When I think of the summers of my childhood, I remember getting excited when my Grandmother started getting her screened in porch ready for entertaining. That meant Sunday dinners would be on the porch with cut flowers from her yard, sweet tea and lemonade and a few special times of hand cranked custard for dessert. Fresh vegetables and strawberries from the garden my Grandfather worked in every day from spring until the last harvest would be served with my favorite fried chicken or honey ham. It was a slower time and I have very fond memories of the summers of my childhood.

Summers in the south mean porch living and outdoor entertaining. I love to create a space for laid-back gatherings and some quiet relaxing in our backyard. I was raised in the country, so I have always been attached to well-worn rusty treasures I’ve picked up throughout the years. Layering the old with the new creates a balance and makes an outdoor space feel it has been created over time and that is what makes a cozy place to relax and entertain.

We have had plans to replace the deck for the last 18 months and it keeps getting delayed and I’m sure y’all have heard about the spike in lumber prices so I am going to focus on the pretty and be content that the deck will be replaced eventually and not stress about it. If the last year has taught me anything it is to appreciate the good stuff and let the stress go whenever possible.

I hope your summer is filled with dirt on your hands, vases filled with flowers, juicy tomatoes and berries, lighting bugs, laughter, twinkle lights and a good margarita or two.

Stylishly Yours,

Kelly

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