Our Front Porch

I walked out the front door yesterday and it hit me. I haven’t blogged about one of my favorite parts of this house yet- the front porch! From it, we can see the lake at the end of our street, and I don’t think we’ll ever get tired of looking in that direction.

We only have to climb a couple of stairs to come in and out of our back door (I’ll blog about the back side of the house next week), but the trek up to the front porch is a little more…uh…thigh muscle burn-y. Lots of steps…fourteen to be exact…but I do love how high up the porch sits off the sidewalk.

The porch itself is a little chippy and overgrown right now…

…and it was somewhat challenging to photograph it from every angle…

…but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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  1. Amy F says

    We have a large front porch as well and I absolutely love it! All those stairs might scare off the girl scouts and magazine sellers. LOL

    • Layla says

      Good point, Amy! Maybe I should make a “Please come to the back door- there are less stairs” sign for the Girl Scouts. ;-) #LoveThoseCookies!

      • Amy F says

        Nah! On second thought, Girl Scouts are determined and tough. They’ll tackle those steps with no problem!

  2. Angela says

    A house with a porch is already half way to being a home, in my opinion! I miss my wrap around porch in NC…somehow, I’m going to get a porch on my home here in MA…like you say, “where there’s a will”! ;)
    I’m so excited to see the upcoming changes you make! I’ve never checked any website for updates the way I’ve been checking TLC the past week or so, since you moved!! :)

  3. Katie says

    I was walking in a new (to me) area of town, saw a house that was all teal (down to the stone foundation) except for the actual boards of the porch… and thought of you and your brown house. Crazy colors are relatively common on the old triple-deckers that make up most of the Boston suburbs (especially the area I was in) but I can honestly say I’ve never seen an all-teal house before.

  4. says

    It is so charming with loads of character. That is a fabulous porch. I really love the front door. By the way…I finally stepped into the real world of photography today & purchased my first Canon dlsr. I’m a big kid now! Can’t wait to sign up for a Shoot Fly Shoot class soon:)

  5. says

    I am thankful the two of you are so enamoured with your new home – it is really uplifting to read about your new discoveries.

    Besides, that porch is quite awesome, vines & chipped paint and all!

    I absolutely LOVE the red brick steps – I have loved these since seeing similar ones on a home during our only trip to Merritt Island, Florida. We are about to undertake a large home reno ourselves, and I’m planning on adding red brick steps (hubby….be forewarned!)

    Can’t wait for more posts on your new place…

  6. Julie says

    You have shutter dogs!! Woohoo for real shutters! And that gorgeous door. And the steps. Can’t wait to see you put some TLC into it!

  7. Liz VanKirk says

    At least you don’t have to worry about snow! The stairs are going to be great for decorating with swags, pumpkins, flowers & so on!

  8. Debbie says

    Love the porch! I know you will decorate the porch and the whole house up so awesome, I can’t wait for you to get started! I’ll be along on your new journey.

  9. Lisa W. says

    LAYLA you are simply adorable. That IS the best pic of you sitting in the window getting a picture…priceless:) OK I am SO so so loving all your posts of your new home. I gotta say it has such GOOD good bones, you can totally see that. The brick work leading up to your high porch is amazing in itself. You just DO not see that kind of quality all to often! AND there is absolutley nothing like a awesome front porch! Thank you again for the awesome posts…and looking forward to many more! Happy Weekend to you both!

  10. trish says

    Just beautiful Layla! I love your porch lights….so charming. Just how old is your house? You and Kevin look like you are really enjoying it. So happy for you both!

  11. Diana says

    That porch is just calling out for a swing!!!a porch is a must have for me. I especially love back porches. That us where the real living takes place! Have fun!! So exciting!

  12. Joan Pratt says

    You don’t know how jealous I am of you. When I describe my dream house yours is it. Big porch in the south on a lake. Heavenly…

  13. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    Each new photo is like unwrapping one more package from you and Kev. I love the porch. How fun this will be to decorate! I really love those shutters! Gosh, they are just divine. You don’t see those in Florida, for sure! Luv Luv Luv them!!!!!!!

    The photo of you in the window is the cutest thing I have ever seen. You and Kevin just crack me up!!!!!

  14. Julie B. [Holland] says

    Layla/Kevin, I really like the color of your house now it looks “warm and friendly” but at the same time I can certainly understand you’d like to make it your own, with your choices. Can’t wait for more pictures to come.
    Have fun creating your dream. :)

  15. Shae says

    What a great porch, and with such awesome potential! Can’t wait to see how you transform it. Now on to the most important detail of your photos. Your wearing shorts and it’s almost Halloween. Soooooo jealous. Here in Southern Alberta (Western Canada) we are in the depths of winter already, foot of snow below 0 celcius. Enjoy that great weather! Look forward to further posts, your blog is one of my favorites!

  16. says

    Your house is lovely! It looks like something out of a magazine and I can hardly wait to see what you all do with it. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  17. says

    Oh, I adore your house!!! How lovely it all looks, and quiet and cute. Love at first sight… :-) My dream is to live in a house that has such a cute front porch as yours. Someday.
    Too bad you can’t find those houses in Belgium… Maybe my husband and I have to build one that has such a cute front porch as yours. ;-) Thanks for sharing!!

  18. says

    i LOVE your new porch! it has so much character. i have always been a fan of big old porches, they are so soothing to me! :) glad you are enjoying every aspect of your new house! have a great weekend!

  19. Celeste says

    I love your new front porch. It’s nice and big like those on old houses. So often on new houses the porches are just there for effect, and are uncomfortably narrow. I’m looking forward to all the future posts as your new house gets made over in your style….I am so tired of the oatmeal and pecan model home styling in fashion these days.

  20. says

    I picture a porch swing out there, with white wicker chairs, soft, worn, comfy pillows and a tall glass of lemonade on a summers day. (or maybe some cocoa when it gets colder!) I absolutely adore your new house! :)

  21. says

    The porch lights!!!! And the shutters!!!! And the little thingys that hold the shutters open!!!! OH MY!! IMO, those are adding a little cottage touch of their own already! DON’T CHANGE THEM! :)

  22. Patti Z says

    Love it! Wish I had a porch that cool! Y’all will make it amazing so I can’t wait to see what you do!

  23. Janice says

    Love the house!!! The front porch is fantastic. Ours goes all the way across the front of the house and I love decorating it. I know you guys are going to have fun with this place.

  24. Lisa says

    A Dream! Do you have any idea what a dream house you have? Is this a dream home for you? It is just adorable. I would just love a front porch like this, and to live by the water…ahhh …sigh ;)

  25. says

    Love your porch – your house is just charming!

    I’m sure that if I was sitting on a windowsill to take a picture, I would manage to fall out – you’re much braver (or less clumsy!) than I am.

    I hope you have a wonderful week – I can’t wait to see more pictures of your house!

  26. Sue S. says

    Just love your porch. It’s so charming & inviting! Can you please tell me the brand of your door? I just love it and would love to have a door like this as well. We are in the process of replacing our doors and this would be perfect. Thanks!

  27. joanie says

    I love to come to your blog. You make me smile. Today you made me laugh….you taking the picture out the window.
    Happiness for your new home.

  28. Rae Lange says

    haha..that’s certainly one way to get the good shot! can you imagine what the neighbors are thinking?? hmmm….that young woman is sitting in her window while pointing a camera; is she a spy? are we under surveillance?? that cracks me up! I know…I need to get a life, but I have a good imagination, haha.
    btw…darling house for a darling couple-hope you enjoy for many years to come!

  29. says

    So funny how things like this become our favorite spaces! I love having a porch and can’t wait to get a bench or something out there so I can enjoy it more. It’s not very big, but as long as it fits a bench it’s big enough!

  30. Terri says

    I look forward to reading your Blog. Your creativity is an inspiration. Keep writing and posting pictures of your new home!! I am very jealous. A much different world than in Montana. :-)

  31. Dana says

    I have some serious porch envy right now. I dream about having a porch like yours (and a view too). I can’t wait to see what you do with the house.

  32. says

    Oh the porch! Not something we do much of here in New Zealand – but we so need to start. Maybe you and Kev need to come on over and help us out! Congrats on your beautiful new home – cant wait to see what you do with it.

  33. says

    Lol, yes, you certainly found a way! This is going to sound strange, but I looove the light fixtures framing your front door, as well as the shutter hinges/embellishments. They look so classy on your home! (We’re currently at the “choosing the light fixtures stage” indoor and out, so I just notice these things!) :) Again, your home is lovely.


  34. says

    What a fabulous porch. I’ve always dreamed of a porch, and a porch swing, where I could wile away the hours (okay, minutes, but still). Unfortunately it hasn’t been a dream that’s come true – yet.

  35. Kim in MD says

    I agree with another commenter…with every photo you share I am falling more and more in love with your new home!

  36. Abby says

    Huge space! I love how spacious it looks and how open it is, without being at regular porch height. Must be lovely to lounge out there in a comfy chair and just enjoy being still.

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