Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Screened Porch


Last year we added on a screened in porch (almost a necessity in buggy Hotlanta) and I'm just now finishing up decorating it. Well I got a good start on having half of it done!


I painted the floor a soft yellow. It's actually a stain called Historic Yellow or Colonial Yellow...somethinglikethat.



This is the mirror that I painted with that pretty blue oops paint. I am actually getting rid of a piece of furniture in my dining room! I know....most people seem to add furniture to their rooms. But it's not a big room and I don't want to stuff it full of furniture. Although this leaves me with the challenging dilemma of what to do with all the plates & teacups in that piece. So I'm putting some of it out here for now. I may sell some of it...I'm not really sure yet.



I put some of my cloches on the bottom. This buffet used to be in my dining room before we took down the outside wall and put in french doors. Now there's just no room for it. But I like it out here. This is the piece I planned on painting a bright surfboard yellow. My husband likes it as is - what do you think? Paint or don't paint?


This is half of the porch - the dining area. You can see the chairs I showed before.




I still have tons more to do but I wanted to show you all what I've been working on - well one of the things I'm working on, because the other is that I'm re-doing my dining room and building a little patio in my veggie garden! I drink lots of coffee!!


So I have the other half of the porch to do - the seating area. But I'm looking for some Sunbrella or other indoor outdoor fabric to recover my cushions. I bought some cute throw pillows at Home Depot on clearance for $7 but they didn't have the coordinating love seat etc cushions. I guess I can use a Jo-Ann coupon. I already tried Hobby Lobby but they didn't have any of that fabric at all. I'll look online too.



Above is the porch as it looks from the outside. It's really our favorite room in the whole house!


I'm putting together a post of money saving tips from the comments on the post below. So if you haven't already left one and would like to, there's still time (until Friday). Or if you've thought of something else feel free to email me or comment again. I'll try to have that post ready for Sunday or Monday. Saturday is my husband's birthday (the big 50!!) so I know I won't be doing anything but celebrating on Saturday!

Thanks for stopping by!


37 comments:

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I always love your ideas and displays! The blue wall is very nice. I can see why you'd rather be out there! I'm sure though...you have to pick the time of day still...we sure do!
No rain comes in there?

Susie Q said...

What a beautiful spot Manuela. I just adore your ideas.

Enjoy each moment on that pretty deck.

Love,
Sue

Carla said...

What a nice addition! I love the blue color of your mirror, especially with the the blue of the china! Lovely! Thank you for sharing with wonderful pictures!

Rhonda in OK said...

Your blue plates and mirror and teapots arrangement is so pretty! I just want to keep looking at it.

And then when I kept reading and saw how your sunporch is really a raised peninsula, well, I would be spending every minute I could in that room.

Beautiful! and thanks for sharing.

Susie Harris said...

I just feel in love with your porch!!!!! how do you drag yourself inside with a porch loke that... I see why you drink a lot of coffee... so you can sit on that porch, smile!

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

Its gorgeous!!!
Diane

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Beautiful porch. I'd love to come drink coffee out there with you. It you think Atl is hot and buggy, just come on down to South GA. By the way I love the blue mirror. Jackie

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

What a great room! I love the chairs. It looks great from the outside & I can see why it's your favorite room....the perfect spot for a coffee break. Take care, DebraK

Kathleen Grace said...

Your deck is so pretty, I love all the blue & white plates. I thnk I have the one under the mirror! I like the buffet as is, but you have such great taste I would say paint it if you have a vision for it. It is sure to turn out wonderful:>)

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Manuela, I adore your screened porch! Everything you have done is just wonderful. You have such fun ideas!

The red toile pillow with the black check on my blog was made for me by Shelley at www.judd-home-decor.com She had made some chair cushions for me too. I highly recommend her.
xo
Penny

Angie said...

Your porch is just beautiful! That blue mirror looks perfect with the plates over that server. I think the piece looks great just the way it is, but I know how it is to want to change something to get a new look. You have done a fabulous job!

Melissa Wertz said...

I love it! I am a tea pot tea cup person and I love blue and white. Love your pots and cups. I think I would paint the sideboard the same color as the yellow chair. not sure. Maybe a little softer. Still like it. And you know what? if you stand back and say, "Ewweuuuu!" You can go back and paint or glaze it or do something else. :D

MilkMaid said...

Beautiful and I vote as is, no more paint, it fits perfectly the way it is.

Jen r. said...

I love your porch.. I've given you an award :) The biggest money saving things I've done are..I do magazine exchanges with friends. We all get a different one... Save in an old orange juice container full of coins for my decorating fund..And i always use those Joann fabrics and micheals and hobby lobby coupons ti buy stuff. i even beg them off of my friends and neighbors!

Marie said...

I'm so happy you are back!! Your porch is absolutely beautiful. I'm adding your new blog to my reader right this second. :o)

Blanca said...

What a lovely place to sit and have a cup of coffee. Love that mirror.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, that porch is SO pretty! I know you must love it. I'm still waiting to get one for us, our deck screened in one of these days. I love that piece of furniture just like it is! and your blue pieces look great out there.

ellie said...

Manuela..thanks for the comments on my blog..Your so lucky to have an outdoor space and LOOK at that yard...what a fun place to be. I do like the painted piece too. I'm not sure wheather you should paint it or not. I think with the color scheme direction you are going in you might want to. What color would you paint it?

Storybook Woods said...

Manule, when I first saw that picture I thought it was from a magazine. It all looks beautiful. Clarice

Linda's Blue Gate said...

What a lovely porch..... each part is just wonderful the mirror.... the chairs..... and I love the view..... lovely..
HUgs
Linda

Victoria said...

I LOVE your screened in porch! We also live it hot, buggy Atlanta and I cannot go outside in the morning or evenings without getting eaten up!

I would leave the cabinet painted the way it is. Everything looks just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I would leave the piece just the way it is.

You must be loving your porch :)

Nice job,
Kathy :)

ps Happy B'day to your hubby....

ROXY said...

Aren't screened porches the best? We eat breakfast and dinner out their frequently and out indoor cats just love sitting out there and watching the birds.

Thanks for your input on the Lowes -vs- HD....I have been hearing this from ALOT of people!! It's definitely something to think about prior to making a decision.

Great to hear from you again!!

salmagundi said...

What a great porch! Are you able to use it 4 seasons a year? Here in Colorado, we only get about 2 season's use of our screened-in porch. Hope you enjoy yours as much as we do ours. Sally

sheila from life @ #17 said...

okay, still love your screened porch :)

...and I'd paint the server...it is nice as it, but I'd paint it...

and if you're planning to leave the mirror up, I'd paint it the same colour as the mirror...make the space seem cohesive...

and an Early Happy Birthday to your DH :)

Amy said...

Hi Manuela...love your blog, and the beautiful porch. You have a great eye when it comes to decorating!

The Decorated House said...

Hi Manuela!
Your deck is soooo beautiful. Just an amazing space, and you are decorating it so nicely too. The mirror is great.

(One vote paint that piece yellow!)
Donna

Mimi Sue said...

You are so lucky to have a screened in porch. I think I would live out there in the summer. Thanks for stopping by. Mimi

Katy said...

Oh i love it!!! What a fantastic little room!!!! I am hoping to have a screened in porch someday as well! Just beautiful! :)

Angie said...

I absolutely love your porch and all of it's decor. Totally cute!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Your porch is wonderful and I love the buffet just as it is.

Money saving tip? How about a covered rain barrel? I covet one!

Deb said...

Hi Manuela, your screen porch is beautiful I just love it. I love that you have the roof angled I see so many people add on a screen porch with a flat top, which I hate! I love the way you're decorating it too. Also the view is quite nice. Deb

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

What a gorgeous, restful place. You have such wonderful talent in making a house a warm, beautiful home!

Mrs. B said...

Beautiful! I absolutely love that mirror!

Joy said...

What a lovely screened in porch!
I love how you decorated it and would spend hours out there if I could.

Lady Katherine said...

I love the hutch just as it is, I saw one similar in a magazine. I love to find one to paint. Keep it the way it is. Just lovely!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I LOVE that mirror! Infact, I just bought a new one a few months ago that has that same great color.

Your porch is so fresh and perfectly appointed!!

xx