We have lived in the house twenty-two years and I have been dreaming of a farmhouse porch the whole time. I designed it so I guess it qualifies as a creative effort. We built this addition on to our house a few years ago and it has taken much time to finish the interior. In the summers of 2013-14 the men built the porch and put the roof on but never did any finishing details. This last summer I shamelessly hounded my husband about getting the exterior finished (trimming windows, painting, etc.) because finishing aesthetic details are important to me. I originally wanted a "wrap around porch" that would extend around the side of the house on the left but my husband vetoed the idea for various reasons. Still, I am very happy with this small one. It faces south so gets wintertime light and sunset views. The window on the right is my kitchen window so the porch is my view standing at the sink. The door goes into our roomy mud room. The small window on the left of the door is my large pantry. The chandelier hung for twenty years in our dining room until I replaced the fixture and moved it to the porch. We have had an eating table placed under it during the summer. The rustic wooden box holds our firewood for our woodstove. We remove it during summer. It is very unusual to have my planters and window boxes still blooming in November! We usually have a killing frost by mid October.
This is my autumnal welcome wreath. I did not make it but I have had to completely remake it at least twice because my naughty ten month old border collie shreds it apart when he gets bored. About two hours after I took the photo, he did it again.
Last Saturday we had guests for dinner so I scoured the yard for the last few blooms in the gardens. I made this arrangement for my kitchen island.
This is my simple table decoration. I love candles but these battery powered ones are the most economical and care free way to have the glowing ambiance of candle light every. single. night. of dark winter! They are on a timer so automatically come on at dusk and turn off at bedtime. I love them!
Our dinner guests were new friends who used to own the organic farm that provided us with fresh raw cow's milk until last year when they had to move. We had never met before (the milk was delivered) and we had only been friends via Facebook! It was lovely having them and their six beautiful children.
Dessert was pumpkin cheesecake with a grain free nut crust and a drizzle of caramel with toasted pecans. (Via epicurious.com my favorite online recipe source.) The kids each ate two slices!
Finally, my current kitchen island decoration (replacing faded garden flowers) includes a linen I bought at the Broki House in Zurich, a hand made stoneware dish (intended for a baguette) and ornamental corn.
I need to begin planning the Thanksgiving feast that will be held here for family in my tiny house.