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B(log)BQ with Weber, and an Ace Giveaway!

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill
Hey guys! Did you know us Allens are the Kings and Queens of grilling and backyard parties, respectively? I’m sure you had no idea. Anyways, I know it’s kinda cliche for dudes to be super into grilling and babes to be super into entertaining and throwing parties, and at our house we usually kind of pride ourselves on going against the gender role flow. But Jeff and I fall right into those stereotypes of grill master extraordinaire and hostess with the most-est, and we are damn good at it.

I gave Jeff a Weber grill for his first father’s day present seven years ago. He had always been curious about grilling and it seemed like a really good ‘dad’ gift, so I thought, what the hell? He took to it right away! Jeff would be the first to tell you that he’s not super proficient in the kitchen overall, but grilling looked good on him from the start. It was something I knew nothing about, so I couldn’t boss him about it (I do do that sometimes. I’m a jerk, I know). He could learn on his own, and at his own pace. Which he did, very quickly and awesomely. He is for sure one of the best, if not thee best, grill master out of all of our friends. He loves it, he’s proud of it, and it makes him happy.

I on the other hand, love a good party. Always have, always will. Things have changed a lot from the day of keg stands and party cups, but the general idea is still the same — relax and enjoy being with each other. Nowadays with everyone being all old and kidded-up, the key is to create cool vibes for both demographic sets: the kiddos and the oldos. Parents can’t enjoy themselves if the kids are squabbling and bickering (as they do), so I always try to have a few small new activities set up for the little people. I know the adults don’t need much, especially if the kids are happy, but I try and make it a little extra special — a tub full of beer on ice, some party lights, conversation seating and easy but fun serving pieces.

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill
Zones are crucial to parties. You have to let your guests feel like they have multiple and distinctly different regions in which to hang. For us, it is especially important for us to have spaces that are kid friendly now that my friends and I have created all these small people. Think about what you want your backyard or outdoor space to do for you, how do you want it to operate? If you have a small patio space, you might want to invest in some nice lounge furniture instead of a dining table. If you have kids, make sure you have tons of yard games on hand and spaces dedicated for them to play them in. If you just want to chill and read a book (kind of a Party Foul to be honest, but we’ll allow it), set up a hammock and make it cozy with comfy pillows. Ace put together a list of really useful tips on creating outdoor spaces that are even more in depth, highly recco if you’re in need of some solid advice.

For us, the main Zone in our back yard tends to be the patio table and grill region. The dudes hang together and shoot the bull while tending to the grill, the girls hang at the table and sip some champagne (like the housewives do), and the kids run around the backyard. The hammock has turned into a swing set of sorts, and the kids love to climb all over it when they get together. Let’s not forget the fire pit area, which everyone tends to gather at after we scarf a delish meal. Lots of times we follow it up with s’mores for the kiddos, and very funny jokes for the grown ups. We keep two Adirondack style chairs out by the fire pit, but I have a large stash of folding lawn chairs that I can pull out at a moments notice.

For this B(log)BQ, I set out lots of fun toys (aka distractions) for the kids. I find that the dollar section at big box stores can offer up a lot of good, fun, cheap toys, and I tend to stock up. I was able to score a few badminton sets, sunglasses and bubbles – kids eat this stuff up. All were a hit, and the kids played for hours. It was a hot sunny day, one of the first this season, and I made sure to shade sunny areas with umbrellas. Umbrellas are also something I have a cache of. End of seasons sales offer good deals for umbrellas and stands, and they make a great backdrop for social party zones. Color palette is crucial, even when you’re just in the backyard. I try and get pillows, napkins and even bouncy balls to tie into a specific color story. This year the backyard is sporting bright magenta, orange, and turquoise colors paired with lots of metallic copper pieces. When in doubt, I go white – always have a neutral you can depend on!

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill
Gardens and flowers make a great backdrop for outdoor parties, but you don’t have to have a green thumb to throw a killer party. Add some hanging baskets to your outdoor space, and keep the lawn maintained and mowed. I’m one of those crazy people that mow once ever 4-5 days. We have an electric mower for our small backyard, it takes ten minutes and it keeps the backyard looking sharp. When I have extra time I use my edger to make it look real good. Its one of those extra touches that goes a long way. We always have the party lights up, they are a permanent installation in our backyard. They’re the perfect amount of ambiance. We recently upgraded to some real deal cafe style lights. The other globe lights could be a little overpowering at times, and I didn’t want to have a plane accidentally mistake the yard for a landing strip. These new lights are spaced a bit further apart and give off a warm glow, they’re not as bright as the globes and it looks pro-fesh.

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill
So when Ace Hardware asked me if I could share with you guys how we throw a BBQ while at the same time showing off this Weber Genesis Grill, and all of it’s cool features, I was like “oh heck yes we can”.

We love our backyard, and as all good Minnesotans do, we want to soak up every last moment of summer outdoor time. That means outdoor cooking. I’m gonna throw it out there and say that we host some sort of backyard hang sesh at least twice a month in the summer, and it almost always involves grilling. Having a gas grill or even a hybrid propane-start charcoal grill makes for easy grilling. We keep a stash of dogs and brats on hand, but we venture into all sorts of different grill territory. With our CSA in the summer we grill lots of veggies and fixings for tacos. On Friday nights we grill chops and ‘taters. And in the late summers we’ll try our hand at deep frying french fries (from our garden) while hamburgers grill on the grateand buns toast on the upper warming rack.

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill
Can we talk about this grill for a sec? Jeff is a charcoal purist, and was a bit timid about trying a gas grill. It didn’t take long for him to be wooed by this baby. To make him feel a bit more at home I picked up some hickory chips so that he could add the smokey flavor we all love to the foodz he was grilling. It worked well, and it made the backyard smell pretty damn good. The chef de cusine grilled for us his own secret dry rub wings, corn, beer soaked brats and ‘dawgz for the kiddos. You guys, the side burner! This is one thing I’m really sold on is the side burner, Jeff boiled the brats, in beer, outside! There is so much possibility for this, like corn on the cobs or deep fried french fries, or even steamed veggies. I love it. Also, there is tons of room on this grill. It would be hard to believe you’d have to make meals in batches (which is a problem we would run into all the time on our charcoal grill). I don’t think our old Weber Performer charcoal grill will be going anywhere soon, but now we totally understand all the benefits this Genesis adds to our BBQ game.

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill

Summer Time Parties with a new Weber Grill

This is my squad from Ace! Seriously, I love all the people that work at my local Ace and it was a treat to have them come to my home and deliver this grill! They even kept their ear pieces in so that they could help out on the floor while away from the store — aren’t they the best? They had the entire grill assembled and ready to go. It only took a minute for them to unload this beast, and put it into position on my patio. Thanks so much, dudes!

So, is your backyard barbeque ready? Ace wants to help you get it ready by offering free assembly and delivery on ALL the hottest names in grills $399 and up, starting this Wednesday, May 25th and ending on Monday, May 30th! Also, those cool people over at Ace are giving me a $350 Ace gift card to give to one of you lucky readers to help you get from grill-less to good-to-grill! To enter, leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite style of Weber grill is, and follow me on Instagram. Contest ends June 4th at midnight.

Ace Hardware has provided me with the products used within this project. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions and positions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.
Thanks a biznillion, Ace!
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Simple Landscape Lighting

Simple DIY Landscape Lighting How to | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Guyses! Earlier this spring I made the biggest easiest improvement to increase our nighttime backyard chill vibes, and it was so incredibly simple. I’m unlocking the mysteries of landscape lighting for ya. I command (yep, command) you all to follow my lead and do the same with your outdoor spaces!

So, I always thought you had to have tons of money and an electrician to enjoy a nicely lighted landscape. I mean that would make sense to me, for lots of reasons. Number one, we’re talking about electricity and the elements (like rain, and kids!), so I would assume cables would have to be buried 18″ below the ground, and stowed safely inside of conduit – but that is not true. Also, because you’re hooking up light fixtures to wires with flaming hot electricity running through them, I would assume that you would need a professional electrician to hook it all up properly – nopers! Also, I assumed it would all cost thousands of dollars, and it totally doesn’t.

Landscape Lighting Supplies

Seriously, alll you need is an GFCI outdoor outlet, a transformer, some low-voltage cable and landscape light fixtures.

The key to making this easy enough for you and I to do this without electrocuting ourselves is the transformer. It plugs into an outdoor outlet and doesn’t need to be hardwired. The transformer knocks down a 120V standard current outlet, to a low 12V, which is safe enough for us typical non-electrician homeowners to use without worrying about getting zapped. And with the advent of LED lighting, the wattage necessary to run a backyard full of lights is incredibly and surprisingly low. For reference, I have 9 lights in my backyard running on a whopping 48 watts – that’s like the same as one incandescent bulb! I insist that you purchase LED lights for this reason alone. Because of the low wattage, the transformer can be really small, I am running everything on a 120W transformer, whereas just a few years ago, the same lighting layout might have needed a transformer that ran between 600 – 1,200 watts – and watts cost, bros. To figure out what size transformer you need, add up the total amount of wattage your fixtures will be using and then purchase a transformer that can support that amount. I would recommend leaving at least 25% extra in case you want to add extra lighting in the future.

of Portfolio Transformer

The low-voltage transformer then hooks up to low-voltage landscape cables, it’s recommend that you use 12 to 16 gauge wires for small wattage transformers. I used about 130 feet of cable in my backyard. After using the chart below, I determined that using a 14 gauge wire would be cool for me.

Landscape Lighting Chart

It’s super easy to connect the wire to the transformer (which should come with easy to follow instructions). To break it down; after unplugging the transformer, strip the wire, and then attach it to the bottom of the transformer using a screwdriver. Then… ha ha, jokes on you! There is no ‘then’, that’s it!

Bottom of Portfolio Transformer

The Portfolio transformer I purchased has two transformer connection points so that I could run two lines of cable off it. This made it easy to run wire from one side of the backyard to the other, since our outlet was located near the middle of the house. Imagine the wiring as a ‘U’, and the transformer is in the center of it, the cables extend outward in each direction.

Simple DIY Landscape Lighting How to | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Simple DIY Landscape Lighting How to | Deuce Cities Henhouse
When figuring out your lighting situation consider what landscape that you’d like to illuminate. I wanted to illuminate the small trees that we have in our gardens by using spot lights. The trees are spaced evenly in the yard, which in turn allows for evenly spaced lighting, each spotlight is about the same distance apart. We have another walkway that runs along a garden to our garage. This garden is full of plants all under two feet tall so spotlights weren’t necessary. Instead, I thought it would be appropriate to use a path light to light both the garden and the path. I did have to fish the wire under the walkway (call 811 before you dig!), and to do that I created a crimped pipe (aka old curtain rod) and hammered it under the path. I used a third type of lighting near our garage where we have two branchy dogwoods. For this I illuminated the dog woods with a buried well light. I love the dramatic effect of all of it! Seriously, you guys!

Simple DIY Landscape Lighting How to | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Simple DIY Landscape Lighting How to | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Simple DIY Landscape Lighting How to | Deuce Cities Henhouse
You always want to consider how many lights you have on a cable. As you attach more and more lights, the ones farther away from the transformer may be slightly dimmer, so don’t overload yer cables! This is why I used two lines instead of one. Also, your first light on the line should always be placed at least 10 feet down the cable – if you want to place a fixture near the box, just bury the ten feet of cable in the ground – make sense? The pros say you should stagger your lights down a pathway and try to avoid light overlap. I mean, you wouldn’t want to confuse people walking in the evening with overlapping light, I guess it can be a trip hazard?? Also, if you think you might want to add more light onto your cables down the road, make sure to bury extra sections of cable every once in awhile so that you can have that option later on. I already want to do this, because duh, it’s me.

Landscape Lighting Connection Points

Now that you are designing landscape lighting like a bawse, the only thing left to do is to attach your fixtures. Remember guys? No fancy splices required here! Just purchase fixtures with connection points. All you have to do is screw two prongs down into the landscape wire, and it’s safe and secure. After connecting all my fixtures I lightly buried the cable under the mulch near the border of the garden. Running the cable along the border makes it very easy for me to find it if I want to add more plants to the garden or if I want to add more lights onto my cable. Bury or cover your low-voltage cable in a safe spot to avoid accidentally digging it up or catching it on the lawn mower. If you want to make it harder for yourself and decide to purchase fixtures that need to be hard wired, make sure to use a weather proof electrical nut, however the fixtures I choose come with their own connection point.

Simple DIY Landscape Lighting How to | Deuce Cities Henhouse
The expense is all relative. Personally, I thought it would cost much more, and the impact that it had on our yard was well worth the $300 we spent on the project. You can easily find lighting kits that start as low as $80 and still achieve the same effect. I’m already planning on doing the front foundation garden and side garden next year, and asked my concrete guys to run a channel of PVC under the walkway in the front yard so I can easily get cable from one side of the yard to the other. We’ll need an electrician to come install an exterior outlet in the front of the house, otherwise I’d already be all over that.

You guys gots to do this, I’m not kidding!

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Perennials : Solomon’s Seal

Growing Perennials Series: Solomon's Seal
Gardening budz! I’m popping in to share a shade loving favorite and a recent bloomer from my yard, Solomon’s Seal. This one is rather new to me, I took my first little shoot from my mom’s house two growing seasons ago. Since then, it has become one of my favorite signs of spring, and I enjoy it’s variegated foliage and staggered leaves in my shady garden all summer long. I have my Solomon’s Seal tucked in a shady area with some hosta and ferns, and because the Solomon’s Seal has a bit of height and presence, it gives a lot of texture to that side of the garden. I really adore it, and am excited to see at least a dozen shoots popping up from my little Solomon’s Seal ‘grove’ this year.

If you have a shady spot in your garden, this plant is a total must. Typically it comes in two varieties, a solid green leaf and variegated leaf (seen in my garden). I am a sucker for texture in ma’ beds, and would highly recco the variegated variety to add visual interest and height to your green space. This perennial will float above other perennials in a garden in this perfectly airy and wonderful way. The thing that just gets me though, is those little tear drop shaped flowers that barely hang on to their branches. I love them! Later in the summer the flowers turn into little dark blue berries, and in the fall the leaves transform to a golden yellow.

Taking care of Solomon’s Seal is pretty easy. They like moist well drained soil but can handle a bit of sun. Leave a decent amount of space for them when planting rhizomes because they will spread out. My little section is about as much room as I can spare, therefore next year when a bunch of them pop up, I will dig ’em up and share with my friends. See? Also, for all you country folk, these bad boys are deer resistant.

Botanical name:
Polygonatum odoratum

Growing Perennials Series: Solomon's Seal

Growing Perennials Series: Solomon's Seal

Light:
Prefers shade to full shade to partial sun.

Watering:
Likes moist soil well drained soil.

Size:
Can grow up to 2 feet wide and 2+ feet tall.

Growing Perennials Series: Solomon's Seal

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Tips for Choosing Foundation Garden Plants


Guys! After toiling over our foundation garden for years, seriously years, I finally decided that it was time for real change. Not gonna lie, seeing my garden beds torn apart to make way for our new stoop definitely pushed me in that direction. Starting from a meager plant budget about six years ago, I had taken to dividing my perennials every couple of seasons to fill in the front foundation garden. Seeing my DIY punk rawk gardening effort destroyed was especially a bummer after finally getting my perennials and foundation beds to a point where they felt full grown and realized. I was this close to having real curb appeal, and then a bob cat came along, and that was that. I guess I’m being a bit dramatic, it’s not all bad, I was able to save the Hostas and a two of the Heucheras, but I lost all the Hydrangea and one of the Salvia. And lets be real, my plant likes/dislikes have changed, just like my love for Screeching Weasel and stinky basement shows. It just finally felt like this was the time to let the old garden go, plan a new front foundation garden, and invest in some well cared for perennials.

So I dug everything up and went shopping! If I can’t have full grown perennials that I have nurtured in my yard for years, then I will have the second best thing, store bought perennials (total sell out, I know!) from a brand I trust. I headed out with my gardening guru, my ma, and we went to our favorite nursery, Tonkadale Greenhouse to pick up a car full of Monrovia perennials. Monrovia has always been a brand I look for, and honestly gush over all of the selections when I go to the flower store. Their plants are always amazingly beautiful, huge, flowering wonderful things, and the selection and diversity is beyond what you find at a lot of other places. I honestly think that other plant brands don’t even compare, this stuff is good. My first experience with Monrovia was years ago when I realized that they grew the most beautiful types of peonies I had ever seen. You could just tell that these were well bred, cared for plants, that were raised to thrive. I’ve been a huge fan ever since.

Anyways, I was in the market for some new foundation plants for my front flower beds. I had spent the week prior adding new soil to the beds and removing all the old perennials and debris. Don’t worry, everything got replanted around the yard or given to neighbors.

I had a color story I wanted to follow, which included lots of purple and blue-ish greens. I’ve found that these are my favorite colors to go with the dark blue color of the house. My front yard is shaded for most of the morning and then gets partial sun in the afternoon, the left garden gets more sun than the right. I wanted height in the back (towards the house), but I also wanted structure. I found the perfect amount of both of these qualities in the Penstemon. I thought including some blue Hosta would be a really good compliment to dark blue siding on the house, and would break up the purple of the Penstemon. Heuchera and Hosta together are my favorite combination, so I knew I would be purchasing Heuchera too. Lastly, I was looking for some texture and was hoping to find it in some unique foliage, which I did in the Jacob’s ladder.


I took sometime to think about what I needed and came up with this basic plan (above) before I went out shopping.

Alright, so my spreadsheet-obsessed-husband is rubbing off on me, I’ve been wanting to put a ‘zone 4’ plant database together, including all of the crucial info such as their height, width, color, water needs, sun needs, etc. Guess what you guys? Monrovia already did that! I actually spent quite a bit of time looking through plant catalog using their database, you can find it over here (follow the link and click on ‘plant catalog’). You can also shop Monrovia online and have them shipped to your local nursery if you have your heart set on something specific.

Height

This is a crucial step when planning any garden. Make sure you are paying attention to the height of the plants, especially since when you see them in a garden center or nursery they are usually all about the same size, it can be deceiving. Obviously, I wanted to have tall stuff towards the back of my garden and gradually it get shorter and more petit as it moves to the front. I choose Husker Red Penstemon in the back, Hadspen Blue Plantain Lily Hosta, and Black Beauty Coral Bells (aka Heuchera). I also added a bit of small blue sedum to the very front to fill in and creep over the edging. For the left garden I purchased some large mounding Jacobs Ladder. Guys! I never knew Variegated Jacob’s Ladder came in such large sizes, when this matures it will look make really cool mounds 24″ wide and 18″ tall.

Sun|Shade Requirements

When you are purchasing your perennials, make sure that they will be suitable for your gardens sun/shade requirements. Lots of times garden centers will have all of their sun loving perennials together, while keeping their shade lovers in a covered sheltered section. This makes choosing plants with similar light requirements easier.

Blooming Time

Having tiered blooming time has been a hard lesson for me to learn, it’s so easy to get distracted by all the pretty blooming plants in the spring. I’m guilty of doing it, and now I have a garden that doesn’t have a lot of bloomers in the mid to late summer. When purchasing plants always be conscious of having staggered bloom times, that way there can always be something interesting and pretty happening in your gardens.

Color & Texture

When considering a plant, don’t just think of what the flower color will be, but also consider the foliage and texture. I adore interesting and textural leaves just as much as I do a pretty bloom. Make sure to pick plants who’s colors and leaves compliment each other.

Watering

Make sure you know how much water your new plant needs, you don’t want to put a plant that loves dry sandy soil next to a water guzzler, cause one of them will probs die. Honestly, I just try and stick with plants that need moderate water, ’cause I basically water them all the same and I don’t have time for divas.

Growing Perennials : Bleeding Heart

Hadspen Blue Plantain Lily

LIGHT
Full to partial shade.

WATERING:
Best with regular watering- weekly or more often in extreme heat.

SIZE:
Moderate growth to 12 inches tall, 20 inches wide.

Growing Perennials : Bleeding Heart

Husker Red Penstemon

LIGHT
Partial to full sun.

WATERING:
Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance.

SIZE:
Fast growing to 30 to 36 in. tall, 12 in. wide.

Growing Perennials : Bleeding Heart

Variegated Jacob’s Ladder

LIGHT
Full shade to Partial shade.

WATERING:
Needs wet or constantly moist soil.

SIZE:
Reaches 12 to 18 in. tall and 24 in. wide.

Growing Perennials : Bleeding Heart

Black Beauty Coral Bells

LIGHT
Partial shade to full sun.

WATERING:
Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance.

SIZE:
Foliage mounds 10 to 12 in. tall, 16 in. wide.


Monroiva has got everything, you guys, so even if you’re not planting a huge foundation garden like me, they still have amazing products. Monrovia won’t let their plants ship to nurseries until they meet rigorous quality and size standards. My mom and I got to the nursery just as they received a new Monrovia shipment, it took mom and I all of the will power not to buy the whole truck. Monrovia is sold at most big box stores and a lot of local ma and pop nurseries, click here to find a nursery or garden center near you.

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Mini Makeover : Front Porch

Modern & Chill Front Porch | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Dudes! My front porch has been kind of magical lately. I should say, it’s always been magical, but now it’s really magical. If you’ve followed along, you know that I have always struggled when it comes to designing this space. The biggest challenge of course is the small size, it’s a front porch, so it’s tiny. It comes off about seven feet from the front of the house and is about 20 feet long, oh, and there is the entry to our house right in the middle of it. It’s been a difficult to find away to make the best use of the space.

A few years back we added a round Docksta dining table to the smaller side of the space, which gave that area purpose. Before then, we just threw toys and other junk in large piles in that corner, now we actually eat a lot of meals out here during the summer, and we’ve been known to play a game or two. Just last night I sat around the table with my girlfriends (aka The She’Vaughns) as we planned for world domination. The table has been a good addition and I’m glad we divided the space into a dining/game zone and a sitting area.

However, the sitting area has never been exactly right. We were struggling to put a lot of hand-me-down furniture into a very small space and what we needed to be doing was finding furniture to fit the space, not fitting furniture into the space. Seems obvious I guess, but as with most folks, there was always this whole budget thing we had to be mindful of, and ours was nonexistent. We had a lot of other projects to complete and budget for, before we could buy anything for a front porch. So we made them most of what we had, and I tied our rag tag group of furniture together with a bunch of accessories I like to call “Urban Cabin“. This all worked for a time too, and then it had it’s run.

Finally we were ready to invest a little bit of dat cash money into the space. We’ve had the sofa for-ev-er. We purchased it new back in 2004 form Room and Board, as barely 24 year olds, it was the most expensive thing we had ever purchased. Three years ago we purchased new living room furniture and the sofa made it’s way into the porch. A new furniture arrangement was in order too. We moved the sofa ninety degrees nestling it into the entire seven foot width of the porch. In a perfect world I’d love for there to be a little breathing room on either side of the sofa, but this new layout does wonders for da flow. Before people would have to scoot between the coffee table and the sofa, now it’s really easy to walk into the space and take a seat.

The coffee table/cocktail table also adds to this aforementioned “flow”. This nesting table from Ikea is the perfect solution, I love the organic shape of the table tops and because they nest, they can be pulled out to accommodate massive hang times, divided up so that everyone has a place to set their drink, or tucked under if things start to get crazy. You get what I’m saying though, this a very modular and practical piece of furniture for our space, and it looks nice.

I found the two Bertoia chairs on craigslist for a steal, $100 bucks for the pair. They are perfect in our porch space, light and airy, not taking up too much visual space, but still comfortable and modern. The rug has been a big game changer as well, for now the brownish/pinkish carpet is non-negotiable, so throwing down this black and grey striped rug from Ikea has enhanced the vibe of the space ten fold.

In case you were wonderin’, I DIY’d both the beaded macrame planter and the geo-planter. Having plants be hung adds that flora I love, but doesn’t take up valuable surface space. I had the same idea when I hacked the Target table lamps and made them into two sconces flanking our entry way. I needed to hang shit up, not set it down, and this was a good way to do it. The lights are on a timer, which is nice for us since they do have to be plugged in. Other than a few throw pillows everything is pretty much the same, but so much better. I am totally smitten, and pretty sure that the porch will stay this way for awhile before it gets touched again.

A few months back I posted a inspiration and mood board. I pretty much followed it to a tee, so if you are looking to “shop da look” head over to this link for more info. Otherwise, shoot any questions my way down in the comms.

Modern & Chill Front Porch | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Modern & Chill Front Porch | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Modern & Chill Front Porch | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Modern & Chill Front Porch | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Modern & Chill Front Porch | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Modern & Chill Front Porch | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Modern & Chill Front Porch | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Modern & Chill Front Porch | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Modern & Chill Front Porch | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Modern & Chill Front Porch | Deuce Cities Henhouse

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