I love our front porch and I am so happy to share it by participating in the Porch and Patio Party hosted by Barb at Grits and Glamour
Having a 1920's house means that we have a front porch. Somewhere in it's life the front porch got screens which makes for a cool oasis during sultlry summers.
The porch at Linderhof is not big but it is big enough. A round table with tablecloth and 4 comfy chairs -- two wicker and two bamboo (at Linderhof not everything matches).
It's the perfect place to spend the afternoon with a cup or glass of tea and a nosh as the house faces East and in the afternoon the porch is cool and shady.
When we entertain just one other couple in spring and fall and on cooler summer evenings, we start with drinks and appetizers on the porch before we move indoors for dinner in the breakfast room. It is a great place to start an evening dinner party.
The front of the porch facing the street has an old iron piece topped by a piece of glass. Indoor plants summer on the porch and a ritual on May 8 is bringing the plants outside to their summer home. The porch is definitely more friendly filled with plants.
The top of the iron sofa table also holds two cloche -- one with a nest and the other with a paper mache robin which is one of my most favorite finds from Nell Hills. I sometimes bring it inside to use as a garden table centerpiece.Besides the cloches, the table also holds a blooming plant (for something should always be blooming on the porch) and a cement elf or gnome reading a book. Long ago he came home to sit in our first bird bath. The bath is long gone but the elf has been with us ever since and I love him on the front porch -- for it is my afternoon reading place in the summer.
On the first warm day in March, everything is taken off the porch and winter's dirt and grime is washed away and the screens washed as well. Then it awaits May 8 when the plants come outside. Then we know that it is offically summer!