Summer In Style Outdoor Edition: Boho Porch Moments

Hi Everyone!

Its Summetime friends, which means its time for outdoor entertaining, dining, and lounging, and its my most favorite time of the year.  I know alot of people feel like the winter holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but I beg to differ.  Im such a warm weather chick and I love nothing more than balmy sun drench days.

Today my sweet sweet friend (both via social media and in real life, actually) Katrina has invited me to share my outdoor space in her Summer In Style Outdoor series and I couldnt he happier.  I absolutely LOVE her and adore her gorgeous home and sweet family.  Katrina was actually one of my inspirations to downsize and I cant thank her enough.  All week we’ve seen some really pretty and super inspiring outdoor spaces and Im excited to share ours.  If you are coming over from Alexi’s, HI and WELCOME!  I mean, how amazing was her ice cream bar!!  So fun and festive and I walked away craving pistachio almond ice cream big time!

For those of you who are new to me, Hola!  My name is Shavonda and I live in Sacramento CA with my family in our little home I lovingly call #thecottagebungalow. We downsized into our home about 3 years ago from a one twice its size and we’ve been on a journey of discovering how to make it work and live in less since.  Im a designer and stylist and looooove moody, boho/eclectic interiors.  Im also a bit of a maximalist and pretty much hoard all the things.

Here in our little bungalow Summer not only means warm weather and bbq’s, it also means we get to capitalize on our outdoor spaces which is  soooooo welcome after being hunkered down indoors for months during fall and winter.  We LOVE our small home but it gets tight in here sometimes!

Our home is a total fixer upper and we are slowly making the rounds so we dont have any backyard outdoor spaces yet, BUT, the one useable outdoor area we do have is our porch.  Its one of the features about this house that made me fall in love with it and its my little haven.  Im a southern girl so porch living was an essential way of life back home.  When I made my way out west I didnt think I was going to get one.  But we did and I love it more than pretty much anything.

I treat it as an extension of the adjoining living room so It allows us to spread out a bit.  Thankfully we live in an area where our climate is really temperate so that means  I get to enjoy this space for more than half the year.  Its not completely finished, but its the perfect place for me to people watch, enjoy a good book, my morning cup of tea, and carve out moments of quiet and reflection.  Its a little boho haven and its my favorite spot in the house right now. Im completely in love with our hew hanging chair.  Its so comfortable and just perfect for kicking back and relaxing.

  I’m also a major plant lover so ive incorporated several of my favorite plant babies into the space. I brought a bit of that back home vibe out here with some Boston ferns…a true southern porch staple. But its also super relaxed and casual which is what Cali living is all about.

We still have lots work to do here, but I’m so happy with where its at at the moment.  Thank you all so much for stopping by, and THANK YOU Katrina for having me.  Make sure you head over to Darnetha’s next.  Give her virtual hugs for me.  I know her in real life, too! And be sure to scroll down to catch the entire tour lineup).  Until next time friends….


{You can catch my DIY painted floor tutorial here.  The hanging chair is from here. The chinoiserie set is from Craigslist.  The hammock is from our vacation in Mexico, but you can get even better and less expensive (bonus!) ones here, here, here, or here! }




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