Interior Decor and Styling, Summer

Beinvenue Summer! French Cottage and Garden Style Summer Porch Tour


Beinvenue friends…and beinvenue SUMMER!  Today I am thrilled to hosting the “Spring Into Summer” Porches, Patios and Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop where twenty fabulous blogging friends and I are getting together to share ideas for decorating various outdoor areas for summer. You can find links to all of the beautiful blogs at the end of this post. After weeks of battling pollen and rain, my husband and I were finally able to get the porch cleaned up last weekend. I ended up doing some unexpected restyling of the porch which resulted in a refreshed look in my favorite French (vintage) cottage and garden style.  Come on up to the porch and take a look around!


As soon as you step on the porch, the country French cottage and garden theme is evident. A pretty basket of fragrant, real lavender sits on an old whitewashed pressed back chair, while the door is simply adorned with a whitewashed tobacco basket and faux lavender swag tied up with a simple, loose burlap bow. We haven’t had a chance to scrub and clean the pollen and grime from the front of our house and stairs leading up to the porch yet, so this odd angle (I was standing on the porch stairs trying to balance the tripod) is the best I can get to show you the entry to the porch for now.  The faux lavender on the door almost looks real, as if it were just picked from the lavender in the basket.


If you have “toured” our porch before then you might notice right away that the vintage sewing machine that used to sit just to the right of the door is gone. A beautiful French etagere garden stand is now in it’s place and I just love it! When we removed the furniture off the porch to clean off all the pollen I noticed immediately that the unidentifiable musty, moldy smell I had been smelling for over a year was gone. With the sewing machine and old steamer trunk sitting out on the sidewalk it was obvious that the smell was coming from both pieces. I know all my vintage loving friends are feeling my pain about getting rid of these pieces, but I am extremely sensitive to molds and mildews so I just couldn’t risk keeping them or fooling with refinishing them.



The porch looked so plain and empty without the sewing machine and trunk, and I only had two days until the porch hop so I was a wee bit worried about whether or not I could pull off this tour, especially with all the rain in the forecast!  As my junkin’ luck would have it however, I spotted a old plant stand crammed in a back corner at a local greenhouse on Friday morning. I decided to take a chance and ask the owner if she would want to sell it, and she ended up making me a great deal! It was in pretty bad shape, but I brought it straight home and gave it new life with black Rustoleum metal paint to match our antique porch furniture.  If you look closely you will notice that the swirls and curls in the plant stand design mimic the swirls and curls in the chairs, which makes the plant stand and chairs look like they are a set. What a cool and unexpected surprise!


Even the window boxes under the music room window just to the left side of the porch have a similar design. Everything always just seems to come together with my junkin’ finds!


Hanging above the etagere is an “Au Petite Jardin Maison Des Fleurs” canvas that I recently found at a thrift shop (it was originally from Hobby Lobby).  I think it looks perfect in this spot!



Even before deciding to get rid of the sewing machine and trunk, the painting gave me the inspiration to redecorate with a French cottage garden theme on the porch for summer. Last week I took down the old chalkboard that was hanging above the sewing machine and hung up the Jardin painting, but it didn’t look very good above the sewing machine. However, I do think it looks great above the “new” plant stand! I won’t be able to keep this painting out on the porch permanently due to dampness in the air, but I plan to make a weather friendly version by scanning the image, enlarging it, and decoupaging it onto wood and then sealing it with polyurethane. I will share all about project when it is finished.



How adorable are these little topiaires from Pier One Imports? I found them on clearance for $1.99 just a couple of days ago. They came in little black plastic pots, but I gave them a quick upcycle simply by changing the pots. I placed one of them down in one of my favorite mini-French urns and another one in a little DIY French peat pot that I made.


I just finished painting the shelf yesterday and it was still drying while I was taking pictures of different areas of the porch. I am not sure exactly how it will end up being styled, but for now I am displaying the little topiaries, an urn with succulents, and a few garden accents on the top shelf. The second shelf is styled with a French gray washed basket of lavender, my favorite Beinvenue (welcome) sign, and some petunias and rosemary in whitewashed clay pots.


I put a big basket on the bottom shelf for extra pillows. I just found the basket Saturday morning at a church rummage sale for $2.00, just in time for the porch tour!


The rest of the porch is decorated with a mix of French cottage and vintage country-cottage-garden style decor. A few weeks ago I found some yellow buffalo check pillows at Aldi which match great with our yellow bricks. I was  planning on using them alone on the chairs for summer, but then I found the cutest vintage style outdoor pillows with flower graphics on clearance for $9.99 at Pier One and I couldn’t pass them up! The green in the leaves on the pillows matches so well with our bright green chair pads.


Wildflowers Seeds 16" Square Pillow


Seed Company 16" Square Pillow


For extra French farmhouse flair I brought out the black ticking stripe pillows from the breakfast nook and I really love the mix of colors and patterns of all the pillows. The green chair pads aren’t very thick so having extra pillows is a must for comfort. When the extra pillows aren’t in use they can be stored conveniently in the storage ottoman in the center of the porch (also a recent Aldi) find.


A real potted lavender topiary adds a true touch of Provence to the porch. I “borrowed” it from my herb garden just for the porch tour. It needs more sunlight than the porch gets, but I like it so well here I think I will DIY a faux lavender topiary to put in it’s place.


A classic faux boxwood sphere in a wooden urn is a new addition to the porch this summer. It looks exactly like very expensive ones I have seen at Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs or Frontgate, but I actually found it at Big Lots for much less!


I love, love, love ferns for summer porch (through fall) decorating! They give our porch such a southern feeling and they really love seem to love the lighting on the front of our house which is partially shady most of the day. With the privacy shutters open to reveal a natural privacy hedge of burning bushes, and the ferns and flowers on display all around the porch, the whole porch just has the most comfy and inviting southern feeling. I thought I would be so sad without the sewing machine and trunk, but I like this new look so much better and there is much more room too.


This pretty French wooden box was filled with the most beautiful forced bulb daffodils this spring. For now it temporarily holds some Black Eyed Susans until they are permanently planted in the old-fashioned cottage perennial garden I am starting around back. For a quick arrangement I “underplanted” the real flowers with faux thyme to fill in the gaps.


Our new storage ottoman in the center of the porch is designed for outdoor use so no worries about mold. On top of the ottoman is my new French farmhouse basket tray with some of my favorite garden books, a refreshing summer drink, easy-care faux plants and some recent vintage junkin’ finds. I absolutely love sitting on the porch reading decorating books, decorating magazines and gardening books while listening to the birds singing in the forest just across the street.


Our porch isn’t enclosed so I take all the reading material back inside at night due to dampness, but they are easy to tote back and forth in my cute thrifted basket with a nice tall handle. I have to say that this new French styled porch (with a bit of southern flair) is already feeling like my happy place and I know I am going to be spending lots of time here this summer.



In addition to cold brew iced coffee, my favorite summer drink is lemon water with fresh mint from my herb garden. This year I am adding some fresh lavender sprigs too. So refreshing! The little rose faux rose is also from Pier One. It looks so real from a distance.



This week I found these amazing vintage coasters at a thrift shop. They have the prettiest design with little birds and flowers on them. They remind me of a William Morris wallpaper design and I love them!



The blue Chinoiserie style pot was a .50 yard sale score this weekend too. Love it too!



I have had so much fun adding bright and happy colors and some new looks to our porch for summer! During the second week of June I will be sharing my summer home tour, so be sure to stop back by to see how I am adding pops of color and vintage French touches inside our home for summer too. If you love color inspiration, you might also want to check out my latest Pin Away Wednesdays post, Colorful Interiors. 


Summer Porch Tour French Country Cottage Garden Style Summer Porch Tour


Well dear friends I hope you have enjoyed taking a look around our refreshed summer porch with some new French cottage and garden style accents and a bit of classic southern appeal. Our porch is truly one of our favorite parts of our home. Our neighborhood is very quiet and surrounded by woods. Both of our neighbors across the street have stunning historic English style homes with woodland garden and landscapes that merge into the forest providing us with what we feel are some of the most picturesque views in town. I am so looking forward to lazy summer days and quiet evenings spent relaxing here!


Early Summer Porch decor patio decor and garden spaces


Now I absolutely can’t wait to see all of the other porches, patios, and gardens on today’s blog hop! Next up the hop continues with Marty of A Stroll Thru Life sharing some fabulous ideas for porch and patio curb appeal. Don’t forget to visit all of the other beautiful posts via the link up below too. I know you will be inspired by each and every sweet and talented blogger on the hop!

Thanks so much for visting today. Have a beautiful summer!



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  • Reply Chloe

    Oh, Amber, it is as if I am visiting a country French cottage! You have styled such a welcoming and summery space! So many pretty French accents really express your style! Thank you for all of the hard work you put into these wonderful hops! These are such a great opportunity to explore new blogs and see the wide variety of ways that all of these creatives express summer!

    June 3, 2019 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Cindy

    As always Amber you knocked this out of the park. So beautiful and great idea with the picture. Can’t wait to see. I don’t blame you with the mold. With no issues I wouldn’t have kept it either. Trying to get rid of a nbn d I would always wonder if it was gone.

    Love the pillows from Pier One. I looked for a real lavender topiary tree for our deck. Unfortunately no one had any.

    Oh and love the basket on your front door.

    Enjoy your day


    June 3, 2019 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Marty

    Oh I love your porch, and I adore all the pretty yellow and ticking stripes, such a beautiful color scheme. There is so much to see with all the beautiful flowers and your wonderful collection of vintage french antiques. A great place to sit and relax.

    June 3, 2019 at 8:34 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    This is gorgeous. I’m sorry about the sewing machine and trunk. Our homes are always evolving aren’t they? I was over my antique sewing machine because I just had no room for it. I took it apart and the base is now Bill’s grilling table. Your pillows are just adorable. I love the black eyed Susans on the pillow and in the box. Precious. Great finds.

    June 3, 2019 at 8:43 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Katie! A friend of mine who is an antiques dealer wanted the sewing machine. She doesn’t have any mold allergies and she is going to clean it up. If it had visible mold or even any mildew spots I wouldn’t have let her have it because mold is serious business. Anyway, I realized after the fact that I should have taken it apart and just gotten rid of the wood and saved the sewing machine and the iron base, but my husband wanted it gone and I couldn’t physically be around the smells and I don’t have the physical ability to be hacking up and smelling musty wood or lifting the heavy thing anyway. Still, I could have salvaged the cast iron and updated it with a fresh coat of paint and topped it with a slate slab or something. Oh well. It was time. I love the plant stand much better anyway!

      June 3, 2019 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    Amber I LOVE the French flair of your porch! Those ticking stripe pillows and all of your greenery and flowers are simply gorgeous! What a haven you have created! Thank you for hosting this tour full of inspiration!

    June 3, 2019 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    Amber, I could spend hours on your lovely porch! Every detail is charming. It is a pleasure to join you for the hop this week. Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

    June 3, 2019 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Ooh, la la! You are speaking my love language. What a great find your new to you etagere is. There are so many decorating opportunities. Thank you for hosting!

    June 3, 2019 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Terrie

    Your porch is so warm and welcoming. I love the French decor. I would love to sit out there and visit with you.

    Thanks for hosting the blog hop. As always it was a lot of fun!

    June 3, 2019 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Debra@CommonGround

    What a wonderful and beautiful porch Amber. Your pillows, especially the vintage look “wildflowers” are my absolute favorite! I love how you’ve combined pattern and color with them for such a fresh summery look. Your last minute finds are perfect for the space, that metal etagere was exactly what you needed for your French Cottage porch. Thanks so much for all your hard work and detailed effort to host these wonderful Hops. Thanks so much for including me!

    June 3, 2019 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    I love the new, refreshed look of your porch, Amber. The black, curly iron works beautifully with all the bright, happy colors! Glad you scored some of those adorable mini topiaries;) I might have to pop back and get some more if they’re on sale. They can be used anywhere, since they’re so small! Thanks for faithfully leading us on these blog hops; always so much fun!

    June 3, 2019 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Botanic Bleu

    Your new/old plant stand is perfect for your porch. I love all the French touches, lavender, and SIGNS! Your new Garden sign looks like it was made to hang above your plant stand, and I love your Bienvenue sign. I may have to make one for my porch. I am envious of your lush real lavender!

    Thank you for hosting another wonderful blog tour and for including Botanic Bleu.


    June 3, 2019 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    Whenever I see your yellow brick house it makes me homesick for my parent’s house in Louisville. They lived on Oxford Place off Lexington Road many years ago. But anytime we get back to Louisville we have to drive by.

    June 3, 2019 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Carol@BlueskyatHome

    Amber, thank you for hosting and leading off the blog hop. Your front porch update reminds me of how much I wish we had a covered porch. All the ferns are so lush and make everything seem cooler. Love all your lavender – we have 3 pots too. All your pillows make for a pretty and comfy seating arrangement. Sorry you had to lose your sewing machine, but things do work out somehow. In spite of the added stress of rain and storms, we made it through. Love all your garden books too.

    June 3, 2019 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply cindy@countyroad407

    Your porch is like something out of Victoria magazine. Every nook and cranny has something fun to see. I love that lavender on the door. I thought it was real until you mentioned it. Enjoy your summer out there!

    June 3, 2019 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply cindy@countyroad407

    And thank you so much for hosting. Love these hops!

    June 3, 2019 at 5:36 pm
  • Reply Stacey Keeling

    Your porch is beautiful, Amber! You put things together so well and make each space beautiful. I love the way you find new goodies at unexpected places….an ottoman at Aldi? You go girl!

    June 3, 2019 at 10:51 pm
  • Reply Maristella

    Great party!!!Your porch is charming and wonderful!Love the ferns!

    June 4, 2019 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Kristin

    Amber, I love your porches with all the lavender! I bet it smells amazing!! I could sit on your back porch for hours, it’s so beautiful!! Love the ferns and all the touches!

    June 4, 2019 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Elena MacDermant

    Love all your ideas. Where did you get the Cintron glassware?

    June 4, 2019 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Calypso in the Country

    Amber, what an incredibly beautiful porch! I love all the color and all the summery touches. I could imagine sitting out there all day! Love it!

    June 5, 2019 at 8:01 am
  • Reply CoCo

    As always Amber your style blows me away! I love, love, love all the different layers of greenery and how you layered in all the different pots, baskets and trays too. It’s all really beautiful. It’s fun to see all the treasures you bring home from estate and church rummage sales too. It’s like a peek into everything you love most. Thanks so much for putting all of this together! We appreciate you so much, hugs, CoCo

    June 5, 2019 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Angelina

    I absolutely adore your porch! I can’t decide my favorite thing, but I think it might be all the throw pillows! So beautiful!

    June 6, 2019 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply Crissy

    Ohhhh, Amber! This is so, so lovely! You have mastered a way of incorporating vintage items with a fresh look! The French touches are so well integrated. Love your style, always, my friend. Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

    June 7, 2019 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Larissa

    Oh Amber!! Your porch is Magnificent!! You have outdone yourself yet again my friend!! Every space you create looks like it came straight from a magazine page….absolutely gorgeous!!! I love love your new French outdoor stand,it looks perfect on your front porch!! I love your fun pillows on your chairs and your ferns look so lush and pretty!! Everything is perfection and you always blow me away with your styling!! Thank you so much for all of the hard work you do in organizing these hops! And thank you for including me!


    June 8, 2019 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

    June 9, 2019 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    The French touches on your summer patio are so pretty, Amber. I especially love what you did with your tobacco basket on your door! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

    June 9, 2019 at 5:50 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Lifford

    What a gorgeous porch! I love all of the greenery – it makes it so lush and relaxing. Enjoy your space this summer – I’m sure you’ll be out there all of the time!

    June 13, 2019 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Amber, I love how your porch turned out and the new plant stand is really pretty decorated! It is amazing how when just a few things are changed out what a difference it makes!!! Thanks for sharing at Share Your Style last week and I am happy to feature your post at this week’s SYS #213, thank you.

    Enjoy your summer porch and happy reading,
    Barb 🙂

    June 19, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Gorgeous porch tour, Amber! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

    June 7, 2020 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Amber, thank you for sharing your post at SYS #258 a couple of weeks ago. I am playing catch-up since my father-in-law passed away a week ago now. I’ll look for your post again this week. <3

    Barb 🙂

    June 9, 2020 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply Marilyn

    Thank you for hosting! This is what I featured the week of 6-8 to 6-12 on my blog. On Tuesday was Salsa Roll Ups. Wednesday saw Stuffed Peppers. Thursday was Basic Marinara Sauce. And winding up this Week was Homemade Beef Stew Seasoning. Enjoy!

    June 14, 2020 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply Marilyn

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    June 14, 2020 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply stacy

    Amber I love everything about your porch! it is so cozy and gorgeous. Love the vintage garden vibe and every single detail! That pillow is my fave. I need one!

    June 7, 2022 at 7:29 am
  • Reply Rachel Harper

    I love how you pulled so many French elements together and created such a great porch theme.

    June 7, 2022 at 7:44 am
  • Reply Jen

    Your porch is so pretty, Amber. I love every single detail. I am going to share it with my readers this Saturday for my weekly recap post. I hope you are having a wonderful summer!

    June 7, 2022 at 10:08 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Oh wow, thanks so much Jen! Happy summer!

      June 7, 2022 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply KariAnne

    This is so beautiful! Truly! You had me at blue and white!!!!!

    Happy day!

    June 7, 2022 at 1:16 pm
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