Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Back Porch-Best Room in the House

When we went house searching for our current home 5 years ago, we looked at about 50 houses in a week because our other house was in contract.  The last house we looked at was the one we ended up buying.  One thing that really sold us on this house was the existing enclosed back porch.  It was decent in size, had a beamed ceiling, and connected to a small deck that all faced our back yard.  We were sold.   Through the summers we have lived here, we have really enjoyed eating and relaxing out there.

Last summer we decided to put windows in.  This has really transformed not only the look of this outdoor "room" but also has given us the capability to sit out there on colder fall and even winter months when using a space heater to warm it up a bit.  I used the same idea for "curtains" as I did over my kitchen window.  Fabric dinner napkins at $10 for a set of 4.  Works for me!  The large space above the windows is going to have a shelf going across it soon.  We love the ceiling on our porch.

The furniture (2 chairs, loveseat, and sidetable) were also new purchases last summer.  I love the look but do not love the cream color cushions that they came with.   Our black furry friend and muddy paws do not mix with these cushions.  However,  we are currently sticking with them until I find or make the color or pattern that I want.  The rug was a steal last summer at Bed, Bath and Beyond--it doesn't match right now, but I may paint it or switch it out with something else in the future.

The little crock with the patterened top?  It's one of those meaningful pieces I posted about before from my mother-in-law.  It had an ugly country-blue vinyl top on it before and I just recovered it with some cute fabric.

 I am super excited about our lovely little porch.  We already spent tons of time out here, and now I know we will spend even more. Whether you have a front porch, back porch, or just a stoop, make it a happy little place to be.  Porches are underrated.  It is slowly becoming our Best Room in the House.

Happy 4th of July!!!

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  1. This porch is SO cute. I would so love to enjoy a cup of coffee here in the morning. The perfect place to chat and entertain or just relax. I love the holiday decorations. Great job!

  2. I want to come sit here with some coffee and a good book! Simple and cozy, I love it! Have a wonderful 4th of July! I am now a new follower!

  3. I love this space - you did such a great job decorating!

  4. Your little porch really is a treasure! Thank you for sharing it with me!

  5. HI,Nicky, thanks for stopping by, so nice to meet you. Looks like you are new to blogging! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. What a nice porch! Porch spaces are so special and I can't wait to get mine fixed up too. This time of year is the best time to make them pretty and liveable. Thanks for the note about your dad. Those daddies are so special aren't they? I'm so grateful to still have mine!

  6. That is a great room. I love the red, white, and blue.

  7. Love the ceiling of your porch. The space looks great!

  8. I love your porch! I bet you spend a lot of time out there - I know I would!! The striped pillows are perfect and I love the napkins turned window treatment! Hope you're having a good summer and staying cool in this heat wave!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  9. You've created a cozy atmosphere! I love porches!

  10. I love this space!! I wish we had an enclosed porch- with AC- it would make these GA summers so much more bearable :)

  11. Hi Nicky! Welcome to blogging. So glad you found and joined in on the newbie party. I adore your porch and I can see why you were drawn to this home. Enjoy, and see you again.

  12. Your porch is wonderful!! I'm your newest follower from Debbie's Newbie party! :)

  13. I love your porch Nicky! It's so patriotic, with my two favorite colors, I would definitely love to sit and relax in your porch :)

  14. I love it. So pretty and a great place to relax. I love your blog - so happy I happened upon it today. will be following along :)


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