vintage farmhouse Fourth of July porch

Happy Fourth of July!
Are you ready for a fun day with family and friends?

We just got back from a camping trip.  
My husband's birthday was 2 days ago, and so we surprised him with a little getaway.  
Today we spent our morning on a family bike ride, and will head out later to a friend's house that has great views of all the fireworks in the valley!

I finally got the last bit of porch decorating this morning.
This year it kind of went up a little at a time, when I had time.

I pretty much just decorate the outside of our house for the 4th.
Since most of my interior is pastels or white, I don't want to do a major overhaul this time of year.
It's easier just to focus on the outdoors, which is what summer is all about, right?

Our front door is pretty simple.
I always add in little flags to our planters.  

It's been a great distraction the last couple weeks, since some of our flowers aren't holding up super well to all this early summer heat! 

I added the explosives box this year. 
I got it from my parents and thought it would make a great little display for my second favorite holiday!

I don't try and coordinate our flowers with the holiday.  That's also a nice little plus with using the flags.  No extra work to replant (and waste) just for the holiday.

Our porch is one of my favorite features of this house.  It's large compared to most new builds, and we use it a lot.

I added in a new outdoor rug this year, and added in some festive pillows.  

The flag is actually a 48 star flag that I picked up at an estate sale 2 years ago.  
I've been nervous to use it outside because it is so thin and fragile.  That was one of the last minute additions to our porch this year.  With the wind that we get on our hillside, I didn't want it destroyed.  I'll have to take it down soon.
It has gorgeous patina!

I finally kept a vintage watering can just for me.  
I've sold so many over the last few years, and finally decided I needed one.
The vintage Campfire marshmallow can was a fun find earlier this year.  
I knew I'd keep it for our porch.
It is the perfect summer statement!

This cute little vintage galvanized bucket was something I bought last August.  
I just love it.
It was hard to hold on to it for so long and not be able to use it, but it is one of my favorite new vintage pieces out here.

For me, a porch should be useable, and welcoming.  We love to sit on our swing and read, take naps, or visit with neighbors.
We have loved having a special neighbor boy who is 2 going on 3 discover our swing.  Whenever they come up the street to get the mail, he runs on to our porch and sits on the swing.  Then he comes over and knocks on the door and asks if Hannah is home.
It is one of my favorite memories of this house, and I'm so sad they will be moving away very soon.

Cold drinks on hot days are a must!  
We are loving the fruity raspberry tea from Tazo, and it looks very festive with some patriotic straws on our bench / coffee table.
I draped an old cutter quilt that I bought several years ago at an antique store over our swing, and added in the pillows.  The flag pillow on the right is vintage, and the one on the left is reproduction.

We made our porch into a comfy seating area with options for sitting or swinging.
Our bent twig chairs add a great rustic look to the porch and are pretty comfy with the cushions!
One of my favorite anniversary presents that Jon bought for us several years ago.

An old flag on a front porch is just a classic look, and I'm so happy to have found this one.
You can find great old flags with patina like this one, at garage sales, thrift stores, or flea markets.  Depending on the age and size, you can usually find something in your budget.

Finally, a little peek at our porch from the street view.  
I've used the bunting for several years now, and it was a very affordable option from Oriental Trading Company.  I need to start refreshing a few, as they have started to fade.  Or maybe I'll just tea stain them and have them look old?
They've held up very well for the many years we've used them, and they take a beating.
Lots of sun exposure and wind here!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you and your family have a fun and safe 4th of July!

See you soon!
xo Denise


  1. Denise, your porch is so wonderful! The bunting is perfect along with the flowers. I love that you used your explosives box for the are the second person I've seen do that. My husband is in the explosives business and we have several of those old boxes. I've never thought to use one that way! I will in the future. :)

    1. Thanks Stacey! It was a fun gift and a fun addition to the porch. I hope you can use some - it sounds like it has extra special meaning for you!! ;)


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