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The first Broadway play I ever saw was Proof by David Auburn (it was later turned into a movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal). Admittedly I loved the stage play more than the movie not just because of the way the play unfolded but because all the action took place on a back porch.

Don’t you just love the idea of a porch – sitting outside watching the world go by with the perfect snack and beverage on hand? Waving to those who pass by while swaying on a swing or a rocking chair? Okay maybe my imagination is getting away from me since this is the time of year when I forget what it’s like to be warm and start wondering if summer will ever return (happily it always does).

When that happens I think of porches and one of my favorite places to start is the book On the Porch: Creating Your Place to Watch the World Go By written by James M. Crisp and Sandra L. Mahoney. The photos are gorgeous, the descriptions interesting and the idea divine. I really do love a porch.

There are some amazing examples of porches straight from my dreams on Rate My Space.

My porch essentials include a comfy chair (perfect for naps), a rocking chair or a swing and a table big enough to hold snacks and drinks. What are your porch essentials?

16 Responses

  1. karen miller says:

    i have watched hgtv from the begining it takes me away from all the news and sadness in this world i am 68 still work full time to make ends meet i love creating although i can only do so much. i would give anything to have my popcorn ceilings removed . can you help??? i dont know if this is the right site too do this…i love hgtv!!!!

  2. Kelley says:

    Now I'm dreaming of new porch cushions and flowers in terra cotta pots. Spring, where are you?!

  3. As an artist, I have always loved the idea of having a porch to get away to free the mind and get some fresh air. And being from the south, I have always loved the screened porch (we have to have them screened otherwise you would be eaten alive by mosquitos!!) I can't image a house without one, or two! My grandparents house had 3, no really. A front porch with the concrete painted that metal gray, a small, side screened porch just off the living room, and a back screened porch looking over the back yard, just big enough for 2 large rocking chairs and I have wonderful memories sitting there, rocking away with my grandmother. A Porch would be an absolute must-have for the house I buy!!

  4. oh, by the way, I have that book 'On the Porch'. When I saw it I just had to have it! It has some wonderful photographs to dream on! I think HGTV could come up with a show just all about porches, ya know, the different kinds of porches, different styles for different people and different life styles, architectural styles, etc. I would watch a show about Porches!! Hey, that's not a bad idea is it? Hey HGTV, are you reading this stuff??

  5. Lindsey says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Those porches! I live in a city, so I cant really have a porch but the idea of sitting on a rocking chair, looking out on my yard from my big wrap around porch…WHAT A DREAM!

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