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Reviving the Front Porch: The Charm and Community Spirit of Outdoor Living

We’ve been having wonderful spring weather during this month of May and I’m loving every minute of it. This time of year makes me a little nostalgic with thoughts of whiling away the hours on a front porch. Something reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting, a Garrison Keillor book, or an episode of Andy Griffith….


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I live where the suburbs meet the country, which affords me the best of both worlds. Come along on my journey where I share decorating, cooking, gardening and more as it relates to both city and rural life. Visit my new sister site, POND AND GARDEN, for outdoor ideas and inspiration.

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My name is Jennifer and I started my blog in 2011 as a way to motivate myself by chronicling improvements to my circa 1875 house. I figured if I was writing about what I was doing, I’d be more likely to tackle and actually finish home improvement projects.

I remarried on June 30, 2011 and my husband and I talked about buying a new home together. But we both love it here in our little town and decided to stay put. The town has more than tripled in size since living here, but I still consider it to be small compared to the other Chicago ‘burbs.

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