Front Porch Appeal Newsletter

September and Anticipating Fall, Y'all!

Issue #105 September 2019

Being that today is the National Day of Encouragement (September 12th), we encourage you, our faithful reader, to decorate your porch for fall. It's been very warm for us here in Middle TN. Fall cannot come too soon for us. How about for you?

front porch with pleasing fall decor
Pleasant way to transition to fall
So, whether you are experiencing a few fall temperatures or still in the throes of summer, like us, decorating your porch may be just the encouragement Mother Nature needs to lower the thermostat a bit.



Our Neighborhood Porches

Here are a few porches in our neighborhood we recently discovered and thought you might enjoy. As you can see, flowers are still in full bloom here in Tennessee.

lovely brick porch and gardens
We appreciate how much care goes into this porch and garden


whimsical yard art
And their yard art is pretty adorable too


mass of yellow flowers in front of porch
A whimsical neighborhood floral display


Wonderful front porch neighborhood
Reminds us of a sweet Swiss chalet


metal pumpkin decorations on front porch
Transition to fall with whimsical pumpkins on your front porch
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Outdoor Autumn Decorating Ideas

Here are a few autumn decorating ideas to inspire your porch and home.

fall decorations on retaining wall to front porch
Outdoor fall decor that's not just for the front porch


fun fall porch decorations
Light and lively fall porch decorations


Large metal pumpkin in porch landscaping for fall
Can't miss this pumpkin


raggedy ann or andy with pumpkin on front porch for fall
Raggedy Andy is such a ham


owl fall banner flag on front porch
Greet your neighbors and friends with a fall flag


autumn wreath on front door with initial m
Embellish a fall wreath with your initial
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Products We Enjoy Recommending

Fall Porch and Yard Pumpkin Decorations

We love the metal pumpkin featured in one of our photos above and thought you might like to see a similar one available on Amazon.

Metal Pumpkin Collection - Amazon affiliate

Useful Weeding Tool for Fall Yard Work

Check out this neat weeding tool by Fiskar.

Fiskars 4-Claw Weeder - Amazon affiliate
Here's a short video - pretty neat and handy tool to have on hand.



Consider the Safety You'll Have with Handrails for Your Stairs



We continue to be encouraged that a number of our readers purchase DIY handrails like the one shown here. Don't be fooled that you can't get hurt falling down only a step or two. Our porch has three steps and yes, we have a porch handrail that helps tremendously.

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 stumble to fall. Anyone of any age can fall.

The good news is that installing a handrail is straightforward and holding onto one can prevent falls and broken bones. A small investment can save someone you may know from lots of pain and discomfort. All too often we neglect the simplest things that come back to bite us.

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 you have.

Installing a handrail, at your home or perhaps on your parent's or grandparents' steps can alleviate unnecessary pain and ER visits.

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Porch Tables, Cabinets, and Decor

Porch tables and cabinets are an excellent addition to almost any porch. Not only are they quite functional but also add ambiance and can easily be decorated throughout the year.

Here are a few examples.

front porch cabinet with outdoor lamp and birdhouse
Pleasing furniture arrangement


Illumination tree on wicker table on front porch
Wicker table with illuminating tree


country style table on front porch
Country table with plant


outdoor lamp on cabinet on front porch
Warming wicker cabinet with classic birdhouse and outdoor lamp
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Special Announcements

An Engagement in Our Family

We are excited to share our good news with you! Our son Dan proposed to our now future-daughter-in-love, Rachel. We are are so very happy for them both (and for us too)!

Rachel is a nationally recognized author of "The Brave Art Of Motherhood" and the owner of the blog FindingJoy.net She's a blessing to us and if Dan hadn't proposed we were planning to adopt her.

Wonderful front porch neighborhood
Rachel and Dan will be tying the knot

Curious George Almost Wasn't

We are also proud to announce the release of another Tracing The Path recordings produced and narrated by Dan. If you remember Curious George, the monkey, you'll be surprised at the story behind the scenes.

Dan is fantastic at connecting stories, places and people with each other. If you listen to his podcast, you will quickly see what we mean.

Take a few minutes and enjoy! Find it here along with several others we know you'll find quite interesting.

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We invite you to listen to the Tracing the Path Podcast


Have You Seen Painted Bench Photography's Gallery?

Our son Tom just retired from 20 years in the US Air Force. He and his sweet wife, Heidi, have a very personable photography business in Herndon VA.

Over the course of several years, in California and now Virginia, they have amassed quite the portfolio of portrait, commercial, wedding, branding and events photography. They also do beautiful pet photography.

If you live in the Herndon, VA area, please look up Tom and Heidi at Painted Bench Photography. The two of them are wonderful and creative people who will make your photo session relaxed and fun.

painted bench photography

Tom and Heidi of Painted Bench Photography


We're Inviting Aspiring Entrepreneurs

New facebook group to help you get started with your online biz

Last but not least, the two of us have a new project as well. We've created a Facebook group and website to help aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to create a passion-based business like ours. The two of us have been writing about porches for 11 years already and want to pay forward some of the things we've learned over the years.

So, if you have ever dreamed of starting an online business of your own, a business based upon a passion, skill or knowledge you have, we'd love if you joined us at You Have Knowledge.

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Porches for "L" Shaped Houses

It is difficult to design a roof to create a porch on an "L" shaped home. Here's one possible solution we discovered the just might be the answer for some.

A pergola-style roof fits in easily into the corner giving at least some shade and a sense of enclosure.

front porch with absolutely beautiful porch landscaping
A pergola installed on an L-shaped home
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We Appreciate Our Sponsors

We are always grateful for our friends and sponsors who have incredible products and services to offer.

The Beauty of Handcrafted Vintage Porch Parts

Our sponsor, Vintage Woodworks, has been reproducing handcrafted solid wood porch parts since 1978. We love their family.

Take a look at this home - one of their customers - and notice how the Vintage Woodworks handcrafted products make such a lovely difference. The porch posts, brackets and gable decorations!


Beautiful Victorian home with Vintage Woodworks porch parts
The beauty of vintage trim work
A customer sent in this photo of their beautiful home with handcrafted porch posts, brackets and a gable decoration from Vintage Woodworks. Love what you see? Then please stop by Vintage Woodworks's website for much more porch-related products!


Check Out This Porch Swing Bed

Swing beds have become quite popular and this one from our friends and sponsor at The Porch Company is the ultimate in comfort. They have ingeniously solved the problem of the bed swing by making the back adjustable - perfect for a relaxing summer nap or for sitting and swinging the day away.


adjustable swing bed in a beautiful rustic style
Hand crafted for both quality and comfort



adjustable swing bed in a beautiful rustic style
Imagine this porch bed swing in your home
Our sponsor, The Porch Company, designs and custom builds these porch swing beds - which has a major advantage - an adjustable back. See much more of these adjustable swing beds right here.


Sliding Screen Door Issues Solved

Our sponsor, PCA Products, has designed and constructed a sliding screen door that will blow you away. We've never had a sliding screen door that we didn't have to fix; they can be a real pain. No more!

PCA Products has found a way to solve sliding screen door issues like bent frames, screen blow out, and derailing from the track. We hope you check them out and treat yourself to something wonderful in sliding patio doors.


Samson screen door by pca products.com
Amazing sliding screen door by PCA Products
Do yourself a favor and check out this fantastic screen door today!
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Thank You As Always

botanical gardens beautiful view

Ever look around to see what's lovely in your world? Here's a beautiful scene we captured while visiting a botanical garden in the northern Virginia area.

Truth be known, there's almost always something in our view that qualifies as lovely if we just take a moment to notice. From the little drops of dew on the grass in the morning to the fluffy marshmallow clouds in the blue sky - and a zillion things in between - let your eyes notice the beauty that is around us.

And may you get a few moments each day to put your feet up and just think of nothing, with peace in your heart and soul, with gratefulness and joy. We appreciate you. We hope you have a porch in your life - or anywhere where you can enjoy a bit of time in the sunshine and fresh air.

Thank you so much for being one of our loyal readers each month. We appreciate you.


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Mary and Dave Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary and Dave


Life is short. Enjoy your porch.



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