20 April 2015

Mondays on the Sleeping Porch





Today, we remade the bed on the sleeping porch bed.  My toy poodle likes to jump up and lay here, but he is completely untrustworthy... My daughter likes to read here, and snack here.









I also did some errands today, and I picked these up at the grocery store. The purple is so pretty.









Anya likes to be in photos. I decided to place the afghan that my mother made back on the daybed, because I love it. The lemonade in the blue glass is safe, but I put strawberries here, not thinking about the mess. But in all honesty, when I started remaking the bed, I found sour candy rabbits from See's and sugar under the covers. 










Every month I visit a trunk sale or a flea market sort of show. It's interesting, and it's a big deal around here, and it is super crowded. Except for an occasional item that it is truly beautiful, but usually bigger than my home, it is just a little too western or too shabby for my taste.

So why do I go there? I visit to purchase Jeanne d' Arc's magazine. But I have to put on blinders, because I love pillows. Someone makes the prettiest shabby handmade pillows that I've seen in our area from vintage (or looks like vintage) fabric, and once a month I am tempted.  (I have to say prettiest shabby, because someone else's design shop carries the prettiest handmade, most elegant pillows I've ever seen, but they are way beyond what I would spend.)  The two narrow rectangular pillows came from this flea market's March and April's shows.  Now if I knew who made them, I would list her/his shop, but it doesn't say anything meaningful on the tag, because I've looked it up online. I say his or her, because the gorgeous pillows at the design shop are made by a male.











I don't like the number, so I am going to cover it by pinning a fabric blossom to it.











In the middle of the room is our study table, and the handmade, natural linen seat covers are from
Ticking and Toile.  I went with natural and I am completely happy. I know white can be washed, but the littlest thing can bother me, and I'd wash them so many times. I love this color because one can put their feet on the chairs and has not shown yet.  Perfect shade. Everyone is happy.







And when we were done, my daughter reminisced about the way the sleeping porch looked when we first got it: six inches of crud. There probably was, but this  shot is a cleaned up version with five missing windows, rotted stuff and boards pulled out of and off the walls, and a door. 








I've sort of left my chalkboard alone for a couple of months, because I have really enjoyed seeing this from the front door.  It's a little house so one can see from the front door to the porch doors out to the garden.















Now it is this mostly peaceful space in the home with a place to watch a movie, do laundry, or have a sleepover or a guest or two.











Update: The number on the pillow stays, because my daughter loves it, and there were many votes here to keep it.




Thank you for visiting.
xoox

Su

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84 comments:

  1. It does look like a lovely, restful place to sit and read or dream. The afghan is so sumptuously beautiful.

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  2. What a great area to relax, read and have some tea. Love the daybed and all the pretties on it. Kitty is also very pretty.
    Where is this flee market that you go to?
    Have a great week.
    Mary

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    1. Hi, Mary. It's called Sweet Salvage, and it is in the Melrose area of Phoenix. It is only once a month for a few days, and it is indoors, which is a good idea around here depending on the time of year.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. Have a wonderful week. Your iris was stunning.

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  4. What a transformation! Lovely, cozy spot. Adore your sweet kitty too!

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    1. Thank you, Anne. Isn't she cute! I can call her by name, and she comes running from the other room. Actually, she is running, you can hear her bell, but she is quite slow; it is really cute. She might be six, maybe 8; I don't know, but she has a touch of arthritis.

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  5. Great transformation and I can see why you all want to hang out there. My daughter would plop down with a book and read all day too!

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  6. You did a lot of work in that room and it really paid off. It looks dreamy!

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    1. Thanks, Kim. It seems everything was a lot of work, but now we get to enjoy it. xoxo

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  7. Oh what a warm and cozy spot to relax and read a favorite book! I can spend hours in such a pretty space :) Love the beautiful afghan! Hugs, Poppy

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    1. Thank you, Poppy. My mom made that for me when I was kid. It is well over thirty years old.

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  8. I absolutely love the way you styled that sofa and the afghan is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Little Treasures. My mom made that for me probably well over thirty years ago, because I was still at home.

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  9. What a beautiful space!! I have a bed like this one !! I like your blog and I'm following it !
    Hugs!
    Manuela

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    1. Thank you, Manuela. I've been following you for some time, because I am in love with your blog. Such beautiful photos and scenery! xo

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  10. What a beautiful space!! I have a bed like this one !! I like your blog and I'm following it !
    Hugs!
    Manuela

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  11. Alovely, comfy spot to relax in. Patty/NS

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    1. Thank you. It is. I remember my father use to rent a cottage near St. George on the bay of Fundy and the rooms were white, and basic, but so so pretty. It really is sort of carefree to have things that can just go in the wash and make life easy and fresh. Have a wonderful week. xoxo

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  12. I have always loved this space of your home. I think I have the exact same day bed but ours is in the garden under the plum tree. I will put the mattress and comforters on it in June. The black paint on it had aged so beautifully but then I lent it to a friend for a year and she re- spray painted it with fresh black paint. So now it is back in our garden and I am waiting for the aged patina to return. Sigh.

    Your cozy porch looks like the perfect spot to read your JDL magazines. Beautiful xxo

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    1. Thank you, Kerrie. Yours sounds so lovely. I've been aging that bucket in the photo. Every now and then I put it outside and spray it with vinegar, other times I sand it in the direction that is in the metal with a plain old fashioned scouring pad sans detergent. Maybe just a gentle scouring pad once in awhile. There are so many stray cats, I would have to bring ours in if I had it outside, though I a cover may work. The two sets of French doors have hidden screens outside them, so I can open the porch all up.

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  13. Su,
    I always adore when you show photos of your sleeping porch. What a delightful room of many purposes, how I'd love to have such a space. The bed looks inviting and cozy perfect to cuddle up and read a book as I'm sure your room is a sun filled space. The Purple tulips are an amazing purple and Anya sure is pretty.I chuckled with the See's sour candy rabbits and adore how you keep it real in posts.
    I have a weakness for pillows too. Love both your new pillows. Personally I think the No. 8 looks cool on it. I also love the black ticking ruffled one.
    I'm counting the days when we have weekends free of remodeling to once again go to the flea markets and yard sales. Really enjoyed this post.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  14. Love covered porch areas with a day bed of any size. When we lived in Washington state as a young teen we had a screened in porch, we would always move the beds out to the porch and have sleep overs it was such a fun summer thing to do. Your is a gret place to rest, read, and write in the quiet space. As for the number pillow I love it, yet if it's the number 8 that bothers you I get it. Instead of covering it with a bloom, could you take a seam ripper to the number 8 patch and just unstitch it removing just the patch of the eight leaving the patch of the one under it?
    I love chairs, pillows, sofa slips with patches on them, it adds that farmhouse warn and tattered feel.
    Your space is amazing, and it invites a relaxing afternoon.

    See you soon,
    PS. In my last home I also placed a daybed in the back yard under a tree for a good afternoon nap.

    Xx
    Dore
    This setting belongs in a magazine

    Xoxo

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  15. I could not love that space any more! The fabrics and textiles you've used are just so dreamy!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. It really is a nice space. I always enjoy your visit. You must be seeing some signs of spring now. xoox

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  16. What a perfect place for reading, napping or dreaming.

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    1. Thank you, Vee. It is. Have a wonderful day. xoxo

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  17. Do you ever sleep out there? My cats would love the views!

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    1. Thank you, Rose. Yes, we do. My spouse and I have even slept there, because an older family member visited and our bed is higher. My daughter and her cousin have sleep overs out there often. My daughter and I both read out here often. The french doors have retractable screens, so it is quite open when both sets of doors are opened. xoxo

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  18. Su,
    My favorite part of your home is that sleeping porch. I would be out there all the time. Love when you do things out there and show pictures. So pretty.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you, Kris. It's my favorite room too. I hope you are on the mend. xoox

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  19. Wow....amazing and beautiful! I am your newest follower. That bed is gorgeous and I love the bedding. Going to peek around your blog now. Have a great day!
    Roselle

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    1. Thank you, Roselle. I've recently started following you as well. I love that blue and white post you did the other day. xoxo

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  20. Each visit to your home is a breath of fresh air for me and the way you write is just as soothing.
    Lovely rooms and your linens are exquisite. I am going to visit the site where you have purchased some of them. Thank you for including the reference too.
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. Thank you, Jemma. It is a lovely shop, and I think you will enjoy it. xoox

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  21. You've done a lovely, lovely job with the daybed and with the entire room. It's fun to see your before photos. It's hard to believe it's the same space! You do a great job with neutrals; infusing just the right amount of subtle contrast to your whites. Blessings on your day.

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    1. Thank you, Dana. I agree; sometimes, I find it hard to believe too. Have a beautiful day. xoox

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  22. Do you sleep out there in the hotter months? It looks so pretty and so inviting.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. We put a foam roof on that porch, and retractable screen doors on the French doors (a product made in Canada), so it can be opened up. The kids sleep on it, but even I've had to sleep there when I had guests. It's best in the spring, fall, and winter, but summer is fine too with the new roof.

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  23. Such a lovely and inviting space - I love the new pillows and your Mother's afghan. What a beautiful transformation! I have a similar Florentine table, except mine is round :) Your lemonade glass is so pretty! xo Karen

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    1. Thank you, Beatrice. My mom gave me the Florentine tables. xoox

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  24. What a wonderful place to sit and relax! The daybed looks so inviting with all of the pretty pillows, and covers. All of your photos are great!
    VERY nice.
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I agree, it is a relaxing space.

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  25. I love a sleeping porch. It is worth all the time, energy and money you put into it. But I guess you know that with your great little spot.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. My spouse and I did all the work ourselves, mostly on weekends. xoxo

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  26. What a lovely spot! It looks so cozy and inviting, I'm sure it would be my favorite spot too!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. Have a wonderful week. xoxo

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  27. I have always loved your sleeping porch. Such a perfect and inviting room.

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    1. Thank you, Daniela. There are retractable screens on the outside of both sets of doors so the room can be opened up to the outdoors. Have a wonderful week. xoxo

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  28. Beautiful. I love when you share your sleeping porch.
    I would enjoy reading a book on the porch.
    :-)

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    1. Thank you, Carla. I hope your week goes smoothly with all the construction. xoxo

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  29. Oh Su, such a lovely space. Looks very inviting and cozy.

    Hugs,
    ❤️Ana

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    1. Thank you, Ana. It is really nice when we have those doors open. There are retractable screens to keep the bugs out.

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  30. Love your chalkboard frame.
    And your porch looks so inviting
    and relaxing... happy napping in there ♥

    http://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you, Ann, for visiting. I followed you by Bloglovin.

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  31. Wow - what a difference! Your porch is just beautiful now!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. Thank you, Liz. It was a lot of work for us, but worth it.

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  32. I love seeing how it looked before and how pretty and feminine it is now!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. It's amazing what this place use to look like, when I look at old photos! xoxo

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  33. What a beautiful, soothing and peaceful space! Great and beautiful transformation
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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    1. Thank you, Alessandra. Have a wonderful week. xoxo

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  34. I so love your sleeping porch..and the pretty bed is making me green with envy..:)

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  35. Your porch is just gorgeous! Look how far you have come with that room. Don't you just feel like you could live right out there? What do you do with the dog that you can't "trust" on the daybed? You did a wonderful job on the whole thing, Su! (I wish you would put your name-somewhere in your sign-off- I know your name but I wonder how many others would like to personally address you, Su)...and I promise NOT to call you Suzy Q. xo Diana

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    1. Hi, Diana. We spend most of our days out there. I supervise Francis (the toy poodle) when he is out here. He also has a little box with a special blanket to sit in, a crate, and his own outdoor cushion nearby, but he likes to jump on the bed when we are not home or in another room of the house, because he sees the kitty do it, but the kitty does not leave presents. He is trained, but I have no idea why he messes up the bed. It's probably like being outdoors given the amount of space on the bed to his size ;) My spouse says it is because we trained him with pads and it's white. He is six pounds and she is bigger than he is. Thank you, I will have to figure out how to do that in regards to the name.

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  36. I came here after seeing your kitchen over on Nita's blog.
    I love it!
    Your home is beautiful and then I see a Toy Poodle and a Cat and...
    well, I'm your newest Follower! LOL!

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia. I have a toy poodle, and four kitties that all were rescues. Three came from strays, and the indoor kitty came from a rescue organization who was holding her because she was declawed, abandoned, and needed a person, that would be my daughter, who gives her constant attention. xoxo

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  37. Which trunk show/flea market do you visit monthly? I haven't been to Sweet Salvage for several months, but hope to visit again soon. I do like walking around Merchant Square! Have only been to Junk in the Trunk once but oh my, how crowded that was!!! Love your sleeping porch and the sweet linens, I do love linens!! Have a great rest of your week! Blessings, Cindy

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    1. Hi, Cindy. Sweet Salvage. It's sort of crazy. I often get dropped off and my spouse circles round the block a few times, because the last few times it has been valet parking, and I don't feel right about parking in the residential area. I don't know where Merchant Square is? Melrose has lots of shops and so does Cave Creek Road. I haven't gone to Junk in the Trunk, because I am too frugal to pay to look at second hand things. I love linens too..

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  38. What a gorgeous space! I love your daybed, and am drooling over your chalkboard! I would spend alot of time here for sure! Looks like kitty approves:) Oh, your pillows are wonderful, too!

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    1. Thank you, Donna. My daughter's kitty is a queen. xoxo

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  39. Such a relaxing and welcoming place. Your cat is adorable! Thank you for your visit and for the good wishes for my MRI. Have a lovely week.

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    1. Thank you, Mildred. She is an adorable cat. I usually can get a good photo of her, because she likes the camera. xoxo

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  40. This post takes me back to our family farm where I grew up. We had a very, very small sleeping porch between the kitchen and the bedroom, and its where I spent all my spare time in the summer; reading my Weekly Reader and library books, doing crossword puzzles. I love all the pillows, but its your mother's afghan that stole my heart. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. You are going to enjoy your porches too. It's beautiful; she made it for me before college. xoox

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  41. Sleeping porches are so awesome! Yours is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the way you've styled everything. I also love pillows and they are dangerous territory for me! I'm glad you kept the number on the pillow. It adds a bit of interest! Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you, Benita. I love it that you love pillows too! xoxo Su

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  42. This is so beautiful! I would be thrilled if you would stop by my blog on Monday's and join our Something to Talk About link party!
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Karen

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    1. Thank you, Karen, I will keep that in mind for Monday. xoxo Su

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  43. Your sleeping porch is magical.

    I love that you are simply going to cover up the number with a flower.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. It is our favorite spot. xoxo Su

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