Vintage on the Front Porch

Vintage on the Porch ~ Life lived simply

Our 1940’s Bungalow Porch

I spent an entire summer working on the curb appeal of this house. The interior was beautifully redone before we moved in, but all rehab, upgrade, and decorating efforts stopped at the front door. Seriously, even the porch needed help. Below is the front of the house shortly before we moved in. It was so dreary, we almost didn’t look at the house. Fortunately we did, because the inside is lovely.

before

And here is the front of the house after a summer of planting grass, installing plant beds, and painting the trim. This has been every bit of a summer long project, and it’s not quite done yet, but we’re getting close.

Adding Curb Appeal to a 1940's Bungalow

It makes me happy to drive up and see a pretty yard, and an inviting porch!

Vintage on the Porch

After all the work in the yard, I did a little junkin’ and decorated the front porch. I’m still have a few things left to do, before it’s offically “done”.  I’m, looking for a braided rug to go under the seating, and I plan to paint the ceiling blue this Fall (Its a Southern thang). I love all the rusty, junky, lived-in cuteness on my porch.

These old feed sack pillows were such an easy project! Just stuff them with outdoor foam, available at fabric stores, and tie shut with jute or twine. Comfy and cute!

Vintage on the Front Porch ~ Life Lived Simply

I love the junky, chippy red-and turquoise on this vintage chair. This was a Craigslist’s find, and the three hour round trip to pick it up was absolutely worth it. This is my very favorite outdoor thing, perfect for rocking on the porch with iced tea and a book.

Vintage on the Front Porch ~ Life Lived Simply

This trotting horse is made from reclaimed barn tin. A lovely gentleman named Don Hutchings from Riverside, Ia makes these. He’s kinda famous; he made a marquis sign for Kat Von D, and he’s been on American Pickers! You can see more of his work on his Facebook page.

Vintage on the Porch ~ Life lived simply

I have a few other vintage items in the plant beds; an old push-plow, a well head, and a birdcage a bit hidden in the shrubs. Although I’m leaning towards a more minimalist look these days, I wanted to take advantage of the great porch on the front of this house. It’s comfy and welcoming, and we’ve spent time out here regularly. Porch-sitting is a time-honored tradition in this part of the world, and perfectly in keeping with living a simpler, slower-paced life.