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Front Porch Appeal

Issue #36 July 2012

Porch News and Ideas for Porch Lovers

July is another perfect month to enjoy your porch - if the heat isn't keeping you inside. Where we live, many of the students already go back to school on August 1st. How about where you live? Dave and I remember when summer vacation lasted until the day after Labor Day.

These are the "dog days of summer" when sweet tea and lemon icebox cookies taste extra delicious - especially when enjoying the front porch swing. We hope you are charmed by the sight of picket fences because we have some to show you. And while summer is still going strong, please enjoy the summer porch decorating ideas we have for you in this edition, too.

Marlene's Summertime Porch

Marlene's summertime porch in pastel colors
See how Marlene creates her summertime porch

What Makes Us Love Picket Fences?

There's something nostalgic about a picket fence and that is one reason why I think so many of us love them. Whether it's the classic white fence enclosing a wild flower garden or the pretty fence that guests pass through when they come to visit, a picket fence says "welcome" and "all is well in the world".

Even if you don't need or want a fence around your front yard, you can use sections of picket fences to embellish your front porch or at some charming appeal to the entrance of your driveway.

The beauty of picket fences

See some wonderful picket fence ideas for your home

We Have Another 30 Second Porch Survey

front porch survey Would you take our short 4-question survey?

We'd like to hear your thoughts about your porch 'challenges' and related projects.

It's short and sweet - we promise!

Jump over here to get started.


If you missed our first 30 Second Porch Survey, there's still time to join in. Thank you so much.

Summer Porch Decorating - Keep it Cool!

We have gathered some lovely summer porch decorating ideas for you. Combine pretty potted plants with vintage floral fabrics and you have a recipe for summer success. See Dawn's porch below. Dawn is a blogger from and this is her gorgeous porch.

Beautiful summer porch

Enjoy the pretty summer decorating ideas that Dawn, Liz and Marlene shared with us.

We really liked Marlene's idea for combining a vintage reproduction poster behind an old window. See what I mean here.

And another nifty summer decorating idea is how Pam uses an old croquet set on her porch.

Art Studio - Bachelor Pad - Downsizing

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.

Patriotism Never Goes Out of Style

With the recent 4th of July holiday, Dave and I enjoyed porches decorated with flags and bunting. How about you? We thought you'd enjoy some of our patriotic pictures.

Patriotic Porches Never Go Out of Style
Wonderful Victorian Porch with USA Flag

Watch our Fun 4th of July Video

Dave and I enjoyed an old-fashioned 4th of July parade at a nearby neighborhood.

Charm Your Porch with a Vintage Screen Door

Our friends at Vintage Woodworks have some beautiful vintage-style screen doors for you to see - elegant handcrafted solid wood doors. Reminds us of times gone by - and that's so refreshing. Vintage Woodworks prides itself on small town service.

Vintage screen doors by Vintage Woodworks
Wonderful Victorian Porch with USA Flag

This is Coming in August!

Autumn eBook cover Do crisp autumn days sound appealing to you? Soon as there's a little chill in the air, it's time to think about autumn decorating.

Our Autumn Porch Decorating eBook is a compilation of 40 Blogger's Autumn Decorating Ideas just for you.

If you love a decorated porch and want fresh ideas and tips to get you going, you'll Love our eBook.

Keep watching for it in August.

From The Porch Steps

Mary and Dave on front porch steps As you go through each day, remember to tell the ones you love - that you love them. Nothing is more precious in this life than the people we love.

We thank you so much for being a part of our Porch Family. Porch people are friendly, kind and down to earth.

You keep us writing and picture taking and loving everything about porches. Thank you so much for being a part of our extended family.

Hugs from the porch steps,
Dave & Mary

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.

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

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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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