Porches have been on my mind lately, possibly because I've been getting a lot of use out of mine since it's been so hot and it's a lot cooler out there and those Adirondack chairs are so comfortable, really, really comfortable, the wine ain't too bad either.
Porches, yes where the living is easy. yes....It's a feeling, it's a lifestyle.
Doesn't this picture feel very welcoming? Just imagine sitting and watching the sunset, cold drink in hand with nothing better to do than just be, just sit your rump down and sit awhile.
This colorful porch with the daybed is perfect for reading a novel, or just sitting outside and enjoying nature. Love all the colorful flowers in this image, and the hanging pots of plants, nature everywhere. The calm of the blue painted ceiling.
This simple farmhouse porch in crisp white with the galvanized planters and the black sconces also speaks to me.
As does this ample sitting space with the nautical-knot rope sofa and chairs, the neutral sand color with pops of lime green.
There are so many styles of homes and therefore so many styles of porches. Porches take you to a time before air conditioning and people were outside enjoying the outdoors and neighbors were getting to know each other.
Whether it be a small sliver of a space...
or a big ample spot, porches are a lifestyle. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have one near water; the ocean or a lake. But that's not the case with the Cottage on Cullen, we are not that lucky.
A huge wrap around one would be grand, but I make the best of what I got.
I have a pair of comfortable chairs to have a conversation in, with a loved one or a neighbor that wants to stop by and have a cup of coffee.
I've planted fragrant gardenias and jasmine, so not only is it comfortable it smells heavenly sitting out on the porch.
I continue to build that Cape Cod style that I'm so drawn to, the shingled walls with white trim and beautiful hydrangeas.
When we were looking to buy our home...the cottage on Cullen had me at HELLO when I saw her brick porch.
The last house we lived in, my neighbor across the street had a beautiful brick porch. I was so envious of her brick porch wishing we had one we had a small cement stoop. So it was no surprise when I came across the Cottage on Cullen, she had me at HELLO, I was smitten. It had the red-used brick, it had the brown-cedar shingles, the basis for me to transform this porch into a Coastal Cottage. The picture above on the left is my neighbors and the picture on the right, the Cottage on Cullen. Before we even closed on our home I bought some antique porch posts. Mr. Incredible was not too happy about it though. He is not quite sure what is wrong with the ones that are there. Yes, I know there is nothing wrong with the black wrought iron posts, they are beautiful but not the coastal-farmhouse vision I have for the cottage. What do you think am I crazy to put in creamy white turned porch posts or should I leave the black wrought iron? This is the type of character I think I need to add to the cottage where our porch has character and a the tranquility that makes living easy.