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  • Style Your Porch Like a Pro

    The weather is warming up and the sunshine is out! It’s the time of year to spruce up your outdoor seating areas, preparing an inviting space to welcome your family and friends. If you have ever imagined of creating your dream gathering space but just didn’t know how to pull it off then you have come to the right place. A few weeks ago, Dixie Seating Company partnered with professional stylist Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate to put together a styled shoot to bring you tips and design advice so you can style your porch like a pro.

    Styled to Perfection Styled to Perfection

    Seating Accommodations

    Start by taking a good look at your gathering place and thinking about the needs you have for seating. Measuring the space to see what furniture and seating pieces you can accommodate is a must. You will want to measure the depth and width of your porch or seating area and then can work on a layout to imagine where each seating piece will fit.

    Multi-Functional Pieces

    It is ideal to utilize pieces of furniture that have multiple functionality. For example, footstools that can function as seating and benches that double as tables. Pulling in multi-functional pieces will create a more utilitarian gathering space making it more practical for everyday use and more operational for when you have larger groups of guests.

    Footstools can be used for seating. Footstools can be used for seating.
    Use benches as tables! Use benches as tables!



    When looking to introduce color to your space, look to adding cushions and tie in the color through an outdoor rug and even flowering plants. If you have red cushions, find a rug that has a hint of red in the weaving, a couple red pots, and add red geraniums potted and gathered around your seating area. Carrying a color through all elements on a porch helps to pull it together and create an inviting, cozy space.


    Porch Swing Color Play!

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    Decide the style of vibe you want your porch to have. Do you want a touch of rustic? Then look for lanterns that have rope handles, add a woven rug and straw baskets. Add wildflowers and softer green plants like lavender, daisies, and trailing vines Feeling a little more modern? Find contemporary lanterns with clean lines and minimal decor elements, chose and outdoor rug that has a geometric pattern. Perhaps look to plants that can be trimmed clean and have a different vibe- boxwoods, mondo grass, add white gravel stones to pots or surrounding the patio area, or go with succulents if you're in the right climate!

    Sticking to these professional style-guides and design tips will help guide you as you begin to work or update your outdoor space. Still feeling stuck? Godwin suggests making your porch or patio area feel like an extension of your interior home.

    As Spring turns to Summer, this is the best time to prep your outdoor space for entertaining or even al fresco dining just as couple for a simple little romantic evening. Simple ways you can make your space feeling cozier and want to be outdoors more are by adding textiles and soft elements- consider adding cushions to your seating. Find a complimentary outdoor rug. Neutral throws always make a great addition for evenings when the temperature dips. Add candles or string lights for a glimmering warm glow as it gets dark. If various insects are a concern, think of adding some plants that are natural insect repellants like lavender, marigolds, peppermint, and chrysanthemum.“

    Style Like a Pro! Style Like a Pro!

    Happy Styling!


    Photography by: Laura Sumrak

    Styling by: Studio Cultivate 

    Furniture: Dixie Seating Company

    Plants: Oakdale Greenhouses

  • Porch Swing Weather

    Fall in North Carolina

    It’s November and the weather has finally started to turn a little cooler here in the South. The mornings are crisp and the afternoons are the perfect combination of warm sunshine and fall breezes. At Dixie Seating Company, we call this kind of weather, porch swing weather. It’s the perfect time of year to sit out on your front porch with friends or family and enjoy the beautiful weather, the color-changes in the leaves and a warm mug of hot cider.


    When the days get shorter, it’s important to make the most of daylight hours. Nothing is better than having nowhere to be, noone to see and nothing to do but just be. These days, it seems like there is always something pulling us away from just relaxing with what is, taking the time to notice the subtle changes in the seasons. We rush through the summer with vacations that are more taxing than they are relaxing and hurry ourselves right on into Christmas and before we know it, we have missed some of the most magical moments that occur in nature.

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    Autumn ushers in warm, bright colors that light up the trees with one last breathtaking show before they rest for the Winter months. It also brings with it fun seasonal traditions that are only enjoyed during the cooler months like hot cider, pumpkin spice everything, Halloween, Thanksgiving and of course, football.  The nostalgic nature of this season brings back traditions that we enjoy year after year.


     This fall season, we hope you take the time to relax and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Spend some time with your family and loved-ones delighting in the traditions you share together.  And if you are looking for your porch swing to tie it all together, we know where you can find one.   At Dixie Seating Company, each of our porch swings are hand-crafted and made with top-quality hardwoods so that you can enjoy your swing season after season. Shop our full line of porch swings today!


    Happy Fall Y’All.

    For a limited time, use Coupon Code: PORCHWEATHER to get 15% off your purchase of porch swings and rocking chairs.

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