A welcoming front porch I created at the Grille


The Vedder Mountain Grille is a lovely little restaurant located in Yarrow, BC Canada on Yarrow Central Road. It’s situated in one of the older buildings, which instantly loads every nook and cranny with vintage character.

I have the privilege of decorating up the Grille… with MY stuff to sell. It’s a win – win situation for Laurie and I and she’s been patiently waiting for me to get my act together and start playing around. So this weekend I did something about it!

Laurie had previously summoned me to look out for some chairs for her front porch.  She wanted to create an inviting coffee area outdoors under the perfect overhang. So this weekend I landed a couple chairs with the most amazing patina ever.

I’m not sure how old these are, but I could never mimic the amazing finish on them. They don’t need to be touched at all.

But I didn’t stop there.

I shopped Laurie’s storage area upstairs to see what other treasures I could use to spruce up the surroundings.

Doesn’t this just beckon you in for a nice hot beverage over a friendly chit chat?

And yes, one of the chairs is from my own personal collection and is for sale. 🙂 The sisal seat is in flawless condition and the chair is as sturdy as a rock. I’ve worked the stain on the wood to give it abit more dimension. It’s a cool piece.

So eclectically cute! Note the reflection in the window? There’s even a thrift store right across the road! Heaven I tell ya! 🙂

It’s a very simple makeover due to the fact that everything comes indoors for night, however I believe it speaks volumes. Front porches always seem to invite friendly conversation and this front porch is no different. It’s the perfect little addition to an already awesome restaurant!

And as payback for my shopping, Laurie cooked me up one of her pasta specials, homemade spaghetti and meatballs with homemade nacho chips and dip, caesar salad, and garlic bread. Ah… and her fabulous hot coffee a little on the strong side, just the way I like it! Yes… I love working with Laurie very very much. I even sat outside to enjoy it. 🙂

I’ll be making and bringing in more of my treasures to the restaurant this week. And I’ll be sure to show you what’s going in and what we’re doing with it this time.

Coming by this way? Be sure to stop in and let Laurie know how famous her front porch is. 🙂

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  1. I love what you have done with the front porch! Sweet!!!!! And such a charming restaurant!!
    Thrift store nearby?? Heaven for sure!!
    Wish I could stop by!! Sigh!

  2. Hello Donna,
    The updates that you made to the front porch look so inviting and cozy. Coffee being my FAVORITE drink. I would love to sit back and enjoy a cup or two of Laurie’s strong coffee. Can’t wait to see what other fun treasures pop up at the restaurant this week.
    Smiles, Paula

  3. Hi Donna, you made that storefront a sweet little place to enjoy lunch. I love the old chairs and the beautiful tubs of flowers. I’d love to see the inside too. I really should go visit my sister in Chilliwack so I can visit you and the Grille too! Some day I’ll do that! ~ Pamela

  4. I love what you did to her front porch. The transformation is amazing. Since I live in Florida, USA I don’t forsee making that long treck to visit but I surely do want to after seeing the end results. Perhaps in my dreams I will visit and sit on one of the chairs out front and sip on my cup of coffee and enjoy the progress of the day there. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. I love seeing your photos and the transformations using your talents in before and after photos. That is such a welcomming place now and it seems to beckon all to come and sit a spell and enjoy the moment.

  5. Definitely a win-win for you both! And you’re right – the patina on those 1st chairs looks just perfect. Hope the new outside seating is a hit!

  6. How cute and inviting!! I’m finding more and more that working together with a like-minded creative type makes a winning endeavor for both. I think the big players call it “networking.” 🙂

  7. Donna you did a great job. Love her shop and that really made the entrance with the little
    tables and chairs. Gosh I wish I could make it
    there, but I’m way too far away….:( Hope you
    sell a lot, I know you will.

  8. What a gorgeous front entrance , I have been oohing and ahhhing at your blog for around 12 months now 🙂 thank you for continued inspiration xx. Ava from Australia