Cozy Spring Side Porch

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cozy side porch


Hi Friends!  I hope everyone is well and that you’re not going stir-crazy at home.  I’m naturally a homebody, so the staying home part hadn’t really phased me until this past week–with 6 of us in the house, we all have crazy cabin fever up in here, causing us to truly appreciate our outdoor spaces, specifically our side porch, way more than we normally do.

Outdoor Sanctuary

Now that we are getting some warmer weather here in New England, we decided it was time to get our side porch in shape for Spring.  We painted our foundation, painted the floorboards  and gave our garden a  little refresh as we wait for our perennials to spring up.  While I still plan to do a bigger overhaul on this space (new floor boards, and railings), I was able to make a few changes over the past few weeks to make it a bit more inviting for now.

But let me show you what we started with:


We cleaned up the porch, touched up some paint and hung some string lights, which makes it feel so magical at night. I also teamed up with Joss & Main to make our porch super cozy for Spring.

porch off of kitchen

Our side porch is located right off of our kitchen. It’s a small, somewhat awkward space, but its a space where we love to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee while we plan for our day ahead.

side porch decor

The space is short and narrow, so I knew it was important to choose items that would fill it well, and also allow for adequate seating for us all to cozy up and enjoy the view of the bay at the end of our street.   

sectional on side porch

Luckily Joss & Main has an excellent selection of outdoor items to choose from, including this awesome 5 piece sectional.

porch decor

What I love most about it is that its solid wood, and somewhat modular, so it can be put in different configurations, to accommodate our different seating needs.

outdoor furniture porch decor

Speaking of different configurations, I couldn’t decide which layout I liked better, with the sectional facing the kitchen or the sectional facing out towards the bay (see below).  The jury’s still out on that though.  Which layout do you like better?

outdoor furniture layout

5 piece outdoor sectional

outdoor decor flatlay

The coffee table is a bit low to the ground, which is actually nice, because it kind of doubles as a place to rest your feet, if you want to get really comfy.  The ottoman is also moveable, which provides extra seating if needed.

I added a small rug to ground the space, and of course some fresh (and faux) greenery because . . . New England,  and we literally had snow last week!  Also all of our garden centers have been closed, so I worked with what I had.  Actually, besides the sectional, everything here is shopped from my house :).

Reina 5 Piece Sectional

I’m sure there will be a few tweaks out here before summer, but thanks to Joss & Main, our porch is currently our outdoor sanctuary.

Have you been prepping any outdoor spaces during quarantine?








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  1. Marchel
    April 27, 2020 / 12:18 pm

    I love the transformation! Beautiful space!

    • madebycarli
      April 28, 2020 / 6:36 am

      Thank you Marchel😊

  2. April 27, 2020 / 1:09 pm

    What a gorgeous space Carli!! The perfect place to hang out if the sun ever comes back out!!

    • madebycarli
      April 28, 2020 / 6:37 am

      Oh New England!!! Thank you Lisa πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“

  3. Ida Ellis
    April 27, 2020 / 1:36 pm

    The porch is beautifully decorated of course the color is just right for an outdoor space. You did a great job but you always do you’re so talented!!

    • madebycarli
      April 28, 2020 / 6:37 am

      Ida you are the absolute sweetest! Thank you for your kind words πŸ₯°

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