Front Porch Appeal Newsletter
Issue #121 January 2022

Happy New Year, Dear Friend!

welcome new year 2022!
The birth of a new wonderful year!
"Enter this new year with a gratitude for this new chance to create your dreams." - Avina Celeste

2022 has arrived! The beginning of a new year begs us to create a new chapter in our lives, so let's write a good one.

Mary and I begin 2022 with much hopeful anticipation of what is to come. May 2022 be an amazing time for you, with a joyful soul and abundant time to enjoy your porch.

Inside This Edition...

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  • Tis the Season - Your Winter Porch
  • Imagine the Possibilities - Patio Extensions
  • Porch Ideas Network - Learn from the Experts
  • Porch Entertainment
  • Inspiration to Ponder
  • We Appreciate Our Porch Sponsors
  • New Categories in Our Newsletter This Edition
  • Thank You As Always


front porch in winter with snow covered foliage
We love this beautiful winter porch
photo courtesy of Blondie


snow covered front porch and porch swing
And such a winter wonderland!
photo courtesy of Joon Han
January weather is starting off boldly! Depending on where you live, your porch may be covered in sparkling snow - or basking in warm sunshine.

Because of our mild climate in Middle Tennessee, we decorate year round. In winter, we enjoy creating a cozy setting using our small, electric fireplace, two rocking chairs, and colorful cushions.

Our Christmas porch - cabin style
Our front porch dressed for winter
Mary and I like to add wall art to set the scene as your see above. She either paints on a piece of masonite or we create an artistic piece using wood slats like pictured.

We attach her artwork to our house siding with vinyl siding hooks.

The fireplace chase is made from a plywood frame covered with faux stone wallpaper. Doesn't it look real? Even up close, it's rather hard to tell.

Here is another variation of our winter porch with a snowflake theme. Do you see the lamp on the electric stove? It provides a nice warm light in the evenings, adding to the overall ambiance.

Snowflake front porch
Close-up of our snowflake porch
If your porch receives abundant snow, perhaps a colorful piece of art will provide a nice contrast against the white and add a nice appeal to your home.

Check out our other ideas for your winter porch decorating.


When a true front porch is not feasible due to setback requirements, structural issues, finances, or other reasons, building a porch extension onto your existing porch can easily provide additional outdoor living space. Or alternatively, construct a patio area adjacent to your existing porch for extra seating area and outdoor enjoyment.

As shown in the photo below, an elevated patio area was constructed adjacent to the small front porch to add seating space.

brick porch extension on ranch home
Patio style porch extension off a small front porch
With proper planning, you can add either a pergola or porch roof over the patio or extension area, if you wish. The pergola above the patio extension below is perfect for hanging a porch swing.

brick porch extension on ranch home
Patio style porch extension with a pergola roof
January is the perfect time to start imagining how a porch extension could enhance your outdoor space. Wouldn't it be nice to have an extra space for relaxing, conversation with friends, or perhaps just to enjoy a morning cup of coffee!

No matter the size of your porch, an extension can add functional outdoor living space; use this link to find more ideas for porch extensions.


We share ideas about extending your small porch or portico and covers topics to consider like your porch landscaping, materials, whether to cover your porch extension or not, joining it to your home or making it standalone, and access to the extension.

porch extension with canopy roof


Please Listen to Our Podcast about Extending Your Porch 00:18:20


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Whether your weather allows you to sit on your porch or you enjoy snuggling in front of a roaring fire, you might like hearing how Curious George actually became a famous story. Learn how certain events in history - like escaping war on a tandem bike - brought Curious George to life. Our son Dan is a wonderful storyteller and his podcast is bursting with interesting stories and connections.

Listen to the Porch Ideas Network on Stitcher Radio
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Molly Jo Daisy: Being the New Kid In Mary's children's book, "Molly Jo Daisy: Being The New Kid", Molly Jo discovers a hidden book that contains advice for creating a most remarkable life. As we begin 2022 we think this excerpt from her book is quite fitting:

    Worth pondering... When you look in the mirror, maybe all you see is the person you think you are. But what would it be like if you looked deep inside and found a toolbox with most everything you ever needed? A mind to figure things out, courage when you need it, strength to do the right thing. Everything you need, you already have, right inside of you. If you haven't recognized that lately, it is time to awaken the gifts you already have.
Mary's 240-page chapter book includes many more ideas for having a remarkable life - woven throughout her story. Molly Jo Daisy is available on Amazon. If you purchase an item through affiliate links within our content, we will earn a commission at no cost to you. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. See our disclosure policy.




heart We value and appreciate our relationships with our sponsors. May sound corny, but it's true! Our sponsors are like family to us - very fine, good people and we are proud referring their services and products to you.

They each have amazing business ethics and at the top of their game in what they can provide to you. As we begin 2022 we wanted to make sure you were have access to these fine companies.

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Since it is a new year, we redesigned our newsletter a bit and hope you find it worthy of your time.

We added a Porch Entertainment section where we recommend various venues to enlighten and entertain. Another new section, Imagine the Possibilities, will focus on ideas you can use to enhance both the appeal and functionality of your porch.

Our Porch Ideas Network features experts with tips and ideas covering a wide variety of topics. We've also included inspirations that you just might help you reach your goals and dreams in 2022.

Our goal remains to provide ideas you can use to enhance the beauty of your home and create an amazing porch on which to create lasting memories.

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We are grateful for you!
From our home to yours, thank you so much for being part of our porch family. While most of us won't be sitting on our porch until warmer weather comes again, it's still so comforting to think of those days ahead.

In the meanwhile, we hope your can enjoy the beauty of winter and stay cozy indoors or outside playing in the sparkly stuff.

From both of us, may you have peace and joy in your heart.

We value our sponsors and the products and services they provide. They are like family to us!






You're invited to be part of our Facebook community. We share ideas with one another for decorating and using our porches. We are blessed with over 17,000 followers and would love to count you among them.


Mary and Dave Please enjoy browsing past issues of our newsletters right here. Take a few moments of chill time.

Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary and Dave


Life is short. Enjoy your porch.



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