Saturday, December 26, 2009
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! We had a wonderful Christmas and I’m all rested and ready to do stuff!
Have you noticed that I have a new look? I want to thank the wonderful Amber of Sprinkles On Top for designing my blog’s new look. I think she did a fabulous job at capturing me and what my blog is about.
You know, I’m always looking for ways to make my house more comfortable for family and friends. I also try to get the most out of each of our rooms. Here's what I did with my screened in porch to make it cozier and useable for this colder season . I live outside of Atlanta btw and our winters are generally mild.
The biggest thing I did was I took a gel fuel fireplace that we had downstairs in our Family Room and moved it up here. When I originally designed this porch it had a real fireplace about where this one is now. But we had to cut it do to budget constraints (I could either have a vaulted ceiling or a fireplace not both).
Since we’re redoing the Family Room we decided not to use this fireplace anymore and I didn’t want to just get rid of it. So now it’s in the porch and I have my fireplace! See it all worked out in the end!
This print above the fireplace is one that some of you may remember. I got it at Goodwill at the beginning of the year I believe for $3 or $4. It has a small tear on the top that I fixed with some tape. It hung inside at the top of my stairs for a while (until I found another Goodwill print – which I haven’t shown you yet) but, I always planned to put it outside. At that price, I don’t really care if it falls apart due to the weather and it’s not in pristine condition to begin with.
This is is what this side of the porch looked like this summer. I used lots of blues and greens. Which was fun since I mostly use red and black inside my house.
This is what it looks like this winter. Cozy, cozy, cozy! For winter I added some red to the mix.
I put a quilt on the love seat. The Pusssywillow branches are from my backyard.
This chaise is where I hang out. I often bring my laptop out here and light the fire, cover up with that throw and visit all of you!
Some River Birch branches and a few pine cones. I try to keep it simple since I usually have to remove stuff if it's going be windy!
As you can see this is a second story porch. We’re up here with the trees and birds!
The fireplace is not just decorative. Those gel fuel canisters throw off a good amount of heat as well as having a realistic looking flame. I buy them at Target these days. I used to only be able to get them shipped to me. But these types of fireplaces are sold everywhere now. I saw some last winter at Big Lots!
All the seating is faux wicker and is made for the outdoors. The rocking chair next to the fireplace is also a favorite place to sit. What could be cozier! We really love hanging out in this space. It's even nice when there's a gentle rain!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing our cozy screened porch!