The Quintessential Southern Front Porch
If you grew up in the south, you probably had (or knew someone who had) a big front porch with a swing. For me, it was one of my great aunts and uncles who lived at one end of a dirt road, down from my grandfather. They had a big white house with steps up the middle to an open front porch. Of course there was railing all around and at one end was the swing, which is the heart of a great southern porch.
Every family event or holiday was celebrated at their house and no matter the time of year, people would end up on that swing. I think it is in the collective consciousness of southerners to gravitate towards porch swings.
I loved being there in the summer. My cousins and siblings and I would run back and forth between the three houses on that dirt road kicking up dust, listening to cicada’s, and acting like kids. The road connected the big white house of my great aunt and uncle, my grandfather’s house and the house of another great aunt and uncle that didn’t even have running water – they brought in water from a well in the yard!
After all that horsing around, we would run up on that porch and fling our sweaty little bodies on that swing. We swung back and forth until we cooled down, then we raided my aunt’s kitchen for something to eat with tea or lemonade or, on very special occasions, an ice-cold bottle of Coke. Then back out onto the porch where we would while away the hours doing whatever kept us busy into the hours of early evening.
I’ve never had my own porch like that, but I do have my own swing in the backyard, and spending time there is so comforting and relaxing. I really do love it.
So for this week’s Pinterest post, I thought it would be fun to show you some of my favorite porch pins. Some have swings and some don’t, but they are all very appealing to me.
First is a porch from Country Living Magazine – the most basic of porches with just a swing. If I had only this I’d still be in southern heaven!
The owner of this house wanted to step it up a notch so here is the same porch after a makeover. I really love the addition of the curtains for privacy (and a little help with blocking the sun). The punches of color are fabulous, I only wish they had added a ceiling fan:
From Southern Living Magazine here is a classic Charleston (my home town) porch. It has shuttered windows and uses dark Charleston green as the background for the rest of the décor. I can picture sitting there with a breeze coming off the ocean:
Now if I had a great wrap-around porch this outdoor dining area (also from Southern Living) would be on the top of my list to add. Imagine this connecting to the kitchen:
If you want a seating area only here is a great design from Country Living that incorporates wicker:
My grandfather’s house had a screened-in front porch where we would sit and watch the semi-trucks go by on the state highway that ran in front. It had huge hydrangea plants (as tall as the one story house) with purple-blue blooms. This porch, from Country Living, reminds me of that:
Just for the nostalgic quality of it, I’m including this black and white photo from Joni Cool’s Flickr stream. It really reminds me of my aunt’s porch.
Here is a porch that is so inviting to me, I can imagine spending hours curled up on that cushy swing reading a book or napping or just contemplating the sound of bees. It has everything I need to spend a lazy afternoon or evening all summer long and even fall and spring. Thanks to Scotland Antique Blogspot for this:
How do you dream of spending your summer days?
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