Spiffin’ up the Screened Porch the Easy Way!

I’m not a writer today.  Nope!  Since I’m working an a huge list of “to-do’s” in anticipation of our vacation next week (YAY!)  I will be showing and going today!  This is a much past due post.  I took the pictures in May, at the tail end of “the blowing of the pollen”, after a full day of cleaning the screened porch and it’s furnishings.

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With yellow pollen covering everything I cleaned my screened porch the easy way, by taking everything out to the deck and hosing out the inside . . .

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. . .then doing the same with the furniture outside.  I did scrub things down first with some soapy water.

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The hose is one of Sasha’s favorite things so she was right there to help!  You’ll notice that Cozy is conspicuously absent throughout this post.

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Last Fall, when we first moved in, I showed you pictures of my screened porch with a list of things I’d like to do.  I haven’t done everything on my list but I have freshened things up a bit.

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We ordered neutral colored replacement cushions for the sitting area so that we could change our accent colors at will. 

By the way, did I tell you that this entire set of patio furniture was negotiated into the purchase of our home?  People don’t think about doing that but we also negotiated for the couches in our bonus room and den, as well as the bed in one of our guest rooms. 

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We added a faux sea grass rug from Lowes to add to the beach feeling and to pull the sitting area together.

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We added some bright pillows to the quieter colored pillows we already had.

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Most of the accessories came from our old home, “the lake house”, back in Washington State.

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We found this old farmhouse table after we moved here and it’s perfect for a serving station.  I added the skirt around it to hide my supplies while not in use.

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 No neutral cushions for the dining table!

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Turquoise and orange-to-red tones are the color choice for our screened porch,

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. . . influenced by this picture that my 97-year-old mother-in-law painted when she was sixteen. Sweet yes?

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Here’s a quick sweep around the room from left to right.

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Now on to a few closeups to show you more detail.

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This is a rocker from my childhood that my husband re-caned for me.  There is a tutorial in the making but he isn’t as motivated at blogging as I am :(

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And the only rules we have for settin’ on the back porch . . . RELAX.

No matter what’s happening all around us, when we take time to relax in Him, we always find something to be thankful for.


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