Sunday, October 19, 2008

Porches On Parade

Melissa over at The Inspired Room is hosting Porches On Parade today.

(Yes, I know I'm a bit early. Figured I better give myself time to figure out how to use the Mr. Linky thing)

This is a fun way for each of us to share some of the porches we've seen all decked out for Autumn or Halloween. Join me for a little stroll. No car needed, save your gas. These are all within walking distance.

Now I do have to warn you. We live in a university town. In fact, our home is just outside the campus. And Homecoming week just wound up yesterday. There's still a lot of remnants of that nonstop-party-fest around. You have NO IDEA how many discarded beer cans we'll have to dodge to get these photos.

First, let's stroll by some of the sororities. It won't take long to get there; they're just a couple blocks away.

(as always, you can click on the photos to enlarge)

Let's start out at the one right by our house.
Just a stone's throw away. Literally.

Can we sneak a closer peek?

I've always liked their side entrance. It reminds me of the French Quarter.

Let's walk on down the street just a spell. There's lots more for you to see.

This is quite a majestic looking building.
Next time I should try to get a full shot for you.

Let's take a closer look at all those flowers.

And oh my. Lavender? What an interesting choice of color for an Autumn wreath.

Now come around the corner with me. There's another sorority adjacent to this one.

Oops! Watch your step there. Those Budweisers can be a real doozy.

Wow! Look at this display in the courtyard in front of this sorority.

Aww, look at who's peeking out at us.

Let's walk around the block. There's another one I want you to see.

I've toured this one during the Christmas Parade of Homes. It's very nice inside.

Whoa. Looks like their cornstalk's got a bit of a hangover.

Well, at least their other one doesn't look too tipsy.

There's another sorority all dressed up across the street. Let's go take a look!

Dontcha just love those doors?!

Let's take a closer look at their Homecoming display...

How sweet! The House Mom even dressed up the back entrance for the students!

Now let's head back over to our neighborhood and look at some regular homes.

I've always thought this house looks like it would be a lot of fun on the inside, with all the different levels. It looks like it was designed perfectly to fit the hillside.

Look at the fall colors in the flowerbed out front.

Let's zoom in on the front porch, shall we?

Oh, can we sidetrack for just a moment? A few houses down, there's a house I just HAVE to share with you.

How absolutely dreamy COTTAGEY is this?

And what is that I see? Could it be?

An over-the-garage-arbor-trellis-thingy like I've always wanted!

Let's walk over to another way cool house in the neighborhood.

With the finished attic and basement, this house has four full stories of living space. It's incredible inside. Trust me.

Not too much in the way of Autumn decor.
But the porch is still nice to look at, don't you think?

Ok, let's start heading on back toward our place.

This stop is at our neighbor's home, just a few doors down from us.

Someday when my house grows up, it wants to be this house.
Stepping inside is like stepping right into a magazine.

These are our friends so we can walk right up to the front porch.
She always has something cute written on her chalkboard.

Let's see what it says. Ahh, yes. A Homecoming message, of course.

Now let's go visit our next door neighbor.

She just had a Homecoming party this weekend, so her porch is still all decked out.

What a nice neighbor she is. She even led us around back to see the garden wagon she set up beside her back patio for the party.

And now, here we are. Right back where we started.

The front porch of Yours Truly.

This is what it looks like at night.

Thank you for walkin' around the 'hood with me today. Hope you enjoyed your visit.

Don't forget to go check out all the other Porches On Parade.

Oh, and one more thing before you go.

For my orally-conscious friends, a reminder from the folks down the street from us...


Robyn said...

Beautiful porhces, thanks for sharing!!! An all the fall decor -looks great! Thanks for visiting my blog, please stop by again for a "nightcap" as the Halloween Party is finally in full swing!!!

Fleur de Bee said...

Hi Kim!! Thanks for your sweetest posts/comments to me! Appreciate the visit. WOW look at all those porches, you really DO live by the University! I do too...but about 5 blocks more than you (THANK GOODNESS!) Greek Row as we call all the houses here is one big non-stop party lol!

Have a most creative week!

xo Molly

just a little bit shabby said...

Hey Kim!
Thanks for the tour. There are some great displays and the flowers are so beautiful. Thanks
for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments. I left the info you wanted about the bottles (perfume, that is!!)

Amy from Texas said...

Hi Kim,

This is so weird.. I randomly found your site through Melissa's blog. I was looking at those sororities and thought, those look so familiar. Ha! I was just at OSU homecoming and took the SAME photos!!! ha. We were thinking the same thing:-) Nice to meet someone who lives at my alma matter! Hope you survived the weekend. I had a ton of fun.

Anonymous said...

Loved the tour! I sure do want a porch!

Teresa said...

Love the soft look to your photos- wow there are so large beautiful homes in your area- great displays of fall-
Thanks :}

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

You have an adorable porch in an adorable neighborhood. Thank you for the tour. I'm impressed that the sororities decorate!

victoria@auctiongirlvintage said...

Such a lovely neighborhood, and so many terrific porches. I love the green house with the arbor over the garage, reminds me of my grandmother's house (well, her's was pink, but still ...). the nighttime lights beneath your scarecrows look great, too!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

What a sweet bunch of decorating...those college town homes are wonderful. (I liked the trellis over the garage thing, too...neat idea!)

Emily@remodelingthislife said...

Awesome porches! Love all the mums and pumpkins!

beth at aunties said...

I enjoyed your blog very much! It is funny that Amy was at the homecoming and saw the same sororities all decked out in their fall dress. I didn't spot any beer cans!
Thaks for the wonderful tour!
Happy Fall!

The Graves' House said...

great porches! love that kd house :) thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog today - hope you will return often.

Carrie said...

These homes have very attractive fall decor on their front entries. I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful autumn flowers along with the pumpkins.

Jinx said...

I love the different uses of color. And I think wreaths are just about my favorite thing to decorate with!!

The twinkle lights in the flowers for night time is a great idea!

Thanks for sharing!

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread said...

You live in porch heaven! What a great tour--and not a beer can in sight! Thank you for taking the time to share such a wonderful neighborhood. ~Kathy

Maven said...

I loved this blog.

Loved how you showcased fancy homes and then regular ones. That one home reminded me of the French Quarter too.

I loved the cottage, your friend with the chalk board - what a great idea! (I may need to steal it way up here in Canada)and your porch looks beautiful.

So nice to meet fellow bloggers with similar interests.

Pearl Maple said...

Followed your link from Mademoiselle Rose and wanted to say thank you for all the fun posts on this blog so full of inspiration.

Rachel and Jacob said...

that was an exciting tour of your neighborhoood

dreams and decor said...

Hi, Kim! Wow---the decorating in your neighborhood is great! I love all your photos! I especially love the one with the letters O-S-U in the little windows above the pumpkins---so cute! Thanks for visiting me on the Parade of Porches! I'm so glad to have found your blog! Patti

PamperingBeki said...

Wow, you found some fab porches!!

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Wow! What a neighborhood!
I totally enjoyed the tour--each porch was wonderful eye-candy!
I found your porch with it's lovely Fall decorations--unique and creative--a feast for the eyes as well!
Blessings to You!
Claudia O.

chatelaine said...

Oh my, you certainly did alot of work on this. I enjoyed seeing the full view and then a closeup for each porch. Loved the borders on the photos too. Thanks for sharing.

Denise said...

Thanks for the walk around your lovely 'hood! Your porch is so pretty! Thanks for sharing all the lovely pics.

Kathleen Grace said...

What a great idea to put lights inside your porch flowers! Why didnt I think of that? Great porch tour!

Priscilla said...

Hi, I have never seen so many beautiful houses all in one place!!! All the decor, flowers and scarecrows...oh how I wished I lived here...the uk does not decorate like this.... thank you for sharing!

Priscilla x

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Those orthodontists....always trying to spoil the fun!!! What cute fall decorations you found! Thanks for sharing them all with us!
Karla & Karrie

Kristin said...

I too have always wanted an over the garage trellis! to answer your question - my porch is real wood. Staining it is a pain, but it looks nice when we do! thanks for visiting my blog!
Kristin @ Pumpkin Cottage