A Dream Come True

screen porchWhen we talked of the house we would eventually build, I dreamed about having a screen porch,

screen porcha place where I could begin my day with a cappuccino  and a good book. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI dreamed of sitting there, taking in nature’s  miracles  and listening to bird sounds.

screen porchI thought of having a friend come over for an afternoon break

screen porchand how the hubby and I could share a glass of wine as we planned a special trip.

table setting/screen porchI imagined lovely evenings and a simple dinner on the porch.

Yes, those were the dreams.  The hubby wasn’t too keen on the idea saying the times we would use the porch wouldn’t justify the additional building expense.  Luckily, the architect though it a great idea and gradually we brought the hubby around to our way of thinking.  Whether or not we’ve justified the cost is now a moot point, but what I do know is that the dream was worth dreaming, and I love those minutes/hours on the porch.  The only down side is this time of year when the yellow pollen blows through the screen making it a challenge to keep the porch clean.

screen porchLuckily the pollen season only lasts a short time, and I am left with  a wonderful place to read and write blogs with the morning sun shining on my face.  Tell me, do you have a favorite spot in your home?

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30 thoughts on “A Dream Come True

  1. It looks very restful in there. Pity about the pollen, but it’s a small price to pay. 🙂

    1. Luckily the season for pollen doesn’t last long.

  2. Lulu….what a dream escape you have created. Such a special place for the soul to relax.Love it. I am in Missouri City. Where are you?

  3. Your porch looks very comfy and so versatile. I love how you have different types of seating. My favorite spot is our front porch, but it’s not screened. I’ve wished for one of those my entire married life! Maybe someday… 🙂 Enjoy yours, OK?

  4. The porch is definitely worth every penny!!!…In one of our former homes, we had a porch that was 15 X 60…huge…and it was screened…after 2 seasons of pollen, we replaced the screens with windows/screens…a more all season porch…so when the pollen came, the windows were closed…and when it was over, the windows pretty much remained open most of the year, with the exception of the winter!…Gorgeous patio and love the flowers!!!

  5. Wonderful place… Glad you got your wish…

  6. My favorite spot is the patio, yet I almost never get the time to sit and relax. Your screen porch is lovely. My in-laws have one and are out there every day for every meal when the weather warms.

    1. Yes, eating on the porch is quite pleasant, at least this time of year. You must take time to sit and relax on your patio. It’s good for the soul.

  7. I’m glad you were able to bring your husband around to your way of thinking. A screened porch is a great asset, both while you’re living there and as a selling feature. I, too, have dreamed of a screened porch like one I used to have when I was single. I LOVED that porch! I hung outdoor curtains that were dramatically swept back and decorated it as if it were the most important room in the house. It was…to me. Now all I have is a deck with Southern exposure that is SO hot that it almost never gets used. A screened porch with a ceiling fan and “real furniture” would get used at least 3 of the 4 seasons around here. I need to know what magic words you used to get your husband to turn that corner! 🙂

    1. I’m not sure we ever brought him around, but the other night when we were having cocktails on the porch with friends, he wasn’t complaining!

  8. You really do have a lovely porch and were wise to dream the dream and see it through. We waited when we built, for our special place. We now have our veranda on the back and wonder why we didn’t do it when we built. It’s not screened but still a special place. It’s where everyone usually ends up……………..

    1. Any outdoor space is a good one to have and thankfully there are many times for it to be enjoyed.

  9. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Your screened in porch is beautiful. I would love to have one. I could easily see relaxing there with a cup of coffee and my favorite magazines :0)
    My favorite place to relax is in our living room. I have a wonderful view of our birch tree and the fireplace. I love to cozy on our couch with a tall glass of tea and my magazines :0)
    Thanks so much for sharing . . .
    Have a beautiful day,

    1. Do you especially like being there when a fire is roaring in the fireplace?

  10. Oh this is such a nice little spot! I can totally see why you pushed to get it, it’s worth every penny! Thanks so much for stopping by chapter37 and for your kind comment!

  11. Wonderful, a creation of relaxation.

  12. Linda, my favorite spot is in the easy, soft yellow leather chair in the bedroom, looking out at the backyard and enjoying the sky, the tree line, the flowers or snow fall. It is so peaceful. The chair with good lighting is really an important part of that setting.

    1. And I can imagine you sitting there looking out at your beautiful world.

  13. What a lovely place to relax! 🙂

  14. What a great space. I definitely would have voted for having it…my first choice actually!


    1. I use it more than anyone and so enjoy the time I spend there.

  15. Happier Than A Pig In Mud April 6, 2014 — 5:21 pm

    Looks like you’ve created a cozy little spot to relax in-enjoy:@)

    1. Indee, Lynne. Thanks for sharing it.

  16. I love your screened in porch and my husband would love a screened in porch since the bugs bother him. We enjoy our porch all year round just have to keep the bug spray handy. I spend many happy hours there doing similar things to you.

    1. Bugs, especially mosquitos, the main reason for wanting a screened space.

  17. I would love a screened porch! Our backyard and patio in Birmingham is so so buggy most of the time because our yard backs up to woods~ we just never linger long~but once we get to the beach house we live on the porch which makes up for it~ I love your teal lounge chairs, but if I started the day there, I might never do anything else!

  18. What a special and relaxing place you have…glad you got your hubby convinced! 🙂 one of my favorite places besides the kitchen is the dining area and patio just outside in the summer…the door can be open and it is easy to step outside for some herbs or to just enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery.

  19. I definitely would have voted for adding this great addition to your home. I’m not fond of bugs, flies, etc. so a screened porch is a plus for me. Enjoy…

  20. What a wonderful and special place you have created.

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