Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Porch For All Seasons

It is my pleasure to be participating in Rhondi’s Porch Party.  Please go over to say hello to her at Rose Colored Glasses and then check out all the other bloggers who are welcoming you to their porches too.



Our porch is a  covered  8 ft. x 14 ft.  open space on the front of our little 1957 ranch-style home. 

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Many evenings after dinner, my husband and I, and  our two German Shepherds, Jasmin and Bo,  enjoy sitting  out here, watching  the world go by. 
Sometimes neighbors stop to sit and chat. 
Sometimes my husband and I discuss important family issues here. 
Sometimes little or no conversation takes place at all because we are simply enjoying the sights and sounds of nature in our urban environment. 

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Our “landscaping”… such as it is…has no colorful plants or flowers.  What tender, pretty blooms we or our hot Florida sun didn’t kill, our dogs would as they root around in the plants stalking the  little lizards that are common to our area.  To give the front entrance area of our home some color and curb appeal,  I change out the decor on the porch at least four times per year to reflect the season or holiday.
Come walk with me through some of the seasonal changes of my front porch.


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 *** SUMMER ***

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*** FALL ***

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Thanks for stopping by!   I know you have lots of other porches to visit but I do hope ya’ll come back again when you can sit a spell.  ;)


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your porch is lovely every season! I used to live in Naples, I live in the mountains of NC. Stop in and visit me at my porch party if you have time.

marty39 said...

Oh, I love your porch. It does look so comfortable and such a wonderful place to just sit and enjoy nature. I really like the way you change the colors and accessories for the seasons. Such a good idea. Hugs, Marty

KarenHarveyCox said...

Your cottage of bliss is certainly beautiful. I love your porch and in all seasons. That cute little lizard sure knows a pretty spot to rest.

Happy Porch Party.


nikkicrumpet said...

I'm totally jealous of your porch...I hate having a Colonial style home because I soooo miss a nice porch. And you sure know how to dress yours up!!! I love how you change it around for the looks beautiful in each version....but I ADORE that big pot of hydrangeas...that really caught my eye! I also love the little detail around your house numbers...that's very cool to be able to add a splash of color there!

Anonymous said...

I just love your porch and the colors are so uplifing.

That bunny rabbit is downright tooo cute.


Kathi said...

I am loving your house numbers! One for each season! How cool is that?!

Celestina Marie said...

Your porch is beautiful and I love how you change it with the seasons. I love your gorgeous Shepards keeping watch. All your special touches and accents make it the perfect spot to relax. What a great porch party. Thank you for having me. I hope you can stop by my party when you have a moment.
Have a wonderful week.
Celestina Marie

podso said...

I love your colors, and your warm and cozy porch on your 57 ranch! Beautiful.

Jojo said...

I love the idea of having a porch for all seasons! Thanks for having us over to visit your beautiful porch.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a special treat to get to see your porch through the seasons. They are all wonderful, but I think my favorite is spring... love the cushions and all the decorations that give it that rosey feel! It is cozy and welcoming!

Happy Porch Party...


Sheila :-)

bj said...

ummm..your pretty porch is so just says "come on, have a seat and visit a spell. I just love it..all seasons. Thanks for showing us your special place..
If you'll stop by and sit in my swing, I'll serve you a treat. :O)
This is so much fun...
xo bj

Bellamere Cottage said...

Oh my gosh! YOU go alllll out chickee! How wonderful. Even different house numbers for the different seasons? HOLY COW! Your porch is ever so pretty. I'm sorry, I can't come to the party. I'd love to, but my plants aren't cooperating yet. Too early in the season here in the PNW!.... :-) I'm glad I had the opportunity to enjoy yours though.

Blessings and smiles,

Pondside said...

I enjoyed the tour of your porch through the seasons. What a lovely place to sit and watch the changes come and go.

A Romantic Porch said...

Your porch is so very lovely AND so are those gorgeous German Shepard doggies! rachel

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh I just LOVE your porch!!! I am dying over that sign with the bunny crossing and things, that is just darling!! What a beautiful porch and I really enjoyed seeing each season! Your German Shepherd is absolutely stunning!!! I want to give it a kiss on the head :) I adore animals!


Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Every season looks wonderful! I love your address/number holder.

Rhondi said...

Bliss is the perfect word to describe your porch. What a great idea to show it through the seasons. I like how you've made it look different each time! Thanks for joining the party.
Hugs, Rhondi

Rue said...

Shari... I am retarted! I knew you immediately after seeing those sweet pups and that porch of yours LOL Where have I been??!! It's perfect in every season :)


Debbie @ said...

Shari! How beautiful. I love all that you have done. It is creative, fun and very very beautiful! What an eye for decorating, you should be in a magazine!

Stephanie said...

I LOVE your porch. It's SWEET perfection! It's so creative to change it for the seasons. What a good idea. I enjoyed your porch party!

Beverly said...

Your porch is charming, and it is truly a porch for all seasons. I love each of the different looks.

I spent most of my life in South Florida, and I definitely know about the hot sun and the lizards. ;-)

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

That is such a cute porch! I love all your seasonal decorations and your adorable dogs!

the pleasures of Homemaking said...

I so love that you decorate your porch for the seasons!~ I like doing that to. Adorable dogs too!


ellie said...

I think that is great that you change out your porch to the gives it a whole new look.

Poppedijne said...

Hello from Belgium.Thank you for showing us your porch and the wonderfull seasonal decorations. Love the dogs! They look wonderful.
Come and join my party too!Love to see you.

Shirl said...

Hello Shari, Oh my how beautiful your porch is. The tile floor is just stunning. How cute to show us all seasons. Jasmine and Bo really set it off. I'm really thinking I might be getting another shepherd before to long. I was trying to hold out until I retire. But not if I keep coming to visit you! LOL
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Anonymous said...

Love visiting your porch throughout all the seasons - how inviting no matter what the time of year! But I just have to say - your 2 shepherds are so beautiful...I was always afraid of dogs so my DH said he would take care of that. My first puppy was a German Shepherd that stole my heart forever. He weighed 110 pounds when fully grown and he served faithfully as a trained sentry dog in Vietnam with the Army. Isn't their intelligence remarkable? We have had pooches ever since though now our 3 shelties are much furrier. Dogs rule! Please visit my front porch in Wisconsin if you have a moment. Have a good week.

Joyce said...

I think it is fun that you change it up for all the seasons.

Cindy said...

Ohhh, I love your porch, can I come for a chat? I love porches. I have one, but it is still under construction, so I will save mine for another time. I will, like you, decorate it with the seasons. Right now it has birds on it. Hugs ~cindy s~

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

What a pretty porch! I enjoyed going through the seasons. LOVE the color of your home and front door.
Beautiful pets too~

Anonymous said...

How very clever to change out your porch for the seasons! I love the pretty floral seat covers you have. I certainly can understand what heat and doggies can do to a yard! This year, I am fighting shade. Should be welcomed in HOT Palm Springs, CA - but, flowers don't love the shade either. I think your porch is adorable!