Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Front Porch & Patio Ready For Summer

With the big Blog - Block Party going on, I am joining Kim @ Savvy Southern Style . She is hosting the Porch and Deck part of the Big Block Party. Be sure to check out everyone that is participating this week. A full week of hosts and parties.

Most of you have seen these pics, but for those that havn't here's my front porch, back patio and yard.
I think the porch decor should reflect the style of home you have.   The outside of my house is very simple with little architectural detail.  So the furniture needed to follow suit.

The walk to the front door is kept very clean and simple.

Since I live in the desert, the front landscape is done with low water plantings and a desert theme.

It's always fun to add a little whimsy to any area and the frog always gets a comment.

I spray painted a two toned design on an inexpensive chinese stool that I found for $15.  I think this dressed it up and it's the perfect place to sit a couple of glasses.

A couple of pillows and the plants give the area warmth and looks inviting.

From the street I think it says Welcome, Come Sit, Visit and Relax.

My back patio area isn't very large,  just room enough for a bench and table and chairs.

A treasured bench that my dad made for me has to be here.  Some cushions make it look comfortable and is a nice place to sit and relax.

The other side of the patio holds our table and chairs.  I love to have my morning coffee here everyday.

Some plants and a sunshade screen help keep this area cool until my trees grow a little bigger.

We have a his and hers yard.  This is my side of the yard and the view from the patio.  DH's yard is to the left of this area and it's where our garden is suppossed to be,  however right now it is a mess.  No pics.

A little bench to sit and relax.  I actually think he uses this more than I do, and you can see a lot of his plants in pots are starting to creep in. lol

A lot of new plantings, we lost 2 trees and 5 shrubs through last winter.  Hopefully these are more sturdy.

When we extended the concrete patio area, we curved a small section out on this side for the BBQ.  I am so glad to have this spot, I think we grill at least 4 or 5 times a week, and yes the grilling is me, I'm the cook.  It keeps the house so much cooler if you can cook outdoors.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always enjoy your visits and be sure to visit all the ladies hosting the Block Party this week.


  1. Everything so nice! I love the colors!
    Cute bench!!

  2. Everything looks so lovely. You did a great job decorating it.

  3. Marty, I know I have told you before, but that bench from your dad is just the most perfect thing...I always enjoy seeing it!

  4. Your yard is beautiful...love the front of the house too! Looks so inviting.
    have a great day,

  5. You have a his/hers yard also?! Too funny! Your patios and yard are so pretty.

  6. So pretty Marty! I love the curvature you added in the yard too.

  7. Marty, Your porch and patio are so inviting. I was just marveling at the amount of greenery and shade you have in Arizona. I love your color choices on your porch and the bench on the patio is the cutest!
    Hope you're having a fun week,

  8. The front of your house is so pretty Marty. I love the garden stool and rocking chairs. The patio is perfect for coffee too:)

  9. Marty, this looks amazing everything looks so good and I love the dinning area....


  10. Hi Marty...

    My friend, I have admired your front porch for some time now! I love the green color theme...very nice for a desert like climate I think! And...I'm still ooohing over your beautiful "redo" of the little garden stool...you did such a great job with that, my friend!

    Marty, I think this is the first time that I have seen your patio! I love it! The tall backed, wooden bench is just darling! Love that! Ohhh...and your yard is gorgeous! It looks like you have been a busy garderner, dear friend! Thank you for sharing your beautiful outdoor areas with us...such a treat!!!

    Love ya,

  11. It looks good, Marty. We are having our first sunshine here in the NW. Today is the first day of summer and I hope it means some more sun is coming!

  12. Pretty porch, Marty!!

  13. Marty,
    Gorgeous yard, porch and patio! I love the rocking chairs. Looks like a great place to sip some iced tea!

  14. Marty, thanks so much for sharing all your pretty porch areas.

  15. Everything is lovely and so well-cared for. It's obvious you enjoy your house and love it as well. There is nothing sadder than an old and neglected house. I enjoyed the whole post!

  16. Looks fantastic Marty! You have done a great job bringing your warm inside to the outside. Great curb appeal for sure. Pretty gardens too.

  17. Marty both your back and front patios look beautiful! I love the two rockers you have in the front and what a treasure having that bench your dad built! Martina

  18. Love that bench on your patio. it has a lot of character.

  19. It's so welcoming! Your family and friends are VERY lucky to share these spaces with you :o)
    Best wishes
    Rose H

  20. Everything you do says " Come sit and enjoy" Marty.
    Your front porch is so inviting as with every other area.
    It's been raining so here...we're almost under water...
    xoxo~Kathy @
    sweet Up-North Mornings...

  21. Your yard is lovely and looks so private. I think I might be tempted to have my morning coffee in a bathrobe and slippers.

  22. Your patios are very welcoming Marty. You have so many pretty flowers!

  23. Dear Marty, this is amazing!! I love your yard, it's just great, inviting and welcoming!, wish I could go and spent some time with you and have lemonade...I could bring my just made apple pie! You did a great and nice job with it. Love it! Lots of hugs. FABBY

  24. Marty your yard and porches are just beautiful and so put together. I am so behind in the yard aspect of our home - one day maybe it will be in some sort of order.

    bee blessed

  25. Sooo pretty Marty!! It all looks so beautiful and inviting!

  26. Marty, Both of the porches are wonderful and I can't believe how green your grass is when you live in the desert. The bench your dad made is a fabulous treasure.

  27. Marty - Your decorating skills continue to amaze me. :)

    Lovely porches and yard.

  28. Hi Marty,

    Your outdoor space is just lovely. It reflects your warm spirit.

  29. Hi Marty,

    Well your porches are so warm and welcoming! I love the rockers and the green/turqoise planters on your front porch! I could spend some time sipping ice tea there!
    Love your dining area in the back as well...I'm sure you enjoy many wonderful times there!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Miss Bloomers

  30. Love your front porch! It looks like a cool place to relax! Your backyard and all your plants look great!

  31. I agree on the cooking outdoors! Your front space is just so beautiful and welcoming! I'm sure you love all the time on your relaxing spaces in back too!

  32. Your entry totally says welcome! And I love your dining furniture Marty! Beautiful spaces!

  33. Marty,
    You did a wonderful job. Love the front and the curb appeal is terrific. The back looks like something from a magazine. Love, love, love Daddy's bench, a true treasure for many years to come. Just beautiful.

  34. Both your front and back yards are so pretty. Great job Marty!


  35. Marty, your patio and back yard is so beautiful and inviting...


  36. Everything looks great, Marty! I think your porch and patio are just the right size. I'll be looking for that when we down-size. I'm into "manageable" at this point! Your patio area is very inviting and I could see having a few friends over and being quite comfortable sitting and chatting.

  37. Marty,
    What a beautiful front porch you have and very much in line with where you live and the style of your home.
    Your outdoor back yard space is fantastic! I would so love to have a covered area like you have . That is awful that you lost so many trees and shrubs over the winter.
    Your landscaping is beautiful!!


  38. It all looks so nice. I love the front porch with the rocking chairs and pillows. Very welcoming. :)

  39. So very nice....Not sure I would ever get anything done inside the house..I would want to rock and sit and enjoy all the lovely things you have going on outside....
    Beautiful porches..

  40. Looks like the perfect spots to spend some time..or all day ifthe weather is sweet! : ) Welcoming and happy! Love the two tone effect on your garden stool!

  41. Hi lovely lady. I love your beautiful patio Marty. I would spend a lot of time out doors. I hope you have a wonderful week.
    XXOO Diane

  42. So pretty. I love the colors you used on the front porch. It is very welcoming!

  43. Lovely. What a good idea to put up the sunscreen. I always enjoy a good place to sit and have coffee outside in the morning and yours is perfect..

  44. Just lovely, Marty, and so very inviting.
    xo, CAS

  45. Marty, everything looks so pretty and colorful, I guess I never pictured the desert as looking this good! You have done such a beautiful job of your oustside area. I have been concentrating on mine lately and it doesnt look nearly as good as yours. I loved visiting and getting some ideas I really want one of those ceramic stools like on your front porch.

  46. Yard is such a awesome and great. It is best for inviting and welcoming. I could bring my just made apple pie! You did a great and nice job with it.
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  47. I am definitely willing to have a cup of coffee at the other side of your patio, maybe 2 cups :) well I think it's the best spot to enjoy the view of the whole garden.

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