Please join me, the tea is fresh, the breeze is gentle and the air is comfortably cool.
There is a glass of tea waiting for us at the table. Franny the Fickle Ficus is in the corner, she likes it there.
We could sit here in the rockers if you like.
The pitcher was a gift from my daughter, she knows me so well!! Tea tastes better in a Mason jar to me. My husband made the tray and I stained and painted it.
The irrigation is on in the orchard, and the sun is shining through the leaves.
This sweet potato vine enjoys the sun, it grows at an amazing rate.
You could sit here and swing for awhile if you like. The front porch of an older home seems to beg for a swing.
A porch should be an inviting place to sit and enjoy a refreshing drink in my book. I like to use lots of fresh plants. There are ferns, an ornamental sweet potato vine, my ficus tree and a couple of aloe plants on my front porch.
The items that I use are thrifted, yard sale items, or free. The rocking chairs are a yard sale find, $4 each! The table is a freebie. It is an old end table. Remember that horrible "rustic" furniture from the 80's? It looks different with a coat or two of paint.
The flower cart is old, my husband sanded it. Trying to remember exactly, but I think it was a yard sale find several years ago. I painted the flag several years ago, the other items are dollar store finds, except for the aloe plant!
If you are afraid to mess up expensive pillows, shop yard sales and thrift stores. If something happens to them, and it eventually it will outside, you haven't lost a lot of money. I use quilts that were picked up inexpensively also. If you choose a damaged quilt, the damage may be able to be hidden by placing the pretty part on the outside.
To make a front porch inviting, provide a place to sit. Different conversation areas are great if you have the space.
Use plants on your porch, they add a "live" touch. The cool green of the leaves is a welcome sight on super hot days!
Use things that you love on your porch, the front porch is a teaser for what a guest can expect from the rest of your home.
Provide plenty of bug spray and/or citronella candles.
Let your creativity take over and create a welcoming space to enjoy for you, your family, and guests. We use our porches almost all year, guests seem to enjoy sitting here as much as we do.
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