Front Porch Appeal Newsletter
Issue #123 March 2022

welcome spring

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 in spring
Victorian front porch preparing for spring

Decorate you porch for spring by painting a few simple tulips for pillows and banners.  No artistry required, just some passion and enthusiasm along with a little paint, fabric and lightweight wood.  So inexpensive and cheerful. Front Porch Ideas and More
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.

blue and pink house with porch
A cheerful home indeed!
Do you see the sunny yellow tulips in the front yard above? Nothing says "welcome, spring" more.

Our spring decor with a birdhouse theme
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.

St Augustine Fl porch
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 front porch with American flag
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.

Beautiful Victorian with sawn balusters
Victorian home with beautiful sawn balusters

Steel Cable Railings On Beautiful Tan House

For a more modern look, stainless steel cable railings may be something to consider.

See our entire collection of porch railing ideas.

porch railings add loads of curb appeal to your porch
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
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mailbox on front porch
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.

stones with the words dream inspire courage

How Can We Create a Remarkable Life?

Do you ever think how powerful the word "choose" is in our lives?
  • 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.
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.

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.

Vintage Woodworks porch decorations
Vintage Woodworks handcrafted products are beautifully planned
We love the details in their porch decorations

Porch Store blue swing bed
The Porch Store creates these wonderful porch swing beds
In addition to many other gorgeous products for your porch

Beautiful PCA sliding patio door called the Samson
PCA Product's sliding patio screen doors
Are durable, quality and beautiful

daffodils in springtime
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 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!

see you next time!

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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