Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Screen Porch 360º…


Screen porch tour…a 360º view.

When I bought my 1906 four square seven years ago it had a tiny, tiny kitchen (click here and here to read about it and to see the new kitchen). Put on an addition to make room for a new kitchen and screen porch.

The tour starts at the back screen door and goes counter clockwise back to the screen door. Hope you are ready for a lot of photos.

See the bench before and after here. Found the stain glass golfers at the Elko flea market aka Trader’s Market in Elko, MN.


The red folding tables (remember I love anything that folds…easy to store and easy to move) at a garage sale for a few dollars.


The curtains are for privacy…got the idea from my friend Jayne. Depending on the weather and my mood I will tie them back.

I keep them up all year as they are a good wind/snow barrier. 3b Bought the red rug at a local antique store during a sale. I only buy rugs that will fit in my washer. Lollie enjoying the day. The red foot stool needs some TLC.

I like that the curtains don’t touch the floor…just enough space for Lollie to keep an eye on the neighborhood.


The drop leaf table also came from the Elko flea market. I spray painted it and did a very poor job…it is going to get a sanding and new coat of paint.



I originally bought the window mirrors for my living room, but didn’t like them there.

I was all set to return them and my friend Laura suggested I put them on the back porch.

I can’t remember where I got the light on the left…but the one on the right was purchased in an antique shop in Aptos, CA.

And it is very dear to me as my friend Margaret who died of cancer in 2008 was with me when I bought it.

My neighbor Bob was kind enough to help me rewire both lamps so they would have a new, white cord.


The chairs were bought at a local antique store and my favorite slipcover maven, Sandy recovered them with some material I had planning to use for a quilt.

One is a rocker and the back on the other one can be set in three different reclining positions.



The WOOF hooks were a gift from my friend Sharon. I wonder how I lived without it as I use it constantly.

The walking the dog sign was purchased in a pet store in Alameda, CA.


Next to the chair is a fridge I used during the kitchen remodel. I was glad it fit on the porch, as it is so handy for entertaining.

I am amazed it still works as it has been on the porch since 2002. Here’s a peak into the kitchen.



Bought this watercolor for $2 in an antique store in Victoria, MN. I was attracted to it because, while it is so ‘stiff’, it is way beyond anything I could draw.


The view below is my view when I am horizontal on the bench.



We’ve come full circle. I hope you enjoyed the tour.

I will be spending as much time as possible on this porch this summer…little blogging, little reading, and lots of entertaining.


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Thanks for stopping by…

Renee @ Cottage Living


Allidink said...

Beautiful porch! Is that your screen door? It's so pretty! That is a great little picture for your porch! Your doggy is so sweet!

All the best,

The Raggedy Girl said...


I so love how you have decorated your sweet cottage but I am sure you know that!! I want my kitchen to looks just like yours and hopefully by the end of the year it will.

The Raggedy Girl

Nancy said...

I really like how you've decorated your porch. I would love a porch like that...but then I would love to have a lot of things! ;-) Thanks for the tour!


Anonymous said...

{{{{LOLLIE}}}} Cuteness.

Okay so this is how I see your porch... if heaven has a porch, it must be like yours. I don't think I would get anything done. i'd be out there just taking in the neighborhood and relaxing. Or maybe be inspired to do the rest of my house to be as comfortable as your porch. But then, your house is already gorgeous. It's beautiful.

Robin said...

What a cozy, lovely spot.

Being a lover of red I am happy to see all the red accents around.

Looks like a great place to kick up your feet and relax.

My name is PJ. said...

A very inviting space!

Christina said...

Such a comfy, wonderful porch. Love it.

The plates in the last posts are spectacular.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Totally enjoyed the tour - it looks like a great place - my kids would love it!

Joyce said...

Love the colors and the print on the back of the chair with the bugs is so cute. Very inviting area to sit and relax. Have fun reading on your porch and thanks for sharing.

Liz said...


Kammy said...

Gorg and Fab porch ! Love the bold colors ! Can I come visit ??
Hugs ~ Kammy