One of my favorite spots during the warmer weather is our front porch still displaying all of its original charm since being built in 1891. This is where I enjoy my evening cup of coffee and with the view of the water and harbour, I'm happy to take my time and sometimes head inside for a refill.
When it was time to set up this special "quiet" space, I knew I couldn't just head to the nearest department store to find furniture for the cozy look I wanted to create. So in keeping with my love of reusing and recycling, I headed to our local thrift shop and yard sales.
The antique glass light fixture hanging over the window was found at a yard sale for $5 and casts a gentle glow through the circles and stars in the fancy arch at night;
The wicker chair on the right was purchased at a yard sale for $1 and even though there are worn areas in the back, the seat and legs are still sturdy;
The larger wicker chair on the left was sitting at the side of the road with a "Free" sign on it, you gotta love that!
The pink roses and gingham pillow sham that covers the old cushion on the "Free" chair was purchased for $1 at a thrift shop;
The antique wicker plant stand in the center was purchased at a yard sale for only $20 and is in exceptional condition;
The old metal canning pot on the floor to the left was purchased at a yard sale for $1 and looks striking with the wave petunia and vines spilling out of it;
The large white enamel pot with bright red accents at the base of the wicker plant stand was purchased at a yard sale for $1 and is the perfect companion to the wicker;
The plastic "pot" hidden in the top of the wicker plant stand is lined with plastic and was an old drywall compound bucket, now reinvented as a waterproof planter.
So for less than $30 and in keeping with my love of being environmentally conscious, I have the perfect place to enjoy the harbor view!
What have you found at yard sales and thrift shops to create your favorite space?