April 26, 2009

Porch Love

It is that time of year, when I all I can think about is being outside. Yesterday was 85 degrees AND the motivator to tackle my FAVORITE outdoor room, the SCREENED PORCH. Using a $500 budget, I had to be creative to achieve the look I wanted…COZY, INVITING, COMFORTABLE, INDOOR/OUTDOOR. I shopped at antique stores, Pier One, my attic, and Target to pull together the room that serves as SUMMER DINING ROOM, READING NOOK, COFFEE BREAK & COCKTAIL HOUR RETREAT, PHONE & FRIEND CHAT CORNER. Need I say more? We spend some part of every day in this space. Here is how I used my budget.

  • 3 Curtain Panels - $20 per panel (Pier 1)
  • Door and Window (behind loveseat)- $40 (Pink Cabbage antique store)
  • 3 Pillows $48 (Pier 1)
  • Wool Black/Floral Rug (splurge) $170 (Pink Cabbage antique store)
  • Plants $30 (Home Depot)
  • Rod Iron Bar $70 (Pink Cabbage antique store)
  • Green painted stool $12
  • Pictures, Mirrors $25 (attic, Pink Cabbage antique store)
  • Blue FOO dog $4 (his ear is broken so I bargained-Pier 1)
  • Basket & Caddy (Target)
    *I already had all the furniture. The floor is painted blue, wood furniture painted High Gloss BLACK).

    And here is the result…Join me for a quick cup of coffee, with no make-up & pajamas won’t you?

    Porch Refresh from Shawn Stratmann on Vimeo.

    Also, don’t forget…it is “A Beautiful Life” Friday over at The Inspired Room . Take a few minutes to check out all of the post links you will find there. It is a great weekend treat!

  • Down home friends and what they say...

    Comments (20)

    LadyEM said:

    Shawn—–Your porch looks so wonderful!! You did a great job, and the “slammed up” curtains look great. I must try this!! I loved seeing you out there with the birds chirping in the background. This was a great video!

    Melanie Tindale said:

    Very quaint - I love it! And what a great idea to nail curtain panels up!!

    Mary Claire said:

    worth all the work….it looks fantastic!!!

    CC said:

    Shawn, this is a beautiful….absolutely lovely special place! Yeah! To you…..job well done! I think I’d spend 12 hours a day in there! Tee hee

    Averill said:

    Shawn, what beautiful results and I’m so impressed you did it all for $500! I can’t wait to have a porch of my own to deck out.

    Also, thanks for posting a link to my site over at The Inspired Room — I’m flattered!

    gretchen said:

    Nice job, Shawn!! The “slammed- up” curtains look great and the music on your video is wonderful too!

    artist in NC said:

    Oh Shawn, this is so wonderful. I just love every part of it. Wish I could have morning coffee with you. The slammed up curtains look fabulous. I want to know how you hid the nails. Bravo…job well done.

    Pam said:

    Shawn! I wish I could join you on your porch! You did a fabulous job sprucing it up…We also have a screened in porch that is in major need of sprucing! Thank you for inspiring ideas! See you on TP!! xoxo

    Shawn from Buttercup said:

    MY TP FRIENDS! Thank you for stopping by to take a peek. Boy, would I love it if you could REALLY stop by and have a cup of Joe’ with me. I cannot wait until the TP RETREAT when we can all meet in person! ARTIST, the nail heads…I used DARK nails with a head on them. They blend into the black on the curtain…can’t see them it all!

    tracyporter said:

    LOVE…you are just darling, the porch is luscious….i am in my polartec with a glass of wine…………. with you!!!
    CHEERS….bravo….!!……… sis!!!

    Dawn said:

    Shawn…LOVELY!!!! I would LOVE an 85 degree day here VERY soon!!! Enjoy!

    Eric B said:

    Wow…how did you get by on just a $500 shoestring budget?!?! Good thing you’re still not at trp, not a lot of porch reboots happening there…LOL

    Cameo said:

    Shawn love,…..sorry it took me so long to get over here! LOVE your “slammed up” curtains !!!!!!……..aren’t they the bomb ????……..Love the blue foo dog in there,….and the iron bar is just simply adorable…….perfect for a screened in porch!!!! …. I do indeed have one at the farm…………and NOW is the time to enjoy!!!…. Fabulous job!!!!……and oh sooooo fresh!!!!!!!
    PS ….Shawn you need to purchase those TP coffee mugs……the pattern with the beige and blue….. they would look splendid on your bar also!!!!! Like having art work on display!!!!!

    Jennifer said:


    Great job this porch is so inviting. Love the rug, pillows and new bar! I have a brick deck off the back of my house next to the family room. It has no steps(?!) leading down to the garden and would make the cutest screened porch….. Maybe next year… Going to watch your other videos now…


    Mary Ann said:

    Hi Shawn,
    I read what Sandi said about your videos and I had to check them out……The porch is fantastic! I can’t believe all you did in ONE day. You are motivating me!!…. Isn’t is wonderful when it’s all done and you can sit back in the coming months and just enjoy?……My sister has a screened in porch too and they LIVE out there all season long just like your family. The other videos are so cute too. You ARE such a great MOM! First you jump in the pool and then……How thoughtful that you made that little video birthday/thank you card to your daughter. OMG! She is tooooooo cute and soooooo sweet. You must want to take a bite out of her everyday! I love how she looks after her sister:) The video at the creek was really adorable too! You do such a great job with your blog. I am VERY impressed!!! Keep up the good work. Your love shines through! - Mary Ann

    ginnycartersmallenburg said:

    I love this makeover. I haven’t had a sunroom in the last two homes and I really miss it. One just cannot be anything but serene in a sunroom.

    Julia @ Hooked on Houses said:

    I have to tell you, I’m soooo jealous of your porch! We had one in our last house and, like you, I spent every chance I had on it during warmer months. I miss it so much and hope to build another one here someday.

    I felt like I was sitting on the porch with you for a moment. Ahhh. Thanks for inviting us in! :-)

    duchess said:

    Hey there. I’m a first time visitor & love your blog.
    The porch looks so warm & welcoming. We love ours too. My favorite thing is sitting out there & reading.
    Thanks for the video tour & I’ll definitely be back for more visits.

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    Desiree said:

    Hi SHAWN!! I’m having coffee with you this morning…you on your porch, me on mine,…I am making a list of things to get to spruce up mine,…I really like your curtains and black painted wood chairs,…the rug, whole thing looks fab!!!!,….i wish I could come to your Irish Festival this weekend!!!,..Oh how fun!!! xoxo Desiree

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