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by Rhoda Vickers

From Atlanta, Georgia, Rhoda Vickers loves decorating and DIY projects. Decorating a home doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and Rhoda has spent years thrifting at antiques markets and yards ales, finding those treasures that make a home unique. She wishes to inspire and encourage other women to find their own inner creativity when it comes to making a house a home, sweet home.

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    Photo: Rhoda Vickers
  • There's just something special about eating outdoors, which is why I'm so excited to have my own dedicated screened in porch to enjoy the summer weather without the pesky bugs. Decorating my porch has been really fun! I brought in pops of color to accent neutral all-weather wicker furniture and added curtains for a real-room feel. Taking the same approach to decorating outdoor spaces as you would indoor spaces makes the home feel cohesive and ensures all the rooms are equally cozy and comfortable.

    Having a cozy outdoor place to entertain and relax is crucial during summer months when we spend more time outside. Here are some of my top porch decorating tips:
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    Before you begin decorating, think about how you will live on the porch. Will you use it for dinner parties? For lazy afternoons spent reading? For rowdy board game sessions with family? How you plan on using the porch will impact what furniture you add to the space. No matter what, a cozy rug underfoot will make the porch feel like an extension of your home.

    Pillows and throws also add to the ambience of an outdoor room. Don't be afraid of vibrant colors, either! Pillows and throws in bold hues will match the brilliant colors of the outdoors. Bring in vintage elements to add character to a space. If everything is brand new, the space will be less inviting. These vintage stained glass windows add a feeling of yesteryear to my porch.

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  • Another important piece to have on the porch is a place to store dishware and glasses. I have an assortment of glasses and dishes that I've collected for outdoor use, some new and some from yard sales. A metal console table or small bookshelf is the perfect piece to use for storage. I can grab dishes, glasses, or a candle holder quickly. A painted basket keeps the glasses corralled until they're called into action.
  • porch decorating
    Photos: Rhoda Vickers
  • Mix up those colors for some fun on the porch! Coral and aqua accents on the console table (above left) mix well with the green of the pillows, area rug, and garden stool. A vintage fan (above right) ups the cozy factor on my porch, too. Don't be afraid to hang real art in a covered porch. This framed oil painting will hold up just fine and makes the porch feel like an indoor room.
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    Photo: Rhoda Vickers
  • This table and chair set served me well for years, and with a fresh coat of spray paint it will work for me again on the porch. This space will be used constantly this summer, and I'm looking forward to time spent outdoors in a room filled with color and comfort. 
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