Home Decorating Guest Stylist: Porch Perfection with Julie Blanner

Guest Stylist: Porch Perfection with Julie Blanner

Sure, you can’t throw a pink macaroon or beribboned bouquet of lilacs these days without bumping into a slick, TV-ready entertaining expert, but we’re the sorts who believe that being the consummate host or hostess isn’t about being interested in glossy details as much as in being authentic and making your guests feel comfortable and appreciated. That’s why we turn to the practical yet polished Julie Blanner whenever we’re looking for tips on how to turn our dinner parties, summer soirees, and other special events up a few notches—without looking like we labored over them for months.

This being the season for outdoor entertaining, Julie was at the top of our list for a bit of porch prettifying. And the timing was perfect, since she was right in the middle of redoing her own little slice of al fresco heaven. Hop over to her blog to get all the details on how she put together this soft, serene look in shades of platinum and washed denim, then come back here and enter to win an indoor/outdoor pillow from Fresh American.







Love Julie’s porch look? Get it here:

1. Rope Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Rug

2. Fresh American Flora Crewel Light Blue Indoor/Outdoor Pillow 

3. Fresh American Trimaran Stripe Light Blue/Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Pillow

4. Fresh American Trimaran Stripe Light Blue/Ivory WOUF

5. Fresh American Mingled Light Blue Indoor/Outdoor Pillow

6. Boyfriend Sky Matelassé Throw




Create your own porch perfection! Annie is giving one lucky reader a Flora Crewel indoor/outdoor pillow from Fresh American—valued at $88—in the color of their choice! Check out the Rafflecopter entry form below for 4 easy ways to enter! Contest ends on Sunday, July 19 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  View the full details.

Congratulations to our winner, Erika from South Carolina! 

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Dianne bourne July 9, 2015 at 4:46 pm


Mary O. July 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm

I like to use candles, flowers and pillows.

Melina July 9, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Very inspiring and beautiful space. Would love to be on the settee with the sweep pup!

Susan Naysnerski July 9, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Wicker porch furniture covered in flowered fabric and many pillows are a must for a porch. Greenery adds a lushness.

Holly M July 9, 2015 at 5:03 pm

I like to use lots of throws and pillows, fresh flowers when possible, and several fun drink options for kids and adults.

adrienne July 9, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Pillows – could use some more ideas. We just moved into a new home. Thanks!

Krista M. July 9, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Have to have flowers on the porch – love big masses of geraniums – and comfy chairs for chatting, relaxing, and sipping iced tea. Love the crewel pillows to make them even more stylish!

Colette L. July 9, 2015 at 5:45 pm

I love Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rugs! Julie’s porch is full of beautiful details!

Beverly McTurk July 9, 2015 at 5:48 pm

I love the rug in gray that you have featured. It grounded my old wicker furniture that I
have painted gray with chalk paint. I love the scented geraniums and ferns on stands.
I have votive candles in glass lanterns.

Janel M. July 9, 2015 at 6:04 pm

I use potted plants and flowers–can’t go wrong!

Ingrid July 9, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Potted plants and flowers always make a porch inviting.

Kim Hanson July 9, 2015 at 6:36 pm

I love to use pillows on the bench and flowering plants in pots on the porch

Kim Cage July 9, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Potted plants, lots of flowers, and lots of pillows!

Kathy s July 9, 2015 at 9:02 pm

Flowers!!!! And comfortable furniture!!!! BTW… Love your blog

Laurie July 9, 2015 at 9:21 pm

Always have a throw or two for those chilly evenings! Thanks for the chance.

Lillie July 9, 2015 at 10:59 pm

My husband and I are building a new house. These pillows will look great on the front porch in our swing and rocker.

Debbie Cook July 9, 2015 at 11:00 pm

I like to use lanterns and real candles.

Emily July 9, 2015 at 11:22 pm

A throw to rap in while I have my morning coffee with this beautiful crewel pillow at my back!!!!

Cathy H. July 9, 2015 at 11:52 pm

String lighting and flowers!

Marla Timmins July 10, 2015 at 12:08 pm

I love the pillow in the dark blue!

MARTHA July 10, 2015 at 2:53 pm

lovely favorite color is blue.

Nancy Carr July 10, 2015 at 8:57 pm

Bright colored pillows and pretty plants.

Sandy Bull July 10, 2015 at 9:18 pm

Love everything you post. AWESOME!!!!!!

Sherri July 10, 2015 at 9:32 pm

Love the coziness of this porch!

Dawn Bell July 10, 2015 at 10:04 pm

I like to use colorful plants and candles.

Melissa W. July 10, 2015 at 10:08 pm

I love to use lanterns with candles lit inside and tiki torches.

Carol Imler July 10, 2015 at 10:24 pm

lots of potted plants, cushions, and pillows.

Anne July 10, 2015 at 10:51 pm

I love to use potted flowers to add color to the room.

Karen Mary July 10, 2015 at 11:49 pm

Pillows on a freshly painted porch swing, plants, and a bright rug. I have just the swing for this pillow!

Kara July 11, 2015 at 12:08 am

I absolutely love outdoor decor because I live in Florida and that is basically where we live (except when it gets too hot to be outside)! My favorite accessories for summer time is an outdoor neutral rug.

Sarah July 11, 2015 at 12:08 am

Clean & chic decor!

Sarah July 11, 2015 at 12:11 am

Simple & Bright!

Sarah July 11, 2015 at 12:14 am

Wicker furniture. Candles & fresh flowers are my favorites!

Margot C July 11, 2015 at 12:15 am

I have three large Ball Jars (the green ones) with candles in them. It seems like a small thing, but when the sun sets they are so nice and pretty.

Kara July 11, 2015 at 12:29 am

Living in Florida gives lots of reasons to make your porch a beauty! I in particular love adding rugs under patio furniture to tie the whole look together! Someday I hope to have a porch like Julie Blanner 🙂

Ashlynn Ferguson July 11, 2015 at 1:21 am

Flowers, flowers, flowers!! I love different styles of pots all jumbled together. Succulents are also my favorite, especially because we live in Arizona.. where nothing grows! So it’s a plus that they don’t need a lot of water. 🙂

Dawn H July 11, 2015 at 1:43 am

Flowers!!! Comfy outdoor furniture.

Kim f July 11, 2015 at 7:52 am

Beautiful! I always love your projects and your home.

Julie July 11, 2015 at 10:04 am

Love the pillows!

Lauren July 11, 2015 at 10:53 am

We decorate with pillows and lots of potted flowers.

Susanne July 11, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Lots of flowers in pots….otherwise a blank slate! Pick me!

Terri J July 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Coasters, pretty flowering plants in a pot and candles.

Babette July 11, 2015 at 1:48 pm

I love to use lots of candles and set a pretty table. Thanks for the giveaway.

Terri July 12, 2015 at 12:11 pm

I love using candles to set the mood and potted herbs and succulents in groups for a green earthy touch that lasts.

Debbie @ Refresh Restyle July 12, 2015 at 8:20 pm

Beautiful inspiration from Julie, I really need a new rug for my patio!

Stefanie July 13, 2015 at 3:23 am

I like to use fairy lights and some lavenders or baby’s breath!!!

Erika W. July 13, 2015 at 8:56 am

I have potted succulents on my porch. I’d really like to add some color with pillows and do some hanging lights/lanterns.

Jdbbella July 13, 2015 at 9:04 am

candles, candles, candles

Tori July 13, 2015 at 9:48 am

So lovely…I would use this everyday!!

Mamavalveeta03 July 13, 2015 at 9:49 am

Indoor/outdoor rug in stripes, twinkle lights on my deck railing, rattan furniture with pillows coordinating with my rug, a nice side table….and Rose!

Leslie F. July 13, 2015 at 9:51 pm

Pillows and candles!

Emily July 14, 2015 at 10:14 am

Twinkle lights!

Alina July 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm

This year I’ve used pillows on the chairs we have out front, a new nice rug, candles and potted plants.

Sean July 15, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Potted flowers, candles and even had adorable outdoor lights all over the backyard.


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