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Pleasant Summer Porch Contest

We are proud to announce the winner of our Pleasant Summer Porch Contest: Lauretta Bauer.

Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Congratulations to Lauretta! Her porch is the winner of our summer contest.



Look What Lauretta is Receiving as the Winner!

Beautiful watercolor portrait of Lauretta's front porch - winning entry in our pleasant summer porch contest

Simply beautiful! With our thanks to artist Leisa Collins


We are delighted with the wonderful watercolor artwork that professional watercolor artist Leisa Collins created for our winning porch entry. What a fantastic prize that Lauretta is receiving. Leisa will also frame and mat the art for Lauretta to proudly display in her home.



Loretta's porch photo

Leisa cropped Lauretta's photo for creating the artwork


If you look closely at the top photo of Lauretta's porch, you will see that it shows a larger view of her porch. With Leisa's artful work, she cropped the photo to focus upon just this beautiful corner of Loretta's porch. And what a perfect view for the artwork.

There is something truly special about the close-up view of Loretta's porch - the sweet details of her lovely furniture, flowers and candles. Learn more right here.

Or you can call Leisa directly at 703-598-7360 and please tell her you found her via Mary and Dave at Front Porch Ideas.



See All the Pleasant Summer Porch Contest Entries

We are honored to show you these beautiful summer porches. We are most appreciative of everyone who took the time to enter!

Though not part of the contest judging, many of you submitted memories of stories of your porches with us. That we love!

We love how your porch is an integral part of your family's daily life and how you create memories and traditions on your porch. We also love the pride you take in your home and your porch. It truly shows through.

We are most appreciative that you would take the time to share your pictures with us!

Thank you, Sue, Suzy, Terri, Lisa, Vicki, Anne, Priscilla, Debbie, Charlene, Lauretta, Mrs. Smith, Lanna, Donna, Tammi, Sue and Deb.


Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #1- Sue




Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #1 - Sue



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #1 - Sue








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #2 - Suzy



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #2 - Suzy



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #2 - Suzy








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #3 - Terri


Teri says, "Our home was built (almost) two years ago. We had downsized to move to get closer to our daughter but found we were not ready for that life as of yet.

We built this home with a large porch so we could talk to our neighbors, enjoy the lake across the street and to enjoy each other's company. And, we have."


Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #3 - Terri



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #3 - Terri








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #4 - Lisa



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #4 - Lisa



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #4 - Lisa








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #5 - Vicki



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #5 - Vicki



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #5 - Vicki








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #6 - Anne


Anne says, "We have lived in this home for 38 years, since we returned from our honeymoon, and the porch has always been a source of relaxation and joy.

I spend time in my rocker reading or chatting with friends, my husband and I dine at the table for dinner and when our three sons were growing up they did everything from playing on the porch on a rainy day to gathering with their friends to hang out and talk.

We live on a Main Road so there is always traffic, we have a rule on the porch that if someone honks just wave... we wave a lot! Family and friends have been gathering for many years on our pleasant porch and are always more then welcome."


Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #6 - Anne



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #6 - Anne








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #7 - Priscilla


Priscilla says, "Our front porch isn't very big ... but it is surrounded by hydrangeas, galvanized buckets of annuals and lots of perennials ! On the porch is a DIY welcome sign, a DIY daisy wreath and a DIY no-sew flag pillow on a thrifted wicker chair.

One of our Jack Russell's will welcome you in!"


Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #7 - Priscilla



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #7 - Priscilla








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #8 - Debbie








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #9 - Charlene


Charlene says, "I cannot put into words how much I love my front and back porches. I am always decorating them according to the seasons. This is so nice of you to have a contest like this...Follow you all the time and am always copying pillows that you make for my rockers!

Happy summer!"


Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #9 - Charlene



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #9 - Charlene








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Our winner! Entry #10 - Lauretta



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Our winner! Entry #10 - Lauretta



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Our winner! Entry #10 - Lauretta








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #11 - Mrs. Smith



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #11 - Mrs. Smith



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #11 - Mrs. Smith








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #12 - Lanna on behalf of Betty


Lanna says, "The stained glass was painted by myself and I used Gallery Glass to paint it. The table clothes and curtains I made them myself."


Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #12 - Lanna on behalf of Betty








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #13 - Donna


Donna says, "My porch was made completely by hand by my husband. All posts, caps, rails, etc. were made by hand.

We have enjoyed many summer nights on this porch. Although it is not very fancy, it is inviting and comfortable."


Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #13 - Donna



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #13 - Donna








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #14 - Tammi on behalf of her grandparents, Bill and Jean


Tammi says, "I nearly missed entering because I've been so busy with the people who proudly own this porch - my 89 year old grandparents.

They have six acres and he still mows it all, keeps two large gardens, and she still cans and freezes. They are both still super active - I think they are more fit than the rest of us! He needs a new heart valve, which should be happening next week. I've been doing a lot of drives to take him to see the doctors and surgeons.

These two, they have been creating this legacy of love for the rest of us. They will celebrate anniversary #72 this October. Four generations strong! My daughter is getting married on Sept 5th.

We've all spent many days and nights at the homestead with them. About 30 years ago he drastically increased the size of the porch - the sign you see by the kitchen door reads: Welcome to King's Acres - Home of the "Porch People". It was made by my aunt and uncle.

I could tell you forever how magical these two people are and still never do them justice.

I took these photos at about 6:30 am when I was picking him up last week for another trip to the hospital. The light shining from the window on the far right of the house is the one beside my grandmother's chair. It's our beacon.

I hope you enjoy them! I'm not photographer, but somehow it's not important. What's important is the love - and I can't look at these without filling full of it."


Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #14 - Tammi on behalf of her grandparents, Bill and Jean



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #14 - Tammi on behalf of her grandparents, Bill and Jean








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #15 - Sue



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #15 - Sue



Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #15 - Sue








Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #16 - Deb


Deb says, "Love following you on facebook! This is our back porch, we are in the middle of the city, just north of Denver, we escape to our porch and are able to forget the troubles of the world!

We have all of our summer gatherings here, just had a porch party, this afternoon. My husband built this about 15 years ago.

The end walls and ceiling are vinyl and the back wall of the house is brick. Hubby installed a swamp cooler a few years ago (I thought he was crazy) and we are able to sit on the porch even when it's 100°! It's our little piece of paradise.

Thank you for sharing all of the beautiful porches around the country!"


Pleasant Summer Porch contest entry

Entry #16 - Deb








Sponsored By Leisa Collins Art

Summer cottage painted by artist Leisa Collins


Watercolor artist Leisa Collins has drawn and painted hundreds of unique house portraits all across the USA. You can see more samples of her work here.

From photographs, Leisa creates an original detailed pen drawing of your home and then paints it so you have a memorable watercolor work of art for your home.



How to Enter

The contest is closed now. Thank you to everyone who sent in their porch photos. We loved seeing them all.

Stop By to See More of Leisa's Work

Give the gift of a handcrafted house portrait - get more details on Front-Porch-Ideas-and-More.com

Take a moment to see more of Leisa Collins house portraits.




Beautiful watercolor portrait of Lauretta's front porch - winning entry in our pleasant summer porch contest

Leisa artfully turned Lauretta's winning porch entry (above) into beautiful artwork






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