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Front Porch Appeal

Issue #35 June 2012

Porch News and Ideas for Porch Lovers

June, the perfect month to enjoy your porch. School is out for a few weeks, the days are hot and sunny, and summer arrived yesterday right on schedule!

Summer is the season for porch sitting and the perfect spot for cooling off the kids with a cold glass of lemonade!

July 4th is less than two weeks away and now is the time to start planning your front porch decorating. Whether you purchase items or make them yourself we encourage you to decorate your porch and fly Old Glory on this upcoming special day.

4th of July on Your Porch

Celebrating the 4th of July on your porch is always fun. We have a complete section of 4th of July porch decorating ideas to share with you, from home-made decorations to lemonade and lots in between. Get the kids involved in making decorations; it can be a fun summer project for the entire family.

decorated porch for the 4th of july
Colorful 4th of July Porch - photo courtesy of Raised in Cotton

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Westhaven Porchfest

Mary and I had a great time at Franklin, Tennessee's Westhaven Neighborhood Porchfest. What began in Ithaca, NY., a few years ago has caught on and spread across the country.

A porchfest is a neighborhood event where musicians playing a wide genre of music perform on front porches. Neighborhood folks and friends walk or ride around the area listening to great music, socialize to create a sense of community. It is fun for the whole family.

Band Angelica
Band Angelica performing on the porch at Westhaven Porchfest

Spectators at Westhaven Porchfest
Spectators enjoying the day at Porchfest

See more photos and find a Porchfest near you!

Garage Plan with a Porch

Mary found this unique Charleston Carriage House complete with porch and living area that we just had to share with you.

garage plans

It has a porch (or covered patio area) and nearly 800 square feet of living quarters above the garage making it ideal for an art studio, bachelor pad, or a parent's space. Learn more about this neat garage plan.

Enjoy Our Patriotic Porch Video

Porch Windows

Want to convert your porch or screen porch to a three-season room? Or perhaps you would like to just block the wind and weather on a side or two.

Slideable porch windows make it and easy task. Because they are custom made, you can order them in almost any size and can be installed as a DIY project. You get the immediate benefit of both a screen window and a vinyl window to create a really pleasurable outdoor living area. We encourage you to learn more about this great product.

Screen porch windows
Screen Porch Windows available from

See our screen porch windows section for more details and options.

Lookie What We Found -
Americana for Your Porch!

We found some really neat Americana decorations iconfor your porch. Great any time of year but especially during the spring and summer months - Flag Day, June 14th, Independence Day, July 4th, just to name a few. Here's a few of the many patriotic porch items we want to share with you:

patriotic bunting for front porch wooden flag accent piece

patriotic metal stars table covers for porch

From The Porch Steps

Mary and Dave on front porch steps Mary and I recently visited the memorials in Washington, D.C. We've been there several times over the years and never tire of the tributes to those who have sacrificed so much.

Freedom Is Not Free

We believe as we are about to again celebrate our independence from England that began the experiment called democracy, it is fitting we acknowledge that it comes with a cost. We should know by now that freedom is not free as is memorialized at the Korean War Memorial.

Korean War Memorial

No matter the ongoing political rhetoric or shortcomings our country may have, it is still that "shining light on the hill" for many peoples of the world. The U.S. gives more in foreign aid, more in voluntary contributions of time and money, and more in medical supplies and assistance than any other country or countries in the world today. Our military does more than fight; it stabilizes many parts of the world, brings humanitarian supplies to the needy, and stands as a symbol of strength for those countries that have none.

As we eat hot dogs and watch fireworks from our porches this 4th, Mary and I encourage everyone to give a moment of thought to just how fortunate we are to live in this wonderful land and of the sacrifices of so many that allow us to do so. Our country does not ask much of us from most of us. It is the least we can do.

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Sincerely from the porch steps,
Dave & Mary

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You're invited to be part of our Facebook community. We share ideas with one another for decorating and using our porches.

Share Your Porch Photos

Would you like to share your porch photos with us? We would enjoy showing them off for you. Just upload your photos here. Tell us a little about each of them. We like to know the details.

Open summer porch

Mary and Dave

Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary & Dave

Life is short. Enjoy your porch.


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A Few of Our
Porch Favorites

icon Americana crock Americana crock

A wooden porch swing
A wooden porch swing

is an all-time favorite

Outdoor curtains Wispy outdoor curtainsicon
add a touch of privacy to your porch

small rocking chair

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