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Marty's Southwestern Porch Makeover

Marty of A Stroll Through Life shares her quick decorating ideas on her Southwestern porch. You can use her ideas on your porch to transform it into a comfortable appealing respite.



Marty believes that your porch should reflect the style of your home. Since her home's architecture is simple, she chose porch furniture to complement that. Simple, clean lines.

Southwest porch designs normally use simple lines and natural colors. You don't have to do a lot to get dramatic results.


Southwest decorating ideas


Marty confesses that her front porch was in sad shape (above). [Hardly sad, in our humble opinion.] Her rocking chairs needed to be refinished and adding some color in just the right spots would help also.

Her Chinese stool from Big Lots needed painting and the plant has overstayed its welcome!



spray paint cans Marty cleverly transformed her Chinese stool with some spray paint, stain, and clear gloss.

She first painted the stool in two colors of green (emerald green and jade).

She then applied walnut stain and covers that with two coats of clear gloss.




Chinese Stool




Marty added new vibrant plants, colorful cushions, and as another easy decorating idea, a whimsical frog - just for fun! Very cute little frog.


Chinese Stool




Some finishing touches - a gorgeous front door wreath.


Front Door Wreath



Mary likes to keep her entranceway simple and clean. We love it.


Front Door Wreath



Marty's finished porch - real inviting and ready for guests to relax and enjoy a glass of iced tea. Mary lives in the desert so take notice of her front porch landscaping. She chose native desert plants that require little water. Very beautiful!


Southwest decorating after


Enjoy another view of her porch. We love the brilliant green of her landscaping against the warm color of her home.


Quick decorating ideas for your porch




Meet Marty of
"A Stroll Thru Life"

Marty, author of A Stroll Thru Life
Marty loves to inspire by sharing her DIY, crafting and sewing projects with you - and on a shoestring budget, too.

She's a wife, Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma. Wow.

Please visit her fun and inspiring blog, A Stroll Through Life.



Our very warm thanks to Marty for sharing the quick decorating ideas she used on her welcoming Southwestern porch.

If you enjoyed Marty's decorating ideas, Dave and I know you will also love John and Sherry's porch makeover, too. Their easy decorating ideas are fun, too.






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