Front Porch Appeal Newsletter
Issue #123 March 2022
March has landed and spring officially begins on the 20th in our northern hemisphere.
No matter if your house is blanketed with snow or you are enjoying daffodils and crocuses already, we welcome you here.
Thank you for being with us again this month. For the love of a porch!
This month we celebrate not only the beginning of spring, but also St. Patrick's Day and the beginning of porch season.
Inside This Edition...
- Tis the Season for Springtime Porches
- Imagine the Possibilities - Porch Railing Ideas
- Porch Ideas Network - Plan Your Porch with Purpose
- Porch Entertainment - Did the Post Office Grow America?
- Inspiration and Tidbits
- We Appreciate Our Porch Sponsors
- Thank You As Always
The first day of spring is almost upon us.
Daffodils popping up, buds bursting out, and dogs beginning to shed (somewhere) - all signs of spring!
Here in the Nashville area, we've had daffodils blooming for several weeks already and our hyacinths are budding as well.
Victorian front porch preparing for spring
How about a springtime porch with a tulip theme?
Take a look at the springtime porch we created with a tulip theme.
Get ideas on how you might do the same.
Please stop by our tulip-theme post.
A cheerful home indeed!
Do you see the sunny yellow tulips in the front yard above?
Nothing says "welcome, spring" more.
See the hyacinths on the yellow stand?
Never did we know how fragrant hyacinths are!
If you enjoy the fragrance of lilacs, then you'll be a fan of hyacinths too.
A heavenly smell for the porch or indoors.
Look at this gorgeous wreath for St. Patrick's Day
Do you enjoy putting a bit of green on your porch for St. Patrick's Day?
We have some fresh ideas for you on decorating for St. Patrick's.
We often take porch railings for granted but they can add immense curb appeal as well as safety to your porch.
Choosing the right railing design to match your home's architecture is a relatively easy way to upgrade your home's appearance.
Square, rectangular, or turned balusters like those shown below are typical on most homes.
Classic turned balusters with painted top rail
Victorian-style homes usually use turned, square, or sawn balusters as depicted below.
Often, they are painted to match the exterior trim on the porch and home.
Victorian home with beautiful sawn balusters6>
For a more modern look, stainless steel cable railings may be something to consider.
See our entire collection of porch railing ideas.
See more ideas for porch railings
Thinking of building a new porch or perhaps just remodeling your existing one?
Proper planning of your project will ensure many years of enjoyment and add value to your property.
We interview Gregory Tatsch, founder of Vintage Woodworks, who explains the number one
consideration when building or remodeling your porch, and other important requirements
you need to consider, from the size of your porch to positioning columns and railings.
Listen to Our Audio Program: 00:31:06
Planning Your Porch with Purpose - with Our Guest Gregory Tatsch
Old mailbox on front porch
There was a time when mail was delivered to the porch in mailboxes like the one above.
We wonder if mail is delivered to homeowners' porches anymore. Do you know?
Speaking of mail, do you know how seven very important words in the Constitution and the US Post Office are related?
There's only one way to find out and that is to grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or other
favorite drink, and then sit back and listen to this enlightening podcast about how the US Post Office grew America from Tracing the Path with Dan R Morris.
Porch Humor: We had a friend that loved to lie in front of our front door all day. His name was Mat.
How Can We Create a Remarkable Life?
Do you ever think how powerful the word "choose" is in our lives?
Not saying the choices we make are an easy journey as many are not.
But even in the worst of times or the darkest hours, it's a comfort that we can use the power of choice.
- We have the power to choose to lift someone up or tear someone down.
- We have the power to choose the pursuit of happiness or despair.
- We have the power to choose to change our circumstances or stay the course.
- We have the power to think positively or chase negative thoughts.
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.
The Porch Store creates these wonderful porch swing beds
In addition to many other gorgeous products for your porch
A sure sign of spring in these daffodils
The two of us appreciate you being in our porch family.
You're always welcome to send us pictures of your porch at firstname.lastname@example.org
While we cannot promise it, we often feature shared pictures in our newsletter and/or website and social media.
We thank you for stopping by and hope this finds you well this month.
Wishing you sunny skies, gentle breezes and flowers blooming on your porch steps.
We are grateful for you!
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.
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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