Ok, well Spring appears to be here. Which means, like I mentioned here, means it is time to move from our warm, cozy houses OUT into the great outdoors.
And bust our bums.
Right now I have porches on my mind. Lazy ones. And pretty ones.
So that`s what I am going to muse on hereafter.
My porch is in such bad shape- there are no words. It really hasn`t been touched since we bought this place. Except for the one time, last fall, when I broomed it as best I could- which was hard because the porch is peeling so bad all I did was make more crumbles, the more I broomed it.
Let`s just say I can`t wait to take my dad`s sander to this rebellious little porch floor.
I will teach it ALL ABOUT AUTHORITY.
A little off the subject but i thought a few of you (1 or 2) might have interest in the freezer paper words on the front door.
Was fun and I admit, with the depressingness (stop making red squiggles under the word depressingnes, spell checker) of my front porch, it brightens my day to see the little words “enter”– and how much I like them in the midst of utter chaos.
The inside says, “depart”, all in lower case of course- because I like that so much.
(When we got married our announcements were pink and in all lower case letters, I loved them, but I think some older people thought we were leading the younger generation off into punctuation malfunction.)
But in hind sight, it could have been the pink that scared them more.
I just ran outside 20 min ago, to take this picture, while still wearing my pajamas. Feel the love, people.
Was my hair combed? H-E double hockey sticks, no!
Please don`t miss the classy Walmart bag floating by the road there.
EVIDENCE. How would you like to try and sweep this bad boy?
Red pillows must go. They hurt my eyes and don`t scream “lazy” at all. In fact, when I see red, I think, WORK! WELL, WHY ARE YOU STILL SITTING THERE DRINKING AN ICED TEA AND LOOKING AT YOUR NEIGHBOR`S YARD? I AM RED AND I SCREAM GO!
Now white is more soothing, I think. And a lot more accepting of lounging on chairs and wasting time.
Yeah, it`s white. But how soothed do you really feel looking at this picture?
I should have said this is my “After” picture just to see if I could get any compliments on it. hahaha
No, those chairs need to be re-primed, re-painted and the Christmas trees might need to retire to their ‘summer home’ in the attic.
(It`s not my porch.)
Have you ever been innocently browsing in a mag… and came across a picture that was like a backrub, and a kiss from a newborn all at the same time?
Well, that`s how this picture made me feel. I found it in Country Living— and promptly ripped it out, kissed it, and hung it up to soak up for days after.
And yes, what kind of loser takes a picture of a picture. Well, a cool one of course.
Reasons I love this and want exactly this for my porch.
-The shape of the porch reminds me SO much of mine. Although that`s where the similarity ends.
– I HAVE those chairs! All I have to do it give them another coat of white paint.
– Can you see the white, wispy, curtain they have hanging there to the right? Perfect for when you live in town, and you just want a little exclusion for when you`re sitting on the porch, eating a meal with close friends.
And I like that they are wispy, and seemingly innocent. It might be unfriendly to say– hang a big, cardboard, divider board.
-I LOVE (moan) that fabric on the 2 pillows shown. They perfectly compliment eachother, without being “matchy”. (Like say, my 2 red pillows.)
-I like the understated plants and their placement. They look welcoming, with out being cluttering.
– I have 3 benches like that one and actually since I saw this picture- I took one out of my basement junk room and painted it white. (It has been paint splattered and had a new dried on bird droppings from being outside at our other house.
I am very pleased with my bench. I might put wording on mine though. I have never seen this done, but I think it would look really cool to have a Bible reference decal-ed on it. No verse just the reference. Kinda abstract in a classy way?
I`m gonna try it. IF I can find the right decal. Or I might make it.
-I love the whiteness of the house/porch. We are painting our house in the near future, but we have not much idea what color we will paint it yet?It might not necessarily be white, like the picture.
Any ideas on paint colors? for houses?
– I really like that lattice type divider in the background. I don`t have that exact crisscross looking wood stuff- but there is something in my basement that could be painted to go vaguely with this idea.
A few other porches I think are REALLY pretty. I DO love the red in this picture. Very bright, cool and energetic looking. This one is from Country Living too.
Loving the airy curtains. They add such a sense of coolness and romance.
Mmm, yummy. I love the look of the frames and the mirrors on the wall. (The style of the mirrors, SO reminds me of my favorite blogs, A Country Farmhouse. )
And also the greenery, especially the little tree. Of course the wine and little glasses are eye fetching too.
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Can we just say breezy and breathtaking?
Not a porch, but HOW could I not include this picture?
And one more spring themed goody:
For some really pretty, foreign, spring eye candy go to This Is Glamorous.
So WHERE are the “After” pics of my front porch? Well, that is what I will be working on this weekend.
Wish me luck.
Did I mention my porch has to re-vamped all while spending not one dollar? The goal at least.
Well, my babies are wake-y now.
I`m off to run errands, borrow the sander, and get back, sand, and then get ready to put in a ‘little fun’ time for the weekend tonight.
ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND EVERYBODY.
PS. Can really express how helpful and fun your comments on the gardening advice was!!!! I give you my thankfulness and love.