Anatomy of an American porch

I often say that 716’s front porch – is the best seat in the house.  Nothing says Americana more boldly than a front porch.  In many ways our porches in America represent a cultural ideal of family, community, and a bridge between the outside world to our living rooms.  As we prepare to celebrate this great nation – I thought I would share some of my favorite parts of our front porch.  Welcome…come sit for a while.

716 front porch

716 front porch

To pay homage to Mr. 716’s fine Swedish stock, I added this fabulous mailbox.  These charming mailboxes can be found all over Europe.  Lillian Vernon sold this style of mailbox for years and the vintage revival is renewing their popularity.

http://www.swedensfinest.com/swedish-mailboxes.aspx

We cannot forget the doorbell. Bees have long been a symbol of a family working together for the benefit of the group – the hive.

Swedish mailbox

Swedish mailbox

Moravian stars are a European tradition dating back to the 19th century.  Stars like this one were once displayed in windows in the days leading to Christmas.  Its geometric form provides a whimsical touch for the porch.

http://www.shadesoflight.com/moravian-star-ceiling-light.html

Front porch lighting

Front porch lighting

There is something elegant about ferns on the front porch.  They are inviting and add a touch of natural color and texture.  Our Midwest porch faces South and the moody Boston Fern would be no match for the Missouri sun.  My solution – the Kimberly Queen fern.  These ferns are tidy, adaptable and compact – a great solution for many porches.

Color, fans and ferns

Color, fans and ferns

Got haint?  Some Southerners claim that Haint (a low country spirit or ghost) could not cross water.  Many a Southern porch ceiling was painted “haint blue” to ward off bad spirits from entering the home.  Others claim that a blue ceiling works as a bug repellent – claiming insects will not nest on blue as they confuse it with the sky.  Here a 716, we’re not taking any chances.

http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/wytheblue

Front door house numbers

Front door house numbers

I obviously am a fan of these three little numbers.  For me they represent more than an address – 716 is home.  I wanted big, bold numbers to grace our front door – and I found them on Metal Garden Art on Etsy (Mavis photobomb not included.)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/metalgardenart?section_id=7379320

Any comfortable room deserves good seating.  In addition to a porch swing, we added two all weather rockers perfect for gossip and sweet tea.  I purchased a some standard outdoor, all weather pillows and added 716 with a stencil.

Outdoor rocking chairs

Outdoor rocking chairs

That delicious, Midwest sun that refused me Boston Ferns – also did a number on my annuals planted on our front porch each year.  This year I officially broke up with the idea that planters were only for annuals.  I have moved on – and have never been happier.  These stainless steel spheres from Nell Hills Briarcliff work to perfectly frame our steps.  The bonus – summer rain sounds fantastic against their steel.

Stainless steel garden spheres

Stainless steel garden spheres

Porches literally connect our homes to the outside world.  This weekend celebrate old school and nostalgia with a beverage of choice on your front porch.

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Comments

  1. Gena Vasbinder says

    This might be my favorite post yet. I have many great memories from the porch at the farm. So happy to see you doing what you love! 716 is truly a home with character, style and charm. Congrats!!

    • littlemrssevenonesix says

      Gena…thank you so much. I love a porch and I have so many great memories from past porches! I think we need a porch date…I’m sure you have some beans to snap ;)

  2. Dana Bishton says

    Love this post! What a beautiful front porch! I love all the background information on all the decor, very interesting.

    • littlemrssevenonesix says

      You need to come back Michelle Grace…we will sit on the porch and then in the pantry!

    • littlemrssevenonesix says

      Thank you so much Megan…I appreciate your feedback…I couldn’t agree more…its really those details that make our surroundings wonderful!

  3. thorntonlives says

    I love your porch! My porch faces west and gets a lot of sun exposure through the summer months. Because of this I have to refinish my wood porch floor planks yearly. What do you do with your porch floor?

    Thanks for the tip on the fern – I have never heard of the Kimberly Queen Fern…I will look for those next year. My Boston ferns require daily watering or they fizzle quickly! Too much work!

    Love your blog!

    • littlemrssevenonesix says

      Thanks Sher…yes you must check out those Kimberly Queens..you will love them. Less H2O…and they are tidy…and if I can keep them alive you are set ;)

  4. Anita Filardo says

    Great blog! We had the great joy of seein Mavis enjoying the porch while we drove by on our way to in laws just th either day!

    • littlemrssevenonesix says

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and stop by Anita. Next time you stop and see me (and Mavis.)

  5. Carol Overley says

    Love your ideas…especially the planters!! I am planning to do something different next year because I’ve not enjoyed being a slave to a few bucks worth of annuals!!

    • littlemrssevenonesix says

      Carol…yes a flower alternative is great for the front porch. Standing with a water bucket in hand all summer is no fun! Thanks for reading…sending you love XOXO

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