In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.
What better way to celebrate the completion of your new outdoor entertaining area than to host a ladies’ lunch? The ever-talented Chassity of Look Linger Love turned her Charleston, South Carolina porch into a charming spot to host friends and family — we only wish we could have joined them for a glass of sweet tea! She shared with us her outdoor entertaining ideas and tips on how she created such a lovely space.
Living here in Charleston, where the weather is warm and the front porches are sweeping, it’s practically law that one have a cozy space in which to greet guests with sweet tea and warm biscuits. Such is the way of the south for neighbors and friends to regularly pop by to deliver freshly baked desserts or to lend the latest juicy novel (Nicholas Sparks, anyone?). Drop ins can quickly turn into hours of laughter with good friends and chirping crickets.
When choosing the perfect patio dining set for my family’s needs, I knew I wanted it to not only be beautiful (admittedly I’m very into pretty things), but also comfortable enough to keep my guests relaxed and chatting away for a nice visit. I chose the Hampton Bay Edington set and am so happy I did! In addition to being pretty and roomy, the table has a really easy-to-use butterfly extension leaf that just pops up when you need to squeeze in a few extra friends.
And about those southern, sweeping, front porches… Our home has one, and it’s very large and wraps around. First impressions are important, and I knew I needed to get some flowers and greenery up there to soften it up a bit. We spaced four large planter boxes along the length of the porch, painted them black, and filled them with pretty flowers. My husband installed a drip line irrigation system to each of them which keeps maintenance pretty low key. I also grabbed six of Home Depot’s hanging ferns and dropped them in these hanging metal baskets to enhance the view at eye level. I definitely lack a green thumb, so this is the easiest way for me to create a garden feel by creating layers.
Our porch, or outdoor room as I like to think of it, has really turned into a beautiful and inviting space. I’m looking forward to many more girly luncheons, family meals, and late evening visits this summer.
Many thanks to Gray Benko for the beautiful photographs used in this post.
Chassity Evans is the author of style blog Look Linger Love. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in apparel merchandising design before heading south to Charleston, where she lives with her husband, Josh, and two children, Lilly and Fletcher. “I was a pharmaceutical sales rep in my past life until I became a mom,” she explains. “Now I have my happiest job in the world, experiencing life with my best friend and kids.” Evans launched her blog in September 2010 as a way of sharing daily style inspiration, in the form of fashion, interiors, entertaining, or children’s designs. “I’m always asked, ‘Where did you get that?’’’ she says. “This blog is a place to share my loves and secrets. If you don’t like one post, keep scrolling—you’ll likely love the next one.”
Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using a single Home Depot product as a starting point. Mandy received the Adirondack chair from The Home Depot and a gift card, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas Mandy expressed are her own.