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.)

Hermann’s: What’s New?

Have you ever been to a place, not a house, but a store and just feel at home?  That’s how I feel about Hermann’s in Downtown Brenham.  It’s the anchor of our historic little town and sits diagonal from the courthouse.  I’m proud of the place, how it has stood the test of time through the generations, in one family.  I love the people there, too, because they love what they do and it shows.  Every inch is filled with beautiful ideas that they are so willing to share and it changes daily.  Quite literally,  I have seen something I want, come back the next day and there is a whole new way presented to me to place the piece in my home.  With a full in house design center that includes the largest selection of fabric swatches that I have seen since the Houston Design Center, they guide you through your mind’s eye to make your home what you want it to be.    Come See!  Be Inspired! Decorate Your Life!


Notice the concrete finials:  I can see these on a veranda, a buffet, the floor in your foyer, the bath by the tub, fireplace, kitchen island…

So much to see!  This French inspired dining is appealing with soothing salmon colors.  They think of everything!

Speaking of thinking of everything, take a peek at these unique table accompaniments.  The place mats, napkins, serving pieces are fun and chic all at once.

Brightly colored, whimsical is what I think when I see this bedding ensemble and pillows.   There’s a lot more in that photo than the bed…see how many unique and different things you can take in at a glance.   (Oops, I left my purse and fabric on the bench…don’t notice that.)


Hermann’s Design Class with Scott Hill Photography

Hermann Furniture in Downtown Brenham together with Scott Hill Photography is hosting a design seminar.  Scott is a locally renowned photographer whose charm, wit and talent will make this fun and highly informative for the novice or the semi-professional.  Not only will you come away with a better understanding of placing your photos and why, but you will be wowed by what’s new at Hermann’s.  I will be following up with some pics of vignettes from the store for you to see.  Don’t miss this one!  And, while you are downtown don’t forget lunch at Funky Art Cafe…so good!