Michelle’s (Un)inviting Porch

My friend Michelle has got the porch blues. She feels her wrap around porch is…uninviting.

These little guys beg to differ.




At any rate, she’s looking for design tips. Personally, I think her porch just needs some color. She can’t paint or stain the porch, but maybe she paint the swings and dining set something fun. Then, put out some BIG colorful plants. I’m also envisioning some vintage metal signs in the entryway areas. What would you suggest?

Photo taken by Michelle.

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is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper.


  • Reply July 10, 2010


    Thanks for the suggestions, ladies!

  • Reply July 3, 2010


    Oh my gosh, I LOVE her wrap-a-round porch. What a dream!!! I guess that just goes to show the grass is always greener, huh? :-)

  • Reply July 2, 2010


    I also really, really love that porch. I would leave it as it is but I would add some really big plants in some colorful, cool pots.

  • Reply July 2, 2010


    Great photos!

    I love the porch. My dream house has a porch like that!

  • Thanks everyone! I can't paint or stain the porch, but I can add things that are painted. Maybe I should be scouring yard sales?

  • Reply June 30, 2010

    Ms. Understood

    I love her porch. Really rustic. I like it as it, but if she wants to dress it up, definitely some paint and some plants. Maybe pillows and more seating.

  • Reply June 30, 2010


    I think your ideas are perfect! Just some painting, some plants, some vintage this and that, and she'll be set! What a lovely home.

    (Your pictures are fantastic, by the way.)

  • Reply June 30, 2010

    Cat - 3 Kids and Us

    Well I happen to think the porch is absolutely beautiful. I've always dreamed of having a wrap around porch. A little color and maybe some hanging shade plants (like a fuschia) would make it very inviting.

  • Reply June 30, 2010


    I totally say paint the porch white! At least the railings. She could stain the porch floor something and seal it, if she wanted too…And paint the furniture and swing, I say black, but that's my go to color choice. :-) And then add color with a rug and throw pillows and cushions. More hanging flower baskets, I would do ferns, more in the centers than the on the sides of the open areas.

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