what’s black and white and red all over?

The newspaper, you say?

Used to be.  But not anymore.  Well, not anymore for the Chicago Tribune.  They use color photos liberally in their coverage these days … and let’s not forget about the Sunday funnies …

A book?

It could be the right answer if you were reading that black and white and red all over book right here …


… resting against my black and white Union Jack drop cloth pillow …


… that sits on the rocker …


… that sits on the front porch …


… that I recently made over for Summer.

See that frame?


Yes.  That frame.  That frame that’s framing out the B?  Our family’s B monogram?


That’s the $.99 frame I found last week at Salvation Army.

See those pots?


Those terracotta pots?


The ones with the bright red geraniums?


The very same pots I aged here last week?


I just couldn’t leave them alone …


So I dressed them up with paint …


Have you caught on that the black and white and red color scheme I’ve got going on here is the very same color scheme that I pinned on my inspiration here …?


My Homes.com Spring Into The Dream Pinterest board …

The very same Pinterest board I created for the Homes.com Pinterest contest?  The one where I’m competing against 24 other bloggers for a $500 Visa gift card for me …

… and a $500 Visa gift card for you too? 

The very same contest where if I win the $500 gift card I get a second $500 to give to one of you …

The very same contest that is still open and will remain so until Friday, May 25 at 11:59 PM ET? Update:  The contest is now closed.

The very same contest that you can learn more about by clicking here …

And now that my black and white and red all over front porch is pulled together, I may finally find some time to settled into that Union Jack pillowed rocker …

2012 front porch 2

… and finally read some black and white and soon-to-be read all over novels …

2012 summer front porch

And please don’t let those pretty potted geraniums catch wind of this post about my Spring porch … otherwise I may come home one day and find them sitting on my neighbor’s porch …

P.S. Be sure to take it outdoors this week so you can link up to our multi-blog “The Great Outdoors” party on May 29. It goes live at 7 AM EST. And when you link here, you’ll be linked on 5 fabulous  blogs.  Click on the blue folder for more …


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  1. Your porch pots are so cute…love them!

  2. LOVE the flowerpots! So cute!

  3. your black and white porch looks awesome!

  4. Love your porch!!!

  5. The Union Jack pillow came out great! I love that you carried the black and white and red scheme throughout the porch. Looks beautiful!

  6. I want to sit on that porch and have a beer. In a black, white & red wrapper.

  7. Beautiful!

  8. Your porch keeps getting beter and better and your pillows more and more awesome!


  9. You go, Linda! That porch is absolutely stunning. Great details!

  10. First, great new pillow!
    Must pin.

    Next, reminds me that I’ve been meaning to get a J initial for our living room!

    Lastly, gosh those black and white…with red all over pots and geraniums really POP!

    Love em.

  11. Just went to pin…
    The super cool pillow isn’t in your shop yet.
    I need to work on patience – LOL

  12. Love the little polka dot flower pots! I just bought a bunch of geraniums and need to get planting. One word of advice – water!

  13. What a fresh color scheme for summer! The pots with the red geraniums and the polka dots are just too cute. You’ll have to keep us posted on how the flowers are doing:)


  14. Linda, this looks fantastic and I love the flower pots. Geraniums seem to grow really well in Chicago, I had some planted last year and come fall dug them up, shock off the soil and bagged them in brown paper bags in the garage. I planted them out a few weeks ago and they are doing wonderfully. You could have plants for life!

  15. Cuuuute! Lovin the black and white. Very un-summery in my head, but it works!

  16. Your porch looks fantastic! I adore the black, white & red combos…my favorite colors. The flower pots are adorable. I wish I could sit there and have a glass of iced tea or wine or coffee or something. :-)


  17. Don’t you just love the stuff you find at Salvation Army? Your color scheme is beautiful! Just found you today and I am your newest follower. Hope you will pop over for a visit! Angie

  18. So CUTE! Love the pots!

  19. Love looking at your goodies today Linda. I really love that frame! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  20. Such a nice job. I like the flower pots so much I pinned one of your photos of them.

    I found you at Handy Man Crafty Woman.

  21. Terribly smitten, my Linda! Makes seeing spots a pleasure…

    Thanks for hanging out with me at my little wreath party! You’re sweet…

  22. You have the most adorable porch EVA! Love the pots, the pillow and the cute frame you have on the door. Enjoy your weekend Linda!

  23. So pretty! I pinned this because I have a very small porch and I’m always looking for new ideas to use on it — LOVE the monogram picture and the way you painted the pots!

  24. Very beautiful :) Love the flower pots!

    I found you at DIY Project Parade.

    Pearlie from Paper N Pearlz

  25. Your porch looks great! I love the pillow and the flower pots.

  26. This is gorgeous!! LOVE it!! Hope you can link it up at my brand new Trendy Tuesday party!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/05/trendy-tuesday-2.html

  27. Those flower pots are the best!!!….Linda…you are now going to make me get out my paint brush and start painting!…because who cannot resist adorning their plain pots with such fun designs…!

  28. The black and white and red is so snazzy! You are always churning out front porch magnificence.

  29. Adorable pots!

  30. This is so cute! I bet it brings a smile to the face of everyone who passes-by your front porch.

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