Our screened porch room is one of my favorite areas of our house. Especially during the warmers months in the south. I can enjoy the outdoor space without dealing with the bugs that summer brings with it.
I have posted about this room at least once for the last three summers and how we have decorated it new and how we use it each year. This room seems to be constantly changing depending on how we decide to use it, or how much the dogs want to destroy it.
This year is no exception and we have changed it up again.
Back in 2014, when I first started using this room, after removing the ugly green plastic indoor/outdoor carpeting (who ever thought that was a good look?) and spending most of the summer of 2013 scrapping off the glue from the concrete floor, our furniture and accessories for this room were sparse so it didn’t have much design comfort or personality.
It was functional but boring.
The painted outdoor area rug didn’t last but two summers because I quickly learned that even though it is an outdoor rug, it still started to smell of wet dogs and mold. Gross! I gladly threw that rug in the trash at the end of the season.
In 2015, I made some furniture changes, and rug changes, to the room and tried to soften the look with new throw pillows and slip-covered cushions for the rockers.
We also installed lattice panels to the lower sections of the screens to keep the cat and dogs – and the raccoons – from tearing them out. We are constantly struggling with where to put the cat food bowl each day because either raccoons, squirrels, birds, and occasionally a family of red foxes go after it. Putting the cat bowl inside this room just tempted the creatures even more and they would rip out the screens to get to it. The lattice panels save us from this problem but we also just accepted the fact that we were going to go through a lot of cat food either way.
This was such a nicer space to enjoy the warmer months last summer – until we got the new puppies in September. This is the area we kept them in until they were fully house trained and so they constantly made a mess in this room. Not to mention they sharpened their new teeth on the wood furniture.
The summer of 2016, we realized we liked to use this room more as a summer dining room. Most days I would eat all three meals out here. I brought in a plastic table that used to be my crafting table and desk, and the addition of some painted orange folding chairs when needed gives us more seating for company.
And you will notice the long gates in this photo – one inside and one outside the windows. This summer we added several dog gates to our outdoor spaces to not only keep the dogs in, but to also keep them out. Out of our more relaxed human spaces while we eat or have guests over.
The gate also gives a direct access to the outside pen. No muddy paw prints on the rug and furniture every day.
Of course we open the doors and let them enjoy the side deck too so sometimes they get to enjoy the whole space as well. Supervised of course.
Let me just tell you I love this green and white rug. I paid only $22 online at Lowe’s for it last summer and it is a plastic woven version. Not nearly as soft as the last rug but so much better to hose it down to clean it with soap and water – and it never smells like wet dog!
I added the large galvanized bucket in the corner as a small table and covered it with a red bandanna for added color. I purchased the large galvanized bucket at Tractor Supply this Spring to be used as an ice/drink cooler for my son’s wedding rehearsal party. Of course I don’t really have another use for the bucket yet so temporarily using it as a table makes sense and also gives it a place for storage. My ever DIY thinking brain is already considering adding a wooden top to it so it can be used as a storage piece. Hmmmm….
We also added a few strands of string lights to be able to use this space at night. The light from the ceiling fan is a bit harsh, so these small string lights add just enough soft light to the space. It was bit tricky to place them overhead because of the ceiling fan blades but now that we figured it out we may add a few more.
So this is how we are using our screened porch room this year. Next year – who knows? In the next few years it may be converted to a glass enclosed all weather room – finally!
Do you constantly change your outdoor spaces each season?
“Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established.” Proverbs 4:26
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