Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The screened porch is a favorite spot for us from early spring through late fall.
Mr. Heart and I have our coffee and breakfast here most every morning before he starts his work day.  We enjoy watching the birds visit the feeders and hearing the early birds sing their songs.  This is also where we often end up when family and friends come to visit and it is truly the perfect spot when it is raining outside...so relaxing!

This picture of the porch is facing the laundry room door which is how we access the screened porch from the house.  If you leave the porch through the screened door you’ll be on the deck that leads to the great room entrance of the house…

Wicker Furniture

Mostly our porch is decorated with a little bit of this and a little bit of that, things we have accumulated over time that have found a home out here.  This actually works out well because it does get damp and dirty on the porch and to clean it I use the water hose, spraying it from top to bottom!  So, if purchasing new and nice decor for a screened porch, it should definitely be labeled for outdoor use.

The centerpiece on the table are snippets of Lantana, hosta and a bit of Asparagus Fern from the pots on the deck…
Lantana & Hosta


In the far corner is a vintage wash basin that now holds a fern…
Vintage Wash Basin

This view is in the opposite direction.  If you exit the screened porch through this door you will step down to a courtyard.  To the left is the main driveway.  To the right you will find the detached garage and the driveway where we keep our camper parked.

A closer view of the farmhouse table and cabinet…
Farmhouse Table & Shelf

The table fan was purchased from TJ Maxx several years ago and the two black fans under the table are brought out in the summer months to help keep the breeze flowing!  Thankfully the porch is on the back of the house so it doesn’t get direct sun.  The door between the table and hutch leads to a storage room...
midnight black slate

A closer look at the vintage hutch in the far corner…
Vintage Shelf

The old roaster is used to keep a few birds nests we’ve found.  Two of the nests still have eggs in them.  I don’t know what happened to the momma bird, but the eggs were dried up when I found the nests.  To be really sure the eggs were old, we placed some dental floss across the nest in a couple of areas and watched it for a few days.  It was never disturbed so we knew there was no momma bird coming back to the nest. 
The butterfly was found as it was being blown across the courtyard.  It was is in perfect condition so I can’t imagine what happened to it.  So beautiful!
Vintage Enamel Roaster

Through the screen in this picture is the back courtyard and the deck leading to the great room entrance of the house.  This furniture is from Martha Stewart’s collection and was purchased on sale many years ago. 
Martha Stewart

On the table is a vintage basket with a few artichoke tealight holders.  I’ve used them for vases by removing the tealight and adding a bit of hosta and Asparagus Fern…
Vintage Basket

Hosta & Asparagus Fern

This wicker chair and table set, the two wicker side chairs at the back of the porch and the seat cushions are from Pier One.  We’ve had them a few years and they are holding up nicely on the porch…
Pier One Wicker Table & Chairs

This chest was found on the side of the road…

Christmas Cactus


This is the deck just off the screened porch and where the centerpiece snippets of hosta, Lantana and Asparagus Fern were cut…

~The porch floor was a mess when we moved in, here you can see the Before & After.

Pedestal Urn

Hope you enjoyed the porch, please leave a comment so I'll know you were here!!!
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  1. A gorgeous spot! Wish it was mine.

  2. now thats a fabulous porch - wow,, I admit I'm a little envious:)

  3. What a lovely porch. I would be out there all spring, summer and fall.
    I miss a sitting porch as I grew up with one in the south. Now I have a front and back patio, but miss the porch. Your furniture looks great out there and so welcoming.
    Have a great week.

  4. I love all your vintage pieces on this porch. So nice to have a room like this to hang out and take nature in.

  5. Hi Cindy! Oh, I love your lovely porch. I think your furnishings look wonderful! Your porch is so big too. You have the nicest pieces too - the olden things look great.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. What a nice room to have! I imagine it's lovely to be all cozy out there while it's raining. :) Love your lantana too. It's one of the few that can take the Texas heat, so we use it a lot. Enjoy your week!

  7. That is a lovely space to hang out in and relax. Love your bird nest collection. I've found a few on the ground but I'm too much of a germaphobe to touch them LOL.

  8. I can see why it's a favorite for you and your hubby Cindy, it's not only beautiful, but cozy as well! Love all the vignettes around too, your home is simply beautiful!

  9. love your porch, what a perfect spot. my fave is the farmhouse table and cabinet, what a great display piece!

  10. Oh this porch looks like such a pleasant place to spend time! Glad to have found your blog!

  11. Cindy,

    What a lovely porch! I really love the antiques among the other furnishings...such a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere!

  12. Cindy, I love all your cupboards and cabinets. So cute. I also love to rescue abandoned nests. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to follow. Following you back.

  13. Oh what a gorgeous area, I love it. Hugs, Marty

  14. So love your porch Cindy...and I love the vintage furniture pieces in the room...they make the room so warm and cozy like an extension of your home...

  15. Hi your porch is beautiful.I love your plants so healthy looking.I love the little nests the most.Looking forward to reading more of your blog-love dee x

  16. Cindy your porch is wonderful...such a great place to start the day. Love the fact that you can hose it all down when you have to clean it! Don't ya wish we could do that inside? lol

  17. Cindy, you have the most wonderful screened in porch!! I love your vintage farm tables and shelves. They add so much charm to an already lovely place to relax.
    Mary Alice

  18. Looks beautiful. Love all the separate areas, the hutch, and your accessories. You've done a great job here!!

  19. Thank you for your porch tour. It is so charming. It's wonderful what you did with what you had and lovingly arranged. I'm going to try to duplicate your hosta,Lantana and asparagus fern arrangement.

  20. Cindy- Your screened porch is just gorgeous. I love all the plants and the sweet details. It looks homey and restful! xo Diana

  21. Your porch does look like the perfect place to relax. We love our outdoor areas and our sunroom, too.

  22. Cindy, it is a gorgeous spot. Love the exposed brick. best, olive

  23. Cindy your porch is beautiful! My mom has a similar space and it is our favorite spot to hang out in when we are there. Thanx for coming to THT!

  24. What a pretty porch, Cindy! We have a screened in porch and we don't use it nearly as much as we should! You've inspired me to get out there a little more and enjoy the space! :)

  25. Attractive, comfortable and welcoming, with many lovely touches and eye-candy...! :)

  26. Cindy, this is a wonderful porch!! It reminds me of my parents' screened porch, which I did a post on last summer. Theirs also has a brick wall on one side, and I just love that look! They've got white wicker furniture, as well as a few vintage pieces mixed in. It's just the best place to spend time during the spring, summer, and fall.

    I love the way you've decorated your porch. The roadside chest you found looks great with the potted plants and stone bird. I also love your pretty floor, and it's so nice to have the deck, as well. This looks like a great spot to spend time alone or with family. :)

    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!


  27. Cindy, I'd love to spend the day on your screened porch. It's cozy and inviting, and I like that it has things accumulated over time. LOVE your arrangements with the lantana,hosta and asparagus fern. Thanks for letting us visit your porch.

  28. This is such a great summer space! Love it! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  29. Love visiting porches. We use ours everyday too. Your's is very inviting to come and sit a while.

  30. Your porch is beautiful. One of my dreams it to have a screened in porch. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.


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