Blue Front Porch

Are there many enjoyments in life as fine as a porch?

I wonder what the history of the porch is?  Surely a place to hide from the sun and relax for a few moments during a time in history when people worked from dusk ’til dawn just to survive.

I wonder what the nomenclature of the word “porch” is?*

When I feel like I am just surviving my porch is a wonderful place to retreat.  The view of the farm and potager is perfect from its many windows and the breeze is fantastic.

My porch is… shall we say, rustic.  Four seasons it is not, though the spiders tend to disagree.  Darling vacuumed up all the tarantulas for me today and now I can relax without fear.

My porch is peaceful.  I don’t get to enjoy it near enough.  To many mouths to feed and not enough minutes in my day.

My porch reaches up into the 80’s on some of the coldest winter days.  Taking a nap in the sun and pretending it’s summer is a fine way to spend a dull, winter hour.  I can also over winter my rosemary there with ease.

My porch is… of course, blue and white and today, being unpacked from our vacation I decided to grab my camera and capture it for you.

Would you like a little tour?
Put your feet up and enjoy a bit of my blue heaven.

(Before we get started let’s take a quick look at my porch when it was a furniture “catch-all”… before blue.

 

It had it’s good days and bad days but finally just became the place to keep all the furniture from the old Parisienne Farmhouse that wasn’t working for me here in the new Parisienne Farmhouse on Half-Way Farm.

It was depressing.

 I love old books.  The colors are moving.  The smell is historic.  I can’t get enough of them.
 Found this sweet little English biscuit tin at an antique shop on vacation.  $4.50 of delight!

This galvanized chimney thing was my mothers day present.  The wonderful french farmhouse looking chairs I found at a garage sale for $2 a piece and the matching metals stools for $5 at my favorite resale shop a few weeks ago.  The table is from my Gramma.  The chandelier – my first from many, many years ago.  1930’s silver plated.

I made these pillows with down inserts from the Goodwill, a used drop cloth (seriously, I was desperate to create and that’s all I had) and my Mom came over with her fabulous stencils.  I love that stencil too much, it’s all over my house.  I may get a tattoo of it.
Kidding.
Am I?

I I find myself addicted to European looking baskets these days – but you know how frugal I am.  This whole pile has been found this summer here and there for less than $12.  See how the floor slopes (like the Joker’s house!) — so the rain could run off before it was enclosed.   MUST get some shims for that cabinet!

Hey!  Who’s that munchkin!???  Went all out and did french blue floors.  Sigh.

I faux-distressed this door to match my kitchen cabinets.  It was white and I have yet to do the other side.  I love it.  If you like this technique it’s super easy.  Use a semi-dry brush and the product at the link and go nuts.  You’ll have to get it tinted.  I believe I used “Deep Ocean.”

So don’t laugh but I made the slip cover.  I just love ticking and had to try it while saving up for a pro-job.  It’s a bit shabby but hey… overall I really impressed myself, I have never done anything like that before though I break into my Cirque de Soliel routine to get the old cushion stuffed into that pillowcase.  Contortionist.

A favorite vintage apron.  A french thermometer found at that awesome garage sale I blogged about a few years ago and a French barometer that I found at this horrid, funky little market in Paris in a not-so-great neighborhood.  SCORE!… or should I say, “GOAL!”

Oh, those chairs.

I am not showing you the top part of this cab.  It’s full of homeschool stuff that needs to be straightened.  Long time readers have seen in before.  After all these years I still just LOVE the paint job.

If Ironstone is out of fashion, I don’t care.  I want a huge wall of it someday.  In the meantime these fabulous prints will have to do.  They are so unique.

Another junkie piece of furniture that takes a beating.  This is where I toss all Darling’s stuff that he leaves around the house (drills, duct tape, random screws…)

A room with a view.

Crusty ceiling.

And last but not least my birthday present from Joel.  On vacation in Door Country last week we found these BITCHIN’ olive buckets from Turkey.  I think I peed my pants.  We could only get two – would that I could I would have bought all 30 of them.  They are dreamy and I had to toss my rosemary topiary in them for maximum effect.

I hope you enjoyed and had a chance to relax.

Parisienne Farmgirl

*Post Script:
“Porch” comes from the the latin word porticus and the greek word portico referring to the columned entry of a temple.  

22 Comments

  1. Mandy

    oh that I could come have a cup of chamomile or french press with you girly, watching our chickens all out in the yard and talking homeschooling, fashion and homesteading. It is gorgeous. Not sure i would have had the confidence to go with french blue on the floor but OH MY GOSH! Love!

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  2. Shaye Elliott

    Damn you and your beautiful ways. You make me so envious. And then inspire me. Stop. Don’t stop.

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  3. Elma

    I LOVE every single inch!! Thanks for sharing!! Little babe is just so adorable!!

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    • Diane B.

      Wow! Greatly disappointed with the cursing on here. I do have my teen daughter read, and watch with me . I thought of you as classier than that, and a believer. I subscribe to your YouTube channel, and have been reading your blogs more lately. But, will be moving on ..good thing my teen daughter wasn’t reading with me today!!

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      • Parisienne Farmgirl

        I am really confused. I just read this entire post and there NO is cursing in my post. Sad we are parting ways.

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  4. à la parisienne

    Your porch is lovely.
    I love the French blue floors-a very unexpected, yet striking touch.
    And those buckets–aperfect birthday gift for a decorator extraordinaire like yourself! Bon Anniversaire!

    Mandy

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  5. Sue@CountryPleasures

    It’s perfect! And blue heaven it is! Love the door and the floors!!

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  6. Prairie Mama

    What a perfect retreat to sip coffee in the morning or iced Tea in the late afternoon. It is beautiful Angela!

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  7. Prairie Mama

    What a perfect place to sip coffee in the morning, or iced tea in the afternoon. It is absolutely perfect Angela! I love seeing your homes interior. You have great taste!

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  8. Buttonchief7

    What a comfy place to relax. Gladys Taber would have waxed poetic over your special room. Just finished the Book of Stillmeadow and pondering her thoughts on a peaceful, thankful life.

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  9. La Contessa

    NO WONDER I ADORE PORCHES!They are the entrances to OUR TEMPLES!!THANK YOU for that little “LOOK UP”!

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  10. Ggomez

    Oh Angela you make everything look so pretty!
    I love how you remind me perfection isn’t necessary in fact it is boring!

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  11. cheapdiva

    I have missed seeing posts on your interiors. We really haven’t seen much of the inside and that’s a shame. I LOVE your kitchen and “pinned” it.

    Onward to pin the porch!!

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  12. Gail Peterson

    Thank you for the porch tour!
    I love it and can just image sitting out there on a crisp fall morning with a latte.
    Your home has pieces that that I love. I have my grandmas amsll kitchen table from when they first were married. I treasure it as well.
    A beautiful summer on the porch!
    xo,
    Gail

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  13. Mac n' Janet

    Love your porch, all of it, but particularly the Turkish buckets, where did you get them? I want the 28 you didn’t buy!

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  14. Joannah

    Oh so lovely! You’ve got the touch. Please come to my house and give it a makeover. I’m ready for a new look here. 😉

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  15. Pam

    Love, love, love your porch! I can’t wait to have my own. I swear you need to write a book on making things beautiful ’cause you’ve got some mad skills. I actually fell in love with your slipcover the moment I saw it. And those olive buckets… I agree with cheapdiva – we want to see more of your interiors. 🙂 I know you’ve just got tons of time to take pics and write blog posts. LOL

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  16. Marta Montenegro Martin

    I was just about to compliment you on the slipcover! Gotta love ticking and it does not look shabby at all – really pretty!

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  17. Kristi

    I love your home! I found your blog through your mom’s blog a while back. And then I couldn’t find it and so on. Anyway, glad I have you in my blog roll now (with my own abandoned blog, lol). Your porch is just fantastic. I always want to screen in our front wrap porch. We live on 20 acres so LOTS o bugs and bees here, lol. We are in the process of building a barn for our horses, but we want to add chickens and goats too! So I need to learn more about them!
    Kristi

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  18. Kristi

    ps- that slipcover ROCKS! I am pretty craft but can only sew a button! I need to learn how to use my machine….

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  19. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living

    Gorgeous. I don’t remember seeing your blog prior to today and I love it. Just became an email subscriber. Can’t wait to see more!

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  20. Nancy @ Little Homestead in Boise

    I LOVE your blog. Just read Romantic Prairie. Question- Are you concerned that you’re doing all this work on a rental? With all the labor, etc., if you lost it? Even if the landlord reimburses you for some, that’s a lot of work. I’m a DIY-er and can seen how much you’ve done inside and outside with landscaping…

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