Essentials of the Southern Porch...

1: HAINT BLUE CEILING. In many porches across the south, you'll easily spot the haint blue ceiling. As many of you already know, the idea is that this color blue either wards off evil spirits or chases away bugs. To read more on haint blue, click here. I love the above porch as it has heaps of southern character, designed by South Carolina resident, Cortney Bishop.

2. PORCH SWING. On hot, summer days, it's important to sway and no better way to do this then with a porch swing you can lie down on to rest your weary soul...

3. ROCKING CHAIR. These are must in the South and are perfect to kick back, watch the passerby's and drink a beer, cola or tea. It's that swaying motion that calms and soothes, allowing us to relax and take in the beauty of the day...

4. CEILING FAN. It's hot and humid in the South and the porch is a welcome respite if you have a ceiling fan. It allows for that steady breeze needed on those muggy days of June, July and August. 

5. SOMETHING THRIFTY AND FADED. This is probably my favorite part of a Southern porch as it's where all the charm happens. Adding something thrifty and faded can be as simple as an old milk crate or a rustic local sign... from old chairs and pie plates to vintage tools or a rusted birdcage...It's whatever you find at that neighborly yard sale or thrift shop that costs little but says a lot. It has history and soul, the epitome of the Southern style porch....

 

Photos: 1. Design Sponge  2. Apartment Therapy  3. nestegg.typepad.com and Country Living  4. Apartment Therapy  5. Better Homes and Gardens, bungalowbling.blogspot.com, delawaretopblogs.com, Martha Stewart and flickr.com/photos/jeandavisolecki   Content: Sweet Peach