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Front Porch Gliders

Monday, May 01, 2006

The April issue of Coastal Living has a small article about Nicki Huggins, who remembered sitting on her grandmother's steel glider in Ozark, Alabama, and decorated her own home with antique outdoor furniture in California. A few years ago, she started her own company, Retropatio.com, by taking old gliders and chairs, refinishing them, and selling them to people who either love the design or just want one for nostalgic reasons.

Restoration Hardware is selling retro-style outdoor gliders and chairs, too - theirs are new, not refinished antiques.

I remember these old steel gliders...I think that both my MawMaws had them (I remember one especially that was a buttercream yellow color), and I also remember sitting in the chairs that bounced a little when you sat in them. I liked them both, but my favorite thing to do on the porch was sit with my Nanny on our front porch swing.

Nanny had one friend that we would visit very often in the evenings...and we would always sit outside on her front porch swing, with one exception - if an Atlanta Braves game was on - then, we'd all sit together inside, watching baseball.

Today, Av and I have a swing on our front porch, and every time I sit in it, I think of those days with my sweet Nanny, z"l. I plan to spend more time this year than ever, cross-legged outside in the swing, just enjoying the night air. That's good living.

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