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How to Create a Coastal-Inspired Porch With Birch Lane

Inspired by coastal New England, I am sharing how to create a coastal-inspired porch with some favorite items from my friends at Birch Lane.


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Hello, my friends!  Summer officially begins in just a couple of days!  The weather here in Connecticut has been beautiful and beckons us to be outside. This summer we are having the exterior of our home painted, and the painters just started this past week.  I am so excited about this and  can’t wait to share the color we chose, along with some beautiful details we will be adding to our home.

So, this perfect time to update our porch for summertime relaxing and entertaining. We use this space every day and I am so thankful for it. Last week, I had shared some ideas as I was planning the summer porch refresh. After browsing Birch Lane’s website, I narrowed my choices to just four items to purchase. These items are both practical, as well as beautiful. They are also fairly inexpensive, but make a large impact in my space.

view of hydrangeas, lit candle in Iron Lantern Tabletop Lantern and Emilie Indoor / Outdoor Throw Pillow Cover & Insert on wicker couch.

Shopping With Birch Lane

Over the past year, I have started shopping online much more. Birch Lane is a company that I can count on for superior quality, value, and customer service. I love the relaxed, but classic and timeless style Birch Lane offers. This past year, I have shared some of my favorite Birch Lane finds for your living room, dining room, and outdoor space.

view of blue and white hydrangeas with diy candle holder and shells

Where do you look for inspiration in your home decor?

For me, home decor is not just about a look or a style, but creating a feeling. My favorite place to spend time during the summer months is at the beach…specifically Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  There’s something about spending time near the water that relaxes and rejuvenates me. Since our family vacation isn’t planned until August, I thought I could recreate that feeling of relaxation on my back porch. Hydrangeas, found pieces of sea glass and shells, my DIY Faux Mercury Glass Votive Holders, along with some favorite Birch Lane finds bring the coastal feeling that I long for.

view of lit candle in Iron Lantern Tabletop Lantern and blue and white Emilie Indoor / Outdoor Throw Pillow Cover & Insert from Birch Lane

Add Lighting

Last year, we added some string lights on our porch, but I love the glow of candlelight. This tabletop lantern is so versatile and can be used both indoors, as well as outdoors. It stands at more than 18 inches tall, which makes it a beautiful focal point. I used a single pillar candle, but am thinking about how I can arrange a couple of pillars or flameless candles inside.  Wouldn’t it be great to use in a seasonal display?

Create Cozy Spaces with Pillows

This colors and fabric pattern on this set of two Emilie Tucker Resist Azure Indoor/Outdoor Throw Pillows immediately drew me in.  I love the combination of the vibrant blue against the creamy white background.  The fabric is durable, but still soft and comfortable.  I know that I will have these for years to come.

view of galvanized beverage tub on screened in porch.

Prepare for Entertaining

overhead view of beverage tub filled with ice and Pellegrino water.

We spend a great deal of time on our porch and also around our DIY fire pit that we build last year. This Beverage Tub with Stand is a great addition to our outdoor space.  This is a great addition to our outdoor space, but I can also envision using it indoors as well.  Along with being solid, deep, and sturdy, this beverage tub was so easy to put together and is a great value.   

Dining on the Porch

My family and I eat most of our meals out on the porch, especially during the summer months. I love to set a pretty table for our meals, whether it’s just a small summer meal for two or a larger holiday celebration for the family. When I saw this Nantucket Dinnerware, I knew it would be perfect for summer. Since it has arrived, this dinnerware has quickly become my family’s favorite and I can see that we will use it all year long. These creamy white dishes have a lovely basketweave design that reminds me of the classic Nantucket Baskets.

view of creamy white Nantucket dinnerware from Birch Lane on the porch table.

Don’t you just love the classic pattern of this dinnerware? I paired it here with my DIY Cloth Napkins.

close up view of creamy white Nantucket Dinnerware from Birch Lane paired with diy cloth napkins
A cluster of colored glass bottles, greenery, fairy lights, along with found shells and sea glass create an easy and casual centerpiece.

A cluster of colored glass bottles, greenery, fairy lights, along with found shells and sea glass create an easy and casual centerpiece.

I really love our back porch and thanks to my friends at Birch Lane, it is feeling more like a summer retreat. I hope you enjoy some of these ideas and can use them in your space!

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  1. Your new site looks just as lovely as your coastal porch refresh, Lynne! Love that new dinnerware set along with all the lovely items from Birch Lane!

    1. Thank you so much, Julie! I appreciate your kind words!! Birch Lane is one of my favorite companies! I love their quality and style!

  2. This is just beautiful! The drink bucket would be so useful!!!

  3. It turned out beautifully! Looks like a cozy place to hang out and read a book or sip a cold drink! Amazing!

  4. Love the porch and the galvanized bucket! Your dishes and pillows are so pretty!

  5. Ok, so now I want to shop at Birch Lane!! You shared some beautiful pieces. I especially love that lantern! You have created a lovely outdoor space, Lynn! Pinned!

  6. This is just beautiful!!! I love the basket weave pattern on the plates, and that drink bucket would be so useful!!!

  7. I love this Lynne! I could just as well transport it all to my house, it would fit right in! I’m a bit of a lantern addict so of course, I love the black metal table lantern you chose. That furniture is gorgeous and looks as if it will stand the test of time and I love the blue patterned pillow too! What a great idea to have the galvanised icebox on a stand, it looks much nicer than it just being on the floor and is much more accessible! Love all of your choices from Birch Lane!

  8. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE that basket weave dinner ware set and the beverage tub too!!!!
    These all look like great items anyone would love!!
    Thanks for sharing:)

  9. Lots of fun new items to bring your porch together That beverage stand is so cute! . Enjoy your patio this summer!

  10. You have a beautiful pooch update with Birch Lnae items. Isn’t it amazing how just the right select items added can make everything fresh!

  11. Your refreshed porch looks so cozy and welcoming. Who wouldn’t want to spend time in this lovely spot?

  12. What a beautiful porch and so many lovely touches. I am in the process of getting my own together for summer. I need to go check out Birch Lane for sure!!

  13. The patio looks awesome. I love all your new additions, especially the beverage tub. It’s a very practical item to have on a porch. The pillows add a great pop of color and pattern. Enjoy your porch. Before your vacation.

  14. I love everything about this – just beautiful Such a fun and relaxing place to spend some great family time.

  15. Ooooh, I have to go check out those Nantucket dishes!! They have such a great New England vibe!! Pinning so I remember them!!!

  16. I am a total sucker for dishes and that basketweave pattern is perfect! Also, the beverage cooler…I have had a similar one for years and use it SO much! Great lineup of easy-breezy decor choices!

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