Hey Wayfairers! Dana from House*Tweaking here. The name’s Dana and tweaking’s my game. I have a (good or bad?) habit of seeing the hidden potential in anything home-related. So when my dad mentioned sprucing up his porch, I couldn’t help but put my spin on things. Read on to see what happened..
My dad and stepmom have the most amazing wrap-around porch that overlooks an Ohio valley. Recently, they acquired a circular outdoor sofa for a steal at a local furniture outlet but the set-up and paisley print were subpar.
There was no surface for resting eats and drinks. The too few toss pillows that came with the sofa didn’t provide adequate support, and the color scheme was feeling a bit ho-hum. I thought it would be fun to perk up the porch couch and create a spot perfect for a lazy summer morning.
Who could sleep in with this alfresco breakfast space begging you to wake up and come outside?! The first thing I did was flip all the sofa cushions to the reverse side. With a solid base, the sofa was already feeling calmer. No more paisley!
The spa blue background was begging for pattern, interest, and color. I added nearly a dozen pillows to amp up the comfort factor. I brought in a faux fur throw to soften things up and bring in a softer texture.
The sofa is large and once you’re on it, you don’t want to leave. A wood tray provides a flat surface for coffee and fresh raisin bread. I kept it simple by forgoing plates and silverware. A waffle towel works great as an impromptu cloth napkin!
The nice thing about having a covered porch and sofa is that you can add indoor pillows to the outdoor mix without fear of them becoming damaged by inclement weather. I used prints of various scale and color to freshen up the solid sofa.
A curvy side table holds apples and clementines…more no-fork-required goodies! A wicker vase is a clever pencil holder for tackling the newspaper’s crossword puzzle or browsing the classifieds.
After all my efforts, I couldn’t help myself.
Nothing left to do but enjoy the view. The perfect way to start my day!