The View from My Porch


I'm pretty nostalgic for the simplicity of my childhood porch. Especially these days, when we all need a peaceful place to catch our breath. I grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, where it seemed we were always trying to find ways to beat the heat. My mom called our porch "the lanai." It was a series of covered walkways and a seating area that connected the main house to our garage. Back then I didn't know what "lanai" meant. All I knew was that I loved this place where I could cool off, hang out with my friends or just escape the world for a bit.

The word "porch" comes from the Greek word "portico," which is an entry to a Classical temple. Over time, it has been used interchangeably with the terms "veranda," "loggia," and, yes, "lanai." They all describe outdoor spaces and passageways where people can enter or just linger. Architects and home builders say right now outdoor space is the top priority for buyers. They’re learning to love a way of life so familiar to those of us from the South. Fresh air = priceless.

At Porte + Hall, we want to help you make those outdoor areas functional beautiful. Front stoop to front hall. Back deck to kitchen. All of your outdoor spaces are extensions of your home. Our mats are here to clean you off and set the tone for what lies within.

Now, can you sit and stay? The iced tea is on the way.

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