In years past the front porch was the “living room” of the home. It was a social area, a place to talk to your friends and neighbors, to watch the kids play tag and “kick the can”, a place to relax with a beverage and enjoy the beginning or ending of the day.
Some of my most cherished memories belong to my grandmother’s front porch. It was on her swing that I shared my dreams and fears.
One of my favorite hiding places as a youngster was my own front porch when playing hide and seek or patiently waiting for my dad to come home.
That was a simpler time.
Over time, as new homes became air conditioned, people headed indoors.
Maybe it is our quest for a simpler time that is causing this trend to change. What was old is becoming new again. Today there is a resurgence. The porch is back, whether it is in the form of a front stoop or a flamboyant wrap around. They are an important part of new homes and a definite building trend. Older homes are being enhanced with porches adding curb appeal and interest.
The porch is the first impression one has of a home. It is an extension of the interior space. Porches reflect seasons and celebrations, and host flags and flowers.
Most importantly the porch offers a place for greeting friends, relaxing, and enjoying the outdoors.
Porches have become spaces for cultivating relationships, entertaining, exploring the immediate outside world, contemplating life, and making decisions.
The style of living of a family can be reflected by their porch. It is an expansion of the lifestyle found within. It is a place for laughter, good night kisses, morning bird songs and evening crickets. It is place where dreams are shared, wine is uncorked, food and drink are enjoyed, and children perch on laps listening and learning.
Porch Perfect Living endeavors to not only offer ideas for the design and decor of your porch, but more importantly to share entertainment and lifestyle trends. After all, we would submit that the porch can also be considered the entryway to your life. It is a threshold for your lifestyle, the gateway into your style of living, the portico to the way you live.
Porch Perfect Living endeavors to associate the pleasures of relaxation and enjoyment with the maintenance of health, the assurance of happiness, the attainment of independence and financial security, and the gratification of planning and dreaming. It is about taking control of and living a dynamic lifestyle.
Welcome to our porch…and living.