Our fantastic contractor finished up our porch just in the nick of time for our annual Fourth of July soiree and since were were out of town so much afterwards, I have finally had the time to take down the red, white and blue and feather the space with it’s more permanent look!
…and now we are just over the moon with our new porch! Here’s the view from the back yard. This is a hip style roof in Owens Corning onyx black shingles to match the rest of the house. We went with 32” “x” railings that remind us of many Tybee beach houses and 10” wrapped columns placed 8’ apart to allow for open views. I adore the horizontal boards that our contractor used in place of where we used to have lattice work. We will landscape the bed running along the stone path this fall.
Earlier this Spring we tore out everything along the walkway in anticipation of the new porch and planted annabelle hydrangeas, confederate jasmine and hostas. The metal arbor is from Pike Family Nurseries and the bird bath is from Home Depot. Honey was also finally inspired to hang the lion hose holder that we brought from our previous house!
We widened the stairs going up to the porch to fill out the space between the house and the fireplace. Pots and glass water globes are from Target and battery powered lanterns from Wal Mart. Mother dug up the potato vine from her mulch pile and I can hardly believe how good it looks now!
We have already spent many nights lounging on the sofa in the evenings and nearly every morning taking our coffee and playing games with the littles! Double french doors from the kitchen open up onto this part of the porch. Our contractor built the fireplace as an exact replica of our den fireplace – right down to the antique bricks – and I ADORE it! The oyster painting is by Angie Reuter and the plates are from Anthropologie. The sofa, chairs, baskets, curtain hardware and glass jars are from Target (I added chalkboard labels with leftover chalkboard vinyl from my kitchen project). The garden stool, coral and mercury glass demijohn are from Home Goods. The fan is Harbor Breeze from Lowes. The mapped out coffee table and pin board frame were both DIY projects. The egret pillow is from Jolie Marche on etsy. Mother made the zig zag pillows with burlap initial monograms and the curtains!
The other side of the porch serves as the dining area. I fell in love with the Avignon table on clearance at World Market because I could envision a whole gaggle of littles crammed on its sweet benches. The rainbow trout fish painting on reclaimed wood is another gorgeous piece by Angie Reuter, and is hung with dock cleats and nautical rope. The slipcovered chairs, oyster shell lantern, shell centerpiece and mercury glass hurricanes were all DIY projects.
The DIY skirted table has smartly served as both a buffet for entertaining and for general storage underneath. Lanterns are from Home Goods, aqua cups are from Target and melamine tray is from Macy’s. The seeded glass lanterns are from Ballard Designs. A vintage refrigerator basket from Habersham Antiques serves as a magazine rack. The chairs were recovered and appliqued by Mother and myself.
- Paint – Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (walls and brick fireplace), Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments (ceiling), Benjamin Moore Rhine River (doors) and Benjamin Moore White Dove (trim)
- Rugs – Indoor/Outdoor Leopard in black by Ballard Designs
- Fabrics – all by Premier Prints in Village Blue (Chipper, Zig Zag and Towers prints) – I ordered from various sites and paid under $8 a yard for each
Last but not least, a HUGE, heartfelt thanks goes out to our contractor for all of his hard work and his countless great ideas that brought this space to life. He takes immense pride in his work, is likely one of the most honest men you’ll ever meet and is one of the best friends we could dream of having. I was thoroughly impressed with every single person he brought onto our property – they knew me by name, were well-kept, polite and talented, and often took a few minutes out of their day to kick a soccer ball with John or indulge Whit in trying out their drills. Shawn does everything from building houses to updating powder rooms around the metro Atlanta area AND is husband to the also talented Angie Reuter that I keep carrying on about. I’m already itching to have him work his magic on our front porch (hint hint, Honey)!!
With that, it’s high time for me to hit the porch with a sweet iced tea!