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Front Porch Appeal
September Time on the Porch

Issue #70 September 2015
September - Kids are in school, football season has begun, and cooler days are ahead as we look forward to autumn. Although September signals the end of summer, you can still enjoy time on your porch. Whether celebrating your favorite football team or just relaxing and enjoying a cool evening, porches are a great place to frequent.

Mary and I enjoy anticipating fall and have some ideas for your porch. You need not spend a lot to create a picturesque autumn porch for all to enjoy. So don't forget to take time between ball games or school activities to be on your porch.

Lovely autumn porch perfect for porch sitting
Still Time for Porch Sitting!




Preparing for Autumn

Mary and I created two autumn decorating projects you might enjoy for your porch. They are easy to do and cost pennies!

Autumn Painting Project

Mary drew and painted this decorative sunflower on fence slats. Don't be fooled by the artwork; Mary shows how anyone can create such a porch paint. You can modify her instructions to make it a perfect size or create your own fall scene to display on your porch.

creative sunflower outdoor fall porch painting


Porch Display Stands

I made these porch display stands from fence slats which only cost $1.64! You can use them to display your autumn mums or other fall decorations. My step-by-step instructions make it so easy; it's a great project to do with your kids or grandkids.

porch display stands collage
Assortment of Porch Display Stands




Look at What Our Contest Winner is Receiving

porch display stands collage

Lauretta's porch won our summer contest and
now she is receiving this fabulous watercolor portrait of her porch
by Artist Leisa Collins


Last month we announced the winner of our summer porch contest who received this beautiful watercolor by renowned artist Leisa Collins. We think Leisa really captured the beauty of Lauretta's porch.

Artist Leisa Collins Notice how Leisa captured the magic and warmth of Lauretta's porch. Only an experienced artist with an eye for architecture and beauty can create something so lovely.

If you'd like a painting of your porch or home, we encourage you to contact Leisa (703-598-7360 ) who will work with you to capture the beauty (and memories) of your residence. Please tell her you found her via Front Porch Ideas.

Do you know someone who is getting married or celebrating a wedding anniversary? Perhaps you need a special gift for your parents. Consider a watercolor painting which will be treasured for years to come.

Learn how you too, can have your home portrait painted by Leisa.




Our House Plan of the Month

Here's a home plan, with a porch of course, we thought you might enjoy seeing. Whether remodeling or building a new home, finding the right home design is the most important step.



Check out the floor plan of this wonderful "porch" home!

We've partnered with Family Home Plans to bring the latest in home plans and home designs. You'll be pleasantly surprised at their most popular home designs.




Get the Plan for This Beautiful Garden Arbor

Planning on any yard renovations this fall? Have you considered building a garden arbor or gazebo? These DIY arbor plans are detailed to make construction easier.



Imagine a garden arbor with gorgeous wisteria gracing it in your yard! Just plain beautiful.

Enjoy checking out more outdoor structure plans that are available at Family Home Plans.



September Project Month

Now's the time to build, remodel, customize, paint, or furnish your porch, screen porch, or three season room. We've got ideas!

Add Porch Charm

Whether you add a little or a lot, exterior house trim can make your porch look amazing. Need ideas for your porch? Peruse our trim section for ideas you can use to create a special look for your home. And, the the good folks at Vintage Woodworks will work with you to design something unique just for your porch!

before and after exterior house trim on front porch
Dramatic Transformation Using Exterior Trim
Courtesy of Vintage Woodworks


Porch Railings

Choose a design or help create your own with customized porch railings. Both functional and beautiful, porch railings from our friends at The Porch Company. Dress up your porch or deck with quality (almost maintenance free) porch railings. (Check out their swing beds too!)

custom porch railings  by The Porch Company
Custom Porch Railings and More at The Porch Company of Nashville TN
Visit their wonderful Porch Store today!




Screen Doors

Update your screen door with a custom aluminum screen door by PCA Products. You can even design your own door to add a personal touch! Perfect for screen porches and three season rooms too.

custom screen doors by PCA




Porch Skirting And Privacy Ideas

Porch skirting doesn't have to be boring. Marcus at Acurio Latticeworks can help you customize your porch skirting and create almost any design you can imagine. Yes, you can get skirting in black!

black square cut skirting under deck
Black skirting
with square design under deck


Want privacy? See how you can customize vinyl lattice to make an exquisite privacy screen like the one below:





Install Custom Porch Windows

Turn your porch or deck into a three season room with these innovative porch windows from the Rekal Company. They are customized to fit almost any space and are easy to install - you'll love 'em this fall!

screen porch windows by ezeporch.com




See Our Entire Autumn Decorating Section!

For more fun autumn decorating ideas stop by our Fall Decorating Section!

beautiful fall decorated front porch

Photo courtesy of Jody Jett Hutchens, one of our kind readers


Please enjoy your porch this month. In many ways, it's the best time of the year!



Mums and pumpkins make for a beautiful autumn porch - shared by one of our kind readers!

Photo courtesy of Laura Levi, another of our kind readers


Beautiful arrangement of pumpkins and mums! And that wagon sets the stage.



Enjoy Our Latest Audio Program

Making Modifications to House Plans with Our Guest Shawnna Steele

Porch Ideas Network Our guest, Shawnna Steele, owner of ReDesign HP, gives us insider tips on making nodifications to stock house plans.

Find out what modifications she frequently sees and why it's more important to focus on the floor plan than on the exterior of the home when choosing your plan.

Listen here:






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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. We have over 7,500 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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