Hopefully you’re already starting your long weekend and getting a jump start on summer. As for us, we’re meeting a very special young lady this weekend- our month old niece! So enjoy your beach time or barbecues and I’ll catch you back here late next week!
I hope you enjoyed all the sun porch posts over the last few weeks. I promise not to bore you with that little crooked room any more! In fact, Where We Are Blog is taking a bit of a turn next week. We have an announcement to make and I bet you can guess what it is! Spoiler alert: we’re not moving! But it does involve a construction project of sorts. For now, here’s a little taste of the blogosphere…
Sometimes an alternative can be so fantastic, you start to forget what option one was. Over the last two weeks we’ve revealed our dingy little sun porch, the face lift we gave it with some paint and accessories, and now the make over is complete!
I absolutely love the seating option we chose. This love seat and club chair are from Target’s Threshold Collection. I was really drawn to the boxy arms and the grey-brown color of the waterproof wicker. The cushions are a nice taupe color with decent padding.
These pale blue pillows from Homegoods are for outdoor use so should stand up against the beating sun.
The porch is so inviting to walk into at the end of a long day. Like our own little summer cottage retreat. With our first couple of 75 degree days in a row here, we’ve put the screens down to let the ocean breezes in. It’s just the perfect spot for day dreaming and lemonade sipping and I intend to waste many a summer evening here!
Well I hope by now you have some sort of a Mother’s Day plan. Whether it’s a full fledged day at the spa or a homemade card, tell your Mom she’s awesome because let’s face it, she really freakin’ is! Here’s some fab ideas from my fellow bloggers…
Last week I shared our big sun porch reveal and revealed that we still hadn’t purchased any seating options. It’s a nice sun porch but you can’t do much but stand out there.
We intended to purchase this sectional from IKEA but their lack of inventory became so frustrating, we decided to shop elsewhere.
There are plenty of outdoor seating options out there! It seems like just about everyone is pushing a wicker collection these days. But taking in to consideration size, price, and aesthetic (I have my heart set on a boxy kind of seat, one that you could rest a drink on the arm) really narrowed down the options.
So what do you think we’ll choose?
Anyone else sick of the rain? Farewell April you chilly, soggy, biatch. Bring on the sunshine! Here are some bright pics from the blogosphere to jump start your May!
Alright, I’ve left you in suspense long enough. The reasoning behind the delay is due to IKEA’s shotty inventory predictability for the wicker sectional we wanted. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some IKEA but when you have to leave work, drive 30 minutes to the store, borrowing your father’s truck- you really should be able to purchase online and have a guaranteed pick up in store. But that’s not how my big blue friend rolls. They have this “inventory predictor” that has no rhyme or reason to it from the consumer’s point of view. One day there’s nine in stock, the next day two, the next day none until three come in on Thursday, oy vey!
Well sectional or not (and in this case not), I’m fairly certain this is the best this little crooked sun porch has ever looked…
It’s amazing what a coat of paint will do!
Or a couple coats, really. Definitely took some priming but after that, basic white did the trick. We peeled up all the faux wood parquet tiles and painted the floor the same Benjamin Moore Rockport Grey as our master bedroom floor.
The curtains were a small stroke of genius if I do say so myself. Knowing that a rod was next to impossible since the curtains butted up to the ceiling and anything structural would look ridiculous in a sloping sun porch, we decided to clip shower curtain rings onto metal rope tightened with a turn buckle. The shower curtains soften the corners of the room, add a little privacy, and are already moisture resistant in case we leave the screens open in a rain storm.
But it’s the accessories that make this porch so inviting. I’ll even tell you where we got everything!
Vintage Mounted Bottle Opener from Target.
Glass Globe String Lights from Target.
I absolutely loved opening both French doors on Easter and letting the party spill out onto the porch. It would have been even nicer with seating but what can you do! We’ll keep searching for alternatives and keep IKEA in our big blue back pocket.