striped porch















i cannot believe how fast this week has flown by!


i love my striped porch but
this is what it looks like after fall and winter has harassed it.
it's dirty and dingy and dusty.






two hours later and a bit of elbow grease 
it looks a lot better.


















it's swept, scrubbed and the stripes repainted,
it's a new woman!

the spring fever frenzy continues around here.



~
being kind is always worth it.

xo
janet

39 comments

  1. I love this, Janet. Is it a porch and a sunroom in one? Lucky duck!! Would give anything for a sunny nook like this overlooking my garden. x

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    1. I was thinking the same thing...that it has the protection of glass or screen right at the seating area (ideal!) but is then partially open as you walk up to the door and possibly on the other end of the porch. I have two rear porches which are open, front and one side; I always feel too exposed to the elements, weather and bugs. And I have no front porch at all, not even an overhang at the front door. I really want a front porch in the little house of my future.

      My family stayed at a friend's beach house in summers (vintage home from probably the 1940s) and the second story had an ocean-facing sunroom off the master bedroom which enchanted me as a kid. On a foggy coastal day, I felt warm and cozy in there. If it was a sunny day, you could throw open the windows and catch the sea breeze which would lift and waft the thin pastel-colored beachy madras curtains in a sort of hypnotic way against the whitewashed board walls and beams, senses filled with the call of gulls and waves breaking, the shoreline stretching as far as the eye could see. I loved my little tower with its wicker settee, soft-plump cushions, crocheted throw...and that unique light you get at waterside. Mother always knew where to find me; I'd read for hours. And dream a young girl's dreams...

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  2. so cute Janet...I just love it!

    xxx kelley

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  3. Such a charming porch. Love the bench. I need one like that for my front porch. I am envious, I can't leave boots and shoes gloves lying around like that ... too many scorpions and spiders.

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  4. Janet, you have the touch! Just lovely! Have been cleaning the yard up all week - to or row must do house! Have a great one!

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  5. You've got a lovely cozy porch. It must be a w.onderful spot to sit and admire your garden.
    It's surprising how the elements wreak havoc on paint. Our cushions are pretty far gone after 3 years on our porch and I think they will need to be replaced. I will try cleaning them first and hope they can be salvaged.

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  6. Your porch looks like the perfect spot for afternoon tea, or cocktails. I love the weathered look of the wicker chair. The new resin ones just don't have the same warmth of character.

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  7. It looks great. i adore it. I adore your whole house. It is so inviting. I liked it before the cleanup too. There is something pure and real about the detritus of life.

    xo Terri

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  8. Janet,
    Your porch looks fresh and beautiful...cleaning my porch after the winter is on my list for this weekend so seeing this was rather timely. I love your stripes! It really makes it so cozy!
    xo
    annie

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  9. Janet that is the cutest porch ever. And so clean! Looks all set for some spring time hanging out. And a latte :)

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  10. Oh...I love how it looks. I think this is the first time I've seen your porch. Love the black wire settee. Love the stripes on the porch. Love all of it.

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  11. Cute, Cute Cute-your little cottage is my dream house. And I want that jcrew coat too!
    J

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  12. Love, love the painted stripe porch! This post just made me happy! Have a great weekend! I'm hoping our maple leaves will show themselves, can't wait to see green!
    xxoj.

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  13. That striped floor is fantastic, a work of art! xxx

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  14. Is the wire bench old or repro?

    Adore it.

    Porch too.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  15. amazing floor, janet. you inspire me.

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  16. I love it too!! I love your play of graphic and whimsy.

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  17. Your porch is probably my favorite part of your whole house. It's perfect.

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  18. Looks great Janet! I'm hoping to clean up my garden this weekend, it's a mess!!
    xoxo~
    Tricia

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  19. I love it! Nice work, Janet. You are inspiring me to do some work on my apartment 'deck'. I need to plant some flowers (potted) and clean the deck flooring as well. I wonder if the owners would mind if I painted stripes? :)

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  20. I have an almost identical porch, in different colors, at our house here in Bandon. Seeing your beautiful porch makes me miss the days when I had a black/white/red color scheme. So I enjoy seeing yours!!! xox, Allegra

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  21. Charming, really.... (Our front porch is not enclosed and is SO difficult to keep clean. A busy street with lots of traffic stirs up dirt constantly. Sure wish I could think of a solution.)

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  22. what a perfect welcome into your adorable cottage!

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  23. So classic. So je ne sais quoi.

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  24. Looks great...nice color combo, I'm sure Jack would approve! :)

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  25. The striping on your porch is fascinating. Is it 3-3-1-1 (boards)? A bit hard to tell from the camera angle, but it doesn't look random.

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  26. I am still trying to get over the fact that you already have roses!! I need to make my way down to Palm Springs in the fall, I know you live a few hours away, but whenever I see how your garden has flowers when the ground is still often covered in snow here, it makes me yearn for Palm Springs, which is a place I love. I finally had my first glass of wine in 2013 outdoors today. The wind nearly blew my hair off but it was warm - ish outside :)

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  27. Looks wonderful and just like a rug! :) I wish some of your energy would rub off on me. I still need to re-caulk my shower...going to find your tutorial again.

    Linda
    xo

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  28. You inspired me to get on the ball and do some spring cleaning. Your place looks wonderful! If you want to get rid of your cast iron urn on your porch (first pic), let me know because I'd be interested in buying it from you.

    Eva
    evafalletta@yahoo.com

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  29. I love it!!! How fresh and fun! I don't think I have ever seen a striped porch but it is perfect.

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  30. I love it! Can't believe you repaint every spring. I haven't even gotten around to sweeping my patio yet.

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  31. I think it looks fab Janet!

    Madelief x

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  32. Love the stripes. They really do make the space!
    Did you do them in honor of your main squeeze, Jack? LOL

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  33. Wonderful porch.. looks cosy and welcoming too. Love it.... And so true, being kind is always worth it; most definitely. S xx

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  34. Janet, you inspire me, as always. I am not at a point in my life when I am able to achieve such clarity and lack of clutter, but the desire and knowledge is always there. Your design sense and photos bring such beauty and stillness. All this is to say: today I'm exhausted, tired of being the family servant, aching for peace and a moment to be still. It has been difficult to be kind. Thank you for the reminder. :)

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kindness is never out of style.

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