Thursday, January 27, 2011

Picture Perfect Porches: Front Porches

There are so many really neat types of porches, but I thought I'd start with the obvious: the front porch, since it's what you see first. I think a really pretty porch makes such an inviting home!

My childhood home had a long beautiful brick porch on the front of the house. It perfectly complemented the white columns on the front of it and the dark green shutters on the windows. It was beautiful.
I know you can't really see the porch in this picture, but it gives you an idea. It was brick like is lining the driveway.

When my parents moved, their new house had a much more rustic feel and the porch was smaller and simpler in a way. The walk way to the front door has lots of foliage surrounding it, though, and it's gorgeous in an entirely different way.
[front porch at Christmas]

[Me and Peyton leaving our wedding reception at my parents' house for our honeymoon via the front porch ]

Now that Peyton and I have our own house, our "porch" is one thing that really doesn't satisfy me. It's pretty much just a little slab. Although there's not a whole lot we can do, I am planning to one day add a little rail and banisters to make it look a little more like a true porch.
[Our porch area at Christmas. Leaves a bit to be desired, no?]

In the next installment of this series, I'll share a little about the history of porches, but first I wanted to share a few images of front porches that interested me.

The quintessential classic American porch:
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~class/am483_97/projects/cook/porch4.jpg


A couple with a bit of a modern spin:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AdLhnnbhzGA/TCF2GW3cx5I/AAAAAAAAAes/ppInwMJbEnY/s1600/porch5southernaccents.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AdLhnnbhzGA/TCF32SWFdmI/AAAAAAAAAfE/YvhyNhw8K-8/s1600/porch7southernaccents.jpg


As far as furniture goes, I think rocking chairs are very classic. I do like for there to be at least a pair, though!
http://bestrealestatelakenorman.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/pict0022-1.jpg

The front porch overlooks a grassy hill to Antioch Rd, a quarter mile below.

http://www.front-porch-attitude.com/front-porch-attitude.jpg


I love wicker furniture, too. I think it has such a Southern feel to it!
http://gant-construction.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Front-Porch-done.jpg

http://flowergardengirl.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/100_8914.jpg

http://img4.coastalliving.com/i/2003/05/sea-shades-porch-l.jpg?400:400


Or you could go a little bit more "fun" and casual and use Adirondack chairs.
http://imagesus.homeaway.com/mda01/519423795154227519e864eed05f5f8561b7a897


One of my absolute favorite things is a porch with a swing!
http://homepage.mac.com/rmansfield/thislamp/files/page0_blog_entry209_1.jpg

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fljackso/RussHouse/PORCHSWING1991BW.jpg

http://petticoatjunction.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ef724ae8833011570345c86970c-800wi


One neat idea I saw when I was looking through these images was hanging drapes on the porch:



http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_4aqeyNMaRYI/Sla0opheKMI/AAAAAAAADc8/xfKu1lbkk3I/s400/outdoor+dining_porch+curtains+white+grey+moroccan+lantern+blue+natural+red+summer_perfectlycontent_photos+Michael+Skott_tradtional+home.jpg


Another really cute porch I found had basically a "picket fence" banister.
http://stoenworks.com/images/Southern%20Nights%20images/Front%20porch.jpg


Lastly, I found this double porch I really like. I don't always like they way they look, but I like the idea of double porches. I think this one is really pretty!
http://www.front-porch-ideas-and-more.com/images/m-porch-bb-louisiane.jpg


[Images: 1, 2, 3, and 4 were taken with mine or my dad's little point and shoot;
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21]

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lovely Things: Porches

One of my favorite things is a big, pretty porch. I think they're so Southern and such a beautiful addition to a house. One of the things I picture my "dream house" having is a wrap around porch. I decided over the next few weeks to do a little series on different kinds of porches. Here are just a few images to start out with:

http://www.jameslloyddesign.com/East_Lake_Stick_Victorian_porch_detail.jpg

http://home.earthlink.net/~porchpickers/pics/porch1.jpg

http://www.mayorinecottage.com/images/PorchMed.jpg

http://www.stockdalemill.com/images/Hastings%20Gingerbread%20for%20web.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_wmc3cgAjw0k/SeelfmT7pJI/AAAAAAAADmk/6UTcYKKTNJM/Screened%20Porch_thumb%5B3%5D.jpg


Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Return to "Lovely Things"

Well, I have really neglected this blog. When I started my goal was to post on this blog at least a couple of times a month. I did pretty good for a little while and then I just let it slip. I'm starting back up with that same goal in the new year!