Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Front Porches

I don't know about other parts of the country, but one thing that is synonymous with the south is the front porch. There is nothing like lounging in a rocker or swing, taking in the sights and sounds or having a good chat with your neighbor. When we lived in Charleston, we ended up with the deepest front porch that got the afternoon shade on the street. So, our porch became hangout central. We spent many an hour hanging out, chatting and watching the kids play. I don't think I had ever really appreciated how meaningful a good porch is until then.

The house we live in now doesn't have a front porch and I have missed one terribly. This time of year is one of the best times to enjoy them. The temperatures are wonderful, the leaves are changing, there's a crispness in the air, and the kids love being outside. Oh, to have a swing to hang out in as I watch them play. One day.....

So, to appease myself, I hunted up some images of great front porches to share with you. Sit back and imagine yourself and a good friend or your significant other taking time just to talk about the little things or say nothing at all...just enjoying each other's company.

Home Farm 1 traditional porch

Home Farm 1 traditional porch

Acadian Home traditional porch

Porch traditional porch

Hawaii Residence - Porch tropical porch

screen porch traditional porch

Cape Cod renovation traditional porch

Chatham - Wilkey Way traditional porch

Acadian Style Home with wrap-around porch in Alabama traditional exterior

French Colonial Residence traditional exterior

Doni Flanigan Interior Design Artist traditional exterior

Architectural and Interior Photography traditional exterior

This is one of my personal files that I just love. I have no idea where it came from.

via Southern Accents

via Southern Accents

Via Southern Living

A REAL Charleston porch/piazza via Southern Living

via Southern Living

via Southern Living

via Southern Living

via Southern Living

via Southern Living

Do you have a front porch? If so, make sure to take the time to sit out there and enjoy the little things in life (if not, improvise with a comfy chair or two!). Or as a dear friend once said "Take time to smell the roses". You only get one ride on this merry-go-round. There is no better way to take in God's precious creation than to do so sitting out on the porch:)

9 comments:

  1. Oh I love the blue ceiling in picture number 3! I like that softer, more natural shade of blue rather than the aqua color. Yes, I love porches, guess that I why I am drawn to houses similar to the one you said you loved, with the dormers and front porch. However, I think a good back porch can be just as nice and it seems easier to find those than front porches these days. So as long as I can have one or the other, I'll be happy. :-) Keep posting the pics, they are so fun to look at.

    Rochelle

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