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02 May 2015

The Sweet Tea Stonecrest Lounge

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The Face of the Home
The Entrance to Your Abode
The Family Hangout
The Picnic Patio
The Sweet Tea Lounge
How do YOU describe the front porch?

Today, I am sharing our front porch with you and plan to introduce you to these Stonecrest sponsors:

AcuRite Weather Tools

Teak Closeout Decor

Awhile ago, I shared our front door paint color (Charleston GREEN!) and the instructions for the front door Fountain-in-a-Pot.  
Now it is time to talk color and accessories!

Stonecrest Porch Color Story


Stonecrest Front Door Spring Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

You will notice that there are four main color threads through the space; A creamy white, a neutral grey/green, that good old Charleston Green and a nice bright chartreuse (like Looksi!).  I had that leftover can of Charleston green and the chartreuse is called 'English Yellow' and came from a sample can of Annie Sloan chalk paint, snagged at this winter's Garden Bloggers Conference. One sample pot did a mirror and table with ease, and there is plenty left for more -- that stuff goes FAR.

Stonecrest Front Door Spring Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

My very favorite paint update on this porch is the pineapple welcome mirror.  I already had the little gargoyle mirror surprise on the front door, but I wanted more bouncing of light in this space, so this old fashioned mirror got a punch of yellow and a place of impact on this stone wall.

I chose these colors because they blend well together, are classic and formal to fit the tone of the home, but still modern enough to keep the look fresh and best of all, they all blend well with the natural surroundings.  Each season, I rotate a secondary color.  For spring, it is the lavender of the wreaths on the door and various spring blooms.

Crocus in Spring Toolbox Planter Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

 For summer, red takes over with patriotic flags and buntings along with a red, white and blue morning glory.  In fall, those mums take over with a chorus of orange, rust and auburn.  Christmas looks like THIS.

Front Porch from the LEFT in Spring:

Stonecrest Front Porch Spring Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons


Front Porch from the RIGHT in Spring:
Stonecrest Front Porch Spring Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

Have you been noticing the copper accents throughout the space?  They are courtesy of AcuRite and there are some really cool functional tools (like weather stations and lightning detectors), but there are also really pretty items in the Outdoor Living and Decorator sections:

AcuRite Rain Chains Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

I chose the following:

BEAUTIFUL and functional Copper RainChains
Sun and Moon Thermometer (for sun...see below)

Copper Finish Rain Gauge from AcuRite Photograph by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

Why the two thermometers?  One is in the shade and one gets direct sun and they get VERY different readings because of it.  
Both make a difference, particularly in spring and fall when fragile plants need to be brought inside before a frost.

Acurite Thermometers at Stonecrest Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

Acurite Thermometers at Stonecrest Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

Acurite Rainchains at Stonecrest Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons


Once I had the color palette set, I started picking out my decorative plants.  I used several chartreuse plants from Southern Living Plants and added in copious amounts of spring bulbs, planted in winter, to add inexpensive bursts of color.  I also made my Costa Farms succulent planters (See the DIY HERE) and filled smaller pots with the leftovers.  A couple $9.99 Sam's Club Palms also added a little green.

Front Porch Spring at Stonecrest Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

The last addition I want to share with you are all the pretty teak root accents.  They are all courtesy of Teak Closeouts and they are one of my favorite accessories EVER.  The weathered wood fits in so well with the stone walls and everything you put into the pots and planters is elevated beautifully.
Teak Closeouts Teak Root Accessories Stonecrest Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons
Note that gorgeous teak root star in the background!
Teak Closeouts Teak Root Accessories Stonecrest Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

Last, but certainly not least was the actual seating on the front porch.  I have been a lifelong fan of rocking chairs, particularly lined up along a country porch, so I still have my eyes peeled searching for the perfect .  For now, the rocker seats from our patio set will work just fine!

Stonecrest Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

Next on the TO-DO list?  The garden and the chicken coop.  We (I) am busily sketching out plans, raising our teensy tiny chicks and attempting to find a baby goat or two.  (That might wait until next year...)  I am excited to share our new garden and brand new baby chicks with you soon!   The area below is where I think we will be placing the coop:

Stonecrest Grounds Photo by Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons

 Until then, keep digging, keep painting and keep dreaming of warmer days ahead!

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The Stonecrest Kitchen with Amy Renea
THE KITCHEN


Christmas at Stonecrest for A Nest for All Seasons
CHRISTMAS AT STONECREST

THANKSGIVING AT STONECREST

The Art Room at Stonecrest A Nest for All Seasons


The Art Room at Stonecrest A Nest for All Seasons


Master Bedroom at Stonecrest A Nest for All Seasons
THE MASTER BEDROOM -- WHICH STILL NEEDS MUCH WORK!
All the "BEFORES"







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