ONE ROOM CHALLENGE- Southern Style Sleeping Porch

One Room Challenge: Accepted

Mission: A Southern Style Sleeping Porch, completed in 6 weeks

I’m so excited to announce that as of today, JENRON DESIGNS will be a guest participant in the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge Event (link here).  In case you are wondering what the “ORC” is, here’s the scoop. Twice a year, April/ October, for the past 11 seasons, the ORC has hosted over 200 interior design bloggers, as they join together and choose one room in their homes to make over. The designers only have six weeks, from start to finish in order to complete a full room transformation. Each week the guest designer’s will link their progress to the ORC host page Calling It Home (link here), and share their room’s progress. The best part you will be able to follow along with all the participants progress just by clicking the ORC (link here). The final completion date and big reveal of my Southern Style Sleeping Porch makeover will be on Thursday, May 12th!!!

 MY ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: A SOUTHERN STYLE SLEEPING PORCH

I have always wanted to have a sleeping porch for as long as I can remember. Picture it, being able to sleep outside under the stars, in the comfort of a screened porch on a plush full size bed. You slowly drift off to sleep form the sounds of the babbling creek, tree frogs and crickets. It sounds just like a little slice of heaven to me.  As you can see we have a pretty view from our back yard and porches. Our north 40 includes a small fishing lake view, and tree lined creek. Since we are so close to water each evening around 7:00pm the glorious sound of tree frogs begin followed by the the crickets as it gets darker at 8pm. As we get closer to summer the fireflies will also start to appear along the tree line. That is why I am so excited to be transforming our master bedroom screen porch into my long awaited sleeping porch. Honestly, the weather here has been so beautiful, my husband and I find ourselves falling asleep on the porch with just our comfy chairs and an ottoman, I can’t imagine actually having an actual bed out there. Oh, and I am sure the cats are going to love it too, they already spend so much time on our numerous porches add a bed and they will never leave this one. 

Here are some of the before pictures of our existing screen porch. This first one is from a year and half ago when we first moved in. It was all still raw wood, and no furniture, but you can see how private the yard is when the trees are greened up all the way. 

Last summer we painted the posts and rails to match the trim paint on our house which is Sherman Williams SW 7631 City Loft. I also decided to stain the floors with Thompson’s Water Sealer in Acorn Brown. I love the classic cape cod feel it lends to this space. I personally find that when you have a contrasting floor color and utilize your existing exterior trim color for railings, it tends to elevate the design of your deck or  screened porch, giving it a more custom designed look. Yes it is more labor intensive and takes time, but in this case I think the work is worth the reward.   As you can see we have utilized the space with basic outdoor deck furniture we had from our previous house. The layout is very basic and needs a wow factor . I am hoping that the edition of a full size custom made day bed will do just that. 

Also you can see that my porch is mainly utilized by my 5 cats (2 out of 5 seen here).They have a tendency to make an appearance when the camera comes out and have been seen in some of my previous posts. Since this was just the before pictures, I did not have the heart to wake them or move them out of the frame shot on such a pretty sunny day. 

MY COLOR INSPIRATION: SHADES OF SEA GLASS

My color inspiration comes from the shades of sea glass. I have always loved sea glass, pretty aquas, teals, greens and blues. I find these color very serine and relaxing, so it is fitting I would surround myself with them on my sleeping porch. Below is my inspiration board for where I would like to see my Southern Style Sleeping Porch project ending up. It is rather funny to think when I was interior design student, (OMG 20 years ago) that we used to cut fabric swatches and pictures from magazines to glue them on to an inspiration board. Now with modern technology I can digitally create a fabulous inspiration board.  

THE PLAN

So here is the plan, we are going to build a custom DIY bed out of old pallets, fingers crossed all goes well with that part. While I like the rustic style of this bed above, we plan to build ours in a day bed shape, so it will have a back and two arms. While the arms and back will be finished in the manner above, I want to keep the front side open showing off the pallet construction. Inside the open pallets we will add lights to create a ambient glow from inside the base of the pallets. We plan to obtaining a full size mattress fitted with an outdoor water proof mattress slipcover. Bedding in a similar color scheme as above, and a ton of pillows to lounge about on to sip wine and read a good book.

 I also plan  to install several outdoor curtain panels. A set of thick light blocking white linen panels for the  day time heat,  artfully tied back with a thick rope, and 1 set of sheer panel to obscure the view and blow gently in the breeze. I am thinking of utilizing iron plumbing pipe for drapery rods to add a rustic feel, and not mention hold up against the elements.  

As far as the accessories I am aiming for a rustic beachy vibe, maybe driftwood, glass buoy’s, possible a bench that could be pulled over as a ottoman or a rustic sideboard style table. Not sure what all that looks like just yet but we will get there. 

THE HISTORY OF HAINT BLUE CEILINGS

We will be painting the ceiling a historic Haint blue color from Sherwin Williams (story in link), a soft blue-green color which is a true southern porch tradition. A haint blue ceiling can be found on many famous southern porches from Charleston to Savannah. Legend has it that people painted the ceilings haint blue to look like the sky in order to confuses all the ghosts, spirits, haints or boohags, so they can’t come into you house. That’s right I said “boohags”, see I am truly a born and breed southern girl. Haints and Boohags are restless spirits of the dead who, for whatever reason, have not moved on from their physical world. Historically Haint blue, can also be found on door and window frames and, is intended to protect the homeowner from being “taken” or influenced by haints. It is said to protect the house and the occupants of the house from evil. We will only being doing the ceiling which I hear  you get less bugs on your porches with haint blue ceilings. Apparently the insects also think it is the sky, and not a shelter, so they are less likely to build a nest or web. 

THE BUDGET

As an ORC participant most interior designers procure sponsors to help off the project’s budget. Since this is my first time participating, and  I have not currently received any sponsorships, we will be taking on the entire budget ourselves. That being said, we are hoping for a cost effective out come and would like to keep the entire budget for this room under $1,500-$2,000. Since we plan to do a fair amount of DIY projects I believe this goal will be completely obtainable. 

 

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68 Comments

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  6. This sleeping porch sounds amazing and I would so love to have one some day. The blues and grays go so beautifully together. I love the idea of making the bed out of old pallets. Thanks for sharing your plans.

    • Thank you for following and your support!!! For my first time participating in the ORC I wanted to do something unique, and this seemed to fit the bill.

  7. This is truly amazing! I love this kind of idea. Although it looks like expensive but worth it.

    • Actually I am hoping to keep the budget under $1,500. The major expense I am budgeting for is the actual mattress for the day bed.

  8. This looks like it will turn out nicely. I have always wanted one of these areas to relax and even sleep in.

  9. I love spending the night outdoors, but because of work sometimes it isn’t possible, so I love this idea! I will build a porch on my house.

  10. Ive never heard of a sleeping porch before, it isnt something we have here in the uk. It looks and sounds amazing! I would love to fall asleep under the stars!

    • Oh they are wonderful!!! We have beautiful weather 8-10 months out of the year, but I could see where in the UK it might be a bit rainy and cold for it to be utilized year round. I have always wanted one, and I am truly amazed they are not more common here in GA, but I guess it is an old southern tradition.

    • We are lucky our house sits facing South so we getting the sunrise on this patio which gives us nice evening shade.

  11. It’s beyond beautiful and it’s the perfect place to hang out during Spring and Summer especially during the warmer days of the season. I can imagine staying here on a lazy afternoon while reading a book! I’m sure you’re going to give the place justice once you’re done.

  12. What a good idea to make the daybed for outside use. Good luck with the construction. Looking forward to the big reveal.

  13. With a view like that, a porch is a must! Love what you did with the space, would love to have a house with a porch one day!

  14. I love the view from your porch. i also like your southern style sleeping porch, very cute.

    • I know the view was a complete surprise when we were building. Until we reached the 3rd floor we had no idea we had purchased a lake view…..lol

  15. Certainly, that is amazing! How were you able to think of that? The view is okay, but you made it so much better with the set up.

  16. That’s a great plan. I have a screened in back porch on my home here in South Carolina and it is awesome. I live “in the country” so having an outdoor space that keeps out the flying/biting critters is great and allows us to enjoy the cool breezes and fresh air without the downfalls and harassment from gnats and mosquitos.

    • LOL I am familiar with with SC flying/biting critters… this would be a perfect idea for that area 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, please feel free to follow along this process.

  17. I’m a southern girl and you are living where hubby and I have our dreams set to. Northern Georgia mountains. We love the privacy and the water. The idea of a good ole fashion sleeping porch makes me swoonnnnnnnnn. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  18. Looking forward to the reveal!!! I remember tossing ideas around about that space! Good luck!

  19. Boohag is such a fun word! I’ve never heard that one! Love the plans and I can’t wait to see your room!

    • I know, right? It was just too fun of a word to say not add a little bit of my southernisms to the post!!! HAHAHA I can say boohag all day long, however they give me a funny look a Sherwin Williams when I say it along with Paint Blue… LOL

  20. A sleeping porch!!! This is going to be amazing. I will live vicariously through you since here in central PA we only have sleeping porch nights for a few months out of the year. Your plan is lovely and the setting is to die for!!

    • Hey Meredith thanks for your support!!! It is my first One Room Challenge and we are as excited to participate as I am to get a sleeping porch. PA is a lovely area, it reminds me a lot of GA but with cooler weather and a bit more snow.

  21. So excited to follow you and receive some great ideas to bring into my home and business

    • Thank you Jody!!!! I appreciate your support 🙂 I hope you happy anniversary week for Shenanigan’s tell all my sisters hello, I sad that I will miss it.

  22. Jennifer,
    I love how far you have come. Proud to know you and can’t wait to see the finished product!

    • Thank you, it has been a fast track in a short amount of time…. started the blog in January and now here we are 🙂

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