Updated: Sep 1, 2019
There's no porch any where in the world that can compare with a Southern porch. Remember sitting with your grandmother, bowl and dishtowel on her lap, while she snaps green beans? The kids with a Coca-Cola in one hand and a paper fan in the other, trying to beat the heat? Good memories!
Porches today can give you that same relaxed feeling and let your mind be free to drift away from the cares of the crazy world we live in.
I met my soul mate at 69 and I have to admit, Jeff and I spent a lot of time on the front porch before we married. Even today, two and a half years later, we still enjoy sitting there with Bella, our labrador, and BB, our "lapadore". It's time we cherish because we are relaxed, and some of our best discussions have taken place right there. It always makes me think of Andy Griffith and how his porch was the gathering place especially after dinner and church. There was even one episode where the church service spoke of the need to slow down, and they all ended up on the porch talking about how busy their lives were. My, oh my, what would they say about today's world?
My grandmother had a grand porch in my young eyes, with a glider and Papa's chair which he made out of spring steel and an old set of baby bed springs. Heaven help the grandchild who was in his chair when he walked out to the porch. I have that chair today and it is such a treasure to me. I guess that is why the vintage look is what appeals to me so much when it comes to a comfortable, lazy afternoon porch.
But it doesn't have to be vintage decor. It could be something very simple, like the photos above. The important thing is the feeling that it brings to you ... to your soul. This can be your place to escape from the hustle and bustle, to curl up with a good book (or Designs for Graceful Living), and just make the world go away. Make this your special place. Fill it with whatever makes you at ease, little treasures that make your breathing slow down. Just ...
PS: My old stomping ground, Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, has everything in house to make your porch your own. It's open the 3rd weekend every month. For more information: http://www.lakewoodantiques.com