When you live in a rural area a porch becomes a thing of necessity and the fifth room of the house. It can express the personality of the home and exist as a functioning extension of the home. My own home has three porches: the breezeway where mostly shoes wind up by the mudroom door, projects sit to dry and it serves as the gateway to the garden, pasture and garage; and,
the front where guests enter and we sit in the mornings to avoid the hot summer sun that rises in the back of the house;
the back porch serves as a sitting area, dining area, grilling area, roasting area in the fireplace and downright hangout for everyone in the house.
This settee was a fabulous find from an antique dealer who let me rummage through her storage units. She had this beauty tucked under some other things and it looked nothing like this. With new cushions and an updated paint job, I thought it turned out really well.
The next photos are of a screened porch that belongs to a client. We chose plush seating, outdoor lighting a minimal of accessories. My favorite are the old swinging doors used to accentuate the space for the small dining area you will see in the next photo and to break up the screened area while still providing that country view we all love.
A smaller table makes for a more intimate outdoor dining space.
All of these porch pictures are making me long for a crisp fall day so I can sit out on my porch with a good book and a warm cup of tea. Instead, I will have to settle for my secret place where the sun can’t reach and there is still just the slightest breeze catching the leaves to make for a comfortable spot out of the heat with a cool glass of iced tea…relaxing. (This was at dusk when the low lights are emerging before dark.)
If you happen upon Hermann Furniture in downtown Brenham take a sharp right as you enter the door, keep walking to the furthest room past the “Antiques” sign into the second room, take a left, pass the staircase and the inner chamber to the old meat market and you will find my space dead center and in the space adjacent. You can find me by asking for Booth #195 or The Irish Lady. Here is what the booth space looks like today. A friend found this spectacular mantle in a junk pile. I chalk painted it and stacked a few open frames on top. It’s priced at $495. Sitting in front of the mantle is a pedestal leg, double drop leaf Duncan Phyfe Table with four matching Duncan Phyfe Tulip Back Chairs. There are a few pumpkins, including some hand made goat’s milk soaps and stuffed miniatures.
Hand Made Goat’s Milk Soap in Pumpkin Shapes, wrapped for gift giving, Hand Dyed Cheese Cloth for Table Scapes, as a runner or table cloth, or Gift Wrap!
Cute Chalk Board Photo Frame that says, “Yes, I can drive a stick!” A good supply of battery operated Flickering Candlesticks ready for your candle holders at home or take a look for a few of those in the booth.
Stop on by for old and new at Hermann’s in Downtown Brenham. Store hours are 9 to 5:30 Weekdays, 9 to 5 Saturday and 1 to 4 on Sunday. Call for directions at 979-836-7231.
Imagine rolling hills and green pastures with a few barns interspersed throughout the fields. Next, think of those fields being filled with people, antiques, tents, trailers and oddities from all over the country. That is Round Top in an extremely brief nutshell of a description. To kick things off a local antique shop right outside of Brenham off of Highway 290 on the way to or from Round Top is having a special sale and promising it to be…