At 6 a.m. today, here's what our screened porch looked like. This unheated space is a room we enjoy for five months of the year, once the warm weather arrives. During the other seven months, we use this space for storage since we don't have a basement (a good thing as we're near the coast) and we have a tiny one-car garage. But once the weather turns and those warm breezes blow, there is no other room in our home that we enjoy more than our porch.
This morning, it took me three hours to scrub the wainscoting, floor, and furniture and to set up this room. But it's a chore I relish because this room is our very special summer place. So here's what our porch looks like now . . .
I just love this little room. To me, it screams SUMMER!
It's our favorite spot for dinner or Sunday brunch.
The chaise lounge is a cozy place to read . . . or nap!
A basket of magazines next to a comfy wicker chair; all that's missing is a cup of tea.
Flower power: a six dollar set of place mats from Party City sets a cheerful summer table.
This vintage folding bed tray makes a nice desk for writing or reading. It's a good perch for a laptop, too.
We can't seem to come home from the beach without some found object to add to our collection.
There is still one more thing we need to do to truly make this room a screened porch. We have to take out the windows and put in the screens. But with our backyard covered in oak dust from all of our trees, we'll pop in the screens once John has had a chance this weekend to sweep up and collect the dust. It's not one of his favorite jobs, but once he's done, he can relax and have a big glass of lemonade with me out on our screened porch.