We’ve never lived in a house with much of a front porch.
The house we owned in Texas had just a front step so you could put about one flower pot there and that was it.
Our first house in North Carolina was much the same and our second house had sort of a long narrow porch in front but we did absolutely nothing with it.
This house, though, has a big front space and I knew immediately I wanted to do something fun there. The first few months, when you’d walk up to the front door and it looked like an abandoned house? Not my favorite.
I also don’t love most patio furniture – I feel like that metal and glass stuff always looks cheap and gets dirty or rusty really quickly, so I started brainstorming what we might put out in the front that would give it a more homey look and we’d actually use.
My parents have a porch swing and because it’s on a covered patio, even in the hottest summer afternoons, it wasn’t too bad to go out there. Every time we visit my parents, we end up spending most evenings out there before the girls go to bed.
Last weekend, after Star was tucked in bed and the girls were in their pajamas, we all snuggled out there with a cozy blanket and passed out candy to the last few trick-or-treaters. Afterward, Bart said, “I LOVE having a porch swing.”
Almost every afternoon, the girls take their snacks out there and the baby crawls around on the rug, and we enjoy the perfect weather.
I’d still like to get a coffee table for out there (I’ve been casually eyeing this one) but in the meantime, we’re loving another space to spend time together.
And decorating it for the holidays is just the icing on the cake. It’s so delightful to drive up and not think, “Does anyone even live here?”