I’m a Front Porch kinda gal. I love old wooden, shady front porches with rocking chairs, wooden tables, and a few bric-a-bracks. A front porch that beckons one to slow down and just enjoy the moment.
We grew up in a time where everyone sat on their front porch after dinner. Kids played in the neighborhood until the street lights came on and parents would talk quietly in the dusk. My parents did and my grandparents did and now I do.
My mother was raised in rural Arkansas where my grandfather had a farm and lived in an old farmhouse without even running water. He had money to install plumbing but he didn’t see a need because he had always lived without running water. When we would visit the farm, we would sit outside on the front porch and my uncles and my mom’s cousins would tell big stories. The adults would sit in rocking chairs or other comfortable durable chairs and we kids would sit on the steps and listen. We got to know all those stories by heart. And when I’m sitting outside I can still hear all those loving voices and hear all the laughter. Maybe that’s why I love sitting outside in the evening on the front porch and looking out across the fields.
The front porch in the evening is a nostalgic time and place for me. And I wish to recreate that warm feeling for my grandchildren here on the Ranch. Our front porch will look out across our front 60-acre pasture where the cows are grazing and the wind is blowing through the cottonwood trees.
I say will because our front porch is in the construction phase. We are adding a 10′ by 73′ front porch by ourselves. The hubby is pretty picky about the construction so he does things himself. We are fortunate because we do work very well together and we are able to accomplish so much just the two of us. Sometimes if you throw in another helper, we stumble.
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As we are building, I am imagining how to decorate a porch that is inviting and enticing. I know generally what I want but I decided to start scanning the internet for great ideas for front porches.
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I would love homemade signs like a wooden Welcome Sign or a witty sign that welcomes guests. And they can either be purchased or homemade signs. And I am searching for either hammocks or hammock chairs. We would love to have several seating areas and maybe a dining area. But of course, what would a front porch be without a porch swing? To find some of our items, we have been cruizing the Antique Farmhouse website for ideas.
This amazing Gardeners cart could also double as a bar cart when we are entertaining.
I would love to add a couple of these Rustic Heavy Duty Rocking Chairs that reminds me of a Texas Star. Amazon has these and several.
Don’t you just love this Rustic Table? And we would love to have one just like it. I found this picture on Pinterest without a link to any website either selling this or making it. We decided to go ahead and post it hoping some of our readers would recognize it. So if you know anything about this quaint table under this gorgeous porch, please let us know.
Antique Farmhouse is one of our favorite sites to look for decorations, furnishings, or items that bring on the nostalgia of country life. And these can create the feel and personality of our front porch.
Make DIY Chalkboard Signs for your front porch like ours that is sitting on a wine barrel.
Another great site to visit to help with fulfilling our dream of an inviting front porch, we have been visiting Decor Steals. Decor Steals have daily specials, they call them “steals” of reproduced vintage items. And We have purchased several items on there, it’s one of our favorite sites. But remember if you see something you like, grab it because these items usually sell out quickly.