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Issue #53 January 2014 - Winter Edition

It's A New Year!

January is a month of new beginnings and is actually our favorite month. No matter what resolutions your made, if any at all, we hope you take time this year to enjoy all that your porch has to offer. Make it an inviting place to welcome friends and neighbors, to relax and watch the world go by.

While much of the U.S. received its fair share of wintry weather and others basked in the sun like our kids and grand kids in southern California you can still enjoy your porch no matter where you are, whether taking delight in sitting on it or seeing it snow covered just waiting for spring.

We enjoy anticipating what the year ahead will bring and are planning new projects for our porch and home. Our wish is that this issue inspires you to do likewise.


Front Porch Appeal January edition
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Inside This Edition

Enjoy our winter porches and our Valentine porch projects. In addition, we want to share some exciting porch and deck products for 2014 - now's a great time to start planning your outdoor porch and home projects.



Winter On The Porch




colorful winter foliage in front of porch
Bright colors of winter
(photo courtesy of BlondieYooper)




winter porch swing waiting for spring
Porch swing waiting silently for spring
(photo courtesy of Joon Han)






coloful foliage around front porch in southern California
Southern California porch in winter






Porches Love Valentines Day

Celebrate Valentines Day by making this Valentine wreath and pillow covers. Mary shows you how easy it is to do and they will look "lovely" on your porch for this special day.



See Our Valentine Decorating Video






2014 Featured Porch Products From Our Sponsors

Mary and I wanted to share a few porch products from our sponsors that we believe will enhance the look of your porch or add an extra level of comfort. What better way to start 2014 than to start planning for your outdoor enjoyment.

Porch All-Weather Curtains

Porch Store These all-weather porch curtains will extend your outdoor time. Keep the weather at bay while you enjoy your porch or screen porch this year. As the Porch Company would say, "winterize your porch the attractive way".

Durable and pleasing, these curtains will block the wind and rain while you continue to enjoy your view. Imagine how much more comfortable your morning coffee or evening glass of wine would be with these porch curtains.






Tongue And Groove Porch Ceiling

Vintage Woodworks Nothing makes a porch more appealing than a traditional tongue and groove ceiling. Whether stained or painted, a tongue and groove ceiling immediately enhances the look of any porch.

If building a new porch or remodeling your existing one, by all means, consider the appeal of this ever popular ceiling material.






Aluminum Screen Doors

PCA Products Mary and I have seen firsthand how PCA Products construct their aluminum screen doors and can attest to the quality of their product.

If you are wanting (or needing) a new screen door, we encourage you to check out these custom screen doors.








Porch Enclosure

porch enclosure You can't beat a 3-season porch. We really enjoyed ours and are planning to enclose our new back porch in the near future.

If you want a high-quality 3-season porch we recommend you check out these screen porch windows from EzePorch. They are custom made to fit your existing openings making installation quick and easy.

By combining both screen and vinyl, these windows allow you to enjoy the cool breezes and quickly convert to keep the rain and wind out.






Porch Bed Swing



Watch the video to see how Rachael converts this from a swing bed to a porch swing


A thoughtful gift idea for someone special: an adjustable porch swing bed by The Porch Company.



Newly Discovered Porch Products

Mary and I recently discovered these very innovative porch and deck products to share with you.

Transform Your Porch or Deck from Wood to Stone

Here's an innovative product that literally changes your porch or deck flooring options. Until now, wood (or derivatives thereof) was almost the only flooring material for raised porches or decks. Concrete porch floors can be built above ground but they require block foundations and steel reinforcing which can be expensive.

Now's there's an alternative that allows you to easily install stone, various slates, bricks, slate, various pavers, marble, and even granite for your porch or deck flooring. Silca Systems® Silca Grate™ allows you to easily convert your existing porch or deck flooring from wood to stone.







Join Our Porch Community on Facebook

You're invited to be part of our Facebook community. We share ideas with one another for decorating and using our porches. We have over 5,000 members and would love to count you among them.


Mary and Dave

Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary & Dave


Life is short. Enjoy your porch.



/ / / January 2014


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Our Sponsors

Screened porch windows at diyEzeBreeze.com
DIY Eze Breeze
Screen Porch Windows



The Porch Store
Porch Store
Custom Porch Products



Shop for Porch Parts at Vintage Woodworks.
Vintage Woodworks
For Your Porch Parts



Aluminum screen doors from PCA Products
PCA Products
Complement Any Home!


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