Thursday, April 21, 2011

Virtual Design for Jen & Dan's Enclosed Porch and Patio!

One of the most adorable houses, Jen & Dan's needs some attention to an area of their home that some find difficult to design. She wrote to me looking for a plan that would be inviting as soon as you open the door and also a place to entertain especially in the summer time! The enclosed porch and screened patio are connected and open directly into the main living areas, the dining room and kitchen. Because they don't have an informal eating area, I thought it would be best to incorporate a small nook to enjoy that first cup of coffee or tea but also could be used for an intimate dinner party.They enjoy reading also, so for a spot to enjoy a good book on a cozy afternoon, I created a small sitting area as well. Jen wanted both areas to connect visually, so I chose one color to use in both areas and other elements to join them. Jen is normally drawn to muted colors but she wants something a little bolder and was open to any color scheme, wow was that a challenge in a good way. So here it is bright, warm and bold!

 I hope you enjoy this design as much as I did putting it together for them! The catch for you readers is.....I only did one design so please rate it for me on a scale of 1 - 5 stars *****! I love reading your comments and it motivates me to continue improving and giving clients the best that I can!

The first area of the design.... the small eat in nook for this end of the porch.

Color on the walls, natural woven shades, a centered chandelier and a banquette with bold pillows to surround this gorgeous table!

Ralph Lauren Grange Hall
Smith and Noble

Shades of Light

Ballard Design

Crate and Barrel

These openings connect the rest of the home to this room. Using this great bar stand centered here with this mirror brings function and great style together.

West Elm

Clayton Gray Home

As an avid reader myself, this end of the room would be perfect for some chairs like she has here already. Ground this area with this great expresso/cream chevron rug in a runner size or a 3x5. Paint these great antique chairs rubbed ivory and reupholster them in this great Peacock Green silk fabric. Sconces on the wall adjoining the rooms would also bring in extra lighting. A small side table and striking pillows and it is complete! Don't you want to sit there as much as I do?

West Elm

Craigs List 
Silk Fabric Store
Shades of Light


Are you having a hard time picturing it in your mind? These two photos by Decor Pad can help bring it all together for you, I just love them!

Onto the screened in patio...... great summer room by the way!

Painting the interior wood frames in light gray would brighten and freshen up the patio to start as shown in the photo below. Bring in all the white wicker furniture from the other room and arrange it on top of the sisal rug. Add some accent pillows, candles on the table, pendant chandelier and you begin to have a great area for entertaining! On the back wall of the house, hang a vintage map that you can enjoy while you share your past and future travel adventures with family and friends!

Crate and Barrel




Finally, along the outer wall I would hang an outdoor drape in each corner for decorative purposes and place a great console table to have your drinks, nibbles and some statement lanterns to bring warm lighting on a hot summer night! Storage baskets are always a good idea.....throws, newspapers, magazines, etc.

Fabric Outdoors



Kroll Antique Maps

What do you think? Can you see the vision I see? Share with all of us your thoughts and share the link to my post if you want to!!! It would make my day and thank you so much for reading my blog today!

Enjoy your spring weekend and if the weather is warm, eat outdoors!

PS Don't forget to rate this space for me:)


  1. Wow Denise, I had no idea you did this kind of work. That would explain why your own house looks so awesome!

  2. Denise,
    I enjoy so much that you are still doing something that you love, AND ROCKIN IT...
    My passion is design as well..

    Keep it coming, we are all enjoying it.
    Love You,

    Misty Stallard

  3. *****!!!!
    Denise, I love, love the ideas you came up with! First, the enclosed porch. I love the banquette idea. I always wanted an area to eat in that room but couldn't figure out how to incorporate it. The color choice for the room is awesome! I wouldn't have gone for such a rich tone but with the peacock blues and yellows it looks so inviting. The woven shades seem to bring the room into 2011 and I will definately be installing them. The inspiration room photo really helped me visualize everything. The bar stand is exactly what I've been looking for and I may just have to buy it and the mirror : )
    Chevron print is one of my favorites and I love that you put antique chairs on the rug to add character.

    On to the patio...

    The inspiration photo looks like my patio! I think painting the trim gray is genius! It's also great that you re-purposed my wicker furniture. I think the sisal rug would add the warmth I wanted out there and the beautiful chandeliers from PB would dress it up a bit. I never thought of hanging outdoor fabric in there but it would really soften the room if I did. And hanging the map is such a great touch that only you-the world traveler-would think of! What a thoughtful design!

    I can't thank you enough for the work you put into this design. I love it all and can't wait to start putting the rooms together!