Our backyard is slowly but surely getting some love. Right now I am looking for some screened in porch inspiration. How lovely would it be to sit outside with a bug-free breeze! If we end up building one, I would like to have space for an eating table and chairs as well as plenty of comfortable space for sitting and hanging out.
I have saved these photos in a file for years and unfortunately don’t know where any (except the Southern Living ones) came from. So pretty!
I love to compile inspiration photos to clarify what I like, what I am drawn to. Looking at all my favorite photos, I do see some similarities: double doors, fireplace, squared-off roman columns, ceiling fans, and built-in sconces.
I’ve done a few inspiration boards for clients and thought I’d share this one of mine! Sometimes I have the hardest time picking things for my own house so it has really helped to pull several pieces together in one place.
Our front family room is large and has the gas log fireplace so we find ourselves gathering in here most of the time, especially in the winter. When we moved in we painted all the woodwork BM White Dove and the walls SW Sea Salt. We bought custom-cut, fairly inexpensive seagrass rugs for almost all the main level rooms. While I love the look of seagrass, it is not very comfortable to sit on and our particular rugs show pretty much everything 😦 Thank goodness they are natural tan! But I think the time has come for me to look for a more patterned Oushak oriental rug. They are pricey so I will share as I go about my search. I want it to be pretty but also hide wear well. This will be tricky because I naturally gravitate towards the lighter colors…
This big sectional is a necessity for us in this stage of life 🙂 I fought it long and hard but I have to say that I have no regrets now. It is fugly but hard-wearing microfiber and this family (including both dogs) loves to cuddle up and watch movies on it. I love the look of linen sofas but linen will just have to do for pillows now. I cannot imagine having to worry about kids and dogs and light colored linen.
I have also tried white/light slipcovered furniture and I also do not recommend it to my clients if they will get much wear because while yes, you can take the cover off and wash/bleach it, who EVER wants to deal with all that heavy, cumbersome fabric? So, for pets and kids, medium colors and hard-wearing fabrics are the way to maintain sanity.
I already have the silk drapes, lamps & french chest of drawers. Hoping this will motivate me to get started!