Room of the Day: Front Porch

One amazing space in many homes today that is under-utilized is the front porch.  There was a time in history when the front porch was part of the social fabric of a family.  In today’s world, many homes have front porches, but the families in those homes often use the back yard exclusively for both personal and entertaining uses.

This article describes a family who wanted to connect more with their neighbors by returning to the idea of the neighborly front porch. It’s a very clever idea for making a socially-oriented space. We often use our outdoor furniture in the front yard as a simple way to connect with our country neighbors as they happen by in the summer months. It is amazing how people will stop and chat when we are lounging in the front yard!

Fireside Chats on a Front Porch

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Decorating With Nature in Fall and Winter

Who among us is really ready for summer to end? Not many of us, I am sure. However, as much as we might love fall and winter, it is the absence of the things of nature that we miss so dearly. One way we can continue to enjoy nature in the colder months is to bring a little of it indoors. Enjoying furniture and home decor handcrafted from natural materials inside your home is a creative way to extend the feeling of the warmer months.

This article from houzz.com highlights some great ideas of how to keep a bit of nature, and in some instances a touch of summer, in our homes through Fall and Winter.

Decorating With Nature in Fall and Winter

Outdoor Fall Project: Pathways

Pathways are a great way to lead people into your garden area.  There are a lot of great ideas and materials available to designing and creating unique pathways that will fit your style as well as your budget!

Fall is a great time of year to get the ball rolling on this kind of project.  Often the weather is cooler, and there are fewer yard work demands on our time.  Another benefit: we have just spent the summer thinking of changes we would like to make, so the thoughts are fresh.

This is a great article from Houzz.com that can ‘walk’ you through some new ideas: Designing Garden Paths

Great Article about Preparing for Winter!

Great article to share with you about projects to consider doing to get ready for winter. We would add making sure your outdoor furniture is protected by either relocating in a garage or shed, or by covering with tarp.

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