08 June, 2009

"A Good Southern Porch . . . "


Greetings everyone,

I was having a long chat with my Mom over the weekend about re-designing our porch at home and it has sent me on a two day 'image search' looking for inspiration and direction for the project.  I love the above image, but it really feels a bit too 'contemporary' for my parent's house in Mississippi . . .

But THIS - this is a classic southern entry porch.  Columns.  Ferns.  Beautiful ironwork.  and of course, the cat.  Simple, yet stately.  Proud, but very welcoming.


And there's nothing like a wide southern porch to get my heart stirring.  Rattan furniture.  Bead board ceiling.  Huge ferns.  Highly polished, dark stained floors.  and the ubiquitous ceiling fan.  ahhhhh . . . .

Or we could re-think the back porch - maybe just simplify the colour story.  but, add amazing climbing roses . . . encircling the conversation.  This one's gonna take some time and might be a bit more construction than we're thinking at the moment . . . but . . . hmmmmmm . . .

But, this, this could be something.  I love the combination of the fireplace and the ceiling fan . . . lol.  It is clearly a space for all seasons.  Stylish and comfortable.  Let me send a few things off to Mom and see what she thinks.



11 comments:

home before dark said...

I am a big fan of climbing hydrangeas. They are a little slow to go, but then they do they are majestic. Here in Kansas (Zone 5b) they add architecture in winter. The vines curl off, pretty in snow. The flowers are white but unscented. They add a structure for roses to climb over and then you get a two-fer.! I know you are talking big changes perhaps. A small offering.

Robin said...

May I ask you an unrelated question?

Another design blog I read went to "invitation only". I believe the writer was getting too many rude comments and chose to understandably deal with it in this way. But I am........feeling left. Is there any way to request invitation, or is that putting the writer in a difficult situation?

Thank you.

GrannySmithGreen said...

Oh, honey! You always speak my language! That second image is all mine! Where are my smelling salts?!

mary said...

Oh Heaven - I earned my college nickname of Miranda...on the veranda.....for good reason. I speak PORCH

tartanscot said...

Robin -

I think you should be able to request access to the blog . . . I can remember seeing a "request" link on another blog that I recently saw.

Scot

Amy W said...

Scot, I love the first and last images. First one, add your ferns to soften and you have the best of both worlds. The last one is very much a all seasons room, multi functional.

Covetable said...

Scot,

I love all the images you selected. But the one with the climbing roses is just layer upon layer of loveliness.

Your mom is in great hands!

Pigtown-Design said...

My family has always had great porches on their houses. This is my sister's porch: here. This is the porch at the house where I grew up: here and here.

The porch was about 100 feet long and 12 feet wide, with "wings" on either side of the house. In the mornings, the east side was shady and in the afternoons, the west side was shady.

We had a set of iron table and chairs on the east side for breakfast, and a bunch of iron chairs on the west side for afternoon cocktails.

We had lots of parties on that porch. It was a great space.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I love the gentle curve on that wrap around porch. I love a swing on a porch as well. Pretty post, good ideas.

Meade Design Group said...

I want a porche right now! lol

Anonymous said...

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