“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

-Percy Bysshe Shelley

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    Saturday Sparks — Rustic Porches

    So you’ve probably heard mention of my new deck by now (in fact, I have two new decks), and I promise to share pics soon, but first I think a bit of decorating is in order. After three years in our new home, I’m so happy to have a new sitting spot out back and want to bring a rustic touch to the décor there. Now, when I say “rustic” I’m thinking outdoorsy, Adirondack or homey wood furniture with plaid throws, old-fashioned ticking or denim pillows. While it would be nice to have an actual cabin in the woods with timber beams and a huge rock fireplace, I don’t. What I do have…

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    Saturday Sparks — Happy Halloween Porches

    Halloween decorating days will soon be upon us, and you just might be thinking about your plan of attack. If you’re looking for something fun to welcome friends and trick or treaters this year, then you’ve come to the right place. Today’s inspiration is all about fabulous front porches that scream, “This is the place to be.” From witches to mummies,  traditional to bold, the sky’s the limit when it comes to Halloween.      

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    Saturday Sparks – Porches

    I love porches! If designed and decorated correctly, a porch can say “welcome,” “sit a spell,” “glad you stopped by” or “come on in.” Perhaps one reason I’m so in love with porches is because I don’t have much of one of my own. . . maybe someday. All of the pictures here offer some sort of inspiration for creating a porch that will hopefully say just the right thing to your guests and passers by, but today’s sparks are in a different format so just click the forward and backward arrows to be inspired. (If the graphic doesn’t load immediately, wait a minute and refresh your screen.) Porches  …