Erica on the Porch — A Fresh Look Creates a Place of Welcome

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Erica Robinson, Porchista

(MADISON, MISS.) It happens to all of us: we get busy or preoccupied.

Or it just gets hot and uncomfortable to be outside and we forget that our front porch (or stoop or patio) is our daily offering to the world around us.

So, I took a little time today to look at my own front porch and make sure that what it was reflecting was what I really wanted to say to my friends, neighbors, and even the delivery person.

What I realized is that I had a lot of good intentions that I had not followed through with.

Good intentions like buying some nice plants early in the summer (son’s wedding) with the intention of using them on my front and back porch.

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After. Still might need a little tweak here and there, but overall a very welcoming space.

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There’s a lot of money tied up in these plants. Sitting in the middle of the driveway is never “good design”.

They have sat over at the side of my driveway, waiting for me to tend them.

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Nice home. Jumbled, chaotic, messy front entrance. Needs purpose and intention.

There was a lonely chair on the front porch.

It was perfect for me to sit and drink my morning coffee, but there was no place to visit with a friend.

So, the first step was to clear it out. Completely empty the space and sweep.

Then to look around and see what I had on hand that I could repurpose.

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Nice space, but unused. Time to move this chair to a more intentional space.

And there, around the corner, in another neglected bit of my yard, was another chair, unused and waiting for a purpose.

Though it worked for several months as a lovely door wreath, the mold and mildew is giving off a serious "yuck" vibe. And this is at eye-level. Better to have no "door art" than ugly door art.

Though it worked for several months as a lovely door wreath, the mold and mildew is giving off a serious “yuck” vibe. And this is at eye-level. Better to have no “door art” than ugly door art.

My front door wreath was from March, and was quite appropriate for Easter. Over the months since then, I had convinced myself that because I have backyard chickens the wreath still “worked.”

Truth is, in the blistering heat of a Mississippi August, it showed the mildew from being exposed to rain and humidity.

In my garage, a lovely kite, that still spoke “summer,” even though it didn’t fly quite correctly.

This tray belonged to my grandmother. It is very battered and worse for wear, and though I will try to bring it inside during inclement weather, it makes a pretty place to set a glass or a simple meal.

This tray belonged to my grandmother. It is very battered and worse for wear, and though I will try to bring it inside during inclement weather, it makes a pretty place to set a glass or a simple meal.

And little bit by little bit, the space has taken shape.

There may be a few more tweaks here and there.

But as I sat in the “new chair” during lunch, I realized, that this is what I want to say to the world:

“There is a place of welcome for you here.”

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It was very pleasant to eat my lunch out here in the fresh air, while I worked on a project on my laptop. Favorite thing: watching the tassles of the kite flutter in the smallest breeze.

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