Front Porch Appeal Newsletter

Spring is Popping Up

Issue #101 April 2019

front porch decorated for spring
Lovely springtime front porch
Spring is the season of new beginnings, events, and religious observances. Your porch and yard are wonderful spaces to enjoy this time of the year.

Granted, we know that you may live in a cooler climate where an April snowfall is commonplace. Just know that it won't be long till you see blooms and new leaves.

our Easter porch
Our porch is ready for spring
Mary gave our porch a welcoming cleaning and decorated it for the season. Our front porch landscaping is showing signs of growth with emerging flowers and leafing shrubs.

phlox blooming beautifully
The purple phlox is blooming with abundance
The power of pretty plants around your porch cannot be understated. Just by planting some seasonal flowers and perennials, you can frame your porch beautifully.

a corner of our porch with pretty plants and a bunny
The corner of our wraparound porch
We don't do many flower pots because of the heat we get in the summer, but always love to have a pink mandevilla in the corner of our porch. It's heat-hardy and never disappoints with blooms from spring through autumn.

pink dogwood in full bloom
The pink dogwood in our backyard is in full bloom

Inside This Edition...

  • Spring Ideas We Think You Will Like
  • Water Your Hanging Baskets Easier
  • Make an Adorable Bunny Wreath from Grapevines
  • If Only I Had a Screen Door
  • Wonderful Spring Walkway Inspiration
  • Hang a Porch Swing Confidently
  • Check Out This Online Porch Guide
  • Consider This Mother's Day Gift Idea
  • Have a Safe Space from Violent Storms
  • Porch Handrails: A Wonderful Investment
  • Thank You As Always

Spring Ideas We Think You Will Like

Look at These Cute Bunnies

bunny on porch for Easter
The Easter bunny on the front porch
Photo courtesy of Little Brags

inflatablebunny in yard

Dave and I frequently walk past this adorable cottage. We enjoy their seasonal decorations.

Make a Super Cute Bunny Wreath from Grapevines

With a bunny form (or one you make from grapevine wreaths) you can have an adorable spring decoration. Enjoy these video instructions.

Do You Like This Cute Garden Hose Wreath?

Jills garden hose wreath

Who knew how cute a garden hose could be on your front door! Jill's wreath shown here is so cute.

Jill is from Create Craft Love and we feature her wreaths right here.

Water Your Hanging Baskets Easier

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We recently discovered this neat idea and wanted to share it with you. It's a retractable hanger for hanging baskets, bird houses, and other items and can be used on your porch, gazebo, kitchen, and other areas as well.

It can hold up to 55 pounds making it ideal for watering and caring for your hanging baskets.

These would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift too!

Plant Pulley Retractable Hanger Hooks - Hanging Plants Garden Baskets Pots Bird Houses
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Watch this short video to see how easy they are used...

So Speaking of Hanging Baskets...

hanging basket of flowers and trailing vine - just lovely

Why not take a look at these hanging basket ideas we have for you.

"If Only I Had A Screen Door"

We fondly remember the "slap" of the old screen door as children. It signalled the beginning of spring, warm weather, backyard ball games, and lots of fun.

Although screen doors have changed over the years, they still invoke good memories and let the fresh air travel through your home.

If you need a new screen door or want to update your existing one for your home or screened porch, we can highly recommend the hand-crafted heavy duty aluminum doors from PCA Products, one of our fine sponsors.

Engineered for maximum strength and quality along with plenty of helpful design options, we believe you will be very satisfied with their products.

screen doors by PCA Products
Screen doors by PCA Products

black aluminum screen door by PCA Products
Look how classy this front entryway is with a black PCA screen door
We invite you to visit our sponsor's website, PCA Products, to see all of their many screen door possibilities.

Wonderful Spring Walkway Inspiration

tulip lined walkway in spring
A gorgeous tulip-lined walkway in springtime
Oh my heavens, how these tulips line this sidewalk leading to the porch - who wouldn't love to call this home...

our cottage style walkway
If you love pretty walkways...
If you believe in the power of an attractive walkway, please take a look at the DIY walkway we did around our porch and the side of our cottage-style home a few years ago.

Hang a New Porch Swing Confidently

Spring is the perfect time to hang a new porch swing - makes for a fantastic Mother's Day gift too. Mary and enjoy spending time on our swing, especially with a good cup of coffee in the morning.

We have instructions right here for how to hang a porch swing confidently.

porch swing on front porch with outdoor furniture
Relax in comfort in a beautiful porch swing - photo courtesy of The Porch Company
A porch swing bed has to be the ultimate in porch swing luxury.

porch swing bed by The Porch Company
Relax in comfort in a beautiful porch swing - photo courtesy of The Porch Company
Our friends at The Porch Company not only build custom porches but also can furnish them with exquisite porch swing beds like the one below.

Speaking of porch swings, our guest Shannon Lee speaks lovingly about her memories of the porch swing as a child. Listen to it right here by playing below.

Look at This Online Porch Guide

online porch guide by Vintage Woodworks Did you know that our sponsor, Vintage Woodworks, has a wonderful online porch guide? Yes, you can see it right here.

Beautiful trimwork for your porch from Vintage Woodworks, one of our fine sponsors

If you want to see the power of handcrafted vintage porch parts, please stop by here to take a peek.

Consider This: A Special Mother's Day Gift Idea

Wonderful Victorian house portrait painting - watercolor by Leisa Collins
Imagine a watercolor painting of your childhood home!
Mary and I had the privilege of meeting Leisa Collins, a well known watercolor artist who can capture the true essence of a home through her artistry. If you are looking for a unique and most welcome gift for your mom this Mother's Day, we recommend you consider having Leisa paint a portrait of your childhood home.

Leisa can paint a portrait of your favorite home from a photograph, even if the photo is from the wintertime or is imperfect (car parked out front, power lines etc.). She knows how to make it perfect for any season of the year. Contact Leisa here and see more of her house portraits.

photograph of grandparents home before it was taken down
One of Leisa's clients wanted to capture the memories of her grandparent's home
This photo was taken before the home was taken down a few years ago.

Leisa says, "Even if your childhood home is no longer owned by your family, or worse still it has been torn down, as long as there is some form of photographic record, with your help I can reconstruct how the family home used to look. I love to imbue all those treasured and timeless family memories into each architectural work of art I create."

Wonderful house portrait- watercolor by Leisa Collins
Look at the portrait Leisa painted from the above photograph
Her client described her grandparent's home to Leisa - about the gardens, trees, flowers and even the farm animals. And oh my, what a beautiful portrait Leisa created from the photograph and the memories her client described. Want to know more? Click here please.

Need a Safe Space from Violent Storms?

Spring is upon us and the nation has already seen tornadic weather. Here's an innovative idea using a porch to protect yourself and your family from deadly storms.

This is an excellent option especially for those in manufactured homes, homes built on slabs or homes with minimal space for a storm shelter.

A Porch That's Also a Storm Shelter?

SafePorch installed adjacent to porch

Mobile home with attractive SafePorch adjacent to back deck

We like this option as it can have a dual function in many cases. Whereas traditional tornado shelters are typically used during a storm, this option called a SafePorch can double as your porch or deck.

Only seconds away from your living space, a SafePorch provides maximum security and safety while simultaneously adding usable outdoor space.

Visually appealing, the SafePorch doesn't even look like a typical storm shelter. In fact, it can double as your porch, deck or patio if so desired. (source)

Visit our page to learn more about the SafePorch concept and to see if it is available in your area.

Other Storm Shelter Options

Did you know you can order a storm shelter online? Here's just one example of what we've discovered which could be an ideal solution for many.

You can find in ground shelters (like the one pictured below or units that can be installed in your home or garage.

In-Ground Tornado Shelter
see more options on Amazon (affiliate link)

This interior tornado shelter Tornado Shelter
accommodates up to 6 people (affiliate link)
Storm shelters can be a bit pricey; however, consider it as an investment in your family's safety, especially if you live in a tornado prone area. As a minimum, make sure your family has a plan to protect themselves in case they are faced with a violent storm.

We Find These to Be a Wonderful Investment

Having cared for aging parents over the years we know keeping them safe is of utmost importance. Most of us want to stay in our homes as long as possible; however, it only takes one mistep on a stair tread to keep you from doing so.

You may only have one, two, or three steps onto your porch, walkway, or garage and don't feel the need for a hand rail - but it only takes one mistep to fall. And anyone of any age can call.

Installing a handrail is easy to do and can prevent falls; a leading cause of broken bones.

Here's a simple DIY solution Mary and I recommend even if you have only a few unprotected steps. You can purchase them based on the number of steps.

InstantRail 3-Step adjustable handrail
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Metal handrail kits make it easy to safe-proof you porch, deck, or stoop stairs. And they look curb-appealing too.

Learn more about porch handrails on our site here.

Remember, it's the small things that get us sometimes.

Thank You As Always

violets in spring

Thank you for taking the time to open and enjoy our newsletter. You are the reason we love to share porch ideas.

Mary and her sister recently visited La Grange Kentucky where they noticed these pretty violets among the blades of grass. We hope that you, too, can take time to notice joyful things in your neighborhood too.

May you find joy, peace and solace in your everyday life.

That's what we're wishing for you today.

violets in spring
Delicate white flowers along the edge of the woods next to us

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Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary and Dave

Life is short. Enjoy your porch.

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