In the last post during the course of my search for vintage home furnishings and accessories I came across a photo of a vintage glider that brought back memories of time spent on my grandmother’s front porch. Both my grandmother (paternal) and great-grandmother (maternal) lived on the same street where the homes had large covered front porches. My great-grandmother had a swing on hers. As a child I often spent my summers running up and down the street depending on whether I wanted to swing or glide. I’ve come to realize this is probably why I have such a thing for porches. A side porch has been on my wish list for quite sometime given that I have a French door to nowhere.
Porches have come a long way since my childhood. Many porches today are much like indoor living and dining rooms. As the trend towards nesting and creating homes worthy of retreat-like “staycations” increases, outdoor textiles and furniture have kept pace with the demand. The durable and mildew resistant fabrics and textiles that are now available for outdoor use makes the transition from indoor to outdoor spaces as seamless as the transitions from the various indoor rooms. If you’re fortunate enough to have a porch or have plans to build one in the future, following the images below that brought back fond memories from my past are some inspirational ideas that can be incorporated into your outdoor design.
Memories of this type of vintage metal glider with matching chairs, which are similar to the set that was on my grandmother’s front porch, probably planted the seed for my obsession with porches.
This type of wooden swing that was on my great-grandmother’s front porch probably increased my eventual longing for a porch of my own.
Porches have come a long way since my childhood. They are now planned and designed with the same care as indoor living spaces.
In addition to wood floors now tiles are becoming common on outdoor porches.
Instead of a painted wood floor this screened in porch has stained flooring similar to the type of finish that is commonly seen indoors.
Besides the view this porch comes equipped with a fireplace and wall art that creates an additional focal point.
This side porch includes a durable outdoor rug for cozy alfresco dining.
This screened in porch includes draperies to provide both privacy and protection from the sun when needed.
These are all very nice porches but if you had a choice would you prefer to swing or glide? Do you have any childhood memories that have influenced or may have inspired your home design preferences? If so feel free to share.