Thursday, May 1, 2014

A sun porch makeover...


Happy May, everyone. The weather is finally warm and wonderful where I live so there’s no better time to show you what I’ve been up to on our porch.
Like some of the other rooms in our home, the sun porch has gone through a few changes over the past couple of years. The porch is on the front of the house and is enclosed in glass windows, which open to screens when the weather is warm like it is now. We have also installed a ceiling fan out there, and there is usually a bit of a breeze coming in from the side, so it’s really a great space to sit and talk the night away. 
When we first moved back a couple of years ago and began the whole redecorating process, one of the first things I changed was the color of the porch floor. As you can see below, it was orange. But I’m not an orange person. I painted it a nice neutral oatmeal color and added some new rugs, accessories, flowers and furniture. Since it’s a popular spot for visitors, I need as much seating as I can get.
Here’s the before photo:


And below is the porch with the floor repainted and some additional furniture. It stayed like this until only recently, when I changed out and added a few things.


Here is the porch now, with the addition of a new rug, accessories and plants and my bird canvases mounted on old window frames that were just lying about.




I originally bought the bird canvases for the dining room, but they just weren’t quite formal enough. I absolutely love them, though, so they came to live on the porch, where they are perfectly at home. I love it when things like that work out.


With the arrival of the bird canvases also came an injection of color. I added teal and purple and more yellow to the mix. It makes the porch feel fun and welcoming and a bit eclectic.



The canvases hung up like that also provide a bit of privacy while still letting light through. And the purple and gold rug, which was originally in the hall before I switched it for a round light-colored flower rug, provides a wonderful burst of color while being a whole lot more comfortable to sit on or walk on in your bare feet than my old sisal rug. It’s also more forgiving if someone charges in with dirty feet. (I love the look of sisal rugs but if they ever get stained or dirty, you’re never getting them clean again. After a number of cleaning attempts over a period of months, I finally gave up on mine.) Even Miss Emily approves of the new rug.



There is one part of the porch you have not seen ~ it’s the view from the table looking in the opposite direction. That’s because I have something rather fabulous up my sleeve that I can’t wait to show you. But first, I must finish it. Otherwise, what do you think of the transformation? It’s amazing what a bit of color can do, isn’t it?

I am linking to:
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House

Photos by The Pink Home

6 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

What a lovely space! We enjoy our front porch so much. It isn't screened though.

Best,
Bonnie

Katharine Devinney said...

I don't have room for a large porch up front but I'd love a screened in porch in the back. I'd love if I could have it 4 seasons. Not because of snow, but it's so hot in the Summer I could have A/C in there. Then it would be my own sanctuary.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

What an inviting porch and so full of color. I spend a lot of time on our screen porch enjoying life, reading and visiting.
Sam

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Your porch looks so inviting! LOVe the windows with the bird flags - brilliant! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

What a comfy and pretty space. Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in tomorrow to check out your feature. Hope to see you again at the little blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Audra Renewed Projects said...

I love those bird canvases in the old frames. So lovely and unique!