Monday, May 4, 2009

Meet Joni and See Her Beautiful Porch

It is a delight to have the opportunity to introduce you to Joni who is another old home owner and old house lover. So read along and see what Joni has to say about her porch that is featured for the month of May here at "A Romantic Porch".
Hi, my name is Joni!
Welcome to the porch at our Old Centennial Farmhouse. This old porch was one of the main reasons this home appealed to me so much when we first pulled in the drive to look at the old farmhouse one fall afternoon in 1991. Our home is a fairly typical Michigan farmhouse and is a Designated Centennial Farmhouse because the original farm was farmed by the same family for one hundred years.
There's a process that the original family had to go through with the state of Michigan to get this special certification and a sign on the land, all once they proved the farm's longevity with the same family. It was built in 1898, by a carpenter who earned a dollar a day for his work.
Fortunately, we were told a lot about our old house by a gal who was born here and grew up here with her family. She is now ninety years old and lives just a mile across the field out front in her own farmhouse! We are still in the process of restoring the place. Luckily for us, most of the home had not been altered or any of the original woodwork destroyed or covered with multiple layers of paint and the basics of the home are mostly as they were in 1898. We happen to be just the third owners in 111 years! The porch had been restored before we bought the house, but due to using the wrong materials, rot took over because of Michigan's heavy snows and improper draining from the floor of the porch. About eight years ago, my sweet husband tore it all off and patiently remade all the gingerbread and redid it again. I think of the porch as one of the treasures of our home. It's sad to me that new homes often overlook one of the most pleasant places to spend some time on a spring, summer, or fall evening. This porch is pleasant mostly because of the big silver maple planted here by our ninety year old neighbor when she was only eight years old and living here as a child. The maple shades the porch and is home to many birds, and provides a pleasant sound when a breeze is in the air...which is most of the time here on the "prairie" of Mid-Michigan...an open land of farm fields surround us. Many evenings we can sit in the wicker rockers and watch deer or wild turkey or pheasant in the surrounding fields. It's a favorite place to sit and share a glass of homemade lemonade and visit and rock in the wicker with a friend. The porch overlooks our front flower garden and an expanse of green lawn, and when the crops are in the fields, those are pleasant to watch grow up and mature. We enjoy this porch in the daytime, or at night when the stars are out and the fireflies flit around the yard on a summer evening. If you're chilly, just pull a small quilt or throw off the back of your chair and cover up! (That patchwork one came from a garage sale for $3!) Of course, I have a lot of fun decorating this old porch with found treasures, either those found here at the farm as we tore down old barns, or finds from our own attic used in a new way, or from pleasant days spent either at flea markets, antique stores or yard sales. There's always a flag flying year-round, and I try to keep it bright and cheerful. I like to have a small wind chime to provide pleasant music that you can hear in the living room, dining room, or the bedroom overhead. In the summer it changes with a whim, as the pole barn has a stock of neat old props like an old red tricycle, a wooden carriage wheel, barrels and galvanized items and old crocks. The shade-loving annuals and the hostas provide lots of color during spring and summer in the border surrounding the porch. Spring is wonderful with lacy leaves and bright emerging bulbs and the carpet of emerald velvet to feast your eyes on after a long, dreary winter. What you see in the photos for spring are some fun vintage displays in the corner and one near the main door. For Flag-day and the Fourth of July, there are buntings to drape the railing and a special old '76 flag from our country's centennial celebration. I fly it from the front railing and place small garden flags down near the steps to carry a patriotic theme. In the fall, there are lots of maple leaves drifting in to kiss your cheek while you enjoy the bright colors of pumpkins, scarecrows and corn shocks. As I change what's on the porch with the seasons or the holidays, Christmas stands out as a favorite time when the railing is adorned with real evergreen garland and old-fashioned Christmas lights and red bows, as well as evergreen wreaths and vintage sleds and snow decorating the porch railing is a perfect bonus. I'm glad you stopped in, let's take our lemonade to the porch and get to know each other!

Joni, thank you so much for giving me the privilege of featuring your beautiful porch for the month of May. I have enjoyed hearing all about it and I know my sweet blog readers have too.

Hey y'all, drop over and pay Joni a visit on her blog Old Centennial Farmhouse!

You'll be glad you did.

Love, Rachel

22 comments:

Claudia said...

Rachel, Joni's porch is so lovely! I'm from Michigan originally - it reminds me of growing up in that state. Beautiful!

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

I dream of having a porch like that! I comfort myself thinking that probably my mansion in heaven will have a lovely wrap-around porch!! (As if I'll even care by then! LOL!)

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Rachel, I've been following Joni's blog for a few months now... which lead to this Romantic Porch post on your post! The blog world is only a few months old for me... and what fun its turning out to be! Joni's porch is wonderful. I'd give an arm and leg to have one like it. (: Vicki

Hollace said...

Wonderful!

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Rachel, what a beautiful porch! I am soooo glad you featured Joni's porch, I am always trying to see more as I look at her blog pics. Love the red, white, and blue.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Rachel,

You have a lovely place here. Enjoyed my visit!

Blessings, Marsha

Barbara said...

Rachel, what a nice thing to do....introduce a Joni to those of us who have not gone to her blog.
What a beautiful porch.
Happy Tuesday.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Rachel,
What lovely porch! Maybe someday we'll have a porch like that. Very enjoyable visit. Thanks for sharing and thank you Joni for giving us all a peek.

Blessings,
Sandi

Donna said...

Joni's home is Beautiful!! They work so hard to keep it! I'm SO Envious!haaa...

FrancisMoore said...

So much more character than the homes the contractors are building today. Beautiful. Francis C. Moore

Kathy Butryn said...

Love, love, love these pics. So inviting and gentle. Thanks for sharing them...and thanks for dropping by my blog. I hope your bread turned out!
kathy

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

What a lovely porch Joni has- I love the tractor it reminds me of when my boys were little!!

KEITH said...

HI RACHEL, BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL POST. KEITH

TattingChic said...

What a charming porch! I love your porch stories! LOL! :)

Patty's Stitches said...

What a lovely porch! Looks like a wonderful place to relax and sip homemade lemonade! Your photos are wonderful!
Blessings,
Patty

Sit A Spell said...

I love porches and spent much time on them growing up in the south! This is a great porch! I could sit a spell with a glass of sweet tea on this porch...aww.

Joy said...

beautiful! there is another Centennial Farm in Missouri. We go
apple picking there every year ;)

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Hi Rachel! THANK YOU for asking to feature my porch and doing such a nice job in featuring it! I'm so happy that you asked and I hope you enjoyed our little porch story I've loved your blog for a long time, yet never dreamed I would be featured here. THANKS AGAIN!
XOXO
Joni

Anonymous said...

Rachel;
I've just been introduced to your blog from Joni's centennial Farmhouse blog. her porch is beautiful, with amazing gingerbread trim! It is plain to see that she and her family love their home and traet it with respect! I've always loved porches of all shapes and sizes, so I know I'll enjoy popping in on your blog for a visit. It makes me feel like sitting on my own screened porch and listening to the waterfall from our stream sing to me. Have you ever featured a sleeping porch on your lovely blog?

Thanks for reminding us how blissful Mayberry can be!

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Angelina Garcia said...

Thanks for sharing the history of Joni's house, Rachel. It makes me hear the song “Jimmy and Jonnie” playing at the back of my mind. Haha! Anyway, I must agree that she has a very beautiful house. The combination of white and blue made it look more stern... in a good way. And her porch has a very fine detailing that made it look even more wonderful.

Angelina Garcia