a day in the life | a tour of my remodeled porch

last week, on fridays with oscar, i gave you opens in a new windowa view of my remodeled porch.  we received so many requests for a more in depth look, so today i’m giving you a tour of my remodeled porch.  as my regulars will know, my house has been an ongoing work in progress.  we started slowly, and each year, try to take on one or two refresh projects.  my porch is the first room i put together when mr. style and i moved to Athens four years ago.  it’s a place where the family always gathers for long summer evenings and even longer conversations.  so enjoy a fresh OOTD and a look at my take on a southern porch.  and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below.   

outfit of the day

today’s OOTD takes a page from our opens in a new windowhow to wear shorts tutorial we ran last week.  i was asked by some readers whether i’d wear shorts after opens in a new windowmy knee surgery.  the answer is, “yes”.  i’ve got a pair of  opens in a new windowhigh-rise shorts from Banana today.  i’ve paired them with a simple opens in a new windowv-neck for a classic spring look.  you can see how my knee is healing and progressing below.  

opens in a new windowsweater | opens in a new windowsimilar sweater | opens in a new windowsimilar sweater 2 | opens in a new windowshorts | opens in a new windowsandals


a look prior

and now for a tour of my remodeled porch.  i’ve pulled a few pictures of what it looked like a few months ago, prior to the refresh.  just a little baseline and point of comparison to see where we were and where we’ve come. 

boden sweater, j.crew striped cardigan, j.crew boyfriend jeans, soludos espadrilles, tory burch bracelet

boden sweater, j.crew striped cardigan, j.crew boyfriend jeans, soludos espadrilles, tory burch bracelet

boden sweater, j.crew striped cardigan, j.crew boyfriend jeans, soludos espadrilles, tory burch bracelet


a tour of my remodeled porch

no matter where i’ve lived, i’ve always gravitated towards homes with porches.  like kitchens, they tend to be rooms where people naturally gravitate to.  so, it’s important to me that mine is welcoming and well-decorated.  as i mentioned, this is the first room mr. style and i tackled when we moved to Athens in 2015.  so, it was due for a bit of a refresh.  this year, we painted, recovered the couch cushions, added a new rug, and swapped out our door.  we also removed the latticing from the bottom half of the screens.  it really opened things up in a dramatic way i wasn’t totally expecting.  the porch is already getting a lot of use—my son uses it as his second office to take meetings from!   

the opens in a new window(similar) sectional and opens in a new windowcoffee table are both from opens in a new windowWayfair.  the actual sectional is out of stock, but Wayfair is pretty good about restocking, so if you’re interested in it, i’d check back frequently.  i’ve pulled a couple of opens in a new windowsimilars (and opens in a new windowhere) though.  the opens in a new windowdining chairs and cushions are from opens in a new windowCost Plus World Market. and finally, the bar cart and side table are both from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  again, i’ve pulled similars opens in a new windowhere and opens in a new windowhere. and if you scroll below, i’ve put together a list of as many of the decorations i could.  

opens in a new windowfaux fiddlehead fern | opens in a new windowdining chairs | opens in a new windowchair cushions

i’m a big believer in using opens in a new windowbaskets everywhere. they’re a great source for storage while adding texture to your room. they work well stocking your bar inside or out.

candles are a great accessory to use indoors or outdoors. i scatter them everywhere. come nightfall we light them one by one. the opens in a new window candle on the side table has a delicious fragrance. the candles on the coffee table are fragrance-free. love the opens in a new windowfrosted glass candle holders.

the ceiling fan will be replaced next week along with several other light fixtures in the house. 

a glimpse of what’s to come 

i hope you enjoyed the virtual a tour of my remodeled porch.  in case you’re new to the blog or missed some of our entries into a day in the life series, make sure to check all of them out below.  and be sure to stay tuned, as we’ll be giving you a tour of my remodeled back patio as soon as we’re finished!


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  1. Arna wrote:

    Very nice! So homey and comfortable looking. We are starting an addition on our house (first floor master bedroom and enclosed porch (windows/screens so it can be 4 season here in New England.) Lots of good ideas here. Thank you! (And your knee looks great!)

    Posted 5.4.20
  2. Holly wrote:

    Just absolutely beautiful Beth….love the shorts too.

    Take care of yourself.


    Posted 5.4.20
  3. Suzy wrote:

    Hey Beth,
    What a cool, comfortable and inviting porch. Thanks for sharing your home with us.
    Your knee recovery is remarkable. What a relief, but any suggestions for those of us of a certain age who have legs covered with spider veins? A cover up makeup? I just wear capris and crops now.
    Speaking of which, please don’t tell me pleated pants are trying to make a come back! Ack! I’ll have to go out and buy forty pairs of plain front to last me until I die. Thanks for your wonderful blog. — Suzy

    Posted 5.4.20
  4. Cute shorts, great color. Have you seen any that are longer, say at the knee? Thanks.

    Posted 5.4.20
  5. Mary Beth Duke wrote:

    I love this. Very welcoming.
    It looks like you are ready for company when you can have it!

    Posted 5.4.20
  6. Kelly wrote:

    Your porch looks beautiful. We are loving eating outside on our deck several times a day. I have a question related to your wearing shorts post… I have a fair amount of spider veins from having 3 children and being on my feet a lot for my job. In a perfect world I wouldn’t care, but I do and almost never wear shorts. Have you or anyone in this community ever had the surgery to remove them and if so, did they come back? Thanks!

    Posted 5.4.20
  7. Anne wrote:

    Love getting updates

    Posted 5.4.20
  8. Andrea wrote:

    Love your remodel…and the porch is awesome too. You can still rock shorts, Beth. Love the outfit and your determination. Dancing at the summer camp steak night, with my ‘boot’ for the broken foot, a total stranger came up and told me I was amazing. I pass that on to you, Beth – you are amazing. Attitude in life is everything. 2 years later you would be hard pressed to see where all the nails and bolts were installed …haha. Have patience…and rock those shorts. Tenacity is a strength worth modelling.

    Posted 5.4.20
    • Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

      Wonderful blog today! You look fabulous. Your porch is so inviting! To the blog sisters, Suzy and Kelly, who had spider-vein related questions…invest in a consult with a leg vein specialist–a good one. You’ll learn whether make up to cover them is okay, or if they come back after surgery. Here’s to great leg health!~

      Posted 5.4.20
  9. Deirdre Ceasa wrote:

    The porch looks lovely. So inviting with beautiful colors and accessories. Cheers!

    Posted 5.4.20
  10. Pam wrote:

    Where did you get your wonderful candle chandelier?

    Posted 5.4.20
  11. Eve wrote:

    When we set up the place we have now after the hurricane, all I wanted was three porches, one on the side, one in front and one in back. I love porches! I remember running dine our porches at home growing up and Mama yelling at us because we always slammed the screen door. Yours is beautiful and although I won’t wear shorts, I do like these. Great color. I can’t wait to see your finished patio.

    Posted 5.4.20
  12. Donna wrote:

    God bless you! You have been through so much. Beautiful redo of your porch. Love the nautical touches.

    Posted 5.4.20
  13. patricia lemunyon wrote:

    Beth, You and your knee look great. The porch matches the rest of your home-lovely. Take care and stay safe.

    Posted 5.4.20
  14. Iris Speed wrote:

    What a cozy space. That’s what outdoor living should look like. Well done!

    Posted 5.4.20
  15. Ginny wrote:

    Front porch, back porch, it doesn’t matter, I love them all. Your remodel is beautiful! What a perfect area to gather with family or friends or just snuggle up with a new novel.
    You are recouping so well from your knee surgery and the ootd is perfect.
    There is so much inspiration in your blogs. Thankyou for keeping our spirits up.
    Stay well, be kind and remain so grateful!

    Posted 5.4.20
  16. Margaret A Mann wrote:

    love your porch ….great job, but how do you keep your big umbrella from rotting or coming apart
    We have had 3 in the past 20 years.
    Where did you get yours?

    Posted 5.4.20
  17. Gwen Marie Ewing wrote:

    Very nice and cozy porch! Looks so relaxing! Glad your knee is healing nicely!

    Posted 5.4.20
  18. arlene wrote:

    Can you please tell me about your silver bracelet? I looking for one like it, it’s beautiful. Thanks!

    Posted 5.4.20
  19. arlene wrote:

    Please tell me about your silver bracelet, Ive been looking for one like it, it’s beautiful. Thanks!

    Posted 5.4.20
  20. Sangita M wrote:

    Love the patio, very inviting. Great to see your healing and looking great. Enjoy the lovely weather!

    Posted 5.4.20
  21. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    Your knee is looking terrific. I felt like mine was swollen for a while in the beginning, and I did have to ice it a lot. But now, they’re fabulous, and I do also wear shorts proudly! Good for you.
    And your porch looks terrific–it looks like you have a pretty yard to look out over. In the south, you can really make use of a porch for several seasons, which I love. It makes a house so much more open to be able to do so. Thanks for letting us see the re-do!

    Posted 5.4.20
  22. Love your new porch! Looks wonderful and inviting. Your knee looks as if it is healing well…I have also had a knee replacement, and, lost my husband last July.

    I so appreciate your writing and ideas. You are just what we need in all areas of our lives. I have decided that I am going to live and look for ways to enjoy life. Thank you, Beth.

    Posted 5.5.20
  23. Nancy A Reed wrote:

    love the porch and your outfit

    Posted 5.7.20
  24. Kristi wrote:

    As a future knee replacement candidate, I half-jokingly wonder if I can pick a smaller knee than the one I was born with?

    Posted 5.10.20

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