Southern Front Porch

I think my front porch has a slight inferiority complex.

It is surrounded by other Southern homes with large front porches, and at times she feels a little, well…. (bending over to whisper in your ear)…. inadequate.


Don’t say it out loud. We try not to talk about this  in front of her.

I really do understand how she could feel this way.  I mean, this is the South.  

The land of cotton, sweet tea, bless your heart and very large welcoming front porches.

How does a small front porch overcome her feelings of inadequacy?  Especially during the Holidays?  It’s not like there is a “little pill” to suddenly have a larger “front porch.”   😀


Just like any true Southern woman… she adds pearls, a large hat, high heels and red lipstick.

Layers of jewelry, such as cute little tags stamped with our names…

… as well as, some Christmas messages.

Her make-up is applied sparingly to allow her natural beauty to shine through. 

Lemon cedar trees in galvanized buckets, paper whites in plain white pitchers….

Red poinsettias surrounded by frasier fir branches in weathered urns.

Every Southern woman knows how important it is to have a perfectly coifed hairstyle.  Such as this crown of greenery, holly, vines and gingham ribbons.

A few more coordinating accessories such as berry and grapevine adorned topiaries with burlap and ribbon bows.

So although she may be one of the smaller in her neighborhood, she is determined to hold her head high, smile pretty and put on her best Southern air.
Her friends, the white rockers, even dressed for the occasion with cute, felt crafted pillows. 

Southern is… admitting to your flaws, but using every ounce of Southern charm you have to hide them.  :-)

I am excited to finally share The Everyday Home Christmas 2012 Open House Tour.  

All of you are invited.  You don’t even need a hat, pearls or lipstick.  Come as you are…

Stay tuned.


Sharing with:

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The Charm of Home – Home Sweet Home
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  1. Gorgeous Barb!!

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  2. It looks gorgous…just perfect and so welcoming.

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  3. Well, Barb, I think she looks grand! So festive and welcoming! Can’t wait for the tour!

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  4. Your porch is just beautiful! Clearly, size isn’t everything :) So many pretty details!


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  5. You need to have a talk with her and tell her she is gorgeous and has nothing to be ashamed of! Just like Jeanette says, size isn’t everything.

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  6. Lovely Barb … You put a lot of beauty in such a small space. Have a great Christmas.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

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  7. Your porch is huge compared to my stoop. Love how you dressed her up. I know she is holding her head high now.

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  8. Well, She may not be BIG but she sure is BEAUTIFUL! You did a great job dressing her up. She’s a lucky girl if you ask me-and now she can stick her tongue out at all the big old porches (I guess that would be raising her mat?;>) xo Diana

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  9. I think your front porch looks great, Barb! Love all the touches you added. The wreath and topiaries on either side of your door are a great welcome.

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  10. Beautiful is an understatement! Love it!

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  11. So so cute, so many touches, LOVE the tags!

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  12. Oh my goodness Barb, your porch is totally amazing. I love it all. I hope you have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Marty

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  13. Look at that red door! That, right there, is a show stopper! You have such a cute writing style, as I’ve told you before! And the front porch will have many others hanging their heads in shame, no doubt!

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  14. By the way, I’m sure you already mentioned this, but where did your blog design go? Doing a revamp?

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  15. Very beautiful Barb! It makes me want to step inside and see what else is going on in there!

    We are following you and hope you will check us out and join us!

    Linda and Jennie @ The French Hens Nest

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  16. Barb, I would say your porch has been properly adorned for any Southern porch. Such a happy, welcoming look!! Love the tags,
    xo Kathysue

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  17. Barb, your porch is a real Southern lady and a beauty at that! Love the red checked ribbon and the tags with the names on them! I hopped over here to follow on GFC too!

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  18. Your porch is beautiful. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

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