Rocking Chairs for the Front Porch

Does anything give a call to summer more than a pair of outdoor rocking chairs? Spending a bit of idle time rocking on the porch with a glass of lemonade or iced tea stirs up a nostalgic and simpler time. (This post contains affiliate links.) Photo by BraytonHughes Design Studios   A pair of white mismatched rockers on a cabin porch beckon you to slow down and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Photo by Timberland Design   A … [Read more...]

Summer on the Front Porch

My heart was singing today because warmer temperatures have finally arrived here in Illinois! The trees are finally leafing out, birds are singing, and tulips and daffodils are dancing in the breeze. I'm anxious to usher in summer and enjoy time on the front porch. I rounded up several examples of pretty porches to provide inspiration for sprucing up your porch this season. An easy way to give your porch a new look is by swapping out your … [Read more...]

14 Charming Front Door Ideas

Perhaps the fastest and possibly easiest way to add instant curb appeal to your home lies right at your front door! A simple coat of paint or a minor architectural embellishment can pack a punch for making your home stand out on the block. Here's 14 charming front door ideas to get your wheels spinning. Purple? Yes, purple! Who else has a purple door on your block? Likely no one. This is such a playful hue and we recently talked about decorating … [Read more...]

Fall Front Porch: A Place for Me Time

This post is sponsored by Fiber One. All opinions are my own. Fall means a lot of different things to me. It's back-to-school season, it's time for taking nature walks, it's fall running season, and it's time to enjoy a little "me time" on my fall front porch.   This is my favorite spot when I step outside of our house. It's like my little she-shed, minus the shed. I'm currently training for a half marathon and this is where I like to … [Read more...]

12 Screened Porches for Summer Fun

Summer is filled with many pleasures - warm breezes, sunny days, green grass, colorful flowers, picnics and outdoor parties, and so much more. But summer also brings a few bugs into its long, lazy days. Screened porches create a perfect space for enjoying the outdoors without having to battle the bugs. Here are 12 screened porches for enjoying summer fun! A white-painted screened porch enjoys a container garden filled with native grasses, so you … [Read more...]

Who Doesn’t Want a Summer Sleeping Porch?

It's been a little warmer than normal the last couple days and although I don't like to turn the air conditioning on this early in the year, I admit I've had to. Last night I was dreaming of how nice it would be to have my very own sleeping porch during the summer months to enjoy the evening breezes while dozing. A screened sleeping porch of course, so I don't have to deal with mosquitoes and creepy crawlers! This cottage style sleeping porch … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Entry: Summer Refresh

Temperatures are rising into the 80's which means summer has unofficially arrived in our neck of the woods! Summer is my favorite season when the Earth is fully alive and birds are in full song. Today I'm joining a few bloggers to showcase our porches or entryways. If you're here from Ashley's blog at Cherished Bliss ... Welcome!  And special thanks to Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers for organizing today's event! My farmhouse entry and porch … [Read more...]

Summer Porch Inspiration

June is just a week away and it's time to start thinking about summer living!  Summer is my favorite season because I love the warmth and sunshine. And one of my favorite places to enjoy warm breezes is on a summer porch. To give you some fresh ideas and inspiration, I've collected a round-up of open air and screened porches. I think you'll enjoy them all! We start with one of my favorite screened-in porches at Doreen's home who blogs at Hymns … [Read more...]

Spring Porch Dining: Boho Chic Style

When the weather turns warmer, hubby and I enjoy dining al fresco. I like to set a colorful table for outdoor meals and decided a little spring porch dining was in order.  I transformed the front porch into a romantic boho chic dining area with Moroccan-style lanterns and jewel-toned place settings. (This post contains affiliate links.)   When you're done checking out my outdoor spring tablescape, visit my blogging friends whose links … [Read more...]

My Farmhouse Christmas Porch

Are you ready for Christmas with less than a week to go? I feel pretty relaxed about the holidays this year. My decorating was done early, allowing me to relax a bit more. I wasn't going to decorate the porch other than a wreath on the door, but then I got an email from American Farmhouse Style magazine requesting to photograph my Christmas home. My house won't appear in the magazine until next year's Christmas edition. The photographer comes … [Read more...]

My Fall Front Porch: Dining Al Fresco

Summer's flowers are fading and that means it's time to add color to the front porch with fun pumpkins and pillows. Our days here in Illinois are still warm but the evenings are cooler and enjoyable. Hubby and I want to take advantage of the mild weather and enjoy dining al fresco when we can. My fall front porch is arranged to maximize enjoyment outdoors before the temperature gets too nippy. I'm joining a group of bloggers today to share our … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Porch: Summer Living at its Best

Summer on a farmhouse porch. Warm breezes blowing through your hair while birds sing in the trees. Squirrels run across the lawn and scurry up a tree before the family cat catches up. Sipping lemonade while ice cubes tinkle inside against the glass you wonder ... Does it get any better than this? I love summer and my favorite place to enjoy its lazy days is on my farmhouse porch. I've gathered up a collection of front porches from Houzz for you … [Read more...]

Decorating the Christmas Porch: 19 Ideas

Today is Thanksgiving Eve and I'm glad my daughter is hosting dinner this year so I can focus on decking the halls (and porch) for the holidays. It's going to be a busy weekend! My holiday house tour is next Wednesday, December 2nd and I'm scurrying around putting final details on everything. But for now, I'd like to take a little break and share a collection of pretty ideas for decorating a Christmas porch. Here's my holiday porch from last … [Read more...]

** My Disclosure Policy **