Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Few New Cushions and a Little Paint

Ages ago I bought green cushions for the patio chairs
And then after a while I decided that it was too much of a pain
To take them in and out!
So I stored them
And then decided to use them as front porch cushions.

They were "okay"
But they weren't "special"!

And so the search for new cushions began.
I was picky
And so many cushions were too "trendy" and "tropical"
for the wicker chairs on the front porch of a 1920s house.

And if I found something I wanted, they didn't have enough
So the search continued

And then . . . in TJ Maxx in Akenny, Iowa
I found these . . .

a caramel color
in a solid
with white piping


And they had enough!
They look good in the white wicker . . 

 And then there was the sagey green rocker
So a couple of cans of spray paint
And some fabric

And it fits so much better.
I like the brown with white dots
And it goes well with the other chairs
Now that the rocker is white like the others.

And I've never liked the "John Deere" green on the metal chairs on the porch
(Husband Jim's choice)
With a can of Rustoleum in Hammered Brown

The chairs were transformed

White wicker, brown cushions, brown chairs

With a touch of green from the plants

It was perfect today
For working in the garden
For last week was really hot

It was good to sit on the porch again for tea
Iced, of course, as it often is in the summer

The porch is too shady for a live blooming plant on the table
It took me many plants to figure this out!
However, a pitcher of cut flowers work
And so in the summer when I can cut fresh flowers
A bouquet is always on the table.

Leftover cake and iced tea

Lemon Thyme, rose and lavender glazed tea cake
Left from an Herbal Tea I did yesterday at Fire Lake Camp

I think it was better today!

It's Monday and I'm sharing my new porch look with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Met Monday


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

It all looks good. Really has a cohesive feeling. Relaxing too.

Pat said...

Very classic look with the tan cushions piped in white on your wicker furniture!!! I adore the Hammered Brown on the metal chairs...exquisite!!!
Enjoy the week ahead!!! Predicted high temperatures here on our side of the Prairie. . .80's!!!

Bernideen said...

Looks wonderful!!!!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I could sit all day on your wonderful porch.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love it, looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

Pondside said...

I love the new look, Martha. Those brown cushions look very, very comfy, too!