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Front Porch Appeal

Love Is in the Air (and on Porches, too)!

Issue #74 February 2016
February - Valentines Day, President's Day, constant election news, Mardi Gras, and a host of other activities to keep us all busy. We hope January proved to be a great month for you and that February continues that trend.

February a great month in which to enjoy planning for the months ahead and that may include porch activiites as well. Mary and I enjoy February as it is our anniversay month (44 years!!) along with anticipating what we plan to do when the warm weather returns.

We are excited as we've added a few new things for you to enjoy on our site and acquired a new sponsor who will serve you well (info below).

In This Issue

Shotgun houses, like the one above, have a unique history and we found many during our stay in Madison Indiana. We know you'll enjoy seeing them as well as all of the other wonderful porches we discovered in this fun river town.

See the fun t-shirt we designed for you. Or for anyone who loves porch time!

Nows the perfect time to start planning for your screened porch or three season room See how we can make it so easy and cost effective to do!

Find a special gift idea the whole family will love!

Add a little trim for charm!

Put some LOVE on your porch for Valentines!

A Porch T-Shirt We Designed for You

Wanting to treat yourself or someone you love? We have a fun t-shirt we created for you!

If you love spending time on your porch, like we do, then this shirt is perfect. Makes a fantastic gift for someone who loves their porch time. This shirt will pair nicely with a pair of jeans. It comes in both long and short sleeve styles.

You can get it - short sleeve or long sleeve - in the full range of sizes and several great colors. Go right here.

Welcome DIY Eze Breeze

Mary and I are excited to share that DIY EZE Breeze has joined our sponsor family!

As a distributor for Eze Breeze screen porch windows, DIY Eze Breeze can provide you or someone your know the latest in screen porch windows.

What is so nice about screen porch windows is how they enable you to spend more time on your porch. Whether it is windy, dusty, raining or pollen season, the vinyl windows make your porch more comfortable. More porch time!

An added feature: the windows are easy to install either by yourself or hire a handy person to help you.

Screen porch windows through diy eze breeze create a wonderful porch enclosure
Have fun decorating and
furnishing your new addition

Now you can quickly turn your porch or deck into a three season room to extend your outdoor time in complete comfort. Eat, relax and entertain in more comfort than just plain screens.

If you've been wanting a screen room or three-season room, this porch window option may be perfect for you. At one-third the cost of glass, you can now have both screens and windows without breaking the bank.

We invite you to check out these innovative porch windows.

Trim Out Your Porch

An easy way to add curb appeal is to install exterior house trim (or gingerbread) on your porch. Use a little or a lot, either way you'll be pleasantly surprised at the effect you can create.

graphics depicting the parts of exterior house trim Use your creativity to create just the right look for your home's architecture and style.

Use brackets, drops, running trim, beaded rail, and other trim parts to embellish your porch.

Often times, just adding brackets to your porch columns adds a curb appealing touch.

Not sure what will look right for your porch or just need a source for the trim?

The good folks at Vintage Woodworks can help! Contact them today.

Watercolor House Portrait

Capture the beauty and memories of their home with a custom watercolor portrait. Work with artist Leisa Collins who will create an amazing rendering that represents the pride and fondness they have for their home.

custom house portrait by leisa collins
Beautiful House Portrait

For more information, please see Leisa's watercolor paintings.

Create a Little Love on Your Porch

See our Valentine porch decorating section for heartwarming ideas you can use to create your own "porch of love"!

porch decorated in red for Valentines
Porch Love
for Valentines!
(photo courtesy of Karen Pivonsky Lewis)

Porch pillows covered with tea towels and hearts for Valentine Day
Pillows covered with tea towels
for Valentines on our porch

On The Road - We Are in Awe of Madison Indiana

See our porch pictures from Madison Indiana - a fabulous and perhaps one of the last great small towns in America.

Located on the Ohio River, Madison is not only a wonderful porch town but also can boast it has the largest contiguous historic district in America, explodes on the 4th of July with its world renown Regatta (hydroplanes skimming the water at over 200mph), and is the home of a myriad of festivals and events throughout the entire year.

Mary and I recommend you take the entire family to visit this wonderful American small town - amazing history and a myriad of things to do all year long.

Take a few minutes and enjoy our Madison Holiday Porches video!

Look at This Home Plan with a Wonderful Porch

Adorable house with a sweet front porch from Family Home Plans #86347 and shown on Front Porch Ideas and More
Can you picture yourself in this home?
Family Home Plan #86347

Special Mother's Day or Father's Day Gift Ideas

We know Mother and Fathers' days are a few months away (but will be here before you know it)!

Get something special for mom, dad, or your grandparents this year. Mary and I know they would love a porch swing bed - perfect for their porch, screened in porch, or three season room or perhaps a custom watercolor portrait of their home (an heirloom for sure)!

What better way to say "You Are Loved" than by getting them something they will enjoy for years to come.

Porch Swing Bed

Mary and I love this swing bed design from The Porch Company because it is dual-purpose. Use it as a bed or easily convert it to a porch swing. How great is that!

porch swing bed on screened porch
Adjustable Porch Swing Bed from the Porch Company

Learn more about these wonderful swing beds from The Porch Company and how you can order yours today! Bet one would be enjoyed on your porch too!

Please Visit Our Fine Sponsors

We truly value our sponsors and the products and services they provide.

Shop for Porch Parts at Vintage Woodworks.
Vintage Woodworks
For handcrafted porch parts

DIY Eze Breeze
DIY Eze Breeze
Screened Porch Windows

Porch Store
Porch Store
Custom porch products

Aluminum screen doors from PCA Products
PCA Products
Amazing Custom Screen Doors

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 8,300 porch friends 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.

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