When we walked through this house for the first time, the screened porch called my name. My parents have had one for years and practically live on theirs in Kentucky for most of the year, and I’ve dreamed of doing the same. In our first house, we added a screened porch and moved three months later. So, this is the first one we’ve actually gotten to enjoy. It’s especially come in handy during the kitchen renovation chaos.
When it’s warm enough, it’s where I work, where we eat our meals, and it often becomes a neighborhood hangout in the afternoons. I (sometimes) get to read on the couch outside, and it’s my favorite place to take a nap (on the rare occasion I get to take one).
And, speaking of the couch, I get a lot of inquiries about our outdoor furniture and how it’s holding up. We bought pieces from Target’s Belvedere collection nearly four years ago, and it still looks great. That’s after three years of sitting out on an uncovered patio. We did replace the cushions with navy ones from Lowe’s when we moved last year.
The other thing I love about having a covered space is being able to use some of my indoor accessories—like the wood mirror that used to be in our living room and the industrial tables I had in our last den. I bought the IKEA tulip table off of Craigslist, and I think it’s a good mix with the other furniture so that everything doesn’t look so “outdoorsy”. The sisal rug is on its last leg so we threw it on the porch until it goes out the door for good. . .
I’m planning to eventually replace the brass sconce by the door and change out the ceiling fan. The exterior is also getting a facelift over the next few weeks. All of the wood is being painted white, including the stair railings that were recently rebuilt.
Next stop on the “work & play” tour? Julia’s beautiful home at Cuckoo for Design.
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