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|March 4, 2013||Posted by Helen under Home Decor & Travel|
Welcome to my porch and OK, there are other rooms inside, but there were more interesting things outside. Yes, we knew we really wanted a pool and it was an extra bonus that this house had the pool and also had a large screened in porch. Oh, my goodness, we had very little furniture for the porch …nothing at first, but webbed folding outdoor chairs! And there was that old green plastic table and chairs, that I now refer to as my potting table. Yes, that’s not there year round, but I still use it with newspaper covering it to plant our deck baskets and a few large pots of impatiens mixed with ferns and marigolds. Here’s a photo about a year after we moved in…see the wicker settee, 2 arms chairs, and a coffee table…that was it. The truth is we were thrilled to have that seating for the porch and still have the wicker..about to see its final days…but has served us well even though now on its third set of cushions.
When I was a child in Texarkana, Texas, we had a large covered front porch…it was concrete and on rainy days, my best friend, Margaret Ann, and I could play with our dolls without getting wet. That was the kind of porch that I dreamed of having for my grandchildren. One to play dolls or trucks and have an impromptu picnic on the porch. So time passed and we found a great deal on a cast aluminum rectangular table and a bistro table with 6 chairs at our local Sam’s Club. Maybe secretly, I wanted to have that large table on that porch for fun times with our family. Well, everyone in our home was not so excited over having that large rectangular table there. Then the day came for us to have our deck top removed and a new one put down. That’s when my team won..so to speak. Bob agreed to help me get that table inside the screened porch. And then we loved not having everything flying around us as on the deck…and there was that wonderful ceilng fan whirling away the fun hours. Finally, it was my dream of a lifetime. Nothing but joy!
The focal point of our porch is the red cabinet, that Bob’s grandfather’s uncle built many, many years ago. Based on bits and pieces of family information, we have concluded that it is at least a hundred years old. Actually, it was in a dark corner of Bob’s parents’ utility room holding items like sprinklers and hose. Also, it was a dull army green. When we pulled it out of that corner, we loved it and that it was in surprisingly great condition considering it had been basically in all kinds of weather…no heat or air conditioning. After being hidden for decades, we chose to make it the star of the porch and painted it red to match our shutters and exterior doors. We store only fun and/or pretty items there. The doors are often open as you see in this past Christmas’ photo, and it is filled with game boards, books, beach towels, those yellow roses in a vase our son made in elementary school, and several gifts from friends. It feels great to see how it looks and know there will be fun times shared with it.
Always in my dreams for the porch was to have ferns dripping down in the West side corners. I hope you’ll visit here this summer when they are out on the porch again. The photo below is of the South view from the porch.
Please note that the top two photos were from the early years. Thanks for visiting our porch! Remember to click the underlined note above to see many more detailed photos of our porch…it’s a fun porch!