54 In My Home

My outdoor space Part 2 :The front porch

Last week I showed you my outdoor space part 1 and today I’d love for you to check out my outdoor space part 2: the front porch ! 

My outdoor space part 2 the front porch kreativk

It does come with a little story! Last summer we visited family in Canada for two weeks, and when we came back and opened the door we were greeted by a huge surprise! A huge, red surprise! While we were gone, our landlord wanted to paint the house from the outside, which we were ok with obviously. All the houses in our street look the same, they are painted in a light yellow, beige tone with red~terracotta~ish accents around the windows and some poles. So, he just wanted to give it all a fresh coat of paint! And it looked great and beautiful! Except for the front porch, that he had decided to paint red as well! RED! or red~ terracotta~ish, if you want. No. Actually it was bright red. Now it looks maybe a bit more like terracotta, after one year the brightness is gone, thankfully. But it’s still red. So, my front porch is pretty ugly now, not to mention that on that red tone you can see every stain, foot or bike print right away. It’s just really not meant to be red. I’ve gotten used to it pretty much now, what else could I do? I didn’t have it in me, to tell him that I hate it and want it repainted in the light grey it was before. I mean, it’s a patio after all. He was so proud of his work when we got back and this man did a great job with the paint. Just the colour choice was off. But hey. That’s just my opinion. He did all this work in a 40 degree heat by himself and I respect that. And it is his house! So, our front porch is red, now not that bright anymore! I’m calmed down now, you can imagine what it was like walking onto our bright red porch after a 10 hour flight and endless hours on the train. It was dangerous to be around me! I’m good now. Here’s our front porch with red floors. Have fun!

My outdoor space part 2 the front porch/ kreativk.net


My outdoor space part 2 the front porch/kreativk.net


My outdoor space part 2 the front porch/kreativk.net


My outdoor space part 2 the front porch/kreativk.net


My outdoor space part 2 the front porch/kreativk.net


My outdoor space part 2 the front porch/kreativk.net


My outdoor space part 2 the front porch/kreativk.net


My outdoor space part 2 the front porch/kreativk.net


My outdoor space part 2 the front porch/kreativk.net

So, what do you think about the red front porch?? We’re trying to make the best out of it and are enjoying BBQ’s and get together’s there! After all that’s what it’s there for, right? I definitely learned to accept the imperfection of our rental and making the best out of what we’ve got! 

Thanks for stopping by as always! 

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  • Sandra
    17/06/2016 at 13:12

    I would have been taken aback a bit also, but you worked with it and the results are lovely. It looks very cozy and like the perfect place to chill out. We always look forward to the links that you share and appreciate you joining us each week at Celebrate Your Story.

    • Katrin
      18/06/2016 at 09:02

      Thanks Sandra! We really did get used to it over the year! Not much else we could do….:)

  • Jessica
    16/06/2016 at 17:53

    Oh, my! I can only imagine your surprise! You’ve definitely worked around it well with your blue and gray color choices.
    Thanks for linking up at our Tips & Tricks Link Party!
    {My Life by Jess}

    • Katrin
      17/06/2016 at 11:23

      Thanks so much Jessica!

  • Sharon@BlueWillowHouse
    16/06/2016 at 05:32

    Your outdoor space is lovely. Sometimes in life we learn to make do with what we have and sometimes it turns out great just like your porch. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

    • Katrin
      16/06/2016 at 10:48

      Aww, thank you so much Sharon, that is so sweet of you to say! 🙂

  • Rachel Osborn
    16/06/2016 at 04:48

    I still think it is a beautiful space! Red is not my fav color, but this looks okay. It would be a dream come true for people like my mom…her entire kitchen is decorated in red and she painted her front door red, regardless of the fact that it does not match the blueish gray house. Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Link-Up! Followed you on social media!

    • Katrin
      16/06/2016 at 10:48

      Yes, I know, it depends on each and everyone’s taste, right? Red isn’t my colour either, but i’m ok with it now. How fun that your mom’s kitchen and front door are red! Thanks Rachel!

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  • Shara
    14/06/2016 at 16:55

    I don’t think the red is too much either, but if you are worried, could you find an area rug that would mute it a little? I love your pallet planter against the wall!

    • Katrin
      14/06/2016 at 22:55

      I’d love an area rug and thought about it too, but it’s always so so sandy from the beach here, so I hose down that patio every other day almost, and with a rug it would be impossible to keep it clean I think! But I might give it a try, I like the rug feel! Thanks so much Shara! 🙂

  • Sam@Raggedy Bits
    14/06/2016 at 09:17

    Your front porch turned out amazing! You have surely worked around that Red and made it work with the colours you have chosen to accessorise with! What a lovely space for you and your family and friends to gather! Thank you so much for sharing at Waste Not Wednesday! Your awesome front porch is being featured 🙂

    • Katrin
      14/06/2016 at 22:48

      Thanks so much Sam, yay, that’s so cool! 🙂

  • Theresa @DearCreatives
    14/06/2016 at 06:18

    I love what you did with your space. The red reminds me of my front porch growing up. Yes, we had a red front porch. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Shared

    • Katrin
      14/06/2016 at 07:53

      Oh, how cool that it reminds you of your childhood porch, I love it! Thanks for stopping by Theresa!

  • Nikki
    14/06/2016 at 01:23

    I think I would’ve passed out after walking into that after a vacation and long flight! It is pretty red, isn’t it? But, you’ve made it work. The colors you’ve used look great with it, and it’s not as noticeable as I thought it would be. Hopefully it will fade a bit more this year, LOL.

    I love all the little touches you’ve added to the patio, I would love hanging out here. And I really like the way that it’s gated, you can use your front or back porch with privacy.

    Corrugated tin is one of my favorite things so I really love your beach sign!

    • Katrin
      14/06/2016 at 07:46

      Lol, believe me, I was close to passing out….now looking back at it, after a year, I’m relaxed about it and hey, what can ya do, it is what it is. I rather have a glass of wine sitting on that porch, than wasting extra energy fussing about the red floor. Yes, I think maybe next year it will be even lighter…lol. Thanks for the visit Nikki 🙂

  • Lisa/SyncopatedMama
    13/06/2016 at 16:38

    Wow, you’ve really turned that space into something special! Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity this week!

    • Katrin
      14/06/2016 at 07:38

      Thank you Lisa 😉

  • Katerina
    13/06/2016 at 13:51

    Oh my God! It’s actually red… The good thing is that with your decoration it seems brighten up and quite nice!

    • Katrin
      13/06/2016 at 16:27

      Lol, yep it is! RED! hahaha, I’ve gotten used to it, but at the beginning every time I stepped outside was like an OMG, it’s red! Thanks Katerina!

  • Lynn
    10/06/2016 at 18:55

    OK…the red really doesn’t bother me…I kept looking for it to be awful and it really isn’t. I get your dismay going from a neutral to a brick red and I get that it shows every mark, but you’ve really made it work just fine.
    Thanks for sharing friend.
    Hugs, Lynn

    • Katrin
      10/06/2016 at 21:23

      Yes, it is fine now. It was way brighter when we walked into the front porch that day! One year of sun and rain did good! It was a beautiful neutral grey before, so this was really an adjustment for me, not being a strong colour lover, you know. But, yes, we made it work and it’s totally ok now. There are worse things. Thanks for the visit Lynn! How’s your eye doing?? I hope you’re better!

  • Life Loving
    10/06/2016 at 14:29

    I can imagine how you felt coming home after your flight to see the red. It must have mad you see red! But you’ve done a wonderful job with the accents you’ve added. It looks like a haven.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Katrin
      10/06/2016 at 16:49

      Thanks so much! I’ve definitely gotten used to i!

  • Pili
    10/06/2016 at 09:17

    If you haven’t talked about the red floors I would haven’t noticed them. All the attention goes to the details you have; the table is beautifully styled, the beach sign, the plants all around… You did a great job hiding that floor, be proud and enjoy the heat… ahem life outdoors!

    • Katrin
      10/06/2016 at 11:21

      Gracias Pili! El verano de Espania es muy especial 🙂 no hay nada comparable creo! I love that we are able to be outdoors all the time and we are really enjoying that here! Our patio is just fine, I got over the shock, lol!

  • Julia - Vintage with Laces
    10/06/2016 at 08:46

    I would certainly have been in shock as well over that color choice, Katrin. Our landlords have a strange color taste too. One of the bathrooms has orange tiles and a bright pink vanity. YIKES! I cringe every time I go in there, lol. You made the best out of the red floor. Your furniture and decorations look beautiful and go very well with that red. Your front porch is a great place to relax and for al fresco dining.
    Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende! 🙂
    Herzliche Grüße

    • Katrin
      10/06/2016 at 11:20

      Danke Dir Julia! Das ist lieb von Dir! Als Mieter koennen wir wirklich unsere Kreativitaet austesten, hey? Aber es gibt schlimmeres als rote Boeden oder orangene Fliesen, right? Wobei ich mir orange und pink auch total cool zusammen im Bad vorstelle 🙂 Thanks for the visit Julia have a great weekend too! 🙂

  • Kellie
    09/06/2016 at 16:58

    Great use of the space and the color choice. It seems you covered up most of the red, or at least made it look better.

    • Katrin
      09/06/2016 at 23:37

      Thanks Kellie! Yes, well, at least it’s not the first thing that pops in your eye anymore 😉

  • Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage
    09/06/2016 at 02:24

    Everything you’ve done to this area really looks great and I notice all your creativity and not the red floor. Fortunately, your colors and the yellow on the house all look great with the floor.

    • Katrin
      09/06/2016 at 13:00

      Thank you very much Carol! That is so nice of you to say 🙂

  • Ellen
    09/06/2016 at 00:38

    You have kreated a beautiful space and I’m sure you will have many wonderful times spent there. I really, really envy these porches- even if the floor is red! Time is a great leveler isn’t it? Sometimes the worst things don’t seem as bad after awhile and you wonder why you reacted as you did. That said, I think I would have lost it because I’m not a lover of red. I guess his heart was in the right place even if his vision wasn’t. Enjoyed your post as always.

    • Katrin
      09/06/2016 at 12:56

      Thank you my friend! You’re right, compared to last year, the red has pretty much calmed down and so have I, 😉 It’s not that bad and yes, respecting the owner’s vision and choice is what I had to do and I’m glad I did. Red is nice during Christmas though, hey?? Thanks so much for stopping by as always 🙂

  • Erin - Suburban Simplicity
    08/06/2016 at 21:41

    Looks like you made your space look good despite the red! Sometime you have to get creative with what you have. There are tons of thing in our house that make no sense from a design perspective, so I just work around it.

    • Katrin
      09/06/2016 at 12:52

      Thanks so much Erin! Yes, I agree, working around it is also fun and challenging, right??

  • Keri
    08/06/2016 at 20:55

    Katrin, i love how big your front porch area is and that it’s closed in so you have privacy but also get to enjoy the outdoors. You did such a great job decorating the front porch! I love your table and chairs and how you’ve decorated it. That bird cage is so pretty and of course your pallet holding your plants is just perfect. The red doesn’t look so bad now, but I probably would have been super shocked too, definitely would have been nice to have a heads up on that paint job huh? 😉 LOL. Have fun enjoying your beautiful front porch!!

    • Katrin
      08/06/2016 at 22:19

      I know, it would have been great if he’d asked if we liked it, or just letting us know in advance. Oh well, there’s nothing I can do about it now, just enjoy what I have, which is what wer’re doing! Thanks for your sweet comment Keri, I’m pretty happy with it all now! 🙂

  • Michelle Marttila - Happy Heart™
    08/06/2016 at 20:41

    Love your front porch…you did a beautiful job in decorating it!!!

    • Katrin
      08/06/2016 at 22:16

      Thank you Michelle!

  • handmade by amalia
    08/06/2016 at 18:14

    You’ve created such a beautiful, relaxing and welcoming space. Perfect for long summer evenings.

    • Katrin
      08/06/2016 at 19:55

      Yeah, we love it and it’s nice to have it! Thanks so much Amalia 🙂

  • Christine
    08/06/2016 at 17:57

    I don’t see bunny bombs today…..lol!!! Gorgeous space! Karin, I forgot how did you come to move to Spain? You are way down South in Andalusia, is that correct?

    • Katrin
      08/06/2016 at 19:54

      Lol, nope, they love to hang out in the back, it’s cooler there cause there’s more shade and the nice cool grass is what they’re loving too. Thanks so much for the visit Christine! We moved here from Deutschland almost like 14 years ago, but then in between back and forth to Canada, due to my hubbies work. Back then, we were tired of all the rain in Germany and wanted good weather and had been here on vacation and loved it, so we decided to stay! Canada weather wasn’t for us either, so now we were able to come back and stay for good, so we did! 🙂

  • Mary
    08/06/2016 at 15:50

    Even though your porch is red, the grays and blues look so good with it and tone the red down some. The space is beautiful!

    • Katrin
      08/06/2016 at 19:50

      Thank you so much Mary! Yes, I’m trying to even it out a bit, lol!

  • Michelle
    08/06/2016 at 14:52

    OMW I would have had a heart attack!! You’ve done a stunning job toning the red down with the gorgeous blues, greys and yellows. I miss the photo bombing bunnies, were they having a nap?

    • Katrin
      08/06/2016 at 15:46

      Michelle, I think I was too exhausted for a heart attack, but I was sure close, lol! It was so bright, it was crazy! I’ve gotten used to it. Thanks so much for stopping by! The bunnies are loving the backpatio, as it is a lot cooler there now, the front gets sun all morning, so they avoid it 😉 They also love the cool grass, but they’ll stop by the front at night for sure!

  • Ilka
    08/06/2016 at 13:09

    You are so creative Katrin! You really made this space nice. It’s hard when you can’t change things in a rental to your liking but your creativity even sparks here! 🙂

    • Katrin
      08/06/2016 at 15:44

      And you are so sweet Ilka! thanks so so much, your sweet comment made my day 😉

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    08/06/2016 at 10:47

    Your porch is beautiful Katrin. I think because you have so many neutrals it really calms the area. Can you imagine if you had crazy tropical colors in your decor? Then it would be sensory overload. I like all the little details you have added. You are really making the best of a red situation. 😉

    • Katrin
      08/06/2016 at 15:44

      Mary, Thanks so much! Yes, my neutrals definitely help, oh my, if not it would be just too much!