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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

  • As Southern as Sweet Tea and Pecan Pie

    Enjoy life the Southern way.Dixie Seating Company has been making fine, American seating since 1931. We are located in the heartland of the furniture capital, right smack in the Piedmont of North Carolina. We like to think that rocking chairs are the symbol of hospitality. There really isn't anything like relaxing into a big rocker on the front porch and listening to the world go on around you. In fact, you can find our rockers being used at  welcome centers like the Jim Beam Distillery for just that reason. Since we know a thing or two about Southern hospitality, we thought we would offer up a few tips. If you ever find yourself south of the Mason-Dixon line, these will come in handy.


    When in Doubt, Wave

    This might be far fetched for our neighbors up North, but down here, we wave....at everyone. If you pass by someone on the road and they start waving at you, just smile, give a slight nod of the head and then wave back. You might even discover that this can make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. If you like that feeling, repeat the action as often as you want.


    251789_iced_tea     Sip Slowly

    We have to move a little more slowly down here, mainly because of the heat. But there is something to be said for taking the time to sit back, relax and reflect on the simplicity of life. So, no matter what your drink of choice (Sweat Tea or Mint Julep), sip slow and enjoy.


        Everything Starts With “The”

    If you are looking for directions, make sure you place a “the” in front of whichever establishment you are looking for. For example Walmart becomes “The Walmart” or BP might become “The BP.”


    Macaroni and Cheese Is a Vegetable1023239_macaroni

    Just go ahead and wrap your mind around this, but it is true. You might find yourself at a restaurant choosing from a selection of side vegetables that include mashed potatoes, hash brown casserole, and this cheesy delight. Down here a salad is an appetizer, not a meal!

    There you have it. A few tips on kicking it Southern style. If you ever find yourself down South, stop in! We’ll pour you a glass of sweet tea and shoot the breeze.

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