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4 Ideas to Steal from a Whimsical Front Porch

4 Ideas to Steal from a Whimsical Front Porch

At the turn of the nineteenth century, anyone lucky enough to have a great, big wraparound front porch made good use of it. On hot days, children played, adults rested and visitors were entertained in the porch’s cool shade.

Though we don’t spend nearly as much time on them as our ancestors did, Americans are rediscovering the front porch. If you’re lucky enough to have one, celebrate my making it warm, welcoming and perhaps even whimsical. Tom and Laura Lyon’s fun front porch in Boulder, Colorado, featured in “Welcome Home: Reviving the Front Porch, From the Wraparound to the Stoop,” has some great ideas to get you started.

Boulder, Colorado, architect Tom Lyon of Wolff Lyon Architects wrapped his turn-of-the-century home with this gazebo-like octagon, which catches southern sun and takes full advantage of a corner lot. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison

Tom and Laura’s mailbox made me laugh out loud. I don’t know if the mail carrier thinks it’s as funny. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison

The columns on the Lyons’ porch are a gallery of famous men, including Sigmund Freud, Jack Kerouac and Bozo the Clown, made from simple, easy-to-cut shapes. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison

A cast-iron reproduction bell acts as a dinner gong or a signal to the kids to come home. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison

If it can accommodate one, every good porch must have a hammock. Swinging in the breeze with a glass of sweet tea and a good book on a hot summer day is just good living. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison

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Robyn Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence is editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Magazine, an eco-lifestyle magazine that bridges spa wisdom with green living. Through print, online and phone apps, Organic Spa Magazine offers expert advice and inspiration on sustainable health and wellness, beauty and skin care, fashion and travel. 


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9:59AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

the face is cute :)

7:37AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

A porch and swing just go together.

7:25AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

Great ideas - just wish I had a porch! Thanks.

5:21PM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

Neat ides, thank you for sharing

1:35AM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

These are fun.

3:46PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Too cute!

5:52PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011


2:56PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

i'd kill for a porch, front or back one.... gives warmth to a house.

6:41AM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

I have a rather large back porch and I love it. Bad part is that it sure seems to collect a lot of "stuff" and I'm forced to clean it quite regularly. Now we have chickens and they like it too, unfortunately.

3:34AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

hammock would be heavenly :)

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