FRONT PORCH ENVY

FRONT PORCH ENVY

 

I have porch envy!  Even though our home has a very cozy, spacious screened-in porch with peaceful views of the lake, I would love to have a front porch.  Not the kind of porch that only has enough space to decorate for the seasons and greet our guests.  But a front porch where you can sit on a hot summer afternoon with a glass of lemonade and greet your neighbors as they pass by.  A front porch that evokes small town life.  Because to me, warm weather bliss starts on your front porch.  It’s a way of life.

Do you have certain feelings that bubble up when you hear the words “front porch”?  Maybe you think cozy, comfortable, welcoming?  What about neighborly and community? There are so many things that make a front porch appealing and bring back memories of days gone by.  But for me, the secret ingredient is to choose your function first.  If you love hosting parties, set up your porch as a second dining room.  If you love to spend the afternoon curled up on a porch swing with a good book, then cozy seating is for you.

Here are my 5 ways to give your porch a country-style update this summer.

Plant flowers in re-purposed vases and containers Before you run out and buy something new, shop your basement, attic, or cabinets.  And then visit flea markets and antique shops where you’ll almost always discover the perfect treasure for your porch.

Display some unique flea market finds. – Here’s an example of a uniquely re-purposed oil can.  Filled with LED string lights, it’s the perfect element to  brighten evenings on your porch.

This colorful front porch is filled with flea market treasures.  Everything about this porch invites you to come sit for a while and enjoy the day.  And, of course, who doesn’t love hydrangeas?

Use a vintage signs as wall art. This one, though not exactly vintage, was handcrafted and made to look old.  Do you have old wooden tennis rackets or canoe paddles?  Hanging a grouping of old things that are special to you is another way to make your porch your own.

Add mirrors to reflect light and bring inside elements outdoors. Our outdoor living spaces have become extensions of the inside of our homes.  So adding elements like rugs, lamps, and mirrors make us feel right at home on the porch.

Add a cozy place for dining – Who doesn’t enjoy having morning coffee on the porch watching the day come to life?  Or maybe sitting with family at the end of the day sharing stories.  Do you notice the blue ceiling?  It’s often referred to as Haint Blue, a color to ward off evil spirits, especially in the South.  If you’d like to learn more about it, click on the link to my blog post.

Even though I get a little bit of house and porch envy when I tour a home show or visit my friends, it’s always nice to come back to my very own happy place.  Because… 

 

5 FALL FRONT PORCHES Inspired By Colors Of Tuscany

Fall inspires me!  It makes me want to take a walk in the woods, to stay outdoors, and to cook more.  And…it inspires me to drag out that orange storage box filled with decorations and sprinkle them around my home. Sometimes I think I might have to much.  But that’s another story for another day!

What really excites me, though, is decorating my front porch.  Why, you ask?  Because it always says “welcome to my home” for anyone who comes to visit.  And who doesn’t want to welcome their family and friends?

This year my Fall inspiration happened on our fabulous trip to Tuscany with our good friends.  We had such a fun time eating, drinking, and laughing our way through Italy!!!  Every view was spectacular with amazing colors, and they were even better than I remembered. 

After a few days, though, I realized there seemed to be a pattern emerging in all the pictures I was taking.  It was the colors.  The beautiful colors of the food we were served, the flowers, and the colors of a Fall harvest. 

gelato display in Sienna

Gelato display in Sienna

prickly pear

Prickly Pear (Ficodindia in Italian)…you eat the red part!

waiting for harvest

Waiting for harvest

beautiful hillside with flowers

Beautiful hillside with flowers

Who wouldn’t be inspired to decorate for Fall when you have these beautiful things to look at?  And with the temperatures on the cool side for this Southern girl,  I was looking forward to getting back home to Fall, football, tailgating and….decorating for the season.  After all, at our house, decorating is usually finished and ready to go by mid-September!

pumpkin tower

The theme is usually pumpkins and gourds with a special emphasis on adding a variety of colors with heirloom pumpkins.  Don’t you just love this pyramid of Fall color?  I wonder how they did it…

fall porch with mums

I love how the white, mum-filled pots are inviting you right up to the front door.  And when you get there, you’re greeted by Mr. Scarecrow himself,  surrounded by bales of hay, cornstalks, and more pumpkins!!!

pumpkins and hydrangeas

Since we always see mums used for fall decorating, I love how hydrangeas are used here instead.  The eggplant and green colors remind me of the grapes we saw hanging on vines in Tuscany.

Hopefully, these beautiful and welcoming porches will give you some Fall ideas to get started on your own home.  And remember to use:

  • Pumpkins – basic orange with some heirlooms added for interest
  • Flowers – mums, hydrangeas, wild flowers from the woods
  • Pine cones
  • Moss
  • Baskets
  • Tin buckets
  • And anything you have around your house to use as containers

       Happy decorating!

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