Porch furnishings can be as simple as a rustic
table and an old rocking chair. I've had this Mission style
rocker for about 10 years now. It has lived on many of
|My brother, me, and our grandmother on the porch about 12 years ago.|
They don't often build porches like they used to.
This was my friend's house with its wonderful porch.
She recently moved to 100 year old cottage
on the same street--still with a great porch!
|My friend is a true Porch Master--her new porch is always welcoming and beautiful.|
The southern porch is the quintessential place to visit with your neighbors. It is often the place of stolen
kisses or the place to enjoy the morning's first cup of coffee. I have a true fondness for porches.
Coleman Cottage was our home for ten years. A 100 year old Victorian, it had both a side porch and front porch complete with porch swings on both. One of my daughter's favorite memories is of us sitting cuddled up on the porch swing as a thunderstorm approached.
We liked to listen to the thunder and watch the lightning dance across the sky. Sometimes, we simply sat together and watched a much needed rain soak into the parched ground in our north Texas yard.
|A wonderful porch on an old timey "dog trot" |
style historic log house in Independence, TX.
One of my favorite books, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells, captures southern porch culture so well,
"I want to lay up like that, to float unstructured, without ambition or anxiety. I want to inhabit my life like a porch."
This lovely passage is the basis for a design seminar I
will be presenting from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 6 at Hermann Furniture. The presentation is free, but reservations are required. If you've ever wondered how to create an inviting porch or garden room, I'll be offering ideas on how to select and combine color and styles, repurpose vintage items, and inject tons of personality into this common space between the street and your home. Following the design seminar, I'll be signing copies of First Monday Murder A Jimmie Rae Flea Market Mystery from noon to 1 p.m. By the way,
the early drafts of FMM were written on our porch!
Until next time,
Peace, love, and all the good stuff, sweet friends!