Thursday, June 21, 2007

new old space

Finally, finally I am showing you the "after" version of my back porch. This was a long project in the making. Remember me bemoaning the paint job last year? I may have fallen behind on other projects, but at least this one has at last been crossed off the list. Oh, I haven't yet gotten around to painting the floor in here, and no, haven't yet spray painted the second pair of wicker chairs. Come to think of it, I still need to hang up my little sparkly star that's there in the corner (thanks, Brig!) But, close is good enough. Time to show you something other than house construction!


I'm not sure...but I think in the end I needed a deadline to get this room done. If I hadn't committed to hosting my Mother's Day party last month, I very well might be telling you right now about how long it took me to paint the second coat of paint last weekend. As it turned out, I spent 3 weekends committed to painting 3 coats on the paneling & trim, and then another week or two scouting around for seat cushions and pillows, a rug, lamps, bar stools, and accessories (major luck and success at the Crate & Barrel outlet, Target, and Sur La Table.) In the end, getting it all done in a short amount of time was the best motivation. It always is. For me, anyway.



And, as always, I'm glad in the end that I worked so hard. It was worth it. You may have noticed the little booster seat at the table there....we are enjoying all of our meals out here these days. And the boys - when they are playing indoors - are mostly out on the porch. It's a nice change. One of the biggest perks for me is discovering that our wireless connection works out here. So I can blog to my heart's content as I drink my coffee in the morning or listen to the sprinkler at night. Mostly I think we just appreciate being in a different space, and finally enjoying space that was right under our noses all this time.

24 comments:

tulipmom said...

It looks absolutely beautiful, Meg!! You did a fabulous job. The lights give it a such an inviting ambience. What a great summer space!

a. said...

Looks fantastic :-)

Merci-Notes said...

Three Cheers for YOU!!!
I love how your room was photographed! It looks so inviting and on a day like today, with clouds heading in....Well I mean: it is a perfect refuge!

I bet your boys will be hanging out there this afternoon!

Thank you so much for voting for Caitlin! I guess this is pretty big, Even to be in the final 26! She is getting ready for the Renagade fair that is later this summer.
Have a wonderful weekend! Oh, what wonderful dinners (late of coarse) you and Rob can have there!!!
Hugs,
Mary

Laurie Anne said...

Congrats on a job well done. I love your twinkle light window treatment, what a cute idea :0)

Libby said...

Oh my gosh, Meg, it looks just darling! What wonderful space you've created!

Rosemary said...

Its so beautiful! Love the twinkle lights. I love everything about it.
ENJOY!
Rosemary

Chris said...

Love your porch. It's the favorite room in my house this time of year. Enjoy!

hqm said...

Your porch looks great...so inviting!

Lallee said...

What a fun and inviting room! I would want to be out there a lot. I love the colors and the twinkle lights. It looks finished if you didn't do another thing.

velvet brick said...

oh my girl, Meg!
can I come over for coffee and coissants some morning??
and maybe I'll bring s summer salad for lunch....
and um... well, I could bring the wine, cheese and rustic bread for the beginnings of dinner... and, well... why stop now... some Frangelico and coffee as night wanders in... ???
gads... let me just roll out the sleeping bag...and sleep by the lights and stars..!
what a delightfully fun place to be! congrats on ALL of your hard work!! : )

navybluegirl said...

You really do have a special talent! Your rooms look so cozy and fresh. I'm sure you will be spending many summer nights in that great space.

Marie said...

Oh so pretty!!

Belle-ah said...

Lovely, now it is time for a party!!!!

Deb said...

Your back porch looks fantastic! What a wonderful, inviting space you've created... hope you enjoy many mornings, afternoons & evenings there!!

suburban prep said...

It is so charming!

sisters with style said...

Your porch looks amazing. I'm sure it is the perfect place for those nice summer meals with the family.

homedaisy said...

you will enjoy that so much!

smilnsigh said...

Oh this is lovely! How lucky you are to have a back porch, to have worked on and fixed up as you want it. For your favorite time of year. :-)

Mari-Nanci

Pam said...

It looks wonderful and just in time for summer entertaining and relaxing. Enjoy it! (And so what if it took forever ... haha, says the one who has had bathroom remodels going on for a YEAR.)

Liz said...

This is a real accomplishment. It looks wonderful, I might never go inside if I had a porch like this!

Jen @ The Cottage Nest said...

What a great space. Obviously all of your hard work was well worth the effort.

Preppy Rider said...

It turned out adorable! I can just picture you out there in your pj's & computer ;) What a lovely space.

jilly said...

I would never leave!

christy said...

great space!