Wednesday, May 1, 2013

So This is the Porch...

Trying to decide how to arrange the furniture, on the front wrap-around porch, has not been as easy as I first thought it might be. I want to keep it looking uncluttered, but at the same time, inviting. The door, at the end of the porch goes directly into the dining room. There is a matching door at the front of the house.

Winds, out of the south, sometimes blow the plants off the porch. Of course, this makes for a much cooler space when the temperatures soar to 100 plus, in the summer.

There are five large white columns that dominate the look. It's very obvious they have been repaired over the last 130 years. I know I must keep vigil for any future repairs. They would be very expensive to replace.

I have chosen some new black rockers to go with the white wicker I brought from the farmhouse.

So far, I am using ferns to give the porch a soft, vintage look.

                       This is a flea market find, that works well beside the front door.

It is a good place to add some color with yellow petunias and maroon verbenas.

Just to the other side of the front door, I have placed another black rocker. To give the open end of the porch a more private look, I have added some lattice work.

 Eventually, the jasmine growing below, will trail on it. The summer blooms of the sweet jasmine, will be a nice fragrance for the porch.

At the back door, of my home, is a modern built deck. I am still dreaming of ideas of how to use the deck. As you can see, it was raining the day I photographed both spaces.

There have been multiple delays in finishing the small lean-to greenhouse attached to The Studio.   If you look closely, you can see I am using some re-cycled window screens....from the farmhouse.

I'm so happy to see the rain. We have been in drought conditions for quite some time.

This is just a little update on Das Kleine Haus, as things slowly move into a proper place.

Meggie Mac


  1. How very beautiful! It looks the perfect place to sit and relax; cool and beautiful with those huge ferns. I love that look! The garden is coming along wonderfully - you really do know how to create beautiful and harmonious places...could you come and work on mine?

  2. Thank you, about you come my way, and we will enjoy some tea and Texas treats.

  3. Bags a rocker for me please!
    It's going to be a sweet retreat for sure.
    Jane x

    1. Hi Jane...I think I can arrange that for you...come on over!

  4. Dear Meggie,
    It all looks lovely. I like the way your decking takes on different shapes..
    I can imagine you enjoying the rain. We still have our hot summer to come ..
    I like the ferns. You have a lot of space to play with there. love the black chairs..
    really nice post Meggie.. thanks for sharing your home... Its nice to get a feel of where our dear blogger friends live.
    xxx val .. happy 1st of May

    1. Hello Val....I forgot to tell everyone the porch is about 3 feet off the ground. The house sits high and catches the cool breezes. It will be a challenge to keep the ferns watered....I have also enjoyed learning about your home. Your German roses as so beautiful.

  5. Beautiful front porch! It looks so inviting with the rockers and ferns. Makes me want to get busy fixing ours up. We want to sit there in the evenings, but haven't decided what would work best. It's concrete instead of wood, so I'm not sure how well wooden rockers would fare. I think I might like a porch swing!

  6. Hi Jan....they do make cedar rockers that would hold up well. You can probably find them locally made. My porch is covered and it is about 3 feet off the ground. It is protected from most of the weather.

  7. I could spend many many happy hours on your porch, it looks wonderful! x

  8. It's looking really beautiful at your new home! I love your porch and wished I had one with a roof. We love to sit on our patio, but there are times it would be nice to have something over our heads! Have a wonderful day!

  9. You've created such a beautiful space Meggie. There used to be a beautiful house with a large porch near to where I used to live. It was very unusual for the area.The owner died and it was sold to developers who tore it down and built 3 houses on the plot . I was so sad as I loved that house.

  10. I love what you have done Meggie.

  11. It looks very artistic and cool.

  12. Your English gardens really turned out adorable. Great design work.

  13. Your porch is lovely...I can't wait to put flowers out someday soon in June!


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