Saturday, July 17, 2010

COME SIT ON MY PORCH

In Florida it's a must to have a screened porch unless you don't mind mosquito bites. Sadly, we don't enjoy ours much as it's too darn hot most of the year to sit on it. But, I still like it to look inviting and cozy...

I don't put anything out there that can't stand up to rain, humidity and cat hair. Yes, we have a nearly 19~year old cat who lives on the screen porch year round. It's her domain if you will...

On the porch you'll find an old metal glider, a beautiful twig chair that I have owned for many years, my great~grandmother's old primitive wash stand, and two of my fav finds~~a round victorian wire plant stand and a large wire aviary that I bought in Texas from Tim Bolton of Homestead. Sprinkled about are chippy architectural pieces, birdcages and birdhouses, urns filled with shells and a zinc obelisk.

I hand~painted the floor to look like stone. When we hang out there I toss some old ticking pillows on the glider and chairs for comfort. Candles set the mood and jazz softly plays in the background...

Sit down and join me, will you?


































37 comments:

Amy said...

Don't mind if I do...oh how hard it would be to look out there everyday and not be able to enjoy it. It is too lovely for words. Darn this heat!
Amy

Faded Charm said...

I'd want to enjoy this wonderful space as much as possible with all it's great atmosphere. I think I just bought the sister to your metal corner shelf last weekend. Love it!

Take care andstay cool.

Kathleen

Jen T said...

I don't blame your kitty - I'd claim it too! Where do I start? The painted floor is a great touch, the glider is a dream find, the pillows are perfect and all of the special touches are charming. I love the whole look of it. It's exactly what I would want mine to look like! Jen-SheEndeavors

CarLe Etc. said...

I love your style...we like alot of the same things...I was just about to redo my porch,but ran out of time today,maybe tomorrow(lol). I have a 19 year old cat too...named Pepper...he loves his porch too(even tho hes not in good shape anymore)...well the best to you...maybe I'll catch you @ Marburger this fall.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Oh my goodness...your porch is PERFECTION! I absolutely LOVE it ALL! Thanks for sharing all of this beautiful inspiration!
Hugs ~ Jo :)

Rochelle said...

I am just crushing on that old vintage glider of yours....so cool! You would be able to sit out on your porch if you lived in my area - lots of rain!
-Rochelle

Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh yes I'd love to! What a lucky cat you have to live in such a gorgeous surrounding! So many great details!
xoxo~ Carola

One Shabby Old House said...

All I have to say is that is one lucky cat! What a wonderful place to go. You have created a beautiful place to retreat to.
Hugs
Becky

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

It certainly looks inviting and filled with lovely delicious looking treasures!! I do know what you mean though, as I am here at my parents home in Florida and it is surely HOT! Well, it seems that I am always either too hot or too cold...
Regardless of the heat...have a great Sunday!
:)

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

We would love to move to Florida especially after last month when we got to spend alot of the month in Miami on the beach and visited the Keys. We are in Texas and I really really do like like the heat but I kept saying, while we were in Florida, that it would be okay because we would be by the water.
Your porch is beautiful !

xoxo
Lori

sassytrash said...

Your porch should be in a magazine!! How fun to just see it all, even if is so hot out there....lucky cat! I never could use my porch much when I lived in FL, so my dogs took it over.

Polly said...

Swooning over your porch!! LOVE IT!!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

The heat seems to be ruining mnay a womans plans... Enjoy your day.

Michelle May said...

I'll be right over to hang out with the kitty. Oh my gosh is that porch ever gorgeous! Kitty picked the perfect place to live.
Hugs!

Sarah said...

Hi Shelley,
Your porch is gorgeous, love it all. Pity I live on the other side of the world or otherwise I would be sitting there with you enjoying it all!
Sarah

Janet- OPEN MARKET STYLE said...

YOUR PORCH IS WONDERFUL I LOVE THE SOFT COLOR PLATTE !
SO INVITING !
WARMLY
JANET

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Hey Shelley....the porch looks great! You've been a busy bee, I see. Love the new look.

Okay, we've got to get together this week for lunch...I only have 3 more weeks until back to work...Ugg.

Love Ya,
Susie

Claudia said...

I love your porch - your style is so wonderful. I am such a fan of chippy, rusty, creamy treasures. I'm sorry you don't get to enjoy it more - but I'm sure glad you shared it with us.

xo
Claudia

Zuzu said...

I doubt you know me, but let me start by saying I'm not exaggerating... this is the most beautiufl porch I've ever seen. LOVE your old metal glider - absolute perfection! :)
Zuzu

Zuzu said...

I doubt you know me, but let me start by saying I'm not exaggerating... this is the most beautiufl porch I've ever seen. LOVE your old metal glider - absolute perfection! :)
Zuzu

Isabel said...

Love the screened porch and all the great furnishings!!! Just gorgeous!! Thanx for sharing:O)!!

Heaven's Walk said...

Shelley - just popped over from Donna's blog and am happily following yours! I just love your style - not to mention your beautiful porch. What a sanctuary you've have there... sigh!

Looking forward to seeing more of your pretty home!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

That is the yummiest porch I've ever seen!!
It's just beautiful, I wish I had a space like that!
Have a lovely day.
Sincerely,
Melinda

June said...

Seriously Shelley...I am going to find you and your doors had better be locked up tight, cause I have mentally made a list of all the things I can get into the back of my truck from this amazing porch. The cat just can't appreciate it the way I can. The iron fencing around the room is sooo beautiful. Okay, I may need a little help loading the awesome bench and glider, but I can get the rest on my own. Better yet, I could just move into the porch and save us both a lot of grief.
Of course kitty will make the rules...but I can live with that.
It is a gorgeous space!!!
hugs

A Cottage Muse said...

What a beautiful haven!!!

Passionate for White said...

That coffee table is to-die-for! Thanks for sharing your porch with us...I looked at each and every picture more than once...more than twice!:)

donna...@ d. reyné.com said...

Hi Shelley!
I am so jealous of your cat! I don't blame him for living such a wonderfully long life...This is so cozy and comfortable!
I love the old glider! It's got a perfect patina to it! And the ticking pillows...be still my heart!
I am so in love with blue and white ticking right now!
I am also in love big time with your painted stone floor! You always blow me away with "The Sweet Pea look" you are a women of many talents...and I am thrilled to say...I know You!
Thank you so much for letting us into your gorgeous porch!
I love it!

Blessings and hugs my friend,
Donna

clustres said...

It is so wonderful! I know what you mean though, here in Texas there are about 2 days per year to enjoy sitting on the porch!

Gracefully Vintage said...

you have the most darling blog, i just adore it. Great style, a New found follower, ill so be back to see what your up to next.Karryann

Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

Is the porch open for cocktails mid-December? If so, I'm THERE!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Wow, lucky kitty cat! LOVE that glider. Every square inch of your living space is to die for, Shelley!

Love ya!
Anne

Angela said...

Wonderful...especially the birdcage and the plant stand!!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Oh Shelley, just my kind of place. it looks so homey and comfortable!
Love that glider,
xo,
Debra

Discarded Forlorn said...

Shelley, your porch is just beautiful. I love it and could myself sitting there and not wanting to leave. See you in Texas really soon.

Mélanie A. said...

I will join you for sure . IT looks terrific

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Your porch is gorgeous, Shelley. Wish I had one.

Lauri Evans said...

Love your porch Shelley. That glider is 2die4!!! lauri

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