Archive for the ‘front porch’ Category

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Home Decorating – What’s in?

March 3, 2011

An interesting thing is happening in the world of real estate and home decorating. Everything old is new again. 

I am finding in this time of economic uncertainty that people are decorating their homes differently. I am seeing a lot of natural looking furniture, distressed pieces, color…in short an updated cottage style. COTTAGE is huge right now – you only have to look at the magazines on the racks to see that this look for home decorating is hot and here to stay. 

I think the trend toward this well defined look is a desire to feel AT HOME in our homes. I think it is an effort to buy something (affordable) and that makes us feel like we are back in grandma’s kitchen. This style of decorating is not about matching furniture and brown tones. It’s about COLOR and lace and older pieces of furniture that have been repurposed. You can call it a move toward green living or just call it a desire to save some green by buying gently loved furniture but cottage-style living is here to stay. 

Personally – I like it. The home with a cottage look has some personality. I like color. Pink is in and yellows, greens and blues are back. I love it – I think it is a decorating reminder that our house is our home and we need to make it look so. For many, it reminds us of sitting in our family kitchen and feeling the love. A house is not just bricks and mortar – it’s a place where families still eat around a dinner table and use tablecloths and laugh. It’s living life in a gentle and loving style.

For the record, I’m seeing this style in all price ranges. People are getting very creative and it’s all in the details. Chandeliers in bathrooms, walls in pink and blue, gentle loved and often scratched tables, lots of white. It’s all very interesting and intriguing.

Think outside the box and go bold. Start with color – you will be amazed how it will lift your spirits.

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Front Porch Wisdom

March 29, 2008

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It’s that time of year and the weather is just stunning here in Central Florida. Orlando greets spring with wind and warmth and oak leaves falling everywhere…it’s truly a breath of fresh air. But what spring always reminds me of is front porch living. When I was growing up – our front porch was a happening place. It is where all serious family discussion went down, it is where boys and girls held hands and fell in love, and it’s where life blossomed. My grandmothers, my aunts, my own home all had front porches and they were such a source of stability and of harmony and of hope. Sitting on a front porch swing is similar to having a welcome mat to the world. It harkens back to a time when people slowed down, when families sat down for dinner and when TV was not the center of the universe. Nature and swing-time on the porch was quite simply the best time of the day.  I remember when I was pregnant with my first daughter and they taught us in Lamaze to go back  in our minds to the most relaxing place in the world and all I could think of was that swing. Hours, and I mean hours of sitting with my Dad or Mom (or both) talking about everything in the world. Hours watching the leaves fall, the cars go by and the dogs sit in the yard. It was glorious indeed. I hope all of you will find time to sit on your front porch this spring and take a break. Believe me…it’s time well spent! 

PS: Front porches are STILL great selling features for any home!