Over the weekend I was cleaning out a bunch of files on my computer, and I came across the image below.
It’s the picture I saved when we moved into our home four years ago, and the photo that ended up inspiring the look of our own porch that we added on to our 40-plus-year-old home. This was the image I had pinned on Pinterest that I kept coming back to over and over again.
I remember showing it to our architect and builder and saying that we’d like something similar to this, that we loved the feel of it, and it gave us a homey vibe. And while that table certainly seats a ton of folks, we didn’t need all that much in the way of a ginormous (love that word) table as we are a family of four with small extended families. But, just recently, I found a table at a nearby consignment store, chalk-painted it, bought chairs and cushions from Lowe’s, and now, finally, four years later, our porch is almost exactly the way we imagined it. It easily seats 10 people when we have guests over now.
It’s fantastic how one photo can be the vessel for someone else’s vision. I’m so thankful for the image and the way it led us to our current design.
Stephanie Verni is Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University and is the author of Inn Significant, Baseball Girl, and Beneath the Mimosa Tree. Along with her colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, she is a co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt.