Crystal Madrilejos

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Porch Inspiration

We recently cleaned off our side porch (finally!) because it was starting to look like Sanford & Son out there. During the cold season it sort of becomes a catch all for anything we can’t figure out what to do with. Recycling getting out of control? Throw it on the porch! Old busted laptop taking up space? Throw it on the porch! And it doesn’t help that you can see all this junk from the street! Ugh, what must the neighbors think? I’m sure they could care less, actually.

Baby boy is an outdoor baby and being outside soothes him. We decided to make a little haven for him to play and hang out. We swept and sprayed and scrubbed then put down an outdoor rug to cozy it up a bit. He loves it! Now we just need to get some compact space saving furniture (it’s only about 6 feet wide) and we can hang out there all summer long. I went looking for porch inspiration and found some real winners. Seriously. Our porch is not nearly as big and spacious as any of these, but a girl can dream right?

Porch images via Remodalista, Coastal Living, & Pintrest 

How awesome is that porch swing/bed thing? I would love that, but I would be scared of spiders spinning webs under the pillows and blankets and such.¬† And I just imagine it would feel… damp, no? Spiders in your damp porch bed = when reality meets fantasy.


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  1. amabel - July 11, 2011 11:41 am

    wonder if you could use it in the winter too. wood burning stove or put up something over the screen. it would be awesome to sit out there with hot chocolate, your baby and hubby and just watch the snow. i love your house.

  2. Andrew and Crystal - July 13, 2011 1:35 am

    Thanks Amabel :) We thought about that! I would love to have a wood burning stove. We've even considered opening up the chimney on the porch side (back in the day, we think it opened into the kitchen, but was closed up) but it all comes back to how narrow the space is! Since it's only about 5 feet wide where the chimney is, it would be tight (and HOT) squeeze in there.


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