Pining for the Porch

by Kimberly Hickok

I’m not a whiner. I don’t complain about winter’s snow and cold. The longer, dark days do wear on me a bit but by now (mid-February), the days start to lengthen and the hope of warmer, longer and brighter days will be here in a few short weeks.

We’ve got big plans for our deck this year. We’re going to replace the existing deck and a 12′ x 16′ section will be screened in. Even though our deck looks like this right now . . .

We've had a very snowy winter. The snow is almost as high as the deck railing.

We’ve had a very snowy winter. The snow is almost as high as the deck railing.

Snow piled up on the table, chairs and grill.

Snow piled up on the table, chairs and grill.

I’ve started to gather ideas about what I want to put in this space. On my wish list are a nice seating area, a retro-inspired wood burning fire feature and a table for eating or playing games.

I’m inspired by these spaces.

Screen Porch Furniture - Eivomovie

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Chiminea on screened porch

Love Love Love this table. Cover with a pretty table cloth to eat on but you can use it as a work surface too.

Love Love Love this table. Cover with a pretty table cloth to eat on but you can use it as a work surface too.

Picnic Table

I’m struggling a little bit with keeping it as an outside space versus a room that’s more like an indoor, or three season, room. Right now I’m pretty sure that I want this to be more of an outdoor look and feel with a fire feature for ambience and to reduce the chill in the air.

Yup, before you know it spring will be here. I started a Pinterest board called Deck Ideas (I should probably rename it to Screened Porch Ideas) here.

 

 

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