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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Check the Mail!

Without question, the front porch needs to be one of the most welcoming parts of the home.  It is the first thing people see, and as they say, you never have a second chance to make a first impression.  The front porch often is not a place where we spend alot of time and attention on details, because we often assume that people just don't notice the small touches. 

But I think these details really do make a difference!

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One of the often overlooked details on a front porch is the mailbox.  Sure, anyone can buy one of these rather uneventful ones from your local hardware.  But there are some really cute vintage (and new!) options out there!  I will admit I had never given much thought to mailboxes until a friend came to visit a few weeks ago and found a fabulous vintage mailbox at the Sleepy Poet.  She has just bought a new (100 year old!) house and knew the vintage mailbox would be just perfect for her front porch!

The mailbox she found was the original version of this new one.  I am in love (and it comes in lots of colors!). 

Isn't this old-fashioned mailbox so interesting and unique?  It reminds us of something that would have beeon on George and Mary's front porch in It's a Wonderful Life. 

We love the gorgeous copper color of this mailbox with the Amish horse and buggy detail.  Copper is so warm and welcoming and looks great on a variety of styles of homes.

The shiny brass really stands out against the black wrought iron on this mailbox.  Classic vintage style for your front porch!  Great price too- definitely check eBay for vintage mailboxes, as it is a great resource.

How cute is this vintage brass mailbox that is shaped like a mail carrier's letter pouch?

This slender letter-width mailbox made of hammered brass adds a welcome touch of elegance to your front porch. 

This matte hammered brass mailbox from the 1920's would look great on any front porch.  The style is functional, and we love its vintage inspiration.  (and currently it is under $5 on ebay!)

A pop of red is so welcoming on any front porch!  Whether it is a shiny red front door, a pot of bright red geraniums, or this fabulous Swedish vintage red mailbox, it is a warm and welcoming pop of color!

If you prefer a mailslot in your door to a traditional mailbox, how gorgeous are these vintage mailslots at The Brass Knob?

Do you ever notice mailboxes?  Do they just blend in with the scenery, or are they a detail that should not be overlooked?!


Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

What an interesting idea for a post. I love the selection of mailboxes that you found. Sadly, I live in a neighborhood where our mailboxes are at the curb, but I enjoyed seeing the boxes you featured.

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

i absolutely love front porch swings. what a great place to sit and chat with neighbors and friends.

Jolena said...

I have a mail slot.. our home was built in the 20's... we have yet to know the esact year but I would LOVE to find out.. Anyhow, the previous owner had painted the mailslot along w/the front door a dark green.. we kept the original door {how could I not,w/the lovely glass windows it had} and I painted it black. I removed the mail slot, spray painted it a metallic silver, replaced it and over top of it I placed silver numbers "1131" for our house #. It was such a fun project and what a face lift it gave the door!

Jaime said...

Cute post- I think a fun mailbox would be with a snail and say "Snail Mail" :) I wonder if one exists..if so, I want!

Julie said...

What a great post! Just an FYI - the mailbox pictured (white with the brass slot)do come in full sizes so that you can mount them on the curb. I have one and get so many compliments on how charming it looks.

Allyson/HBMomof2 said...

I completely agree that the little details make the difference upon entering a home. It is the first thing someone sees and should reflect what is going on inside. I have that first mailbox so I feel like I am in on the "secret." Great post, so interesting. Now to decorate for fall...tastefully, of course.

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