Join me as I embrace and share American country style by reclaiming the past...my family's past. Come along as I make my house a home on a $0 budget with reclaimed, repurposed, recycled and found treasures all out of my grandparent's old house, local junk shops and my parent's attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Porches and decks!

I know it's hard to believe, but I was able to put together a post featuring our porches and decks! These are my favorite spaces to spend the summer here in the mountains. Once the kids are out of school, we really try to utilize the outdoor area as much as possible. Since the house is so small, it really adds living space. We'll start with the front porch...


We have done everything here ourselves, and it certainly has a rustic feel. All the rock is from the property, as are a lot of the plantings, which I carried out of the woods.
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This is the front porch overlooking the creek. As you can see, the very large Hemlock tree that fell is still there. It is going to require a lot of work to get it out. We still have a lot of trees and limbs that need to be picked up from the storms, but it takes time.




I'll just let you walk around and make yourself at home!



























I am thankful every day to be here on this property my parents so generously gave me. I grew up playing in this very creek as a child, and the connection I feel to my family here, all the way to my great grandparents, is something I would not trade for anything.

Thanks so much for stopping by:-) I hope you enjoyed our porch and deck tour! You are welcome to  stay and have dinner with us!

I'll be joining Kim at Savvy Southern Style for her decks and porches party, so be sure to go by there. I know you will see some fabulous outdoor spaces!!


33 comments:

  1. Really pretty Anita! I love your columns on your porch and your lanterns are my favorite!

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  2. Oh Anita, it is so good to have you back! Your porch is so beautiful, it must be great to just sit and read a book or listen to the water in the creek. And then have a wonderful dinner. xo,

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  3. Anita, I just love your porch areas and I love the panels you have added. So romantic. Your yard looks great. Such a pretty spot to eat outside. Thanks for joining the party!

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  4. Your porch and views are gorgeous, Anita!

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  5. Anita, your porch is wonderful as is the your covered area and deck. It's awesome that your you grew up on that same land. It is indeed beautiful!

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  6. Oh this is such a gorgeous, serene and inviting place you have!! I love all you've done to it, it looks heavenly...wish I could go and spend time with you and have some lemonade... I could even take the apple pie I'm baking right now! Beautiful tablescape, wow, it is wonderful! Hope you come over and visit us too. Lots of hugs. FABBY

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  7. Anita I love your beautiful porches with all the different seating and dining spots! What a beautiful property and view to enjoy. It's surely a special place for you. Happy Summer!
    Pamela

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  8. Anita these pics belong in a magazine! Absolutely Gorgeous!! Martina

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  9. Anita...your porch and deck are as pretty as the inside of your house! I love the rich, warm colors and the table setting is beautiful. I'd love to live amongst all those trees! You really have a wonderful home!

    XO,
    Jane

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  10. What a beautiful porch, Anita. It is so warm and inviting and the view is spectacular...Christine

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  11. Anita, Your outdoor spaces reflect your warm elegant and I agree romantic decor from your interiors.I feel the same about my grandparents. Thank you for your virtual hospitality and I know it translates into the real thing and genuine you! Bon Appetite!

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  12. No wonder you like to make good use of this beautiful outdoor space. It is absolutetly beautiful.

    Did I miss dinner?

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  13. Anita, Your home and porch are fabulous and what a pretty back yard. This looks like a great place to sit and relax.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  14. This is so lovely! Out of the hundreds of submissions for the blog party, I was drawn to this thumbnail pix! EVERYTHING is so inviting and cozy. Love the rustic feel and all the wonderful touches! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

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  15. Hi Anita! I'm pretty sure that your porch was one of the first things I saw on your blog and now I remember why I felt so "at home" here. :-) Everyhing is so lovely and welcoming and you have done such a great job creating this warm space. You have only enhanced what is already a beautiful space in stunning surroundings!
    Vanessa

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  16. You have a beautiful Home Anita. I loved looking at all the pictures and your table is amazing. It looks like a vacation home, a place to get away to and relax. You must have some amazing memories from when you were growing up. It sure is a beautiful place to live.

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  17. Anita, You can't know how much I loved your porches! Your house and surroundings would be my ultimate pick! So beautiful. My favorite is your choice of red and black and the ceiling light fixtures. You should be in a magazine!!

    Pat

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  18. This is the most beautiful porch and deck! WOW WOW WOW! Good thing I don't know your address, you'd find me sitting out there! LOL ;-)

    Lovely!

    Mary
    From Virginia

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  19. Hi Anita,

    What a Beautiful Porch and a Amazing View! I can understand why you would want to spend the whole summer on your Porches. You have certainly increased your living space. It is so
    Warm and Welcoming...
    Have a Great Summer on the Porch!!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  20. So serene! How lucky you are to have inherited this LOVELY property. You've decorated it so beautifully and made it function fully. Congratulations on a job well done!

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  21. I love your property and house, Anita! The porch is the icing on the cake! What a great space and I'm sure a lot of fun to decorate and relax on.

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  22. Your porch and deck are beautiful! What a wonderful place to enjoy the Summer!
    -Lynn

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  23. Anita, your porch is stunning. Just beautiful. I especially love the curtained off area and all the ferns you have used.

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  24. What a fabulous deck and porch! It is definitely a very welcoming place - one where I would be incline to spend a lot of time if it were mine! The view is spectacular also!

    ~ Tracy

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  25. You already know how lucky you are to have so much outdoor space to enjoy. And you've done such a wonderful job decorating and making them fun.
    But, it is your trees that are so incredible! Beautiful setting.

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  26. O MY! These are just absolutely stunning outdoor spaces!! I love how they are decorated and in such a beautiful setting also!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  27. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous Anita!! How beautiful your outdoor areas are! :)

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  28. Beautiful porch and scenery. I love the colors you used. The little sitting area with the drapes is wonderful.

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  29. You've done a wonderful job creating some very comfortable spaces! How could you go wrong with the wonderful porch and deck that you are so fortunate to have? I can imagine how much you enjoy them, you can feel the relaxing atmosphere just thru your photos. Beautiful! :)

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  30. Oh Anita, I am so glad I clicked on your link. Your porches are so beautiful, I wouldn't know which spot to pick to sit!!!!! I love the panels and rugs and all the plants. Just gorgeous. XO, Pinky

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  31. This is the cutest and coziest porch! You did a super job, and I love it all! :)

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