From lake house to country, the screen porch takes on many different looks.
After being closed in during the long cold winter that just passed, I’m fully enjoying the warm, early summer breezes that start up in late afternoon. That’s when I crank open the windows in our sun room – there are 11 — and make it into a screen porch that doesn’t turn cold until after dinner. I haven’t photographed my sun room yet although I’m nearly ready to. When I do, I’ll link it to this post which lets me explore a few different screen porch styles.
Leaf green [top] feels spring-fresh on a lake-house sun porch. The sharpness of the wall color (love the matching sconces!) is unexpected, youthful and as colorful as the outdoors. Also, because green is opposite red on the color wheel, it goes wonderfully with all the cottage-y reds we love – including petunias and accessories like the red-white-and-blue lamp.
A North Carolina show house porch is decorated to the hilt. We’ve got twig style in the eaves, a stone fireplace with antlers, wicker, the Chinese garden seat, slipcovered easy chairs and even gingham curtains. It’s heavily layered and accessorized but attractive and comfortable for anyone who feels more is more.
When it rains, a corrugated porch roof is almost musical. Along with the plain pine beams it has a primitive simplicity, which painted country furniture underscores. But when I look closely, pale, mustardy yellow siding seems slyly sophisticated with the plummy rug and purple-painted table.
First built in 1911– and now 103, — this romantic porch in a Wisconsin lake bungalow has been continually used by three generations of the same family but expanded and updated over the years with collected furniture. The windows – originally from the 1880s and rebuilt with the original glass in 2006 — open by a system of ropes and pulleys. What could be more comforting than a vintage house that is restored and improved but remains a constant throughout your life (and has no mortgage!).
(Source: gridley&graves, franciehargrove, winstonsalemmonthly, oldhouseonline)
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