Black as Night

 

 

 

Thy soul shall find itself alone 

'Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;

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Black Bedroom: Ralph Lauren 2005  

Black Bedroom: Ralph Lauren 2005

 

Not one, of all the crowd,

to pry Into thine hour of secrecy.

Poison Taffy Apples via Noir Blanc Design

Poison Taffy Apples via Noir Blanc Design

Be silent in that solitude, 

Which is not loneliness

Cad rendering #Konitz

Cad rendering #Konitz

Classic Chesterfield Via Ralph Lauren / Pacific Heights Place

Classic Chesterfield Via Ralph Lauren / Pacific Heights Place

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— for then The spirits of the dead,

who stood In life before thee, are again

In death around thee,

and their will Shall overshadow thee;

be still. 

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From “Spirits of the Dead” by Edgar Allan Poe

Front Porch

Creeeeek. We’ve all heard it, the perfectly imperfect house sound that cannot be fixed despite our best efforts. We hear it most loudly our first nights in a new home, but over time, the noise becomes an audible welcome home. 

Traditional porch Midwest

Traditional porch Midwest

For me, the culprit of this misdemeanor is our lovely front porch, the third step to be precise. 

An afternoon sip what could be better than a fresh Iced Tea

An afternoon sip what could be better than a fresh Iced Tea

Brookfield Michigan B & B

Brookfield Michigan B & B

Navy and White always a classic. Indoor Outdoor Rug design

Navy and White always a classic. Indoor Outdoor Rug design

Upon a glance, the white-washed porch might almost seem idyllic. After all, the front porch is the face of a happy American household where once can imagine growing old on. (To reference the overused, and valid cliché of the elderly couples drinking sweet tea in rocking chairs.)

However, these steps like any face well studied, has a few imperfections. For one, the paint is slowly beginning to peel off the edges, creating some wrinkles here and there, which, if according to plan, will be remedied in the autumn. But for now, these steps remain untouched until the last summer firefly can be spotted.

Welcoming a Rainy Day

Welcoming a Rainy Day

White Washed and Sun Bleached

White Washed and Sun Bleached

Smitten Kitchen : Always cooking up something terrific

Smitten Kitchen : Always cooking up something terrific

Sundays

Sundays

At first, like any house sound, this creek on the third step haunted me. It didn't matter how I was walking, treading heavily or lightly, the sound would mock me. The porch didn’t care if I had a bad day and had groceries in hand, the same bothersome noise would consistently emit rain or shine

A Restful Retreat 

A Restful Retreat 

Yes, if you’re wondering I did call whoever you call to remedy these problems and each time it became “fixed” the exact noise would remain—after attempting to solve the problem myself, naturally. 

So, like it or not, I had to deal with the “creeeeeek” each time I came to and from the house. 

Bunny Williams designs with Century Furniture

Bunny Williams designs with Century Furniture

Over the seasons, I became used to the noise. The porch no longer irked me with its obnoxious sound. You might even say I was immune to it.

Magnificent Lighting

Magnificent Lighting

Mason Jars & Jute, a great DIY project

Mason Jars & Jute, a great DIY project

Yet, the fact remains that several school plays, honor roll ceremonies, and graduations later, I began to enjoy its welcome home.   

A beautiful wrap around in CAD

A beautiful wrap around in CAD

The Chanticleer Nantucket

The Chanticleer Nantucket

Today, you can find me with a smile on my face on the front porch any given day of the week. I hope you find yourself just as lucky as I when coming across a house sound—

You’ll never know how blessed you are to uncover your house’s “welcome home.”