Welcome to Summer on the Screened Porch!
I am loving all of the wonderful posts this week from this awesome line up in our Summer at Home tour. The entire list with direct blog links is below.
We use our screened porch late spring after the nasty round of southern pollen until November. It is by far one of my favorite rooms in our house.
Go grab a glass of iced tea and join me as I share a bit of our summer with you. Warning…lots of pictures!
Summer is a time to breathe and regroup for us after a busy year of school and sports activities.
This is such a cozy area to sit and read early in the morning or sip a glass of wine in the evening.
It is also a great squirrel watching spot. Of course because of the cats they never actually come in the back yard, but stay just at the edge of the woods.
We love the beach! Lots of the summer is spent there. You'll see a lot of driftwood, coral, shells and sea rocks on the porch. They have all been collected through the years. On top of this chest is a huge piece of driftwood my daughter found last year. Love the odd shape! There are several galvanized buckets on the porch holding all the outdoor toys.
I keep the insect repellent and firefly jar right by the door! I don't know what it is about me, but mosquitoes sing a chant when they see me walk outside!
Many funny and memorable conversations have taken place at this table. We eat dinner out here most nights. In the summer, I never purchase fresh flowers. I cut everything from the yard. If you fill your jar with lots of greens, you only need a few stems of blooms.
Simple is a must in the summer. Don't be fooled…..the dinner table is rarely set like this on a nightly basis! Sometimes it's paper plates and mismatched Tervis tumblers! The conversation is what's sweet!
A lot of the furniture has been found through hunting…thrift stores and the newspaper (before Craigslist). My hubby and son love to play golf in the summer. My daughter and I enjoy thrift shopping.
When we have families over for a cookout, the adults usually hang out here and watch the teens having fun in the backyard!
Notice the coral in the blue mason jar. Doesn't it look like antlers? I wrap up all of these beach treasures in the fall and store them in a box for safe keeping.
The beverage station was just recently completed. You can see how it was made from a thrift store door HERE.
7 month old Bentley loves the screened porch. He misses the door being open from the interior since we had to turn on the air. Can you believe we held out on air conditioning until almost the end of May! So long cheap power bill until fall!
Hopefully, those bricks won't always be there. Bentley can still wiggle out underneath the gate leaving poor Lizzie behind!
Right off the porch is our patio area. Again, the chairs were a newspaper find. I just recovered the old, faded pillows. You can see that HERE.
The fire pit is a favorite evening spot. Here the kids are having fun with a couple of friends the last day of school burning school papers! We also love roasting marshmallows while the dogs play rambunctiously in the yard.
Hands down the most favorite thing for our family and friends…is the badminton set! Do you notice what these 4 are using as the base line markers while I'm cooking….my pillows I just made! We also love playing bocce ball, throwing a giant fabric like Frisbee and good old football and baseball tossing!
This is another dining area on the patio. It is great extra seating when we have a big crowd!
Summer also means extra time for crafting fun. My 15-year-old just finished this project that she made all by herself for me as a surprise! I love it! I added it here on the porch after I photographed the other photos. I love it to display our summer beach treasures.
I am so blessed that you stopped by today. Don't forget to visit the other fabulous ladies below!
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