Front Porch Appeal - Memorial Day Tribute and Springtime Porches

Issue #66 May 2015

May days are here! Mary and I have been busy with porch projects and finding time to enjoy our porch too. Our days are getting longer and lots warmer which is ideal for spending more time enjoying the outdoors.

We'd like to pass along a few of our porch and landscaping projects in addition to some other features you might like. We've collected porch photos from California to Kentucky for you to enjoy.

But first, Memorial Day is upon us. The two of us are so grateful for the many men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom and the blessings we enjoy every day.

To that end, we made this simple DIY Memorial Day decoration to commemorate this truly special day.

In Honor of Memorial Day

Please watch our video: We show you how to make this Memorial Day project

Our porch decorated for Memorial Day
Our porch in a patriotic theme for Memorial Day

Why is Veterans Day important
Photo is courtesy of Beverly and Pack

Real Meaning of Memorial Day

While Memorial Day weekend is often enjoyed with picnics and barbecues, we always want to remember that the real purpose of this holiday is to remember those men and women who have given their lives to secure our freedom.

Because of the sacrifices of these brave men and women, we get to enjoy many blessings every day like spending time with our families and enjoying our porches.

Springtime Porches

white front porch with fuchia colored pillows
Striking front porch along a beautiful Kentucky road
spring blossoms in front of porch
Blossoms and porches - Photo courtesy of tickled pink

South Pasadena California Porches

Mary and I just returned from a wonderful porch hunting trip to California and wanted to share a few ideas we found. If you get a chance and are vacationing in the Los Angeles area this summer, be sure to check out this wonderful community.

Classic South Pasadena home
white round tapered porch columns with blue trim and stone balustrade
Beautiful stone balustrade
Be sure to check out our South Pasadena porch gallery for some more wonderful porches!

It's a really a tough job traveling the country looking for wonderful porches to share with you but... we are grateful we get to do it!

Picturesque Porch Just For Fun

Mary and I saw this picture of a wonderful porch and received permission from Dani to share it with you.

beautiful porch with summer flowers and birdhouse on column
Photo courtesy of Dani Foster Herring
Can you tell us what is very unique about this photo? If so, drop us a line!

Porch Projects

Mary and I have been busy. Here are a few of our recent projects we thought might interest you.

Garden Hose Projects

We solve two common and annoying issues with garden hoses. See what we did.

garden hose storage box on concrete base
Stay-put-garden hose storage box

Front Porch Landscaping Project

Mary and I show you how we re-landscaped our front porch and we identify the plants we chose. We relocated several plants to make room for those that had more appeal.

We walk you through our process. Check it out.

cottage garden landscaping in front of porch
Our new cottage-style front porch landscaping

Classic Curb Appeal

A contemporary front porch with craftsman columns and open gable roof
A Newport Beach CA contemporary front porch with
Craftsman columns and open gable roof

A super charming ranch home with a welcoming porch.
A Kentucky ranch with a metal gable roof

Summer Porch Product Ideas

Just like the home supply store signature line, now's the perfect time to fix-up, add-on, change out, update, or paint to create an outdoor space you'll enjoy all season long.

We appreciate our sponsors and know you will too. They all have excellent customer service and fantastic products we believe you should investigate further to make your outdoor space awesome.

Curb Appeal Your Porch

Yes, we know "Curb appeal" is not a verb but if you want to add lots of pizzazz to your porch, Vintage Woodworks is the place to look. From the ordinary to the elaborate, you'll find porch parts like brackets, running trim, and more to give your porch a fresh look.

Gingerbread Victorian home with Vintage Woodworks trim
Trimmed out porch by Vintage Woodworks
Vintage Woodworks has a myriad of porch parts you just have to see to believe. Start planning your porch project today.

Porch Comfort

The Porch Company offers a wide variety of porch products that will definitely enhance the time you spend on your porch. From swing beds like no others (example below) to railings, arbors, screen doors, and more, check out The Porch Company.

custom swing bed by The Porch Company
Swing Bed by The Porch Company
You must check out The Porch Company's Porch Store which contains so many neat porch products!

Upgrade Your Screen Door

I like things that last as do most people and that's why we like these aluminum screen doors from PCA Products. Mary and I have actually toured their manufacturing facility and can attest to the quality of these doors.

What's even more fun is that you can customize your door right on their website to ensure you get the right look for your home.

If looking to upgrade your screen door this year you owe it to yourself to check out your options at PCA Products.

custom screen doors by pca products
High quality aluminum screen doors from PCA Products
See the possibilities.

Screen Porch for the Seasons

Why settle for just a screen porch when you can have a screened room with windows to extend your outdoor time. If you haven't considered screen porch windows now may be the time.

Easy to install, you get the benefit of screen windows plus the advantage of closing them to keep out the wind, rain, and pollen. How neat is that?

4-track porch windows by
4 track windows
See how easy is to convert your existing porch.

DIY Screen Porch Kit For Summer Fun

Now might be the year you finally get that screened porch you've been wanting. Whether you just need screen walls to fit between your existing columns or the entire structure, Mary and I want you to check out all of your options.

a screen porch kit with vinyl roof
DIY Screen kit options for your porch, deck, or patio
See what has to offer.

Ideas for Creating Porch Curb Appeal

Cover of ebook Maximize Your Homes Curb Appeal Maximize your home's curb appeal, our free eBook for you.

Mary and I wrote this ebook to give you some great ideas for jazzing up the exterior of your home. We hope you enjoy it.

Summer Front Porch to Enjoy

beautifully decorated porch for summer

Interviews with Porch Experts

Porch Ideas Network podcast logo We bring experts to you through our Porch Ideas Network who share their love of porches and their expertise in such areas as building, designing, planning and decorating porches. Each show lasts approximately 20 - 30 minutes.

Creative Landscaping Around Your Porch

Porch Ideas Network podcast Our guest, J. Paul Moore, professional photographer and self-proclaimed plant nerd, shares ways to creatively landscape around your front porch. He also shares stories that will entertain and delight you!

Listen here:

Use Your Porch to Help Sell Your Home

Porch Ideas Network podcast Our guest, Jeannie Timmons, professional realtor, explains what you can do to maximize your front porch and home to help sell your home. metal roof on your home and porch.

Listen here:

In addition to our audio programs, we also feature selected porch builders and landscapers - must see if you want more ideas from experts in their fields.

Gift Idea: A House Portrait

We have a fantastic gift suggestion - perhaps for your spouse or even yourself: a custom painting of your home or of your childhood home.

We found a wonderful artist, Leisa Collins, who will draw your home from photographs and then she paints it with watercolors creating a special piece of artwork.

original watercolor of home by leisa collins

Leisa Collins, Bruce Goodman, and Mary and Dave We recently visited Leisa and Bruce in their studio apartment. She is an amazing artist who is dedicated to historical preservation efforts across the country.

We enjoyed getting to know both Leisa and Bruce! (Pictured L to R: Dave, Mary, Leisa Collins and Bruce Goodman)

See more examples of Leisa's paintings and her contact info.

Please listen to our podcast with Leisa!

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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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