Patio Decorating Ideas – Making A Romantic Sitting Area

Let’s talk about patio decorating ideas and making a romantic sitting area in the garden or on the porch!  There’s just nothing like being ‘one with nature’ and if you can’t get out into a woods and walk a woodland path now and then – a relaxing porch or patio area – is just about the next best thing.

I think every porch – if it’s big enough at all – should be used for a little outdoor living.  A warm breezy evening on the porch or patio – listening to the sounds of nature and watching the lightning bugs flutter about – now WHAT could be BETTER than THAT?


Our home is my hobby and I tend to get a little carried away in explaining how I do things – but let me tell you – making a home warm and cozy is one of the best things you can do for your family.  SO if you’d like your home to be your hobby – bare with me on this – ok? 🙂

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Patio Decorating Ideas – Before You Start

First and foremost before you start any decorating project – you must clean.  When I was a little girl growing up – we were always told “You don’t ever want to put a clean blouse on with a dirty neck.”  That old saying holds true for everything in my opinion.   I would never ever consider decorating an area without first clearing and cleaning it and starting from scratch even if every single thing you just took out – is going back.  🙂

One of the most used quotes in our home when our kids were growing up was “Don’t put it down – put it away”   Everybody should brand that quote into their minds.  It just makes for more peaceful living.

1- First – clear your porch, patio and yard of all clutter.  If it isn’t part of your decor – it needs to go.

2- All work and gardening tools should have their own home and should be kept there until needed.

3- All bicycles and tricycles need their own parking spot in the back yard along with little wagons and smaller toys.

Everything needs to have a place and everything needs to be IN that place when not being used.

Another quote we’ve always used often through the years is “A place for everything and everything in it’s place.”   It’s the only way – because CLUTTER – clutters your MIND.  And who wants to struggle through their days with a cluttered mind?

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So – you’ve decluttered, cleaned and scrubbed if needed and now you have just your basic porch or patio furnishings, plants and candles and maybe a few outdoor patio signs.


You want your porch to say “WELCOME – You’ve come to a HAPPY place and you’re surrounded by love and people who care about the simple things in life.”   We have a sign are you come into our lane and it says “Relax – You’re on Country Time”.   Sometimes – just a simple quote – can relax a person.  Do you realize that?


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 If it’s clean and neat it says “We Care About Our Home”!!!

I LOVE to go junking to find a few good pieces for our porch and I love signs – so we have signs here and there throughout the whole canyon.   And I have many treasures that others have discarded and I’ve brought them home to love and cherish in the canyon.   I LOVE decor with a history and it’s own personal story of where it came from and a hint of how it ‘lived’.

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Patio Decorating Ideas – Patio Seating Ideas

Small Table and Chairs

I believe every porch needs a small table and at least 2 chairs for morning coffee or outdoor meals for even two. 🙂
Every week day – at the end of our work day around the canyon – we usually meet on the porch about 3 p.m. and we’ll sit and have iced tea and talk about the price of rice in China and other major issues of our world around us – for about an hour or two – then Geezer heads to the shower and I head to the kitchen to put our evening meal together – which in spring and summer – has usually been going in the crock pot or oven all day.
We’re not big on heavy meals in spring and summer – because – we don’t want to be bogged down during the day from eating the wrong thing early in the day.  🙂  SO we’ll usually start our day with coffee and skip lunch and then have a very early evening meal – which has usually been cooking itself all day and is ready when we are.


Where to find a small table and chair set

One of the small table and chairs shown in the photos is an ice cream parlor table set I picked up 30 years ago.  You can get the ice cream parlor table set on Amazon and probably at many of your local home improvement stores.  I just love these little tables with 2-3 chairs and have 3 sets myself.

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The small table and chairs pictured below is a bistro set I picked up several years ago at a junk store near La Center, Ky.   I actually saw this posted on this junk store’s facebook page and bought it right then through private messenger – and just ran down and picked it up.

You can often find these at a home improvement store or a Walmart or a Target in the garden department.  As with everything, we love the idea of getting it on Amazon and having it come right to the very patio we’re going to be relaxing on.   I use amazon for a LOT of the things I would normally have to get in the car and go get –

You can absolutely get a 3 piece bistro set for under $100 on Amazon – and aren’t these adorable.  Makes me want one more – myself.

Patio Decorating Ideas – Decorating with Ferns

The photo below shows the tremendous difference a couple of ferns can make!   You only see 2 ferns here – but I usually buy about 6-8 each spring – because I love to have them all over the porch and even hanging in the trees at the corner of the porch.  I LOVE BOSTON FERNS!!!!!   I may be an old money miser that’s still wearing clothes I bought in 1993 – but when garden times rolls around each spring – I SPEND MONEY!!!   🙂
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Fern Growing Tip
To really get your ferns growing ‘feed’ them a glass of diluted sweet tea morning and evening
in addition to your ‘regular watering’!

Where to Buy Ferns

Like many of the other items needed for giving your patio a freshening up – you can buy ferns at your local nursery, Walmart, your local home improvement store and even sometimes at the grocery for anywhere from $8 to $15!

You don’t have to get a big one – because using the Fern Growing Tip above – you can have a little one grow into a HUGE one – in about 3 weeks.

Just pick out the healthiest one or ones you see.    I’m in the process of doing a section of woods beside our home and building an Enchanted Garden path – and I plan to buy 1-2 ferns and just break them apart and put them along that path and see what happens.   HEY!!!  If I hunt real good – that little experiment will cost me about $8.  🙂

Boston Ferns are super popular and if you can’t find them locally can be ordered from Amazon.

Kim said the other day that Massac Nursery just outside of Metropolis has some fantastic looking ferns!  Here’s a link to the Massac Nursery website!

Patio Decorating Ideas – Setting the Mood with Candles and Lighting

Candles really set the mood of any space!  You can go out and buy expensive candles – they are available everywhere – but you can also fill your patio with candles very inexpensively!

I use quart or pint fruit jars and I tie rag cloth bows around the tops – but just down enough that you don’t have to worry about the flame.  And the tall tapered candles put out the best light, so that’s mainly what I use.

I also use a lot of the utility candles – which give about 4 hours of light.  Just be sure your flame is just below the top of the jar so the breeze doesn’t blow it out.  I LOVE candles in fruit jars and probably have 6-8 scattered around our porch right now.


“Old Timey Jars” will give you a budget friendly way to have candles EVERYWHERE!


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Candles Don’t Have to be Expensive!


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I also love to change things around on our porch.  You may come today and the swings and chairs will be loaded down with old quilts and ruffled pillows and the tables will be covered with vintage linens here and there – and tomorrow you may come back and there won’t be a piece of fabric anywhere  🙂

Now how do I find time to DO all of this?   I’m a devout homebody.  I go to the grocery once a week and always to church – but other than that – you can usually find me foo fooing around the canyon – inside or out.

I LOVE changing our porch around now and then.  I have lots of old quilts and vintage linens so I even change colors and patterns.  I LOVE – LOVE – LOVE the shabby chic look – but I also love the neat and tidy and simplistic look without all that fluff.

Any evening you’re liable to drive up and I’ll have lighted candles all around the porch in my fruit jars.  And you won’t find an expensive candle in our canyon.  I know how to time them to light them so they’ll burn out just about 10 p.m. – before we head off to see Mr Sandman … and I have little lamps on the porch that stay on 24/7 and all year long.

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I always loved the commercial by Motel 6 – where they said “We keep the light on for ya.”  SO I do that TOO in Round Knob Canyon.  IN FACT – those lights – lit up a burglar in the late winter of 2016.  HIS light was on – but nobody was HOME – because WHO tries to prowl a home that’s lit up on the outside? FOR THE LOVE OF PETE!!!!!   He is now and still resting peacefully in jail – because he terrorized this end of the county for 2 months. Miracles happen – for those who believe.  🙂  I feel we all NEED porch lights and candles – and this is the warmest and neatest and most economical way.


Just give me some old rugs and ruffled pillows and a few vintage linens and my world just turns magical …

Would you like to make a romantic setting on your porch or patio this spring?   Do you need advice?  I’m just a facebook message away.  And if you DO have a garden or patio you love – send us some photos and we’ll share.   OK?

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  1. Gineen said:

    I love the idea of planting sweet things right outside the kitchen window. Love it —

    March 5, 2013
  2. Faylinn said:

    My patio has the typical table with a few chairs on it along with a grill and a few potted plants. Other than that, though, there isn’t much decoration and so I am hoping to change that. Unlike you, I don’t usually keep quilts or linens outside, because I am worried that they may get weathered or ruined by a random rain storm. What do you do to take care of the quilts and linens that you keep outside on your porch?

    June 1, 2016
    • Kay Comer said:

      Hi Faylinn – The quilts and old linen’s I use on our porch – are yard sale finds and nothing that I’ve paid any money for to speak of. I would never pay over $20 for an old quilt and most often – am able to find them in our area for about $10 or even less. I buy old cutter quilts and vintage table cloths. An old comforter would do. I’ll often alternate during the summer and one month I’ll have very vintage and frilly decor and the next month just very shabby chic. Right now I have the ‘peaceful’ setting out there.

      I’ve even used old bed pillows just wrapped in a cheap fabric to use as cushions in our swings and chairs. I go to no expense whatsoever to decorate … I’m in the process of doing our porch and cottage garden decor now for a blog and I’m working on doing it by spending no money except for the ferns. Why don’t you send me a friends request on facebook and send me a photo of your porch. I can help you make an absolutely breath taking porch that people will stop and take photo’s of … lol and you shouldn’t have to spend a dime. I’m sure you have TONS of things that you never use – that will make beautiful and breathtaking decor for your porch. Here’s my facebook link – and I’d LOVE to connect with you there …

      June 2, 2016
  3. You have no idea how much I need this now! We’re starting to remodel our garden/backyard and are looking for ideas! Love the ice cream parlor table and chairs!

    April 20, 2017
    • Kay Comer said:

      We’re constantly working on ours – so I know the feeling 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

      April 20, 2017
  4. Reesa Lewandowski said:

    I love sitting outside with my husband! These are beautiful settings!

    April 20, 2017
    • Kay Comer said:

      Thank you Reesa and thanks so much for stopping by.

      April 20, 2017
  5. Michele said:

    These are some great ideas. I need to get my patio together. Lol

    April 20, 2017
    • Kay Comer said:

      I hope you do it soon Michele – you’ll be so glad you did 🙂 And thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

      April 20, 2017
  6. Milena said:

    I started decorating my patio with Boston Ferns a couple of years ago! I love them! They really pull the entire patio together!

    April 20, 2017
    • Kay Comer said:

      It’s a fairly thrifty way to make a huge impact 🙂 Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      April 21, 2017
  7. Louise said:

    We really need to do something with our patio – it rarely gets used! There are some lovely ideas here to set a romantic scene 🙂

    Louise x

    April 21, 2017
    • Kay Comer said:

      I hope you do it and do it soon Louise. We’re 70 and 71 and still very active with our home and gardens – but we come together each afternoon thru spring and summer to set for an hour or two on our big porch and swing and gab 🙂 If you already have a little seating (swing or lawn chairs or whatever) – just adding a couple ferns will make a HUGE impact 🙂 I checked out your blog too and love it and LOVE the name “With Love From Lou” 🙂

      April 21, 2017
  8. Henry said:

    You are totally right about the ferns and plants making a difference. Because of the hot summers, it’s not as easy for us to grow ferns, but we actually have some nice heat resistant tomatoes and pepper plants. They look pretty on our patio as they are blooming, and then eventually we get some nice fresh vegies.

    Thanks for sharing the idea about the small table/chair set as I hadn’t thought about that.

    April 22, 2017
    • Kay Comer said:

      We LOVE tomato and pepper plants and put them out each year 🙂 And yes – we need a nice place to set out there. We love having morning coffee or afternoon iced tea on our back porch while we watch the wildlife … Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you stop in again soon!

      April 24, 2017

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