After five years of enjoying our porch, I’ve been working on a few updates this spring and summer! To refresh your memory, or if you’ve just recently joined us, we originally had a deck in this space.
We used most of the original footings, moved the stairs, and ended up with this space – our new favorite in the whole house!
The exterior of the porch hasn’t changed, but it was time to freshen up the inside. I never brought anything inside, so the fabrics NOT intended for outdoor use (pillows, chairs, curtains) were starting to show some wear. I have added new fabrics, a new painting over the mantle and two new arm chairs at the dining table.
Our goals for the porch were to have ample dining space, a sitting area with room for games, music, a fireplace for the winter, a fan for the summer and a buffet table for serving and storage. None of that has changed!
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 new oyster painting is by my Mother 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.
I originally picked up one yard of this gorgeous floral print when shopping for my foyer refresh. I didn’t end up using it in there but hated for it to sit unused in a cabinet for no telling how long. It was just enough for Mother to make me new pillow covers in the chairs and on the sofa!
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 kids crammed on its benches. The rainbow trout fish painting on reclaimed wood is a gorgeous piece by Angie Reuter, and is hung with dock cleats and nautical rope. The oyster shell lantern and shell centerpiece were DIY projects. The arm chairs are by Grandin Road. After five years of the white slipcovered Ikea chairs, it was time for a change. The urns are from Pottery Barn.
The DIY skirted table has smartly served as both a buffet for entertaining and for general storage underneath. Lanterns are from Home Goods, mercury glass shell from Pottery Barn 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 original upholstered chairs were just replaced with these from Grandin Road. Mother made the new curtains for me!
- 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 (discontinued)
- Contractor – Shawn Reuter / SLR Construction / 706-254-0231
We have used this porch more than any space in our home over the years for entertaining, relaxing and family time. And we’ve never once looked back at the choice to do this over the master bathroom (that is still navy blue, ha!).
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