The Back Porch

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I love to be outdoors, and our back porch is one of my favorite places because it combines the outdoors with hosting or feeding family and friends. I’ve shared that when we moved into this house we brought over nearly every bit of furniture from the last house. Quite a bit of it worked inside the house, but a lot of our outdoor furniture wasn’t exactly right for the spaces.

This back porch is the main gateway to our pool and is heavily used during the warmer months. For a while, we had some larger furniture from our screened-in deck at the old house out here, and despite arranging what we had a few times, I realized that what we had just wasn’t working in this space the way we wanted to use it.

This made the most sense as a dining area and I wanted as large of a table as I could possibly find. I found this expandable table and fell in love immediately. Not only did it seat so many with the option of removing the leaves in order to make it smaller, but it was metal. Metal is low maintenance for outdoor furniture! I know myself and Justin well enough to know that the lower maintenance the better.

We got the table last year and it was one of those purchases that just fit perfectly in the space. I managed to buy all the dining chairs at Pier 1 on crazy sale since Pier 1 was going out of business so that was a nice win!

This spring we finally let go of our older lounge seating from the old house and swapped it out with the matching console table and a larger grill. This porch is now officially styled and finished! It serves the purpose we wanted it to perfectly: a spacious place to eat! The console table is great for setting food on, and there is a lot more space for hanging out now that our original larger lounge furniture is gone.

It’s truly one of my favorite places to be, and I’m so happy with how this space came together!

photos by Jordan Maunder, dress can be found here!

Furniture Links:

Malibu Extendable Dining Table

Malibu 60” Console Table

Mini fridge

Bistro table and Dining chairs are unavailable (originally from Pier 1)

Bar cart is many years old from Target

Door rug (similar)

Artificial Citrus plant (similar)

Towel Valet

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Laura says · 05.24.21

Spotted the Pringle! #lifewithkids

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Ronda says · 05.24.21

I saw the Pringle ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
Beautiful back porch!!!!

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Katie says · 05.24.21

Found the pringle under the dining table ๐Ÿ˜†

Love your styling and so jealous that big houses with big closets and big porches are not a standard thing in the UK. If I was to ever build my own house, they would be on my wishlist. A screened porch would be ideal against the midgies.

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Kaytee says · 05.24.21

It looks beautiful! My husband and I are hoping to put together a great outdoor space soon – I think he would love your set up!

Found the Pringle ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Rachael says · 05.24.21

But you didnโ€™t LINK the under-table Pringle! Lol
Gorgeous yet functional area! ๐Ÿ’•

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Rachel says · 05.24.21

Love where the Pringle is!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Another question would be what kind is it? Looks like a BBQ or cheddar kind.

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Kate says · 05.24.21

sour cream and onion girl!!! only the best flavor!

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Shelly says · 05.24.21

Found the Pringle! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Whitni says · 05.24.21

Haha! Found the Pringle!!

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Mindy Davis says · 05.24.21

Found the Pringle!! Beautiful porch and setting!!

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Megan says · 05.24.21

Found it!! Beautiful space!! Very inviting, when are you having a meet n greet at your house? ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Janelle says · 05.24.21

Found the Pringle!

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Georgia says · 05.24.21

Found the Pringle!

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Ashley says · 05.24.21

Found the Pringle๐Ÿ˜‚ I never ever would have if you hadnโ€™t said something. Everything is beautiful. Even the Pringle showing there is a lot of time spent out thereโ˜บ๏ธ

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Jennifer says · 05.24.21

Found the Pringle ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Shelley McGinley says · 05.24.21

Haha…yes on the Pringle. I wasnโ€™t even going to โ€œlookโ€ for it because I thought it would be hidden…like Whereโ€™s Waldo ๐Ÿ˜Š
Your space is pretty and inviting.

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Amanda says · 05.24.21

Looks great and I love the pop of orange throughout!

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Jenn Anderson says · 05.24.21

Found the Pringle! You look lovely in that yellow dress and this is a very pretty gathering space!

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Michele says · 05.24.21

I love that lattice panel in the window of the porch. Donโ€™t know why, I just do, and thought maybe youโ€™d like to know that:)

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Rebekah says · 05.24.21

That was a fun treasure hunt! Like a hidden Mickey! ๐Ÿคฃ
Love the back porch, and the Pringle makes it so much more realistic. โค๏ธ

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Lynn says · 05.24.21

Spotted that Pringle right away. Beautiful entertaining spaceโ€™

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Mallory says · 05.24.21

Seriously a dream oasis! But also….The Pringle ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Heather Anderson says · 05.24.21

Found the Pringle! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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Susie says · 05.24.21

Found the Pringle, but had to search to find it!

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Eleanor Hyder says · 05.24.21

Found it. Under the dining table by the chair leg. Love it! Shows you are human and have kids! Love following you and your sweet family.

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DF says · 05.24.21

Simply gorgeous! Your style is amazing! Love how functionally and beautiful at the same time. Everything has purpose and useful!

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Brittany says · 05.24.21

I feel as though the Pringle was very appropriately placed. Realistic, tasteful…perhaps the perfect addition to a lovely outdoor home space ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Toni Cortellini says · 05.24.21

Where did you get the plants with the little orange fruits on it??

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Christina says · 05.24.21

I love a good scavenger hunt! #Pringle

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Krystle says · 05.24.21

The pringle is what keeps it real! #lifewithkids #singlepringle stunning space

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Arielle says · 05.24.21

Love the Pringle ๐Ÿ˜‚ thank you for keeping life just real enough that it is relatable with sweet little additives like this!

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Linda Mealor says · 05.24.21

Found the Pringles!

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KimG says · 05.24.21

Nothing says motherhood like a stray pringle, forgotten under a table, on an otherwise well-planned and beautifully executed photo shoot! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ I love it, love the space and that dress is gorgeous and PERFECT on you!

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Kay Loftin says · 05.24.21

Saw the Pringle!

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Karen says · 05.25.21

It turned out lovely! Pringle spotted! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Amy says · 05.25.21

Found the pringle! That was fun! You should play this game more often with your blogposts! Beautiful porch space ๐Ÿ˜

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Rhonda says · 05.25.21

Found it! Hilarious. Never would have seen it if I wasnโ€™t looking. Thanks for keeping it real!

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Ashley W. says · 05.25.21

I am dying to get our back patio enclosed and styled- this is the perfect styling without going over the top! Love it!

P.S.- spotted the Pringle ๐Ÿ˜‰ thanks for keeping it real ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Diane Klee says · 05.25.21

Well done! Really nice space. I’ll be right over ๐Ÿ™‚

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Katie says · 05.25.21

Where did you get the rest of the potted plants? I especially love the one on the table!

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Nina says · 05.25.21

Hi Kate! Your porch is lovely!! What do you guys do for mosquitos? Any tips?!

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Kristina says · 05.26.21

Such a cute space! Somewhat silly question for you – do you have any issues with the mini fridge being outside i.e. when it rains? Do you put it away for the winter?

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Lyni says · 05.26.21

Love this! Wondering where is the tree by your back door from?

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