretty everything looks. I really like your porch...warm and inviting. And what a sweet gift from your friend...very pretty. Have a wonderful week end! =O)

Just Between Us Girls said...

OOOh my gosh your yard is perfection.
I love it. You did a great job.
I wish ours looked as good.
Have a wonderful weekend

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Just coming by to say hello and see what you've been up to today? I'm having a "sit down" in your pretty black wicker chair tonight! Hehe!!!

You know, I was taking a look at the pretty cookie jar that Kathy gave you...it's really pretty and I also thought that it was "sooo you"!!! Glad that you came by today Sweetie and thank you for all of your compliments!!! You're just the sweetest thing!!! I'll talk with you later...

Love ya,
Chari

Nicole ~ said...

Melissa your flowers are plants are so pretty, healthy & so full of color. I love that fuchsia; I have not had one in years. Your hostas look so plush, some mean little bug is eating on mine & it is full of holes!!!

Your back deck is so, so pretty. I could definitely have a few glasses of tea (or wine) out there and soak in all of the pretty surroundings!!

I am so excited for you, what a pretty cookie jar that is. And, congratulations to the winner!! I hope you are having a wonderful week. I am a little behind on checking posts this week, I have been working in the yard and doing house work in the evenings.

Take care, Nicole

Daphine said...

What a beautiful porch! WOW! I tell ya...you just don't do anything half way friend! Seriously, I've never met...we'll not that we've actually met, but I've never known anyone who has such great quality in everything that they do with their decorating. Eveything looks so AWESOME in every picture!!! Do you plan on coming to Texas any time soon? lol!

Have a great weekend!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Sometimes when I visit some of the blogs..and yours is one of them..I am overwhelmed at the beauty! To you homemaking is an art. An amazing art. Your yard and porch are simply gorgeous..as in jaw dropping.
To be honest, I had no idea places like this existed. No one I know..LOL except myself, cares to such a degree..and get teased a wee bit. HOW I love to come look!
A total treat.
Melissa, I am having the hardest time getting around..but I am sure you understand. :)
Many hugs for the sharing of such a beautiful place..
~smiles and joy~
Mona

Miss Janice said...

Melissa, I just love your front porch and your deck. Just like the inside of your house, everything looks perfect! Love the black wicker and those ferns...they are awesome. I'm in the market for some planter boxes and yours are so pretty...also the flowers in them are just gorgeous! Loved the visit. Congrats to the winner and lucky you...scoring that awesome cookie jar!

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Can you possibly read one more comment! :) After you read my comment would it be okay if I came over for sweet tea and cookies? We could either sit on your porch OR your back deck! Holy Moly!
Love that black wicker rocker. So classy! Love the purple petunias and those ferns! My goodness!

What a treat to see the outside of your gorgeous home today!

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Just stopping by to say hello! I'm so glad that you came by to take a peek at my new shell dishes...thank you for the compliments!!! I can't wait to do a tablescape with them but I ordered napkins and will have to wait till they get here!

What are you up to today, Sweetie? Are you planning on visiting with your moms tomorrow? It will be pretty quiet here! Talk to you later...

Love ya,
Chari

fiberdoodles said...

Hi Melissa,

As always it was so good to hear from you. You inspired me so I picked up two boston ferns from Home Depot this morning for my front porch. It's been years since I have had any. They look very inviting. The rain has returned so playing in the dirt is over and now on to dinner and a movie. I would love to see your aquarium when you are finished.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Sharon

Ps: what color is your laundry room? That is a beautiful color - take care

Piney Rose said...

What a lovely home. I enjoyed my visit.

Happy To Be said...

Hey Melissa...thanks for coming by and seeing me...how are things in your world??? I hope you have a Wonderful Mother's day my friend...Your the best my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Ahhh...so sorry that you don't get to spend tomorrow with family but doing lunch at Cracker Barrel sounds fabulous!!! And Girl, I love looking through all of the goodies in the Cracker Barrel store...hehe!!! You guys go and have lots of fun!!! Talk with you later Darlin'!

Love ya,
Chari
Ps...thanks for all of your sweet compliments (once again...hehe!) Ya'll...my faithful friends...are probably getting tired of seeing that bed and bath...hehe! You're so patient and so sweet!!! Love ya!!!

Laura said...

Everything is just lovely. I am inspired!

Laura

whitespraypaint.blogspot.com

Carisa said...

Those flowers are heavenly! Your house looks so clean and manicured. :)
Mrs. Petrie @ casapetrie.com

tardevil said...

Girl, your porches rock! I wish my petunias looked as good as yours! Once again, everything is perfect! Love it - especially that Ballard rug!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Melissa, I adore your front porch!! And your deck looks awesome...I really, really need to work on ours this year. We have a massive deck we've never made "pretty." :)

Tara G. said...

Melissa,

I was tickled by your surprise of getting flowers to grow- the porch on the house we have for sale gets very hot NC sun and I could not get flowers to grow for the life of me. I finally bought some hanging baskets with the coconut husk lining and put fake hanging baskets in them from Wal Mart. I got so many compliments from the neighbors and we never had more hummingbirds visit than when those things were up! Seriously, I almost cringe when someone gives me a live plant- the responsibility of it almost overwhelms me! I'm having fun looking around your blog! Wish I would have known about it while we were up the road from you!

MIchelle said...

what height are you spiral urns on your porch? I've been looking at some online and cannot figure out what size to get?