Having a screened porch is a total bonus. Not necessary but absolutely loved and appreciated. Virginia summers are so much more delightful than Alabama summers and we've been living out here ever since we moved in, and I imagine we won't have to close it up until maybe early November or later. We eat meals, drink tea, and even watch Netflix out here!
What's amazing about this porch in particular it feels like you're in a jungle. We have neighbors on either side but looking straight out the porch you can see only trees and birds (we've had cardinals, bluejays, woodpeckers, and once a hummingbird!). Every so often a family of deer will putter through which is always adorable. There is a pretty deep ravine behind our house that must have made the area un-buildable and we're so grateful for that. To be in our own home but out in (bug-free) nature at the same time is quite a treat.
Like much of our house we've outfitted our porch almost entirely with things we already had. It's a random mish-mash of things, just as a porch should be! I think it feels pretty earthy and rustic which is what I was hoping for. The white painted ceiling keeps everything light and cheery.
This fall, when the temperature dips, I'm imagining us bundling up in sweaters and sipping hot soup by candlelight out here. When I lived in New York I always loved it when restaurants kept their sidewalk tables out even when the weather got crisp. There's something so invigorating about eating outdoors on a cool fall day!
Do you have an outdoor space in your home that you can't get enough of?
p.s. In case you missed the tour of my piano studio.