Monday, April 22, 2013

Miscellany Monday: Back Porch Enclosure Update

Happy Monday Morning to all of you who along with me look forward to
Back Porch Enclosure Update
We are getting close - only waiting for the electrician to return and the slab of granite to be delivered for the built-in counter and the construction will be complete.

Want to see where we are so far?

The layering began with the rug.  I found this at IKEA in Frisco, Texas and it just whispered, "Please take me home with you."  At this point, I could have never left something so hypnotic that contained all my comfort colors alone in that huge cold building.

So, here it is!

It contains every color I am using throughout my house right now, and I just happen to love it.

So, once I got it down, I began bringing in the few current pieces I plan to use to create the first step in the layering process.

The rockers will probably not stay, but I haven't found anything to replace them with yet.
The black metal tables were already being used on the old back porch so will keep them.
The neutral love seat should be delivered on Monday and will go between the tables.

I then began adding a few accessories to warm it up a bit.  The Ponytail was a gift from my middle sis last weekend.  There are still lamps and odds and ends to be added, of course.

Although we are still waiting for the granite piece to go atop the built-in counter - also expected Monday,
I couldn't wait to start adding some favorite items to the open overhead shelves.

This will be an on-going project but for now, I love seeing some of the old treasured items that mean nothing to anyone but me.

This old tea pitcher belonged to my grandmother who lived with us until her death when I was 9 years old, 1953.  My mother continued brewing tea in it for as long as I can remember.  You can see that it was repaired many times.  I treasure this old piece and the memories it evokes.

The plate belonged to a dear old friend who would be nearing 100 years old now.  It belonged to her aunt and was given to "Granny" in 1933.  I love the cracks and chips, but especially the color and significance.
This old bowl was a wedding gift to my mom back in 1943.
This is the floral design on the top.  Yes, more repaired cracks.  We couldn't afford to throw anything away, and I'm so glad we didn't.

These two wood pieces were designed and carved by my dad.  He had such a love for wood and was able to make some beautiful items that are now spread throughout the family.

We had friends over for desert after church and lunch today, so we pulled these metal chairs from the front porch so we could all enjoy sitting in our new space. I may even decide to keep the chairs out here to replace the rockers.  What do you think?

This is the view of the back addition from the patio.  I think it looks pretty good.

My next projects are to paint the two column finials that hold the matching urns by the windows.  The urns will eventually hold plants but not until we get back from our extended visit to to Indiana.

Any suggestions on what they should be painted?

So, there you are.  Our little addition is taking shape and we are loving our time spent out there.
Hopefully, next week I can do a Before and After Blog.
Elizabeth "Libby" Day
Elizabeth "Libby" Day

Hello, My name is Libby. I enjoy reading good books, painting, blogging, spending time with friends and whatever my "Heart" leads me to do. Welcome to Beauty Without Within.


  1. Libby, everything is coming together so beautifully! I love your new rug and how your porch looks with all the additional decorative touches. I, also, love your collection of "treasures". I have many myself that are of great sentimental value. Enjoy your new sitting area!

  2. Hi Libby, It looks like you have been one very busy lady. What a fun rug to use as your design inspiration. I know you will love spending time out there, just in time for the warmer months. Thank you for visiting my blog today and for inviting me to your blog! You are doing a great job,

  3. Love it! The rug is just great and yes, to those chairs. Really like the look they give. And, I'm not sure I would paint those finials, they are really pretty the way they are. :o) Happy week!

  4. Can you believe I've never been to Ikea? There is one that is about an hour away. I think a trip is in order. Loving the open shelving and outdoor area! xo

  5. The porch enclosure looks great from the outside (inside too). I would recommend painting the column finials a dark color to contrast against the white of your porch. Maybe a near navy blue which would go well with your terra cotta urns.

  6. Wow! It's so nice to spend some time at your porch as you sip a cup of Joe every morning. You've done a great job in redesigning it! Your new rug looks perfect with your awesome chairs. I guess it's time for me to shop at Ikea and see what I can purchase for my kitchen redo. :)

  7. I love the porch enclosure that you put up. That is something that I would be great for my home. We are going to look into that.

  8. I have been trying to decide on some porch designs. I want it to be really unique. I don't what to spend any money on something that I will hate in the future. Hopefully I will find something that will be perfect to me.


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