Pondering Porches

by Diana @ The Devine Home on Sunday, May 22, 2011

aaaa pretty porch corner 225x300 Pondering Porches“In the language of houses, nothing speaks to us quite like a porch. Facing the street, an open porch softens the transition to the fully enclosed spaces beyond, telling guests: ‘You’re welcome here. Come on in.’ Overlooking a backyard or garden, it’s a private retreat that says: ‘Relax, Rejuvenate. Leave pressures behind.’”

That’s the opening of The Pleasures of a Porch article in MidWest Magazine starts. Sigh . . . Is it just me or does a pretty porch make you swoon?aaaaa pretty floral porch Pondering Porches

Perhaps it’s because the porch harkens back to simpler times when we knew our neighbors, caught fireflies in the summer, and were all proud to be Americans.

It’s this time of year when my heart turns to our porch and all its wasted potential. So much to do . . . so little time!

For a little inspiration, I’ve collected some beautiful porches from MidWest Magazine. Won’t you join me on a virtual parade of aaaaa spring flowers in jars1 225x300 Pondering Porchesporches?

Isn’t this pretty-in-pink porch so sweet? It reminds me of pixie dust candy with its shades of lemon and raspberry. The paper lanterns are all kinds of wonderful, aren’t they?

Thoughtful touches like these cut flowers in canning jars strike just the right tone for porch decor. Placing them on a tray corrals the containers making them a single collection.aaaaa patriotic porch Pondering Porches

With Memorial Day and July 4th on the way, a patriotic look will take you far into the summer.

The powerful primary color palette contrasts perfectly with lighter-colored backgrounds.

Of course, the addition of a swing, wickers and rockers just pull the look together creating a wonderful outdoor room. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee in the quite of the morning or in the company of friends on weekend evenings.

The striped rug is a timeless touch. You can find some wonderful striped rugs at Dash and Albert.

aaaaa nuetral porch Pondering PorchesWe’ll do a 180 with this simple yet stunning porch in neutrals featuring a punch of purple.

This sophisticated look lends itself nicely to a variety of quick changes for summer celebrations.

It’s a cameleon and perfect if you love a tone on tone look that lends itself to a bit of variety.

Do you have a porch with untapped potential? If so, I hope these photos will inspire you.

 If you have a beautiful porch you’d like to share with us, we’d love to see it! Post a link to a blog about your porch to inspire us.

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