Old Lady in Red

Well.....goodness knows I hadn't planned on doing a makeover on the freshly painted screened porch with everything else I am trying to accomplish around here.  But one of the workmen accidentally broke my old shabby white coffee table (which I was thinking of replacing anyway) and then I found this sweet old piece at a yard sale.....  50 ¢ .... which became the jumping off point for a "redo".  A neat old linen piece with red work and hand crocheted trim on it.

 Love that red!  The porch trim had been painted a dark army green with a cream trim and 10 years worth of living on it.  The new paint colors are dark slate gray, a very very light gray and white trim.  Plus you can see straight through from the family room, through the kitchen, through the dining room onto the porch.....all of which have red in them.  So I wanted to add accents of "worn" red on the porch too. 

 So off I went to my favorite design shop with my vintage linen clutched in my hand.   Now this store, in my opinion, has some snooty personnel and high prices to match but it's lots of fun to browse for ideas.  And I have to tell you what I saw was pretty much the same thing all you fabulous bloggers create in your own home but for a lot less.  Painted vintage furniture, burlap and grain sack pillows, old bird cages turned into chandeliers, etc.  Then I traveled to my favorite discount upholstery fabric store and this is what I came up with......my color and fabric board.  :)
 I spent a total of $62.00 on designer fabrics and I found a raggedy oriental rug for $20.00 at an antiques mall.  Yep....I am using an oriental on my porch. Why??... I love the colors and design and the unexpected! (and the price) :)  Ticking inspired quilted reds and taupes, and old ticking pillows too, faded florals and rich navy striping combined with the old white wicker, vintage pieces and yep....even a painting on the porch.  Accent colors of aqua in an old wood ironing board, one old rocking chair and the porcelain chipped flowers of an old tole lamp add a sweet side note.  Bobby G. fails to see the charm and whimsey in my rusty wire lamp shade.  :) But you do, I bet. :)  And finally, .....about that coffee table the workmen broke.  I went shopping out in the shed.  Found this old shabby wrought iron garden table that had belonged to my mother-in-law....perfect!

And ta-da!!.................the inspiration piece!

I hope you will return as I have an announcement to make.  I hope to start a party.....yep....a blog party.  Maybe once a month, maybe twice a month.....shoot...maybe every week.  It's really up to you. It will be called:
.... ....  to be held on Wednesday.  And I guarantee you're gonna' like it.  Why?  because it's all about you!!  Soon as I get my act together I will tell you more.   xoxoxo


Linky Parties I am joining and hope you will visit.

White Wednesday at Faded Charm

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Trash to Treasure Thursday at Alchemy 

Vintage Inspiration Wednesday at A Very Merry Vintage Style

Open House Thursday at No Minimalist here

Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

Air Your Laundry Friday at Freckled Laundry 

www.thevintagenest.com The Vintage Nest shop.....your place for vintage flair. ~Add something special to your home~


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh Lynn it's fabulous! Where do you find the time??? I would love to sit on your porch. A blog party, oh, this sounds good!


trash talk said...

This is the kind of spot I would want to settle in with a glass of anything cold and just let the world go on about it's business.
Amazing what an excellent imagination can do with out having to break the bank.

Sue said...

I want your back porch, Lynn! It looks so cute, cozy, and comfy. Your fabric combinations are precious. Like the idea for the new linky party. :-)

Chris said...

Great job on your porch! Makes me miss my old one even more. Enjoy your spot.

NanaDiana said...

Lynn- You put together a great porch there- Love the piece that you started out with and then built around. I have an "indoor" carpet on my front porch too and love it.

I can't wait to tell you all MY problems! xo Diana

a quiet life said...

such a perfect spot~

Karie said...

What a darling porch. I love the piece that you found. You did a wonderful job with it. Thanks for sharing. Karie

Donna said...

Your porch is fabulous, and oh so inviting! The pillow is perfect. And I think my favorite thing in the entire room is that darling little birdie with the pearl necklace, perched on the vintage book! How creative! Your blog party sounds awesome:)

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Lynn!
Love your porch and your inspiration piece is wonderful! I could sit in that chair for hours and relax!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Oh how I love to do what you've done with the vintage linen. It looks great as a pillow on your porch of grays. Fabulous porch!

Hugs, Sherry

foreverdecorating said...

Mesmerizing! There is something fabulous in the fact of a peeling and rusty piece put together with trim, pretty and perfect!

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

It looks so cozy! Can I come over for some sweet tea and sit a "spell?" Ha, ha. Thanks for visiting me and I can't wait to see what your link party is about. I sure do have a lot of problems! What, oh, not those kind of problems, ha?! BTW, I intend on moving South in about 2 years. Going to Savannah in September to check it out.



Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Lynn,

Love what you have done, genius!
I am not good at this and really admire this kind of renovation projects.

Is this the room I am invited for lunch then? :o)


Honey at 2805 said...

Your porch looks terific, Lynn!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, The porch turned out fabulous! I love the fabric you used for the pillows and the rug is perfect. Glad you decided to do the party. Thank you for joining Open House this week.

Plumfield House Gardens said...

Wow, that came out great!
Celeste, victoriantailor

Richard Cottrell said...

Ms. V. Nest. I am sorry but this is the only way I know to contact you. But, Stump work in needlepoint is a 3-d effect, made by using different stitches and the cutting the yarn to make it sculptured,if you go back and look at the rose pillow real close on the close up, you will see it. It is a lost art and you hardly every see it done today. That is the only piece I have in my vast needlepoint collection, but, I have seen others. Thanks for stopping by. Hope this helps. Richard at My Old Historic House.

Heaven's Walk said...

Lynn - you have created THE perfect summer porch! I could spend all day curled up out there (and I promise you'd never know I was there...lol!). Love the combination of colors and textures you've used. Soooooo very pretty! :)

xoxo laurie

Unknown said...

Hi, I'm stopping by from Air Your Laundry Friday. Love the vintage linen piece you used as inspiration. You have a lovely porch and it looks so comfy. I collect vintage mason jars (especially the aqua ones) and have a croquet set in our home too, but don't have the lovely porch that you do. Thanks for sharing.

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! It seems that everybody is on holidays... Here it’s true, but someone has to stay... ;)

It could be blue... ;)

Blogtrotter Two is preparing to leave St. Florent. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!!

Susan Freeman said...

Love your vintage fabrics!

Susan and Bentley

Sarah said...

Lynn, I'm lovin this! I could spend hours on your porch. Adore the croquet set. ;-)

Unknown said...

Break out the lemonade, I'm on my way over! Oh, this is just gorgeous, my friend. Welcoming & inviting.
Happy PS weekend ~

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Lynn Sweetie...
I love, love your makeover. How absolutely welcoming and warming is this back porch. So beautiful. I could sit there and sip lemonade with you and chatter, and laugh all afternoon. Just a couple of southern gals sharing a lovely day together.

An absolutely gorgeous share today. LOVE it. Thank you for inviting me along this evening. Many hugs sweetie and so much love from Phoenix, Sherry

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful porch redo!!! You are so creative and talented!!!

I love it that you are such a thrifty shopper and truly make everything so special with your wonderful designs and touches!!

Love how that simple inspiration piece took your porch in such a lovely and relaxing direction.

Sure would love to be able to spent some quality time with you on your porch....reflecting and eating pink cuppy cakes..and sipping some great wine of you choosing!

Happy Pink Saturday!! L, Dana

PS...LOVE your paint/color schemes! Gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn:

Love the porch and linens!


love, kelee @ www.designgivesback.com

Robin said...

And...your cushion and pillow turned out perfect....love love love it!

Have a pinkishly beautiful weekend

The Artful Diva said...

Your redo is perfect for that wicker chair! Enjoy PS and the rest of summer.

Linda M. said...

Happy Pink Saturday Lynn, Your porch is wonderful I want to sit out there and have some tea and I love all your fabrics. Linda

Margaret Cloud said...

You are always so busy redoing hings and out finding all these fabulous vintage items, the question is "do you find time to sit and enjoy all your creations"? Lynn, you are so incredibly talented at this and you do it so well. I enjoyed looking at your pictures, it is like looking in an old time magazine. The porch and view is so pretty.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn,
WOW, you did a fabulous job on your porch!! I am love with the colors.
Just beautiful.
I'm so happy you stopped by my blog for a visit and thank you for your lovely comment!
Have a beautiful Sunday.

The Other Side of Me said...

Hi Lynn,

It has been awhile, but I see that you are busy as usual. The porch and your new accents are inspiring. Very nice job. I hope you are doing great.

Unknown said...

This is gorgeous! I would love to sit on that porch and take in the day.


Micupoftea said...

Hello Lynn~ How about I come over and bring tea and scones to share while we sit on the porch? LOVE the nesting bird with pearls. I have some of the fleur de lis ribbon :)
Happy Pink Saturdday~

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Sounds like so much fun !!! Can't wait to hear more about your linky party! Love your photos~ thanks for sharing at my party this week! :)

Gail said...

Very hospitable, and pretty, looking

Barbara Jean said...

Great fins and sweet way you used your finds.

barbara jean

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