You might just start puttering around, using what you have, as Erica did so beautifully.
Or, you might want to have a grand vision. In that case, a vision board could be a wonderful tool for you to achieve your perfect porch.
From what I’ve seen over these many decades of observation, you should get clear on what you want before you bring in outside opinions.
What kinds of activities will you be doing there? A place to eat breakfast? To meditate? To entertain the family? Space to barbecue together as a family? Or simply recline on a chaise or sway in a swing? If you’re like most of us, your porch space is limited and some decisions on what to include must be made.
We suggest a vision board. That is a piece of poster or foam board where you have glued down images that reflect what you want. You hang the finished board where you can see it often, and you will be amazed at how what you imagined comes into reality.
The vision board process happens in 5 steps:
1. Gather together your supplies: magazines, scissors, glue stick, poster board.
2. Write a paragraph or list of what you want your new space to do/look like/feel like. (15 min.)
3. Flip through your magazines and cut out words and images that appeal to you. (1 hour)
4. Glue them down on your poster board. (1 hour)
5. Display your vision board and, if possible, share it with others
Once you are clear down to your bones what you want, then you can start to make your dream come true. You can keep a photo of the vision board in your cell phone to inspire you at Pier One or World Market.
Or, if you cannot come up with a vision and no thoughts come to mind, then call in a designer or contractor or a friend. They likely have strong opinions and experience and may be able to get you started.
In any case, just begin.
And, as usual, send photos of your vision board to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to be part of the magic.