Tuesday, March 29, 2016 / 24 Comments

How to Cozy Up A Front Porch

                                             

Years ago people used to spend hours on them, people were proposed to on them, pictures were taken on them, you could sit and swing on them. Christmas pictures were taken on them, ice cream cones were licked on them, hugs and kisses were given on them..then something happened.....they stopped making big porches. Suddenly neighbors didn't spend as much time visiting....families spent more time in front of the television vs sitting and visiting on the porch.

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Why today our porches may not be as big as they used to they can still be cozy and a great place to visit with friends and family, a great place to capture memorable moments and  a cozy place to read a book or dream a Summer day away. and you might even have room to enjoy a meal on them.

                                                 Fabulous Farmhouse Tour: On the Back Porch
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Every front porch needs a welcome sign. You can make it a simple or over the top but nothing cozies up a porch like a sign that says welcome.

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Flower pots are also so much fun to add to any porch to give it a cozy and welcoming feeling. The sky is the limit...you can use as few or as many as you like.

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Seating is a must for a cozy porch. Depending on the amount of space you have you can pick super comfy seating for a group of people or maybe even a swing or glider.


                                                     How much am I LOVING this one!! The union Jack, the fish and chip sign, I want all of it!!!!!!!
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You  may just have room for a painted chair for decoration. Either way it says cozy.

                                                      DIY 4th of July Inspired Chair--for my sweet little yellow chair.  A makeover!
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Accessories of some kind are a must to make a porch cozy. Maybe an old rake or shovel. Perhaps a candle in a jar. Maybe a flag? Accessories make a porch cozy. Your porch is an extension of your home.

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Hanging baskets are one of the most show stopping and fun ways to add coziness to your porch.

                                                      How to care for a Wandering Jew Plant- One..don't touch them..ever, they don't like being moved around.
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Wreaths are another fun way to cozy up the porch and can be hung on a door or a wall or even railing. You can change them out for the different seasons. If you make your own they are affordable and fun. They can be made in all shapes and sizes.

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 Color to me is one of the most fun ways to really make a coach feel cozy. Even if you like a neutral palette a few pops of color really make it feel like home. I'm a color girl so I say bring on the color.

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Last but not least one of the most colorful and coziest things I love to see on any porch is a flag.

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There is something so comforting and patriotic about seeing an American flag  waving in a breeze that makes you want to grab a seat and a cold drink and settle in for a nice chat with friends and family.


                                                              

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So what here would you like to see on your front porch?

Did I forget to something that you think makes a porch feel cozy?

I'd love to hear.

Happy Spring

~Valerie~

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24 comments:

  1. I loved reading your post. I am a huge lover of porches and was very excited when we purchased our old 1905 bungalow and it had a front porch. I'm in the process of making new covers for the cushions, but I don't want to put them out until our trees have stop dropping their springtime mess. Some of the stuff that falls off them would stain my new fabric. I think you put a huge about of thought and love into this post and I enjoyed the photos as well as all the front porch suggestions. It's true when people sat out on the porch they visited and got to know more of their neighbors than they do today.
    Happy Spring!
    Connie :)

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  2. Alas, porches have disappeared from most new construction. My grandparents, both sets, had big old verandas. My parents thought the porch was a waste of space so incorporated it into the house where it became a den. I have a little Juliet porch, but I also have a small deck, but both are toward the back, which does not make them conducive for visiting with the neighbors. Very enjoyable post with lots of nice ideas!

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  3. I love all the pictures you shared, Valerie, but I have a small front porch. I do have a hanging basket on the door, with flowers that I change out seasonally. I also have two pots of asparagus ferns on the sides of the door. I wish I had a large front porch, but thankfully I have a patio out back.

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  4. Valerie, I love porches and only have two very small ones! I enjoyed all the inspiration! Thanks for sharing all the ideas!
    Blessings,
    Pam@ Everyday Living

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  5. Hi valerie....so glad you dropped in! Nice to meetcha! Love this post about porches! Nothing better than relaxing on a porch...the more old fashioned the better!

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  6. I SO love a PORCH! Our two, front and back, are too small for a proper visit, and the front one is closer to the street than makes for privacy, so just a bench, some pillows, a wrought-iron occasional table, and flowerpots serve to HOMEY it up, just for the pretty of it.

    I remember all that visiting back and forth on porches---both my Mammaw's houses had screened porches with a wonderful wood-slat swing, in addition to the colourful old metal lawn chairs with the rounded backs. What lovely conversations and pea-shellings and afternoon glasses of iced tea while something simmered on the stove for supper. And the visiting was not limited to On The Porch---little Howdys and Hellos and small conversations were conducted with whoever was passing on the sidewalk, as well.

    I love wicker and pastels and hanging baskets of pale flowers, (and screens---instilled in all my years of living in the hot, mosquito-haven South, plus there's just something about being in that open-but-secure-feeling area, especially when a slow Summer rain is falling. A book for company is all you need to while away a lovely afternoon).

    Thank you so much for the visit and sweet comment on LAWN TEA. I hope you'll drop in often!

    rachel

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  7. A nice selection here :) I have a front porch and 3 seasons of the year more of my time is spent out there than in the house :)

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  8. What a lovely post and beautiful inspiration snaps of porches! We are enjoying our porch and have rockers for hubby and me and then two little rockers for the grands. My porch is pretty narrow but it's so nice to sit out and drink my peach tea! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  9. Cozying up a porch is fun and adds so much charm. Great inspiration photos. Have a lovely weekend.

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  10. I rented a house for two years that had a fabulous front porch - it was honestly the best part of the house! I loved that porch so much - I spent so much time out there!

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  11. What a great post! We had a porch at my old house and we really did spend so much time there! That porch was always so relaxing and held some wonderful memories from heart to heart talks to my precious baby boy crawling around on it. My farmhouse currently does not have a front porch, but we do plan on adding one on....I can't wait to make some memories on that porch!

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  12. I love a big ole porch but alas, we don't have one. We have a small deck at the side door and a big deck out back. I usually just use flowers to perk them up. But it's fun to dream. Thanks for sharing all those great ideas and have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  13. After a long winter this is a great reminder to me to get out on that porch. I am lucky to have an old house with a front porch and always try to gussy her up for the coming summer. We do chinese lanterns from Memorial Day until after Halloween. It is the" Grand Illumination" and our neighbors all get to enjoy it. Thank you for the reminder and all the photos you have chosen are so pretty, I had to pin a couple..Happy Week to you..Judy

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  14. Valerie! You are so creative and should be featured in a magazine! LOVE IT! This post must be located somewhere warm? Id love to have such a cozy place!

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  15. Fantastic ideas!! Love them all! Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  16. I have a wrap around porch. It's big. Love hose brown-eyed susans. I think I need some.

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  17. We just moved to our new house in April. I have slowly been working on decorating the porches, there are several. It is not a large place. We are set in the woods, and porch sitting is the best part of the day. Plenty of wildlife to look at. I have bought two brown wicker chairs, and a brown wicker table. I think we really need to add some pops of color. I have a plant called the Wandering Jew on the table. It has some pretty purples in it. I hope to add some seat cushions with color and maybe a carpet. Thanks for this post, I enjoyed it.

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    1. I can't wait to see what you do w your porches.

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    2. I can't wait to see what you do w your porches.

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  18. There are far few things that are as comforting as cozying up on your front porch with some beautiful weather. Awesome post.

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