Category Archives: The Porch

Front Door Harvest Decor

Of course this former city girl is in the dark when it comes to decorating the front porch for Fall. I didn’t have such luxuries in NYC, sadly.  This fall I was reintroduced to the beauty of heirloom pumpkins, also known as Cinderella pumpkins down here in Dixie. I must admit that these are some of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Ashley sent me to the downtown curb market a couple of weeks ago in search of some of these precious darlings for Parish.  If I had an unlimited budget, I’d have bought the farmer’s entire stand. There were so many various shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from. Here are some of them basking in the early fall sun a few weeks ago at our Fall Free for All Sale.  Huge thank you again to everyone who came out!







(I couldn't resist) via Pinterest

Once you know these exist, it’s hard to envision decorating your stoop with the standard orange grocery store pumpkin. (Not that there is anything wrong with those! What else do you use for carving on Halloween?) I did some searching via Pinterest (the greatest creativity source like, ever) and wanted to highlight some of the more interesting displays I found to give you an idea or two for decorating your front porch that will take you through Thanksgiving.

The Lucky Lass



Parish's take :)

Martha Stewart


Of course, you can’t sleep on the fall wreath.


Burlap wreath via Etsy

Cotton wreath via Pinterest

Cotton Hull Wreath via Etsy

And of course, the pumpkin wreath:


The High Heeled Hostess

The pine cone wreath:


…and the acorn and walnut wreaths:

Martha Stewart


Doesn’t this make you so much more excited for December and Christmas? Ha, one thing at a time… :)  Fall is here and it is wonderful! Feel free to share some of your ideas with us here…we’re always happy to have a few new ideas!

Friday Favorite – Ashley’s Home Renovations

What’s up Friday Favorite readers!

Today we’re kicking off a new little series we’d like to call “Ashley’s Home Renovations” that will lead you through the long and meticulous process Ashley and Barrett went through to get their home to its current pristine and gorgeous state.

As most things that have been a little loved on in life go, this little angel needed some serious attention and TLC when they found it in 2007.

(in the middle-it's there we promise)

This charming Arts & Crafts style home located in the heart of Montgomery’s famed Old Cloverdale neighborhood was built in 1910.  The owners before Ashley and Barrett owned the home for 44 years.  With only one slight renovation to the kitchen, the house remained untouched and in its original condition.

Old Cloverdale homes sit on prairie soil. For those of you not familiar with the area and the soil conditions, over time the soil expands and shifts which causes the home and foundation itself to shift.  As you can see in the picture below, this home shifted all right — to the tune of 8 inches in the back and 6 in the front.

notice that little dip in the back

it kind of looks like this shape here -^-

In order to fix the foundation, every pier underneath the house had to be completely rebuilt. The home has a half basement that also had to be completely stabilized.   In order for the home sit evenly, that pretty exposed brick chimney and the fireplace had to be disassembled so that the front and back of the second story could be moved.

Now that we’ve given you a taste of some of the work involved in fixing the foundation, we’d like to move  on to the back “porch” area.  Before Ashley and Barrett got their hands on the property, there was no central heating and air system.  The previous owners had a white shingled roof and had a massive attic fan to keep the temperature cooler and air circulating in the summer months.  How these people had a home in Montgomery, Alabama sans central air conditioning in 2007 is clearly beyond my comprehension, but I digress.  An exterior smokestack on the rear of the home and solar panels on the front kept the home warm in the winter months.  Note that the top and bottom rooms to the right in the pictures below were sleeping porches connected by a small interior staircase.

In order to build an actual back porch of their own, the smokestack had to come down.

Some progression shots  are below.  The porches were enclosed and the downstairs space became  a dining area in the new enlarged kitchen.

The lot itself sits on one acre. In order to showcase the large backyard area, some landscaping work was done.  When the fireplace was rebuilt, all of the original bricks were used.

Below are the after shots of the backyard and the front of the home.

Here’s a sneak peek for you: the previous owners loved green, avocado green in particular.  If you look closely at some of the bricks on the chimney (in future, closer-up photos) you’ll see that they are green. Throughout the coming weeks, we’ll be giving you the interior befores and afters and showing you ways you can incorporate these ideas into your own home.

Have a great weekend!

Punch of Green

Peter Dugan's design of a foyer.  LOVE this boxwood here.  I am determined to do this at my house.  May need to call up James Farmer or Amie Brown.

Love, love, love a little green in a room.  Nothing adds a hint of freshness and color like a little green.  Whether it is cut from the yard, or a real live plant, or something preserved, it makes all the difference in a space.  Notice you rarely see a design article without something green in the photograph.  Greenery helps draw attention into a space.

Boxwoods are classic and some of my favorites.  Here are some inspiration pics to show what an impact a little green can make.  And, incase you don’t have a green thumb (like me) there are some fabulous preserved greens that stay “alive” with no care at all.  See if you can tell what is fresh and what is preserved…

Where it all begins...

Peter Dunham's design of a foyer. This boxwood makes this space inviting.

(LOVE this boxwood here.  I am determined to do this at my house.  May need to call up Mr. James Farmer or sweet Amie Brown for a little assistance with this…)

Christmas in August?? Not quite. This lovely guy is appropriate anytime!

Preserved boxwoods...available at PARISH!

Love, love, love...not only the greens but the burlap ribbon and especially the paint color!!

Preserved topiary...great way to add height to a table top and color! Available through PARISH.

Preserved wreaths...come in 3 sizes with the sweet ribbon. Available at PARISH!

Couldn't resist...could you imagine an outdoor room with boxwood walls?

PARISH just received a big shipment of 100% authentic preserved boxwoods.  With a minimal bit of loving care (keep them out of direct sunlight to prevent fading) these preserved beauties are intended to last forever.  Come visit us and see what you think about our “plants.”  What a low maintenance delight!