Our house fronts a main street so it gets very dusty from traffic plus Australia is suffering from its worst drought. I’ve found that unless you live in a very leafy, quiet street in a leafy, quiet suburb (tell me if this is the case elsewhere in the world), sand, dust, soil collect everywhere outside in a very short amount of time.
Pretty front porches
So our front porch is not the place for nice chairs (like the ones above), or a stone bench on which to perch and have a cuppa. The back/side courtyard is minimally better for this, but dust still gathers.
Recently, friend and blogger Nicole Balch from Making it Lovely made over her front porch, while being all of 8 months’ pregnant! See more here! I love the pretty green and the FREEHAND painted “rug”!
My home situation…
(I think the blossom is dead.) But the photo shows grass greening up, 5 months on. But the porch still looks dismal.
I think one of the problems is that it isn’t much of a front porch. Most of the homes along this main road don’t bother having large/welcoming front porches. All the welcoming is reserved for back/side courtyards.
Hopefully we get green and blossoms (nothing blossomed last year!) in spring which will definitely pretty up my front!
So to round up the cons of my front porch
- Aforementioned drought and dustiness.
- We don’t have a fence (yet!). The area isn’t high brow area, so things can be prone to being stolen.
- My dusty front porch and busy road in front with no privacy fence or shrubs/plants/hedges ensures we never spend relaxing time there… so it would be a waste of money to get garden or wicker seats (like I love!)
So. Ideas time!
Maybe the best thing to do is install a not-too-shabby and inexpensive wire cart. And fill it with sunny flowers that don’t mind the afternoon withering heat and dust.
Utilising a rack for plants or pots is also a nice idea…
I love this collection of birdhouses here! Nice idea!
But also mega dust collectors and spider homes.
A little pretty lamp is such a nice touch!
I think that pot bellied stove and lamp would get stolen quick smart around here.
Any ideas you care to share too?
I have since done a few things and will reveal soon.
Back porches and back yards
Aren’t these pretty (and small, like ours) back porches/yards?