Personal Blog by Nancy Clemons

Curb Appeal

To me the beauty of a home begins at the curb. It is the invitation to come inside and see what surprises await you.  My porch was first on my to do list for a couple of reasons.  Number 1 is that I knew the house was mine 6 weeks before I got the keys to the inside.  Being that I was able to stay in my neighborhood moving around the corner only 7 houses away, I would drive by each morning and dream of how I could put my “stamp” on it.

I wanted to make it warm and inviting.  Filled with lush plants, places to sit, relax and share adventures with friends, and lots of character that embodied the personality of the house and the people who live there.
The first order of business was to place a wicker rocker, a side table and a few plants. As luck would have it, Home Depot had these 10″ Majesty Palms on sale the week I was looking. I found another wicker chair and the 2 14″ red pots from the yard stash I already had then topped it off with a garden flag.


It was beginning to take shape and when driving by each morning it put a smile on my face. ;0)
A couple of weeks later I attended the Grand Opening of a new antique store in Norfolk.  While circling the store in search of a parking space I spotted a wicker love seat outside behind the store.  I asked the owner about it and she said I could have it for $20!!!!  Now this is original wicker. Not the plastic protected kind they sell now.  Usually when I find original wicker it is falling apart. Legs unraveling and holes where it is just plum wore out. This one was in mint condition. It must have been protected on someone’s porch or in a sunroom as only one leg had the wicker unraveling and that seemed to have been repaired.

 Original paint too! I couldn’t resist. SOLD! They placed it in the back of my Jeep and I merrily went on my way.  When I got home it took me about 2 seconds to place my new find on the porch and  immediately the porch was more inviting.

 I added a red checked seat cushion, blue pillow and  had 2 large plants hauled up from the back yard

  A blue bench that was in the kitchen on West Lane and some garden accents were also added

And there you have it!  A warm inviting porch for friends to sit, relax and share adventures with.  Every morning I eat my breakfast sitting in the rocker listening to the birds singing and watching the children walking to the school bus stop. My dream coming true!  ;0)