I’m sitting on the porch writing and realizing how much nicer it is to sit outside and read, write or just relax and take in everything Mother Nature has to offer-especially after a long Ottawa winter (they are all long to me so don’t go comparing and sending me centimetre snow counts and more:).
There’s so much to be inspired by outside and like our inside space, it’s just as important to carve out a little comfy spot just for you, your family and friends. There is so much out there these days when it comes to porch decor (much to my husband’s chagrin), the possibilities are endless.
You can theme your porch or deck look with colours and/or furniture styles just as much as you can go a little hodge podge with a bit of new sprinkled in with keepsake pieces that have followed you everywhere, mixed in with that vintage or kitschy yard sale item or awesome Kijiji, today’s online, virtual and never-ending garage sale, find.
I always wanted a front porch and I think that is what first seduced me as I lay my eyes on a dream that
would eventually become my home. My porch is big. I think all porches should be. What else are you going to do with the outside front of your house? Note to builders-people want porches and the bigger the better so start including them as options in floor plans such as you do with extended family rooms. Just saying…
I am a bit of a hodgepodge on my porch. I just see something and picture it there. I don’t shy away from different colours and designs and have set up different seating areas. Some are more shaded and some are reserved for sun worshippers. I do have to stop myself, similar to decor inside the house, as there’s only so much room to add to every year so now it’s more about the accents and updating— EXCEPT for two big finds this year.
The Solair retro vintage chair that stopped me in my tracks at the flagship Bay store in Toronto. I’m not kidding. Seeing them brought a huge smile to my face and as I sat down in one, some very early childhood memories came flooding in and I knew right then and there that I needed one or two….Of course they are not available here in Ottawa and there was no evidence of them online and just when I was thinking that maybe I was crazy and somehow had experienced a mirage in The Bay on Queen St., my hubby texted me a picture of them with a caption that read, “What Colour?” One is pictured here.
And then there’s the coveted porch swing. ALWAYS wanted one-the
right one. Looked and looked. What is it with the porch swing makers not liking Canada?? Well, maybe they like Canada but they don’t seem to want to ship the cool porch swings here. Every year I would look and every year I would get grumpy and sulk on my non-swinging porch bench. Until now. I found a FAB company that, as I write this, is shipping my RED porch swing to my house for installation. To say I cannot wait would be an understatement. I might even sleep out there once or twice this season!
As much as you need something to sit on and somewhere to rest your glass and book, even more important is your porch atmosphere and the company you keep there. Mixed in with the mosquito swatters and citronella candles, a pot or two of flowers with a hanging basket above, a glass lantern throwing off a cozy reflective shadow, a comfy pillow, some music and maybe a few plug-in outdoor lights, can really be enticing to leave dinner prep or bedtime tuck in to the very last-minute and sometimes that’s okay, right? As long as you have a glass or lemonade or wine close by.
It’s part of what summer’s all about! Well, that, the clinking of glasses and laughter, lots of laughter. Oh and the many memories made. Don’t forget them!