4.14.2011

Fabulous Front Porches

WHEW!  I survived!  Yesterday, I was a multi-tasking queen and managed to get through all my assignments and feel proud of the work I turned in!  Now I can relax...for a few days!  Enjoy today's post!

As I've mentioned before, I can't imagine living anywhere other than THE South.  At home, I have this sign in my bedroom.  I bought it at one of my absolute favorite stores, Tweed in Richmond.



If you can't read it, it says:  "The place where... 1) Tea is sweet and accents are sweeter.  2) Summer starts in April.  3) Macaroni & Cheese is a vegetable.  4) Front Porches are wide and words are long.  5) Pecan Pie is a staple.  6) Y'all is the only proper noun.  7) Chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy.  8) Everything is Darlin'.  9)  Someone's heart is always being blessed."

There is SO much I could post about just based off of this sign, but today I am going to focus on number 4:  "Front Porches are wide..."

Front porches are iconic of the South and are often a place to socialize and reflect.  At my godparents' lake house, the porch is such a place of memories and down-right debauchery, that we gave them this sign as a Christmas present last year:

Thanks to Aunt Patti for snapping this pic and sending it to me!

My dream home will have a HUGE front porch with a swing and some rocking chairs.  

Today, I want to pay homage to the South's amazing porches and share some lovely ones I found online!

I could rock in that swing for hours!

There's just something about a yellow house...

one word...ELEGANCE

I can just picture my (future) kiddies playing on this bench!

stately columns, windows galore, hydrangeas...YES PLEASE!

I'm convinced...my future home will have a pink door!
Images found via Google Image SearchHouse Beautiful, and Veranda.

Does your house have a front porch?  What are the "must haves" of your dream home?  

As a side note, special thanks go to Jenny at Something Old, Something New (if you have not read her blog, you must check it out!) for the "One Lovely Blog Award."  As part of this award, you're supposed to share 7 random facts about yourself and award 15 other bloggers!  So, here goes!


  1. The word verifications when posting comments crack me up!  Most recently I was tickled by "goons."
  2. I'm super organized and a neat freak, but when I get busy, my room becomes an absolute wreck.  This semester, with 7 classes, I have been quite busy, so typically Thurs night-Mon morning my room is clean, and then Mon night-Thurs it's a wreck!
  3. I'm a huge nerd and like to sit in the front in most of my classes.
  4. I'm a lefty, but play most sports with my right hand.
  5. Country music is my favorite.
  6. I've always been a "Daddy's Girl" but in the last 5 or 6 years my mom and I have also become the best of friends.  I willingly hang out with my parents more than any other college kid I know!
  7. I'm a complete girlie girl, but also love the outdoors and to get dirty on occasion, especially when I'm at the lake or river.
And for the fifteen of you I'm going to award:  Flip Flops & PearlsFried Green PicklesHappiness Is...Hines-Sight BlogLife in the Sweet Virginia BreezeLizards and LollipopsNorth Meets SouthPink ChampagnePretty Pink TulipsRuthie Relishing LifeSimply SouthernSouthern InspiredSouthern Somedaysspark, and WhatMissLoves!

40 comments:

  1. I need that sign! I love it, it's oh so ture.

    I love porches with swings. Unfortunately my new house doesn't have the huge porch so my swing is in the yard! lol But I have it:)

    Thanks for the award. I will try to blog it after my beach vacay as tomorrow is my last post til Easter!

    Have a fab day sweetie and if you have a recipe (something southern, but ofcourse!) to share, please link ip for my recipe swap tomorrow.

    PS-thanks for your sweet sweet compliments!

    XO

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  2. Oh my goodness I have this sign hanging in our living room! I love it! Love this post :) Have a great day! xoxo

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  3. I want that sign! Love it! Congrats on the wonderful award! xoxo

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  4. I love front porches...they remind me of
    The south, sipping lemonade, gossip sessions, late nights talking to loved ones, and relaxation.....funny how something like this symbolizes a certain mood or vibe!

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  5. Aw thanks so much for the award!!!!! I'm honored :) and ironically I JUST put the exact same sign fom tweed on my birthday list!!!!!! Loved it! Have a great Thursday! Xoxo

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  6. And just to be a comment whore, my parents painted the roof our our screen porch "Honolulu blue" and I love it!!!!

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  7. thanks so much! and love love the porches, I miss mine at home its a wraparound!
    xoxo em

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  8. Thanks for the award, you're so sweet! And porches are a necessity. I love the old sounthern homes with wrap around porches on both the main floor and the second floor! That way, almost every room connects to the porch.

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  9. I love porches - I miss ours at home so much while I'm at school!
    Also, I love to hang out with my parents - my mom and I are best friends and talk pretty much every day.

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  10. You're the sweetest!! Thank you so much for the award! Made my day :) I'm a girlie girl and I like to get dirty too! Fun learning those things about you :)

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  11. I, too, love porches. That pink door is so unexpected and to die for! I love walking in New Orleans because almost every house has an amazing porch!

    Thank you for the award :)

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  12. I really must visit the South because it sounds heavenly! That is pretty funny that we both posted about porches today - great minds think alike. :O)

    Have a beautiful day!!

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  13. I love that sign! So true, especially: Chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy. Amen! :)

    I'm glad you were able to get all of your work turned in...now it's time to enjoy the weekend! I hope it's fabulous!

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  14. Aw Allie thank you so much!!! I am so excited. This is really sweet. I of course love your blog and would give you this award back if I could haha. Those front porches are amazing!! I really want one for my future dream home.

    xoxo

    Maddie

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  15. You are just the sweetest! First, thank you so much for the award! I just adoooore all of those porches - our house has a front porch with a few columns but some of those photos have me jelly! (And I have always lived in New England, but I feel like the South and I would get along just swimmingly... tee hee.) XO

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  16. Thank you so very much. You are so nice to give that to me. I loved this post a lot. You nailed it!

    I love a yellow house, too. I have a small front porch, but my daughter Liza loves to climb the steps. We use our screened porch though.

    I"m very behind in posts so I will mention this award.

    Leigh

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  17. What adorable pictures of porches! I would love to have a pink front door one day but I doubt my man would ever go for it! I grew up in NC, so that cute little sign really reminds me of home. Especially front porches! I dont have a front porch but I do have a huge back porch that faces the road. I love sittig out there watching so-and-so go by, bless their hearts. have a great day!
    Xoxo, Sunshine
    PS, I'm wearing a sundress and a smile today! :)

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  18. I have this sign and I love!!!

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  19. Just found your blog, love it girl!!!! Can't wait to read more :)

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  20. Allie,
    This is such a darling post!! As a died-in-the-wool Texan (Southern, but you know how we like single our state out) now living in the Northeast, it's refreshing to be reminded of what makes living in the South so special. I think some day I'll be back down there. But, in the meantime, I'll look to you to keep me informed!

    Thank you SO much for this award! You made my day!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  21. YES! A front porch is a must! Love the black and white tile porch - too die for!

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  22. I live in a townhouse so I don't have a porch, but I miss them so much! And I love that sign!! I need it!

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  23. i LOVE that sign in your bedroom! may have to order one too! :) and i also love the front porches..hopefully some day we can build a house with one..and i'd LOVE LOVE a PINK front door! :) i'm sort of obsessed with PINK! :)

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  24. There isn't anything better than a great porch to sit on and shoot the breeze with people you love...and these are so pretty...congrats on the award, you sound like a pretty busy and well rounded girl! Hey, everyone's room gets messy sometimes!

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  25. Thank you, girl! I will have to put some thought into the 7 random things about me. Hmmmmm. This should be interesting!

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  26. ahh i love porches! i could probably sit in that rocking swing all day! also, congrats on your award!
    -Alyssa

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  27. OMG, I love your blog. So beautiful as you. I your new follower. Your picture really cute. :D

    Free to visit me
    http://glowingsnow85.blogspot.com/

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  28. Oh, I love that yellow house. And I need that first sign. Congrats on your award, it's so cute.
    And my home needs a porch (like the first pic or a wrap around) and French doors leading to the back patio :)

    -Julie. littlepinkrainboots.blogspot.com

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  29. these porches are beautiful! *sigh*
    when i buy my own house in the future, i want it to have a classic white picket fence and a porch just like the first one! :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  30. I also posted about porches today, as did Sally Lee by the Sea! I guess porches are definetly on alot of our minds! Surfed in thru Sally Lee's---wanted to say hi and letcha know I'd been here! Have a great Friday, come visit my blog sometime and my "carolina cottage' shop--where EVERYTHING IS SOUTHERN!!

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  31. Love these front porches. Such a great part of living in the South! I love nothing more than sitting on the porch swing in the summer sipping on some sweet tea :)

    Thanks for the sweet comment about my blog! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  32. Thank you for the shout out and award...and you KNOW I love front porches!

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  33. I want that sign so bad! I also love porches, something of the South I've fallen in love here as a transplant. Everyday on the way to work we pick out the porches we'd love to have.

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  34. Sigh... I want a porch! Living in the city is all well and good, but sometimes nothing beats relaxing on the porch with a drink on a summer night!!

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  35. Fabulous post! I love, love, love the second and third images! I have a huge front porch at my house, and during the summer, my parents and I will just sit out there and drink tea with our dog--it's wonderful! Hope you have a great week!

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  36. Congrats on your award, its so well deserved, twice! I love all the facts about you and that you are so proud of your southern heritage, don't blame you and I am quite proud to hail from the south as well even though I have been a "northerner" for 26 years, the south is in my blood and its not going anywhere! Love those darling signs above and your front porch images.....just beautiful!

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  37. I am in love with yellow houses and front or back porches. Check out my blog at http://thecottagefarmhouse.com

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