Monday, June 11, 2012


As you know,
we have been in the market
for a new patio dining set.

Still have not found
a replacement, 
but in 
the meantime
I did find a 
new swing.

We used to have a white wicker
one here in this spot
but it got moved to the side porch
on the other side of the house.

As you can imagine,
the white did not match!

I ordered a new cushion
but it has not come in yet.

The view from the swing. Oops. Looks like the back of that bench
needs to be re-glued and re-connected!

We have been
all weekend.

What's new in your world?

Linking up with Courtney!


Our French Inspired Home said...

I always enjoy seeing black patio furniture. It just goes with every element.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love porch swings, Alison, and this suits yours beautifully. Swings and rockers on porches. You can't help but move them while sitting there!

Andrea said...

so beautiful! Wish we had a spot for a porch swing =)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Your porch and outside gardens are so stunning. I am sooooo jealous. No nice outside sitting area here.

Calypso In The Country said...

So pretty - I love porch swings. I wish I had a place to put one!

Linda in AZ * said...

*** SIMPLY STUNNING!!! Looooove the SIMPLE ELEGANCE & GRACE, injected with that bit 'o FUN (the PINK!!!), that you've put together here, and the HOT PINK w/ the bl/wh checks is sooooo "DY-NO-MITE"!!! Consider yourself the MASTER, girlfriend!!!

BTW, one teeeeny weeeeny thought/idea, just for your consideration~~~ you might want to consider "sleeves" to cover the chains on the swing... maybe a smaller black & white check, solid black or something along those lines? (BLACK rope MIGHT be uber cool, buuuuut, not pleasant to the touch & probably wouldn't wear well, anyway, let alone "go" as well w/ your more gardeny theme!)...I think hot pink would call tooo much attention to them tho, right?).... annnnnyhooooo, just a thought... waddayathink???

I ADORE what you've done, and OH! All that MAGNIFICENT GREENERY just floats my creative boat!!! (We live in the desert, but luckily at the golf course!!! STILLLLLLL..... greenery ALWAYS speaks to my heart, and mixed with the black & hot pinks you chose, it's just... wellllll, DIVINE!!!).

Warmest blessings,
Linda in AZ *

NanaDiana said...

I KNEW you were a swinger~ Me, too, although I don't swing as much as I would like! I am raising little swingers, too.

Your porch is GORGEOUS...okay- BEYOND gorgeous. I could hang out there all day- xo Diana

Janette - The2Seasons said...

It all looks so beautiful. I love the black and pink.

Ceekay-Thinkin of Home/Doublewide Decor said...

Beautiful porch...I love the furniture!

Richard Cottrell said...

The porch looks so inviting. Love the faux Chippendale pattern. Happy Summer. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Dear Linda in AZ!
You are so right.
We do need to spray paint those new metal chains.
My daughter just now reminded me of that when we drove up the driveway!
Then I came inside and checked in and there was your comment about that very same issue!

I will take care of that.
I did not have any black Rustoleum when we put it up so I will get some and soon!!

Thanks Linda!

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

Your porch is amazing...not to mention your yard. Love all you have done.

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

Your porch is amazing...not to mention your yard. Love all you have done.

Garden, Home and Party said...

I love your porch furniture and I've always loved a swing. There is nothing better to lower the blood pressure than to sit on a swing and sip iced tea in the summer. Very nice.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Alison..the swing is great and your porch, gorgeous!...My hubby and I were on a walk in the neighborhood at lunch today and he noticed all the porches with the drapes...he said he really liked the look...I was surprised...Never thought he would go for hopefully porch drapes may be in my future...I love the way yours soften the look of the patio..Beautiful!!...

Designing Domesticity said...

Love your patio and the swing is just the icing on the cake. Great weather lately for some porch time. Thanks for sharing, liz

Designs By Pinky said...

This whole area is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I love the deck above and patio beneath, SO much. We have a deck and patio below but never figured out how to keep the rain from coming through the boards on the deck, OR do some type of ceiling on the patio. Sorry, didn't mean to go off on a tangent ther:):) I LOOOOVE the hot pink with the black and white cushions! I got some new black and whiote cushions but planned to apir them with green. Now that sounds BORING:):) We are swingers too:) Joe built our swing many years ago. XO, Pinky

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Your yard and covered patio are beautiful! Love the new swing.

5th and State said...

this landscape designer/patio stylist takes my garden cap off to you allison! your gardens and patio are really lovely, magazine worthy lovely!
kudo's to you my friend........

Debbie O said...

Lovely! We have a couple of glider chairs on the screened porch. So relaxing.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your new swing is perfect Alison! Your patio and gardens are stunning!!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

What a beautiful and relaxing space! I love your new sing!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Alison, this is sheer perfection! I absolutely LOVE your porch and the swing is the perfect accent!! The drapes soften the space and truly give it the feel of a cozy outdoor room. Love the pop of pink, as well! Just beautiful!

Pamela Gordon said...

Your patio looks so beautiful, like a magazine shoot. I like the swing and would enjoy having one to relax in the shade. I just need a roof over my deck! :) Enjoy your swing time. Pamela

gail peterson said...

Really relaxing! Nothing better than a porch swing.A beautiful setting to look at while your swinging!
Happy Summer!

Eclectically Vintage said...

I never knew you swung that way? Love the pops of pink on the porch!!

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

I've always loved porch swings. This brings back memories of when I was growing up. Your black furniture is stunning and classy.

Tartan Terrace said...

So, so pretty! Makes me want to buy a bottle of black spray paint and some hot pink bougainvilleas!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Love the new swing! But a gorgeous space!

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Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Perfect swing for your lovely outdoor rooms! Great colors, Alison! Everything pops!

SavannahGranny said...

Alison, Your porch is incredibly beautiful. I love your swing and all your furniture and cushions. I love the curtains as well. I have thought about curtains but I don't I could get that by Bob.
We have a swing on our front porch that I bought for Bob on our 25th anniversary. We will celebrate 54 on June 15. That makes us and the swing vintage.
I got my post up on Antique Archaeology. come by to visit.

xo Ginger

Poppy said...

I love your porch, beautiful colors, so cheerful and's one of my favorites porches.Your new swing looks perfect for this gorgeous outdoor space. Thanks for your visit Alison and for leaving me such a lovely comment. Always a pleasure to see you:)Enjoy your week!Hugs,Poppy

Bliss said...

Our swing was fine, but the tree that held it got hit by lightening and fell over! So now I don't have either.


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Your patio looks lovely, Alison...and your new swing is perfect!

Sarah said...

Is there room for me? I love it that you have a swing in two different spots. One for you and one for a visitor. ~ Sarah