5/9/10

Front Porch Fluffing!


Hello friends.  It's definitely front porch fluffing time at Applestone Cottage.  Things have been looking pretty bleak.  Time to fluff and re-nest! 


I have been very happy with my new table and chairs but the old rug was looking pretty scraggly.  Ta-da!  Enter new outdoor rug from Wally World. 

A slightly different view.  Our porch faces the east, so it get a nice dose of morning sun. 


The wicker chairs are next on the agenda.  They need some new paint and little fixing. I would like to find new ones, but hubby has convinced me that he can make them look as good as new.  Knowing him, he will!

I planted a couple baskets of geraniums.


Added some to the front door.



And next to the front door.

I gave the old bench a coat of red paint last summer and added some daisies and petunias.  In the lantern I placed some green apple candles.


Some more petunias over here.  They will be red and white when they bloom.

Now back to the table and chairs.  OOH, I do love my new rug!  I had looked at it for about a month.  I was afraid it was too orange but when I got it home and placed it under the table and chairs, the red looked just fine.




On the table I have kept it simple for now.  A little red checked place-mat, a redwing pot with a few daisies and a little red chair candle.

Complete with little faux bumblebee.



A slightly different angle.



I am hoping to do a few tablescapes out here when the weather gets a bit warmer.
Thanks for visiting everyone and ......

 Don't forget to sign up for the 16 piece Pfaltzgraff china giveaway on the post below.


I am joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Met. Monday

And  on Monday night, Marty @ A stroll thru life hosts Tabletop Tuesday.

Thanks to our lovely hostesses!

54 comments:

  1. Your porch is wonderful. I love the touches of red...good job!

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  2. Cindy, I love all the new pretties on your porch! Love it. I can tell you are sooo ready for summer and hanging out on the porch.

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  3. Cindy, love that porch - very inviting! The red is so pretty and the rug from WW really sets things off. Beautifully done! Linda

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  4. I LOVE your front porch...oh, all the red. I saw that red bistro set at the store and just drooled over it. I asked hubby if we could enlarge our porch and he just give me a look, lol. Enjoy many, many hours on your lovely porch :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  5. Hi Cindy! Oh, I just love your pretty porch. It's so welcoming! Love your new rug and how you've decked it all out! Again, that is a very genrous and wonderful giveaway.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia :)

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  6. What a pretty place to sit and enjoy life.
    Hope you had a great Mother's Day.

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  7. Hi Cindy! I just love your porch! That bistro set is gorgeous, and I love all of your wonderful accessories. I could see myself spending alot of time here!

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  8. I love all the red and I so love the big tea cup planter..I want one of those! :D

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  9. Oh I wish I had a front porch like this. I would love to sit in a chair on that porch and have long visits.

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  10. What a sweet comment you left for me! I had to laugh...you even put my name where the word Mom was supposed to be for your mother. I grinned at that one..and I think you are right. I think we are even close in age aren't we? My precious husband died way before your father...fourteen years ago this December 15th.
    I'm going on...but I will never be completely me again. She nursed her's too? :) Yes, I remember that it was not encouraged. My babies didn't have colic though...nor did the have that sour smell when they spit up. Mine got baths after spit up and full pants. lol My best friend would come over and hold my babies and stick her nose in their little necks. She still reminds me of that. :) And the smell of Sta-puf. All those soft baby clothes.
    What fun it all was. No getting out of bed onto the cold floor for me..the babies were right next to me..until old enough to go to another room...ahhh...the memories.
    Please tell her hello for me. I know I always say that..but I feel I know her.
    Hugs,
    Mona

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  11. HI Cindy!!!!
    Happy Mother's Day!!!
    I love your porch and Love that red bistro table set!!!!I love the new rug, I think it is perfect!!!the flowers add just the right touch!!!Front porches are so welcoming, I want one, but would the sun make it so hot!!!!I have my back patio, but It sure does not have the same feel,
    well......I love yours!!!
    hugs,
    jamie

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  12. Your porch is lovely!
    You have inspired me!

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  13. Your home looks so lovely. I wish I could fix mine up, but soon we will be putting up new siding and it will be a mess for awhile. Love that teacup planter.

    Willow

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  14. Your porch is wonderful! I love the chairs, the flowers, and all the touches of red. It's very welcoming.

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  15. Beautiful porch fluffing, Cindy!

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  16. Your porch is wonderful... I miss having a front porch!!!! Your rug is so pretty. I'm coming over for coffee!

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  17. Such a sweet porch and one of my favorite colors too. .red. Your table set is so cozy looking.

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  18. Cindy, your fluffing paid off... everything looks so fresh and fun and pretty! Wish I could sit outside for a cup of tea with you.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  19. Hi Cindy! Everything looks so welcoming! And what a wonderful place to have your morning coffee! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  20. I would never want to leave this charming porch. I adore the wall pocket and the large tea flower cup. SO welcoming to the point you may have folks camping out on your porch...ME!! for one.

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  21. KNOCK KNOCK - Anybody home?

    Oh well, I'll just make myself comfy out here on the porch until she gets home. Don't mind me.

    New rug - looks FAB! All new flowers . . . love all the red and white - looks so comfy and perfect for a home named "Applestone Cottage".

    I wonder if there is a jar of sun tea sitting around somewhere . . . hmmmm.

    Boy the sun feels good sitting here in these cute little wicker chairs - but I think I would like more snow please. And deer - where are they? I'd even settle for a bear! or a PORCUPINE!

    Well, nobody is coming home after all ~ they must be at work . . . I'll just leave this little note and let her know I stopped by.

    HI CINDY!!!!

    :) Have a great day! Hugs! Karen

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  22. I am inspired to the max~! Your porch is so beautiful and inviting.. I hope I can make mine look half as good. Thank you so much for sharing all these lovely photos with us...

    hugs
    Sonny

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  23. Dear Cindy,
    Your porch is spectacular ... love the reds especially. So creative, warm and inviting. I could sit there for hours on end.

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  24. LOVE IT!! I wish I had a big front porch to sit on!! This looks fabulous! So inviting!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  25. ......and honey, ya fluff so well. Everything looks so very charming and inviting. It just makes me want to grab up a tall glass of tea and a good book. Great job!!!

    God bless ya and have a marvelous Monday!!!

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  26. Your fluffing has paid of Cindy! Your porch looks wonderful! Very inviting.

    ~ Tracy

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  27. I love your porch. I only have a small little porch...we can't sit on it. The outdoor rug is wonderful-it really warms up the space. I didn't know there was such a thing...I'm thinking my deck would love one in some shade of blue...hmm, might have to go visit Walmart!

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  28. I love your poarch! If my husband doesn't get his junk off my new side poarch (so I can fix it up) prettty soon......no telling what's going to happen!!

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  29. Oh Cindy, I LOVE your front porch. You did find the perfect rug. It is just gorgeous. Your plants and all of your decorations are just perfect. What a great place to just sit and relax and enjoy your beautiful yard. Thanks so much for joining the party. This really looks so inviting. Hugs, Marty

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  30. Your porch is so cute, Cindy! I love all the signs on the wall. Pretty rug. I like how everything is so bright...Christine

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  31. Very nice! The red just pops and makes everything looks so pretty and fresh! You must enjoy sitting outside so much!

    Katherine

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  32. Hi Cindy. I just came over from another blog and what a treat! Your porch warms me--and, believe me, we are still cold here in Chicagoland! I'd just love to sit on that porch and chat awhile. I have a dear, dear friend who lives in Fond du Lac. We trade visits each year. I've just added you to my list of favorites so I'll be back to "sit a spell".

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  33. I adore a cozy front porch. What a clever and creative tablescape. Well done!

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  34. Fabulous, cozy, bright, cheerful, just call it VERY CINDY.

    Love,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  35. Oh my goodness! So much to comment on!!! First, Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and visiting me. I'm so glad you did! You have such a beautiful blog and i jus LOVE your front porch. I guess red must be my favorite color because I oooo'ed and aaaaw'ed over your table, new rug, little red bench. It's all so beautiful! LOVE the red fron door! I'll be back to visit you for sure.
    Patricia :o)

    PS: Thank you for entering my giveaway!! Good luck!!

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  36. Oh, it looks perfect! I love the table and chairs. And who knew Walmart carried such cute rugs? I gotta go look now. I'd love to sip a tall glass of iced tea with you on your sweet porch.
    Brenda

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  37. Love the porch! I am inspired, my porch spruce up, which was on my list, just moved to the top of the list. Maybe I can post pictures soon.

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  38. Cindy, it looks so inviting. I just want to sit at your pretty new table and have a chat with you. Your new rug is perfect! I love that first flower wall pocket you showed, and that cute sign by the door. What a happy place you've created. laurie

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  39. Hi Girlfriend...

    Ohhh my goodness!!! I love, love, LOVE your porch in all of it's Spring finery, my friend!!! What I would give for a chance to just sit down at that pretty red table and have a glass of iced tea and longggg visit with you, sweet lady!!!

    Girlfriend, your new rug is P-E-R-F-E-C-T!!! Ohhh, I think it just makes your pretty red table stand out soooo beautifully!!! Ohhh...it's just yummy...really!!! Of course, I love your little red table and chairs...I just turn green with envy every time I see it! Hehe! The red plaid table runner is just perfect as well! Just like your pretty sign says, "Welcome to my Country Home"! It all just sings...welcome!!! Of course, you know how I just adore red...so your front porch decor is right up my alley!!! I love that little bench that you painted red last year! All of your potted geraniums and plants are sooo pretty...I just love your big ol' teacup planter! Could the color of those polka dots have matched your new rug any better? Fabulous!!! I love all of your new wall baskets too!!! Hmmm...not sure if you had the one under your "Welcome" sign last year or not? But the one you added to the door is new...right? Soooo very pretty, Darlin'!!! You did sooo GOOD!!! Martha Stewart...move over...there's a new Gal in town!!! Hehe!

    Well my friend, sounds like you may have to dust a bit of snow off of your porch, huh? It's snowing here...even as I type this! I couldn't sleep...it's 2am...and here I am...visiting out on your sweet front porch! Hehe! Girlfriend, I just didn't realize how "out of the loop" I was with being sick and all...till I came over to say hello and seen just how many of your sweet posts that I had missed! I am sooo sorry! You will find a note at each post...trying to catch up with all of your news! Love you, dear friend!!! Are you feeling better...over that cold yet? Sure hope that my note finds you well!!!

    Love you, Sweetie!
    Chari

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  40. What a charming, cheerful, welcoming porch you have! Love your reds! Thanks for your sweet visit to my pink tablescape too. Also, loved your "diva" picture over at Note Songs -- You looked beautiful!

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  41. Good Morning my Dear friend...girl you out did yourself on your front porch WOW!! how did you do all of this and be sick too?? I can't hardly wash dishes without taking a nap and I didn't have surgery like you...Oh girl I'm so sick and tired of being sick and tired ha ha!! go back to Dr. again today to see what new lab results show...I wished I was there to have coffee with you and sit at your new table and watch the apples grow...Love ya Sis...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  42. I love your porch ! Have you had nice weather to enjoy it ? We had snow today ! I am ready for summer !
    hugs ~ Kammy

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  43. So pretty and colorful! Looks beautiful!

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  44. Cindy,
    I am absolutely in love with that giant tea cup planter! I think the rug is perfect under your table which looks a little more reddish than red - does that make any sense at all? LOL! I love your porch and wish I could come over for a lemonade and sit and chat awhile!


    ~Jean

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  45. Hello Cindy~I've been (bribing)talking my hubs into building me a front porch, (sigh).
    The red bistro set brightens up the porch so nicely. The dot tea cup planter fits perfect in your cozy setting.
    I love the colors in your new rug from Wally World. I would love to add a punch of color to my patio, but I'm not sure if we've got a Wally world in our town.
    We finally got back some sunshine this weekend too. Hubs worked in our backyard setting up the tent gazebo and filling the fountain. The birds have come out of the trees to take their first splash of the season.

    Sweet wishes,
    Sara

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  46. Wow Cindy, I'm so in love with your porch. That rug is sure to chase away the winter chills.
    I might have to makea trip to Wally World!
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  47. Oh my goodness! I love everything! You did an amazing job! I am currently painting some pots red and can't wait to show them off.
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  48. (Sigh) Hi Cindy!
    How I would LOVE to come and sit on your porch for a spell, sip on a cold iced tea and enjoy a book. Would you mind if I linger awhile? I can get used to this!

    Stop by sometime. Miss you.
    Leigh

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  49. I can see spending hours and hours out on that porch. It's so pretty! I'm with your husband, just paint the chairs. There is nothing as nice as older wicker chairs!

    Where did you find that little chair candle holder? I've been looking for some like that.

    Hugs,
    Joanne

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  50. You're going to laugh at me Cindy. Until I read this post, I though Wally World was a theme park! I'd only heard of it in the Sugarland song, and didn't know it was a store. I mean, she said "I'm heading off to Wally World". That sounds like a vacation destination to me :-) Thanks for explaining. I love all of your photos of your porch.
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  51. Hi Cindy - I think I may have posted for the giveaway in the wrong spot so here I am again. These photos are gorgeous. Your porch is so inviting. I love the little red wagon plaque. Hugs, Deb =^..^=x6

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  52. DEAR CINDY,
    I AM JUST GOING TO COME AND SET ON YOUR PORCH.
    YOUR CHAIR CANDLE HOLDER IS ALMOST LIKE MY VINTAGE CHAIRS AND I AM GOING TO PAINT THEM RED THIS YEAR. I LOVE THEM.
    I LOVE YOUR BISTRO TABLE AND THE BIG TEACUP PLANTER...IT MATCHES YOUR RUG PERFECTLY.
    WHEN IT RAINS DO YOU BRING THE RUG IN OR LEAVE IT OUT.....I THOUGHT ABOUT PAINTING A RUG ON MY PORCH, AND THEN SEALING IT BUT A TRIP TO WALLY WORLD WOULD BE MUCH EASIER.
    I TOO, THOUGHT FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, WALLY WORLD WAS SOME KIND OF WATER PARK. THEN A FRIEND TOLD ME....I SAID, WELL HOW DID IT GET THAT NAME?
    NO ANSWER.
    YOUR FLUFFING LOOKS VERY PRETTY.
    I GUESS YOU KNOW SHERRY IS IN THE HOSPITAL. MOTHER CALLED ME LAST NIGHT TO TELL ME. I GUESS HER ASTHMA IS BEING COMPLICATED BY BRONCHITIS AND SHE IS ON OXYGEN. MARYDON TALKS TO HER TWICE A DAY...SO SHE HAS THE UPDATES.
    BLESSINGS
    HUGS
    SIMPLY DEBBIE

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  53. I want to sit and talk on your front porch! It is so cute. I love the rug. It is so inviting and vibrant. I think most of all I would enjoy the green grass (not bermuda like we have in AZ), and the huge trees, and weather below 100. It looks absolutely wonderful. As for your husband fixing the wicker rockers, after seeing what he can do with a garage door and other furniture-Yeah, I think he's got it covered. Great Job on the Front Porch.

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Welcome,
I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy