Porch Love

dinghy/Rockport HarborDuring the summer months we spend lots of time on the porch watching the action on the harbor,

enjoying birds at the feeder

or sharing tini time with family or friends.

Maintaining our special place, however, got to be a real challenge as Maine winters are hard on exterior finishes.  Finally, the porch with its rotten boards and never ending demand for paint got the best of us, and we decided to replace it with a synthetic material made by Azek.  The hard part was the hubby and me agreeing on color and composition!

That done so began a project that proved to be a major undertaking.  Piece by piece the old came out

 under the watchful eye of Willow who accompanied her boss to work every day.  She wasn’t much help when it came to the installation, but she was perfectly behaved.

The crew worked 12 hour days, and the hubby couldn’t resist getting involved.  He proved to be an able assistant.  That definitely gives him some ownership of the project as well as a few aches and pains.

In case you are thinking this was an easy job, think again.  Every piece that went in had to be carefully measured and cut as nothing of the original porch was perfect.  

When all was said and done, however, the porch is perfect and will be much appreciated when next spring no repairs will be required.

Now the birdhouses are back in place,

new plant stands replace a peeling bench and are perfect for a garden vignette.

martiniBest of all, the porch is again ready for tini time!  Cheers!

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Porches and More

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith the weather warmed and pleasant, it’s a great time to move from indoors to out.

jQLJX78nX36lWhether open to a beautiful view 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAor screened to keep the bugs away

IMG_1368porches and outdoor spaces can’t be beat.

P3270133They are great for entertaining friends day


or night,

IMG_2366and nothing beats  dining al fresco with a cool breeze blowing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwhile good smells from the outdoor kitchen fill the air.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt seems everybody likes porch time no matter how fancy or plain the space.

screen porchMe, I love it with a good book, morning coffee or maybe for a little afternoon nap when nobody’s looking.  How about you?

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French Country Meets Farmhouse

Since she was a teenager, my now farm girl daughter has been drawn to French country style and has done a great job making it her own.  As it turns out the style lends itself to farmhouse touches appropriate for a  new lifestyle on the Franklin farm.  

Take a look at how she has combined the two on the screen porch.

IMG_5093 (1)At one end is a comfortable sitting area where friends can join for tini time or the family can have a casual meal at the large wooden table.  I believe it was a find at Texas’s Round Top Antique Show.


At the other is a swing, something every porch should have for those moments of total relaxation.  Throw pillows and the indoor/outdoor rug are in the French tradition and blend nicely with the Farmer’s Market sign.


The daughter and her hubby take pride in their new identity as farm girl

IMG_5103and farm boy.  May I tell you that I am jealous of the apple ladder in this photo?  One of these days I’m going to have one if I can just figure out where to put it.

FranklinWith its accessories, this table that once stood behind a sofa, is totally French country.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Well, maybe that’s not true of the candles which the son-in-law cleverly made from spirits bottles.  Talk about an easy do-it-yourself project that adds a touch of character!

As this one so clearly shows, porches can be an extension of your personal style.

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