Sunday, May 15, 2011

~ Suttle Bench Changes ~

Spring in our area is really struggling to come and stay for a while. We've gone from the 90's and air conditioning to the 40's and the furnace all in one week. At least outside the shop door there is a bit of Spring to greet you when you stop by.
Don't be afraid that I've lost my mind, the Christmas decor has been put away for quite sometime. This is the best full shot picture I could find of the rug that desperately needed to be replaced. After the winter took it's toll on a lot of things around here, I knew it was time for the rug to go.The Spring Open House boasted a large watering can filled with beautiful faux flowers to greet you. The temps were still too cold for anything living. Our local Walmart didn't even have any pansies to fill pots. After searching the Internet for weeks I finally located this one from Ballard. Black is such a wonderful grounding color I knew it would take me through many seasonal changes. Taking a look to the right of the bench you'll see I have a bare spot, a bit of "off" balancing going on. I thought about another bush in a pot to add some color, due to the awning over this area I wasn't sure it would get enough sun. I finally moved the small black table, once white into the area. It will stay for now, until I come up with another solution. While at the Ballard site I ran across this darling pillow. I thought the bright yellow would pop off the red pillows and flow nicely with the yellow forsythia in the grapevine wreath. Isn't it just the cutest thing going? The fabric is a Sunbrella , should last many seasons. Until the roof is all taken care of I still have some leakage over this area, so they are brought in each evening.

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37 comments:

THE STONE RABBIT said...

Good Morning, Lynne. Your porch looks so inviting! I love it all....that rug is a perfect replacement.

You are so right....it's pretty cold in our part of the country again today!!! Gotta dig out something warm to put on. Have a great day.

L, Dana

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I love that pillow!!!

jerseygirl211 said...

Lynne, I saw that LANTERN in the first photo, are you trying to tempt me?????
I wrote you a big long message yesterday and I couldn't get in to go thru...something about Java and Cookies....:<( Hope this one goes thru.
Hugs
'D'

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a beautiful and welcoming area. I love it all. The new pillow is stunning and I love the wreath. I really need to redo mine a bit. Looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pretty! I like the red with the black. Temps dropped here also. :(

PAT said...

Pretty changes Lynne. I love your geraniums!! Everything looks wonderful!

Dolores said...

Your porch looks so beautiful and inviting in winter or spring. Your new pillow and wreath are so pretty together.

It was cool here this morning.
I think of you often and keep you in my prayers.
Hugs,

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh that is so lovely Lynne! I love the new rug and that pillow is just adorable, now I want one only really cheap! hehe.
Our weather has been a lot like yours only probably colder. We made it to a whopping 61 today.
Hugs,
Cindy

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good day my Dear friend..Girl you always have the magic touch with all you do..I would love to be able to walk through that shop door and surprise you with a visit..Oh well me dreaming out loud again ha ha!!
Love ya my Dearest friend..How are the 2 B's doing?? Hugs and smiles Gloria

Shelia said...

Hi Lynne! I love that porch and that pillow is adorable! I'd sit out on your porch in any weather - but I'd prefer spring and summer! :)
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the bench, Lynne! The wreath with the monogram is great, too!

Cindy said...

Such a beautiful space! Your bench, the wreath, rug...it is all so warm and inviting, you did a GREAT job!

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Your porch is so inviting! The temps here have dropped too. Ready for a little warm weather and sitting on the porch!!
Blessings!

The Inspired Nest said...

Everything looks so nice and fresh! I really love the Bee pillow! I wanted it even more that it is weather proof!
Lacy

Amanda's Mom said...

Hello, i am a new follower but, when I saw your post of your porch I nearly fell over. I have been working on a porch redo this spring myself. I tell you, the similarities are spooky. I started with a bench I had and painted it black. I had a cute little iron table, etc. I had been playing with the idea of a rug and you've sold me on the idea. I am not finished with my porch yet and so I have not posted about it but, I just can't get over how similar our porches will look when I'm finished. I hope to enjoy many more of your posts.

Babs said...

I like your bench area and that bee pillow is the cutest! Hope you have a great week.
Babs

Stacey said...

What a perfect spot! I love the bench and pillows. You've created a great place to sit and have a glass of iced tea. :)

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

What a welcoming front porch. The pillow is just the right accent for that pretty black bench. I never thought about putting a rug on the porch like that. What a nice touch.

lisa said...

Hi Lynne! Thank you for visiting my blog and saying hello.
It's good to meet new friends! Just spent some time visiting your blog--what an amazing talent you have with plants and flowers!! Simply gorgeous!
Best, Lisa. The frenchman's wife.

Mary Ellen said...

Everytime I see your porch I wish I had one!! Love the sweet bee pillow- you know I have to love all things bees after becoming a beekeeper several years ago. Actually I think the girls are just my pets as we haven't gotten honey yet!!

bee blessed
mary

Mellodee said...

I stopped over from Metamorphosus Monday. I'm sure you noticed the similarity between your bee pillow and the pillow Susan bought for her office redo! What excellent taste you BOTH have. (I want a bee pillow too!)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Lynne...

Girlfriend, the porch at your shop looks so pretty! I really do like your new rug...ohh, and all those pretty pillows on the black bench...just yummy! I was just looking at that cute bee pillow in the Ballards catalog a few hours ago...I love it! Well my dear friend, it looks like spring has arrived at your place...whether or not the weather wants to cooperate! Hehe! It's the same here at my place. This past week started out nice and warm and by the end of the week we were building a fire in the wood stove! I guess May can be crazy like that...at least for the mid to northern states. Thanks for sharing your pretty porch redo...would love to just sit and visit with you on your pretty bench, dear friend! I hope that my note is finding you and Bill both doing well!

Love ya,
Chari

Becca said...

Beautiful porch, Lynne! So welcoming ... the bee pillow is too cute, too. And, I love the new rug and pops of red! *Becca* (your newest follower)

www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

Lovely porch :)

Jen
www.dishesandsocks.com

Jennifer said...

Lovely porch :)

Jen
www.dishesandsocks.com

Beeutiful by Design said...

Wonderful - love the black - and I have to ask where you got your bee pillow - I love bees! Jennifer

xinex said...

Very nice and welcoming, Lynne. I love the Bee pillow! Please come and see my garden...Christine

FABBY'S LIVING said...

A lovely porch, for all seasons! It looks so inviting with all the diffrent decor. Nice rug! Have a nice weekend.
FABBY

lvroftiques said...

Lynne you're a lucky ducky to have such wonderful covered space to begin with, but you've made it max charming! Love the black rug and that bee pillow is indeed the cutest! Vanna

9405018--Pat said...

Everything looks perfect the pillow is awesome...thanks for sharing..Pat

Gypsy Heart said...

Love the red & black...and the bee pillow is adorable! Quite an inviting space ~ I know you'll enjoy it.

Pat

Gypsy Heart said...

Love the red & black...and the bee pillow is adorable! Quite an inviting space ~ I know you'll enjoy it.

Pat

Designs By Pinky said...

HI Lynee, I have been having TROUBLE leaving comments on blogs....don't know why. Hope this goes through! I love your new, BEEutiful pillow!!!!!! It is perfect. Love the new rug too. Hope your weather warms up soon! XO, Pinky

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Pat, I'm so glad you popped in. I hope you're enjoying our great weather. hugs ~lynne~

Atticmag said...

The black bench makes the porch look fresh and crisp. Great change and a comfortable place to lounge. Jane

KK said...

I like your summer look. The pillow is great. I could see myself drinking a tall glass of tea on that porch! Wait...its cold. Make that a coffee. It is chilly here in NC today. I am freezing.

once in a blue moon said...

i am alway a sucker for benches, especially when you can redecorate them over and over~ fun fun and more fun!