Saturday, May 28, 2011

A little peek....

As I told you all a few weeks ago... I've been planning and working on changing my enclosed front porch.  Making it fit in a little better with the rest of my home.  Slowly, I'm getting it to where I'd like it to be, however with spring gardening it's kind of taken a backseat on the "to do" list.

This little porch has great exposure but no insulation, no opening windows, no electricity (except for the ceiling fixture), no heat and a front door that opens OUT, yes OUT.   A few challenges, hmmmm.

But it is a nice space, especially in the spring and fall.  See what a sunny room this is?  The sun streams in from sun up to sun down.  This porch faces south and has windows on three sides.  Although the painted floors look pretty good here... they do need a new coat of paint.  I'll probably stick with the same color which is Scherwin Williams "Universal Khaki".

One of the very uncomfortable wicker chairs from Pier 1.  I would like to replace with a comfy, cozy chaise, slip covered of course... the dogs like this spot too.  I even picked up a quilt at the thrift store for $9.99 in the perfect shades of aqua blue, green and pinks.

A vintage USA piece of pinkish pottery, in a cool green wooden "trug" or handled box.  This is one of many pieces of pottery that I'd like to eventually incorporate into the space somehow.  Perhaps a cabinet built of vintage doors and wood?  We already have the perfect set of glass doors that were picked up at our local salvage store for just $8.00 a piece.  Hmmmm.  I do have a birthday coming up.....

I have two of these green wire plant stands.  They hold African Violets.  This green also used to be the color of the walls and ceiling in the porch.  Although I still love this color and the stands, they definitely will show up more against the white walls and trim.

Love the combination of old milk glass, pottery and perhaps a little galvanized metal along with the new metal IKEA table.  Just my style... a little old and a little new.

And I'd been regretting not picking one of these white, fluffy throws last summer at IKEA so it was a must when it returned this spring.  This will be a cozy little spot to read my "Summer" by Matthew Mead... perhaps with a morning latte or afternoon Coke.  Now if I could only find one of those old vintage fans similar to the one pictured on the cover.

So this is just a start to finishing off the porch.  I've painted the ceiling, walls and windows.  I have ideas for many more changes including a new Dash and Albert rug, the aforementioned chaise and cabinet. 

Hoping everyone is enjoying a safe long weekend, with family and friends.


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11 comments:

  1. All the essentials are there, really. I can't wait to see how you put them all together.

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  2. Would love an enclosed porch to keep bugs outdoors where they belong. Great place to curl up for a nap too!

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  3. So pretty! what a great porch area filled with beautiful goodies! oxox, tracie

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  4. I love the colours you are working with. An enclosed porch would be a dream for us. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. What a wonderful spot!! Love all the touches, that floor is gorgeous! Thanks for linking up with VIF, xo Debra

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  6. Absolutely beautiful, great spot for a cup of tea and a good book!

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  7. Your porch is wonderful. I envy you having an enclosed area like that. Perfect for reading and napping. I also really like the colors you have chosen.
    Slowly catching up on blogs. Your previous post about your garden is great. It's beautiful and everything looks so healthy and happy.
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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  8. What a wonderful space Chris! You are making it just so lovely and charming. All of your touches add so much character. Thanks so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  9. It's coming along nicely Chris! I love your taste, I know that from your other rooms, and this is no exception. I could sit there and read all afternoon. How about I bring the lemonade? : )

    ~Andrea~

    Oh and I picked up a vintage fan a few weeks ago at a yard sale for 25 cents and it works! I scooped it up fast, like it worth a million bucks, and my husband said, what do you want that for? They don't always get it do they? ; )

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  10. Oooo, it's going to be so pretty. So many good ideas, and it looks like it's coming along nicely. Can't wait to see it all finished!

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  11. Such a pretty space already- I can't wait to see it all finished up and pretty! Love covered porches! Thanks for sharing at FNF :)

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